Exclusive video of the award-winning film On the Cusp behind the scenes, featuring renowned skateboarder from Newark, Tommy Cuba and directed by Yuri Alves.

Tommy Cuba, a renowned skateboarder from Newark, NJ, who has competed in numerous tournaments and been profiled in top skating magazines. He is one of the founders of “Shorty’s Skate Park,” built by hand from scraps, which became a legendary hub for skating enthusiasts from all over the country. Despite a motherless childhood, Tommy owns a timeless joy for life and generosity of spirit that captivates all those around him. And yet his deliberately insulated world cannot prepare him for the looming forces of change. (Directed by Yuri Alves) | ON THE CUSP Film

His hands built a skate park. His spirit built a community.

WINNER: 37th Black Maria Film Festival 2018 (Jury’s Choice Award)
WINNER: INDIE Fest Film Awards 2017 (Best Documentary Short)
WINNER: Best Shorts Competition 2017 (Best Documentary Short)
WINNER: Impact Doc Awards (Documentary Short)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Marina Del Rey Film Festival 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION: LA Lift-Off Film Festival 2018

On the Cusp Film laurels


TOMMY CUBA: I don’t even like watching the news or what’s going on. I don’t know what’s going on. I keep it right here on this little cusp.

This is a place called Shorty’s. Me and like forty of my friends just started building. This what I like, this is where I wanna be. I like what we do here. Everyone has so much fucking heart.

Shorty’s did a lot for me… and a lot for all of us.

Watch more ON THE CUSP here.

Directed by Yuri Alves

Featuring Tommy Cuba

Produced by: Yuri Alves, Igor Alves
Executive Producers: Igor Alves, Yuri Alves, Mike Gomes
Cinematography by Mike Gomes, Yuri Alves
Original Music by Boris Ivanov
Camera Operators: Mike Gomes, Yuri Alves, Caroline Sincaruk
1st Assistant Camera: Marco Penajoia
2nd Assistant Camera: Caroline Sincaruk
Gaffer: Gabriel Kurzlop
Sound: Victor Buitrago
Production Coordinator: Li Kurzlop
Edited by Caroline Sincaruk
Colorist: Alex MacLean
Supervising Sound Editor / Mixer: Mert Ozcan
Post Production Color Services by: Rogue
Post Production Sound Services by: The Record House
Associate Producers: Daniel Dowding, Paul Burger
Consulting Producer: Christopher Santiago

Supported in part by Newark Arts

Special thanks: Newark Office of Film and Television, Express Newark

Filmed on location in Newark, NJ with the RED Dragon Camera + ELITE Anamorphic Cinema Lenses

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