The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: The Skid Kid

When: November 25, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

Dir. Glen Gruner
Cast: Scott Gruner
Runtime: 70 min
Country: USA
Screening Format: Digital

"The Skid Kid belongs on the shelf of any grown-up unjaded enough to remember how much fun it was to pretend to be a superhero, and any kid who hasn't yet stopped." - Adam M. Jeffers, TRASH NITE

"An episode of THIS AMERICAN LIFE cross-mutated with a teenage demo version of BATMAN." Joseph Ziemba, Alamo Drafthouse

What's the essential elements you need to make a movie? Money? THINK AGAIN! First, try starry-eyed creativity, feverish passion, and the help of every single person in your hometown, especially if you plan to bring to life the story of a guy who scoots around on his butt.

Glen Gruner's 8mm classic The Skid Kid was shot in 1991, looks like it as shot in the late 70s and is a one of a kind treasure of teenagers pretending to fight, non-actors endearingly struggling with dialogue and sublime stop-motion super hero shenanigans.

The story deals with Scooter Spielberg (stoically portrayed by the director's brother Scott) who finds a pair of magical boots after its previous was burned alive(!), and they allow him to zoom around on his butt and save his fair city from all kinds of muggers, murderers and plain old bad dudes.

It’s the kind of lighthearted/baffling regional filmmaking magic that everyone needs in their life right now.

Barely released on VHS (there's no IMDB page!) this is a rare chance to see this marvellous testament to the creative spirit that will potentially make you want to move to America's burgeoning new Hollywood: Union, Missouri.


The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.