Montreal QC. (Oct. 13, 2021) – Vans, the original action sports brand and global leader in skateboarding for more than 50 years, is proud to present the world premiere of Nice To See You, a new feature-length film built from the ground up to highlight Vans’ global skateboarding team roster and bring to life the creative visions of talented filmmakers around the world.
Under the guidance of Los Angeles-based renowned filmmaker and photographer Greg Hunt, Nice To See You stars Adelaide Norris, Alexey Krasniy, Breana Geering, Chima Ferguson, Daiki Hoshino, Diego Todd, Digby Luxton, Dustin Henry, Etienne Gagne, Nick Michel, Notis Aggelis, Pedro Delfino, Rio Morishige, Ronnie Sandoval, Shogo Zama, Simon Zuzic, Una Farrar, and Wang Guohua, with appearances from many other Vans Family members. A truly global production, the film was co-directed by creative talents including Tommy Zhao, Shari White (who directed Vans’ Credits), Paul Labadie and MaxPack (who directed Vans Europe’s Tom’s Tales), George Kousoulis, Daniel Dent, and Kyota Kamei.
The film’s impetus, as many of the directors from different regions expressed it, is a shared feeling of solidarity and commonality amongst skateboarders everywhere, regardless of location, background, or identity.
“The epicenter of skateboarding has always been in America, but today more than ever, skateboarding is worldwide and projects like this one are the best representation of that,” Europe-based Director Paul Labadie said. “And I think that the diversity of the cast shows that skateboarding is embracing all genders and races; it’s a good message to send to the world right now.”
“This film represents all the best things about skateboarding – friends, good times and, of course, tricks,” added China-based Director Tommy Zhao. “I’m proud to be a part of Vans Skateboarding’s first truly global video, providing an international platform to all of our skaters, no matter where you’re from.”
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 97 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as Vans Checkerboard Day, Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.
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