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

for as long

as I can remember.

He had a particular thing

with my mom,

and I think a lot of that

was just Danny's anger

and rage around

losing our dad,

then losing

our stepdad.

My mom had

so many different boyfriends,

from drug dealers

to just abusive guys

who used to beat

the shit out of her

and my brother and I,

and, um, you know...

Yeah, it's just...

The police came

to our house a lot...

a lot in Vista.

So, my kids grew up

never knowing what they

were gonna come home to.

Whenever things

got really difficult at home,

Danny would always ask

to go live with Tim.

He was always so happy

around Tim.

He had a mentor,

he had somebody

that could support him

and act as a father figure

in his life.

You have scars from scraping

himself on the sidewalk.

You also have scars

in your mind

that you never

can get rid of.

Sometimes it's good

to talk about them,

but sometimes

it's just too painful.

So, what do we do?

We go out and find

something that's fun.

Sometimes it's dangerous,

but oh, well.

It's worth it.

We've always been out

to prove ourselves

because of having

to make up

for what we didn't have

in the family structure.

What comes along with that

is a strong, competitive spirit.

When I was watching Danny,

he had a focus.

He made up his mind

to do this one trick,

and he would keep trying it

until he did.

I mean, he'd get

beat up, man...

bam! sometimes...

but he'd just

get back up.

Will he survive?

Gale Webb was an interesting

person in Danny's life.

She took Danny

under her wing,

got him hooked up in the

demo circuit she was doing,

and provided some kind

of structure for Danny.

At the beginning,

he was kind of shy,

and then I generate

the excitement.

I go, "Oh, you like that?

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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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