Later this month, the T-Rex Theater in Essex will premiere iHomie, a film featuring Vermont skaters and shot in the Green Mountain State.
The project, produced by Travis Card and Shaun Machia, provides a unique look at the craft: everyone with a full part is over 30-years-old and it was shot only with cell phones. The vertical format allows for a unique viewing perspective.
It's the humblest approach to filmmaking, a straightforward concise edit about the subject, and Vermont skating at its best, frost heaves and all.
The film consists of six parts; there are four featured skaters, a friends street section and a section shot at Winooski's Landry Park.
Who are the skaters?
Too many to list here, including: Dave Abair, Tyler Jermano, Collin Hale, Chris “Cookie” Colbourn, Jack Reed, Clint Ayers and Colchester's own Kyle Burroughs, who started skating when he was 12-years-old.
Born from a love of skateboarding and a passion for unleashing creativity, iHomie is the brainchild of filmmaker Travis Card.
Card moved to the Burlington area in 1996 just before high school. He bought his first few complete’s at the B-Side, but then started getting decks from Flex Records for a flow sponsorship in the late 1990s.
In 2002, Card started filming his first full-length video, Peace of Time with co-producer Luke Sullivan. It featured Burroughs, Sean Zeigle, Greg Fox, Tommy Sizemore, Clint Ayers, Dave Abair, Sean Stem, Marshall Heath, Collin Hale and more.
In 2009, Card settled back in Vermont after living in Oakland, CA, where he had been filming for his next project, Good Things Come to Those Who Skate, his first collaboration with Shaun Machia. Having a background in skateboarding and a long friendship with Card, he contributed in post and co-produced Good Things.
After 10 years of focusing on freelance projects, the two collaborated again. The result: the first-ever Vermont skateboarding video filmed entirely on phones, iHomie.
iHomie shows everyone that with just a phone, some friends and some ambition, you can make a great project, and that it’s possible to keep raising the bar skating through your thirties and beyond.
The movie is dedicated to Dave Abair, a St. Albans native who tragically passed away before the completion of the film.
How to watch iHomie
The release party at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 is for all ages and will include live art, raffles and music. Talk with skaters, get posters autographed, have a drink at the Double E bar and win the tall ollie contest. Tickets are $8.
The film will have a single showing at T-Rex in Essex. If you can't make it to the show, you can catch it later at GoldenHourVT.com via stream or download.