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If you walk down State Street, you will see countless teenagers and young adults zip past you on their skateboards. The sport has grown extremely popular in the last few years and has become an icon in almost every home. If you were or are into skating, you will know who and what the Bones Brigade is. A team of young skaters back in the 80's, skaters who created many of today's tricks and heavily influenced both professionals and amateurs who skate today.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival premiered the film, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. The film is a documentary which features one of the most famous and influential teams in the history of skateboarding.
Stacy Peralta, filmmaker and skateboard legend, told the memorable progress of six young teenage boys, who eventually became the best of their sport, of their generation, setting records upon records. Without these legends, skateboarding wouldn't be a multi-million dollar industry as it is today.
Peralta, who also filmed Dogtown and Z-Boys, kept this film very formal and restrained, using interviews and a recurring theme of family necessity. Being an autobiography, this film is non-bias, and reflects on Peralta\'s growing maturity as the film\'s style is almost the exact opposite of his other films such as Dogtown, which was very flashy and had viewers witness the destruction of the team.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.