Waiting for Lightning

Synopsis: A documentary on pro skateboarder Danny Way's tough childhood and his contributions to the sport, including footage of his jump over the Great Wall of China.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jacob Rosenberg
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

so we ended up moving

back to Carlsbad.

Dennis's ex-wife worked

for the gas

and electric company.

When we went to get

our electricity hooked up,

that's when she found out

Dennis was back in town,

and she had him

put in jail

for 90 days

for a $50 child-support payment.

And nine days

after he was in there,

he got hung

in jail.

That day was

the worst day of my life.

And that's where the kids

and I began our journey

as the three musketeers,

I call it.

I don't really remember

my father dying.

I don't really remember

the period of time

before him

and our stepdad, Tim,

but I clearly remember

us living with Tim

after my mom and him

got married.

Tim was like

a kid himself,

so when he met Damon

and Danny, it was on.

Tim came into

my brother and mine's life

and took on

that father-figure role.

He surfed every day,

and lived that

surfer/bohemian lifestyle.

We started tuning in

to that piece of culture

that was really free.

He gave my kids

exactly what they needed

at that point

in their lives.

He was really good

with his hands and wood,

and he would build

us skateboards.

He wouldn't go buy us a skateboard,

he'd actually build it,

and the thing would have

its shape and everything.

It was amazing.

We really little, and we'd ride

them around out front.

Danny was a three-year-old,

and he mastered how to make

that skateboard work for him.

He figured out that

if he put a knee on the board

and pushed

with his other foot,

he could keep up with Damon

trying to get

away from him on his bike.

Danny rode

it fearlessly.

Tim gave them an opportunity

to experience that,

wasn't overprotective,

wasn't afraid

of them getting hurt.

Everywhere we went,

we had to take the skateboard.

So, the skateboard was...

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Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston is an American author. He wrote the novel Remember Me Like This and the story collection, Corpus Christi: Stories. He is also the editor of the non-fiction work, Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. He won the 2017 Sunday Times Short Story Award. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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