DIRECTOR / WRITER
Rick Charnoski is a lifelong skateboarder, artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Focusing on the shadowy realms of worlds often inaccessible to mainstream citizens, Charnoski’s unique narrative style has documented the undercurrents of life with an integrity that has earned the respect of viewer and subject alike.
Charnoski began documenting skateboarding and its insular and often gritty community with his friend Coan Nichols in 1998. After the underground success of their first documentary film, Fruit of the Vine (2000), they founded the independent production company, Six Stair, which operates under the same DIY ethics of the subculture that raised them.
After catching the eye of renowned DP Christopher Doyle for their specialty in Super 8mm filmmaking, Charnoski and Nichols lent their lens skills to Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (2007). They have since worked with a wide range of respected artists and filmmakers including Cameron Crowe, Richard Serra, Peter Beard, and Julian Schnabel, as well as on commercial projects for Vans, Nike, Converse, Mountain Dew and the Gold Effie Award winning Ouch! campaign for Tylenol.
Their documentary work includes Tent City (2003), which followed San Francisco’s notorious Anti Hero skate team throughout Australia; Pearl Jam‘s Vote for Change (2004), capturing the band’s tour across America mobilizing the youth vote; the feature length Deathbowl to Downtown (2009), chronicling the history of skateboarding in New York City, narrated by Chloe Sevigny; and hundreds of shorts that map out the stories of a culture infamous for its caginess and commitment to authenticity.
In 2006 and 2013 respectively, Nichols and Charnoski were invited to Melbourne International Film Festival and MoMA, NYC to screen retrospectives of their work. They have also hosted and screened their work at a variety of festivals, Museums and events throughout America - the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Australia and Japan.
In 2012 Charnoski teamed up with Amiel Courtin-Wilson to work on the award-winning feature film, Ruin, throughout the chaos of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was on this project that Charnoski and Courtin-Wilson recognized a shared love of a particularly spontaneous approach toward filmmaking and they began co-writing Warm Blood with long time friend, former director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and all round cineaste James Hewison.