Michael has a dream : to leave his small town in Nevada and go to Los Angeles, a skater's paradise. Although refused entry to a skateboarding contest in LA, he sets out on his own journey with his skateboard as sole partner...
This film is really inspired by a true story. A lot of people will recognize themselves in this risky journey, mostly chaotic and unfortunately with a sad ending. Indeed LA remains, regrettably the city of broken dreams. But we really wanted to make a film different from what we usually see. We wanted to pay tribute to courage, perseverance and mostly hope. Because what we found fascinating in particular, was the beauty behind this approach, which could look crazy and naive at first sight. Who has never dreamt of dumping everything and going far away to live his dream? Not many people take a chance. Michael did. And it doesn’t matter whether he was successful or not, what matters is what it took him to get where he wanted to be. So this film is not simply the story of Michael, but that of an entire lost generation struggling to exist and fulfil its dreams.
Born Wild is a short film celebrating freedom, skateboarding and youth culture.
Directed by Victor Willems & Marin Troude
Featuring Michael Ledoux
Editing : Marin Troude & Victor Willems
Color grading : Felix Oziel
Music composed by Jim Calamel & Victor Willems
Sound Design : Jim Calamel & P.O Gautier
Mastering : Benjamin Joubert
Music by Hell It's Paradise, you can buy it here :