I produced and directed this documentary as part of a new mental health skateboarding series for VICE called Skating & Talking. Here’s the Blurb:
Polish skater and artist Gonzi has been vocal about his fight against depression and borderline schizophrenia. Gonzi picked up a skateboard at the age of five and started hanging out with older skaters in his hometown of Łódź, exposing him to a life of parties and drug use at a young age. He smoked his first joint at 13, and was 17 when he experienced a psychotic break due to drug use and was diagnosed with borderline paranoid schizophrenia. He thanks skateboarding, his friends, and art for still being here today. Watch more like this: Skater Ben Raemers’ Tragic Death Sparked a Mental Health Movement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE2rE… How Mental Illness Derailed the Career of a Promising Young Skateboarder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d09so… The Skateboard Hero Who Fought a Terrorist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgZKo… Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE About VICE: The Definitive Guide To Enlightening Information. From every corner of the planet, our immersive, caustic, ground-breaking and often bizarre stories have changed the way people think about culture, crime, art, parties, fashion, protest, the internet and other subjects that don’t even have names yet. Browse the growing library and discover corners of the world you never knew existed.