I AM THALENTE REVIEWED
“I am Thalente” follows Thalente Biyela from South Africa to America to follow his skating dream. So much of the film is a mix between standard sports documentary and skating reel. While I’m not terribly familiar with Thalente, I admire the hell out of his style. Think of it as a slightly more open legged Lasek with a pinch of Mullen for finesse. If it wasn’t for his past use of heroin and the length it took him to be discovered, we could have easily been seeing Thalente in skating video games.
For a guy whose first name means talent, I can’t think of a better moniker. While the tale of how he met Tony Hawk is interesting, it pales when compared to seeing the guy grind in action. Skating is one of those things that I used to be super into before I turned 18 and discovered other things. But, this documentary awakens the passion I had in those days. Please pick up this flick on VOD and support the hell out of it. This is the best skating documentary since “All This Mayhem”.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 5/13/16
I AM THALENTE will be released on digitally through Seed & Spark on May 13th, 2016 across digital platforms including iTunes, Time Warner, Comcast, Brighthouse, Cox, Verizon, iTunes, Amazon, Googleplay, Vudu, Sony Playstation, and Xbox. Also currently playing theatrically as event screenings in cities across the nation, including Los Angeles, Austin, Providence, Cambridge, San Diego, Minneapolis, more cities TBA shortly.
Event screening info: https://www.seedandspark.com/studio/i-am-thalente#updates
iTunes pre-order: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/i-am-thalente/id1089027479[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Homeless since the age of nine, South African skateboarder Thalente Biyela travels to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skateboarder. Through his eyes, we experience what it takes to rise up out of circumstance and escape a lifetime on the streets.