by John Tarpley
A breakout hit on the festival circuit, this look at the price of skateboard romanticism took the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary (as well as a Best Cinematography honor) at this year's SXSW Film Festival. The doc profiles a characteristically turbulent year in the life of Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a brilliant but perpetually out-on-his-luck professional pool skater, as he breaks into abandoned pools, hustles hard for fast food and migrates from crash pad to crash pad. All the while, Skreech is dragging his heels towards adulthood, all but abandoning his toddler-age son for fireworks, weed and vague plans of "making it big." Director Tristan Patterson, whose credits include Harmony Korine's "Julien Donkey-Boy," will be present for the festival. He's currently at work with "Blue Valentine" producer Jamie Patricof on "Electric Slide," his full-length narrative debut, starring Ewan McGregor as an '80s L.A. antiques store owner, heroin addict and prolific bank robber. 8:25 p.m. Thu., 6:10 p.m. Fri., Riverdale.