I AM Thalente is a verité documentary about once homeless skateboarder Thalente Biyela’s journey from the streets of South Africa to Los Angeles, California and into the heart of skateboarding.
The producers have turned to specialist film crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark to finance the completion of the documentary film armed with massive support of the skate community who are providing incentives to those who support the film.
Whilst this story hinges on Thalente’s love of skateboarding, it gives insight into the challenges that the homeless youth face due to lack of role models, illiteracy and lack of family. It is Thalente’s love of skateboarding that presents itself as a legitimate means to rise out of circumstance and make a place for himself in the world and offers a unique perspective on skateboarding and the power of uncompromised acceptance, community and individuality.
This project was created with the same spirit that america was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can't do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around america looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our facebook to get yourself photographed by us.
An extra special thanks to Brandon Rein, Scotty Hoffman and Trevor Atwater.