Skateboard legend-turned-documentary-filmmaker, Stacy Peralta began his directing career with the cult classic 1984 film, "The Bones Brigade Video Show," featuring the skating and antics of the Powell-Peralta skate team that included Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, and Mike McGill. The self-taught filmmaker then spent years producing and directing network television before moving into documentary filmmaking with "Dogtown and Z-Boys," about the birth of extreme skating and the famous Z-Boys team of which Stacy was a part. The groundbreaking documentary won both the Audience and the Directing Awards at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2004, Stacy’s documentary “Riding Giants” about the history and lure of big wave surfing was the first film ever honored as the opening night documentary at Sundance. Featuring Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, Kelly Slater and others, it’s a celebration of big wave surfing and surf culture during its halcyon days. Next followed Stacy's 2008 documentary, "Crips and Bloods: Made in America.” Another Sundance success, the film examines the history and issues surrounding gang violence and South Los Angeles’ most notorious gangs struggling through a vicious cycle.
Stacy’s latest and fourth Sundance documentary, the long awaited "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography", is a follow up to Dogtown and chronicles the influential skateboarding team he discovered and mentored in the 70s.
When Stacy isn't working on his feature film projects, he can be found directing documentary commercials and short films, practicing cacti horticulture or stand up paddle surfing whenever the waves are great.