Kid's Xtreme ambition hits the screen
"How can you mountain-bike in a land without mountains?" That's what everybody asked John Logan Pierson, a sophomore at St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton. He answered by filming a 60-minute movie featuring South Florida mountain bikers pulling tricks at Quiet Waters Park and skateboarders ollieing over everything between ramp 48 in Pompano Beach and the streets of Miami. "I want to put South Florida on the map as an extreme-sports hot spot, up to the ranks of California and British Columbia," Pierson says. Those are big words for a kid from the land of sand and shopping plazas. But he manages to put his vision where his mouth is with his film YX? Why Xtreme? The 16-year-old minimogul plans to distribute the film nationally on VHS and DVD and to sell CDs of the soundtrack, which features local bands. Eventually, "I'd like to run my own production company and direct," he says. During the editing process, the little go-getter also discovered that he enjoys music licensing! For now, he's busy promoting the film's big-screen premiere, to be held at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale) at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Five pop-punk bands play before the screening (beginning at 6:30) and after it. Tickets cost $10 to $50. Call 561-368-8495, or visit www.JLfilms.com. --Deirdra Funcheon
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