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August 2015
 August spotlights the documentary series  

The PUSH series tells the stories of eight skateboarders... but this series is about far more than skateboarding.


Each skater is a story teller who draws you into their life and entices viewers with each episode. Many of these skaters have rags-to-riches type stories that pull the viewer from their seat into the skaters' lives. These stories examine each skater's individual responses to challenges that come with filming their individual video parts for The Berrics PUSH project.


Studio Unknown has had the pleasure of providing full audio post production on this remarkable series produced by longtime collaborator, Lije Sarki (check out our feature on Lije below).

PUSH series Trailer:

Spotlighting the Skaters

If you watch only one episode, we suggest you view one of our favorites. In this episode of The Berrics PUSH  we travel to China with Leticia Bufoni. Her attempts at a challenging trick result in an unusual medical treatment....Enjoy!
Over a five month period these eight skaters dealt with the pressure of having to land tricks for their individual video parts all over the word, a process that could otherwise take years.
The eight Skateboarders:

Cody Cepeda - Croswell, Michigan


Aaron "Jaws" Homoki - Phoenix, Arizona


Ishod Wair - Bordentown, New Jersey


Leticia Bufoni - Sao Paulo, Brazil


Trevor Colden - Virginia Beach, Virginia


Luan Oliveira - Porto Alegre, Brazil 


Ben Raybourn - Rosenberg, Oregon


Josh Matthews - Springfield, Oregon    

Spotlight on Lije Sarki 


Lije - "middle of nowhere" - PUSH project.
Photo by Rodent.
Lije Sarki is a Los
Angeles-based filmmaker who bleeds his Michigan roots.  


In his latest project, he teamed up with pro skater and filmmaker Steve Berra to produce the above mentioned skateboarding documentary, PUSH. The PUSH team traveled the world filming and creating the 48-episode series with a full-length piece set to air on NBC October 3rd, 2015 at 4pm EST. Lije, spending his whole life on a skateboard, has found an intersection of life and work with PUSH that will be forever special to him.   


In 2015, Lije also produced two narrative feature films, Those Left Behind (Daphne Zuniga, Jack Griffo) and Hickey (Troy Doherty, Tiny Lister), currently in post production, as well as ToY (Briana Evigan, Matt O'Leary) and This Isn't Funny (Anthony LaPaglia, Danielle Panabaker), both of which are in different stages of distribution. 


Lije continues to  promote his anti-bullying film, Belong, at film festivals and on Vimeo as a "Staff Pick".


 Lije has collaborated with Studio Unknown on every single project listed above. He says, "I couldn't imagine doing a project without them."


Click HERE for more of Lije's work and more from his company, Nut Bucket Films.


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