Film and TV

Tristan Minton on Saturday's Down to Skate film premiere

On Saturday, Denver-based filmmaker Tristan Minton is premiering his new skateboard film H-DTS Mile High Alumni: Down to Skate at the BOPPO Warehouse at 4120 East Brighton Boulevard, Unit B13 ($5 at the door, screenings at 7 and 10 p.m.) The film stars Julian Christianson -- a Westword Best of Denver 2012 winner -- and a local crew including Cody Schulze, Travis Emmite, Phil Hansen, Andrew Smith, Wyatt Milhollan and Spencer Semien. It's being presented in partnership with Minton's company Royal Stain Design, the 303 Boards CLFX shop team and other sponsors. We caught up with Minton for a quick chat about the film and what makes the local scene tick.

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Westword: What can you tell us about the Down to Skate films and this project in particular?

Tristan Minton: I'd been filming tons of skate missions for the last couple years and decided I needed to make something more than just a bunch of Internet edits. The skaters in this film are all dudes I've been skating with forever. We've got a crew called Down to Skate, and that's just what the video is: a bunch of the homies, down to skate. Julian Christianson's one of the bigger names. He's pretty well known because he does a lot of contests and wins a bunch of shit, and a lot of people are excited to see a proper street-skating part from him.

Now that you've been out there documenting it for a while, what do you think is unique about the Colorado skate scene?

Every skater in Colorado kind of knows each other, or at least knows of each other, to a certain extent, because we've got great parks, some great shops, and there have been some good videos. But it's tough coming up in Colorado, honestly, because you can't always skate year-round. That was one reason I wanted to premiere this film in the winter, to try to bring everyone out of their holes.

After all the work shooting and editing and putting it together, what are you looking forward to about getting this film out in front of a bunch of skaters?

I'm just excited to see what people think of it and to let them see what we've been up to. I'm not like a trained cinematographer or anything -- I don't have any proper schooling -- so it's just me as a skater making a movie for other skaters, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Mostly I'm just super excited that it's done and everyone finally gets to see it.

Is there a traditional "ender" part in the film?

Yeah. The way skate videos work, generally, is the first part of the video and the last part are supposed to be the best and the best best, so that's always exciting for everybody coming into the premiere, wanting to know who got what part. My goal was to make a video where you didn't want to skip any parts of it, where you can watch the whole thing and it's pretty awesome...but yeah, there's definitely a big ender. I don't want to spoil the surprise.

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Colin Bane
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