I Am Thalente: In Theatres and on iTunes Now!

Durban, South Africa | Film Feature


Natalie Johns

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AM THALENTE follows the story of Thalente Biyela as he joins Tony Hawk and other pro skaters on a momentous journey through skateboarding and life. Follow this page for updates on screenings, iTunes pre-order, and VOD.

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

The Story

I AM THALENTE, the story of Thalente Biyela's journey form the streets of South Africa to the skateparks of LA, was successfully funded on Seed&Spark. Now, because of the amazing support of its backers and other sponsors, it's headed out into the world!


FOLLOW this page for upcoming announcements, including: premiere in LA, screenings across the country (thanks to Tugg and YOU), release everywhere via iTunes, Seed&Spark, and other VOD platforms. Stay tuned!


Can't wait? Request a screening now!




Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Camera Operator

Costs $4,800

We need a specialized camera operator who can operate whilst skating and follow Thalente

Car Rental

Costs $1,800

We have road trips planned to Las Vegas with Kenny Anderson, San Diego and San Francisco

Hotel Room

Costs $6,500

Three trips, traveling and sleeping 4 team members for 3 nights each


Costs $650

parking tolls & gas to travel to San Fan, San Diego and Vegas


Costs $2,400

You try keeping skaters and shooters fed and hydrated....


Costs $20,000

The film will run approx 80mins - this will take an editor no less than 10 to 12 weeks to cut.

Titles Designer

Costs $4,500

Graphic design is important not just for the film, but for all the collateral needed for marketing

Sound Designer

Costs $1,502

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend money on it.


Costs $4,500

You want it to look good don't you? This is where the magic happens...

Hard Drive

Costs $1,070

3x G-Raid 4T drives. Yes... we have that much material!

Music Supervisor

Costs $2,500

This has got to be the best sound track ever


Costs $4,000

ASSISTANT Editor supports the hard working editor and help us keep track massive amount of footage!

Production of Masters - HD Tape & Digital Master

Costs $1,500

Our masters & DVD masters get sent out to screenings and distributors when our film gets picked up!

About This Team

DIRECTOR : Natalie Johns

Johns is the founder of Dig for Fire, a new venture in storytelling and film, tailored for the digital age. Natalie has spearheaded/collaborated on hundreds of long form music film projects around the world with artists such as Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, John Legend & The Roots, Lenny Kravitz, REM, Spiritualized, Morrissey and many more. Amongst her credits, project accolades include Best Commissioned program on the multichannels in the UK for The MTV Nike Freestyler TV Documentary, a Billboard Women in Music nomination and an OMMA Award for the FADER +Nikesportswear Pitch Perfect documentary series, as well as a Gold at the Digital Impact Awards, for “Music for RAIN”– an artistic collaboration for Coca Cola’sThe Replenish Africa Initiative, devoted to supplying clean water to Africans. 


PRODUCER: Colin Kennedy

Colin has been skateboarding for nearly twenty-five years and making films for more than fifteen. He has worked with a myriad of professional and amateur skateboarders including Tony Hawk, Steve Berra, Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Rob Dyrdek, Daewon Song and countless others. Additionally, Colin has created award winning commercials, short films and branded content for Gatorade, Fuel TV, Redbull, Nike, Matix Clothing, DVS Shoes, ESPN and Quiksilver. Last year, Vimeo.com selected his short film "Quik" for it's coveted Top 12 Videos of 2012. Currently, Colin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and kids and works as the VP of Creative for TheBerrics.com where he focuses on branded content. 


PRODUCER: Oualid Mouaness

Oualid Mouaness has produced numerous commercials and music videos with RSA/Black Dog Films Films, HSI Productions and Anonymous Content collaborating with directors Floria Sigismondi, David LaChapelle, Jonas Ackerlund, Robert Hales, and Meiert Avis among others. Mouaness’ independent documentary and narrative feature works include KITCHEN PRIVILEGES aka HOUSEBOUND (SXSW 2000), RIZE (Sundance 2005), and PARIS, NOT FRANCE (2009).  His directing work includes shorts films and promos.  Up next is a feature film titled "1982" which he wrote and is slated to direct in 2014.  He is a RAWI / SUNDANCE Screenwriting Lab Fellow.



This film is being distributed by BRIGHT IDEAS Pictures, the new theatrical distribution arm for crowdfunded films, by Seed&Spark.



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