The YAA Girlz and the Deadly Sparks
In case you’ve never seen this, here is my film: The YAA Girlz and the Deadly Sparks.
The YAA Girlz and the Deadly Sparks – A Patrick O’Neil Film © 2009
Running time: 12.5 minutes
Directed, Filmed. Edited, Scored, and Interviews Conducted by Patrick O’Neil.
The YAA Girlz and the Deadly Sparks: were two all female skateboard “crews” from the punk rock days of the early 1980’s, formed in reaction to the all male skate “crews” like the Jaks, and then the Jerks, who didn’t allow women as members.
The documentary consists of interviews with a few of these pioneering women skaters today as they talk about what it was like then, combined with a montage of photos taken during their heyday, skating and hanging out. The accompanying soundtrack consists of music from local SF punk bands of the era: Bad Posture, Fang, Afflicted, and Speed Racer.
Published in The Coachella Review, Spring Issue (2010)