In 2008, we skateboarded and biked from Chicago to New York City without an iPhone and made a film about it 13 years later. I am Arthur Swidzinski, the Director of the film, Shred America...Ask me anything!
Hi, in 2008 when I was 20 and superiorly stupid, I hopped on a skateboard with my best pal Mike Kosciesza along side two other good friends on bikes as our support and camera crew. 36 agonizing days later, our trip was finished.
When you're done watching Shred America, you will know exactly how NOT to skateboard across the country, because we fucked up all along the way.
The journey was half the battle, as it took us 13 years to release the film with Gravitas Ventures after a failed festival run. The trailer should fill in some blanks.
Mike will also be answering questions here. He was the producer, editor and skateboarder in the film. His answers will be signed -M
Short Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfZyuu_xSVI&t=1s
Long Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duawmf5P-tA&t=1s
12:41 CST : Off to grab food (sushi) be back in 30-45 min for more answers.
1:07 CST- We are back
Edit 01: Significance of the iphone: Yeah smart phones are a total crutch. Nowadays, if I need to know something I just Google it and find out instantly, back then you were kind of shit out of luck. You had to just wing it which made the trip way more interesting and caused us to fuck up way more than we would have liked haha.
If I didn’t know how to do something I would just call my dad.
4:44pm: Off to see my parents here for a bit and fix a flat tire. Thanks to everyone who participated in this AMA. Feel free to message me personally on our instagram page @ShredAmerica. I will still answer things as they come in but might be a bit delayed.
7:30am: Thanks to everyone who participated in this AMA. I was happy to answer all your questions about the film and also about the iPhone lol. If you want to learn more about Shred America you can visit www.shredamericafilm.com