MESA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--You had to commit a felony to see the premiere, said 1977 World Skateboarding Champion Dennis Martinez concerning documentary, D.O.P.E. (Death Or Prison Eventually). D.O.P.E. features Martinez and lifelong friends and legendary skateboarders from the 70s, 80s and 90s - BRUCE LOGAN, JAY ADAMS and CHRISTIAN HOSOI. Famed actor, DANNY TREJO, narrates.
Combining never before seen pristine archival footage with current HD interviews and reenactments, D.O.P.E. moves through three decades of skateboarding, violence and drug history: the 70s, 80s and 90s.
“It is a compelling film that has a broad range of appeal. The prisoners were moved to tears during the screening on more than one occasion,” states Brian Stewart, Producer. “Recreational use of drugs often leads to disastrous consequences.”
Rising quickly through the pro ranks, each of D.O.P.E.’s stars earned money and fame. “I was still in high school and paid cash for a new car and full year’s rent on an apartment,” said Martinez. The aforementioned skateboarders each earned up to $250,000 a year, while still in their teens.
While each rose slowly through discipline and hard work, they fell quickly to drug addiction. With Logan and Hosoi, it was cocaine and methamphetamine. Adams fell to heroin, Martinez shot cocaine and methamphetamine for 16 years. Logan and Martinez became homeless while Adams and Hosoi landed in prison.Source: East Valley Tribune via BusinessWire
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