Doc Shows Rise, Fall, Rise of Pro Skateboarder

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Skateboarding pros and novices alike rolled into New York's Knitting Factory for back-to-back screenings of the documentary Rising Son, the Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi, which Hosoi himself attended to provide additional commentary. The audience was riveted -- how often can a pro-athlete documentary elicit both hearty laughter and tears from the crowd? The film featured a heavy dose of skateboarding history and an all-star ensemble, including Tony Hawk, Chad Muska, Jason Lee, Tony Alva, and Dennis Hopper, who narrated Hasoi's rise to fame, fall into drug abuse and incarceration, and rebirth as a religious devotee. STORY BY TRICIA SUMMERS. PHOTOS BY TRICIA SUMMERS AND REBEKAH BERLIN

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