Skateboarding demands your attention, and if you find that you can’t look away, it commands you to get on a board. That’s what happened to 12-year-old Amelia Brodka when she witnessed the Women’s Vert demo at the 2002 X Games in Philadelphia.
“I was about 12 years old. There was something about seeing other girls, especially Lyn-Z [Adams Hawkins], who was the same age, skate in that way that made it seem accessible. Seeing that demo made me feel like I could aspire to skate the way that they do and that it would — one day — be possible,” said Brodka, recalling her initial reaction when she saw the girls skate the ramp.
Confessing that she’s been “obsessed” ever since, Brodka’s passion for skateboarding has led her onto vert ramps and into backyard pools, sponsorships and skating alongside the women who inspired her. Brodka’s undeniable talent and sheer enthusiasm led to a coveted slot in X Games Women’s Vert, but her chance fell through — you’ve got to watch the movie!
Perhaps it was getting so close to her dream only to see it crumble that led Brodka to make her first film, a documentary on girls’ skateboarding. “Underexposed” is about the differences in the perception of men’s and women’s skateboarding, the challenges facing women in the skate industry and ultimately about getting proactive.
Now 23 years old and a recent graduate of the prestigious University of Southern California, Brodka said her motivation to make the film centered on perception versus opportunity.
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