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

when Danny was, you know, six years

old, and I was eight years old.

He'd go down and pay for them

to hang out there all day.

It was almost, for me,

like a baby-sitting program.

Some people spent

every waking hour at that park.

They came when it opened

at 9:
00 in the morning

till 11:
00 at night.

When I

first saw Danny,

he was just

a little kid from Vista

trying to come into this scene

that was Del Mar,

and, like, we were always

kind of tough on him.


he was the little kid,

and we were

the big 14-year-olds,

so, you know,

picking on him,

hiding his board...

I was always smaller

than most my friends,

so I was in a position

where I had to earn respect,

and I always was trying

to prove myself.

We could tell Danny to do anything,

and he would do it.

We'd hang out with

our neighborhood friends then,

and we'd be like, "Hey, Danny,

go kiss that girl,"

and he would do it,

just whatever it took,

to get the attention

and respect of the group.

When I hit 28,

I started partying a lot.

I realized that

with alcohol and drugs

I could mask

the pain of Dennis dying.

I would leave and not come home

for a few days.

Mary had a hard time

letting go

of what happened

to, uh, Danny's father.

I think that haunted her,

and it affected the kids.

Our mom was gone a lot,

and so for Danny and I,

skateboarding really

became our family.

We were with each other

every single day skating.

It was just

what we did.

There was no alternative.

There was no option.

After a while,

I thought the grass was greener

on the other side,

and I caused my marriage

to go upside down.

And that's when Tim

and I parted the sheets.

I got a lot of backlash,

not so much from Damon,

but from Danny.

Danny's had

a level of anger inside him

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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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