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“Lost in Havana” (2016)

Warren Lane Pictures

Directed by: Soren Johnstone

Starring: Juergen Gritzner, Betty Esperanza, Kalie Racine, Yojani Perez

This film chronicles the outlandish results as earlier this year a band of skaters from Canada and Austria smuggled in a pile of skateboards into Cuba to give away to underprivileged kids. It’s clear from the get-go that good intentions and communist bureaucracy clash like velvet dingle-balls around the windscreen of a 1982 Lada 1600 sedan. Juergen Gritzner, a pro skater from Austria walks us through a comical fish out of water story that is vivid in colour and rich in cultural awkwardness. Award winning film maker Soren Johnstone (Play with Fire, Hicks on Sticks) filmed and edited together a very enjoyable story despite his own run in with hallucinogenic jelly fish. The film held its world premiere in Slovenia earlier this month and so far has received universally positive accolades.

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Les Robertson

Born in Vancouver, Les has been backpacking and adventuring around the globe most of his life. Skateboarding made it easier to get around, eventually leading to a long trek skate adventure across Kenya. With a new appreciation for skateboards and some good connections, Les dropped everything to make skateboarding his life and, as they say, it's all been downhill since. Now Editor at Skate[Slate] and one of the owners of Flatspot Longboards, Les spends the rest of his time raising his first kid, plugged into the skate-web, and skating with Coast Longboarding.

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