To make this documentary film “KIDS HEART FOREVER”, I took many trips to the U.S. from 2006 to 2013. Also Hiroaki Shimizu, the main skater in this film lived in Los Angels for 6 years since 2000. Through making this film I wanted to find out where skateboarding was heading up to and where my love for skateboarding originally came from.
After releasing my first skate video “BLUE” in 2006, I was looking for my original film making style as a Japanese skater. I didn’t want to imitate American skate videos or anyone else. Keeping it in my mind I finally released the second video “ME AND MY FRIENDS” in 2012. It took me 4 years to make the video and I gave all I got to it. After that I was kind of burnt out and didn’t want to make a another skate video unless I find a whole new approach.
In May 2012 I took a trip to the U.S. to re-recognize what I really wanted to do. I wanted to rediscover what type of skateboarding got me in the first place. I had to go to there because I wanted to see it through my own eyes not through the media or other people’s eyes and eventually wanted to make a video out of it.
I choose local amateur skaters instead of pros. In Los Angels where skateboarding is also a big business, I wanted to know how they feel about skateboarding and what makes them to go skate. I asked them a bunch of questions that I had been asking myself and through the interviews I came to realize lots of things. I found the important piece for skateboarding right there.
In this film there are a lot of handycam footage that Hiroaki took during his 6 years stay in the U.S. You would see a glimpse of the raw California street skate scene. Big media would never document the daily lives of these nameless local skaters but you have to be there to find the roots of skateboarding.
Hope you enjoy.
Hiroaki Shimizu, Luthipher Justin, John Drinkard, Brian Hunter, Shuichi Sakamoto, Shuyo Izumo, Kazuaki Yakushijin,Billy Marks, Matt Gottwig, Billy Roper, Raymond Reyes,Mikey Aguirre, Jeff Figueroa, Yuto Kojima, Thomas Loper