Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Stacy Peralta. The film is based on the "Z-Boys", a revolutionary group of young and talented skateboarders from the Venice Beach area of California. The Z-Boys consisted of Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva, and Jay Adams. The movie is dedicated to the memory of comedian Mitch Hedberg, who appears in the movie but died before the film was released.
The film has a close relationship with Thrashin', the 1986 original skateboarding cult classic, directed by David Winters, where Catherine Hardwicke began her career in motion pictures as a production designer and had a chance to work with many famous skaters including Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero.