Vans Skate Marketing Manager Justin Regan explained the significance of the film fest, "Skate videos are the single most important vehicle for progressing the activity and the culture of skateboarding, so it's in every skate company's best interest to come together in support and to celebrate the video makers wherever the opportunity arises. It just so happens that the opportunity is arising at a bar within crawling distance to my house." -Excerpt from a 2013 ESPN interview
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The event takes place at the cha cha lounge in Los Angeles. Over the course of the three day Independent Skateboard Film Festival 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning videos are shown as well as honorable mentions as deemed fit by the jury. The Festival runs June 8th-10th 2016. Doors at 8pm for the festival. Free admission! 21+
Cha Cha Lounge
In December of 2005, the Cha Cha Lounge opened its doors in what was then the small, quiet, unknown Eastern Los Angeles enclave known as "Silver-Lake". Back then, you might have only found yourself the neighborhood while pulling off the freeway only to fill your tank or to fix a flat tire caused by the strewn about scrap metal and smashed furniture that once clogged the streets and sidewalks. Brother, how times have changed.... and Cha Cha Lounge humbly takes credit for no small part of this magnificent transformation.
You've probably heard of Silver-Lake and the Cha Cha Lounge in your favorite magazine or on your favorite website and the hype isn't unfounded! The dimly-lit bar has the vibe of some place you stumble into in Tijuana and is situated in a building that once housed a colorful local men's club.
The table tops pay homage to the previous bar, painted by local artists celebrating the drag queens that used to perform there. Bathed in dark red light, cluttered with old Mexican party favors and an amazing collection of black light paintings, the Cha Cha Lounge has thrust Sliver-Lake forward and into the collective national conscience by attracting the nation's hippest taste-makers and trendsetters.
Tip your hat to the life-size Willie Nelson cutout as you walk through the door and head for one of the many cozy U shaped booths that line the wall. The place packs in the locals on any given night along with a few celebrities (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Kelly Osborne, Drew Berrymore and Ryan Gosling) for its super cheap happy hour, foosball tables, photobooth & vending machine packed with eclectic items.
There is no place like it in LA…its truly one of a kind!