"Skatopia" Film Premieres as Skate Park Owner Fights For Life

July 8, 2009 4:56 PM ET

Last year, Rolling Stone took a visit to Skatopia, an 88-acre skate park outside of Rutland, Ohio where many of the sport's greats have come to marvel at the skate paradise owned by Brewce Martin. (Revisit Rolling Stone's journey to Rutland in Welcome to Skatopia: Eighty-Eight Acres of Anarchy in the USA.) Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy, a documentary about the unique skater heaven, premieres this weekend, but the debut will be as much of a tribute as it is a celebration: Martin was nearly killed last month when he suffered massive head injuries from an exploding tire.

While a rep for the film tells Rock Daily that Martin is improving, it may be years before Martin is fully recovered, and until that time the extent of the brain injuries will remain unknown. Many of New York's best skateboarders will be on hand July 11th when Skatopia debuts at New York's Tribeca Cinema. For more info on the film, check out its official Website. Also, be sure to check out Rolling Stone's exclusive footage of the film.

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