Bullion’s John Merizalde documents one early summer night at the Cascade roller rink in Atlanta for SG Lewis.
Profiling a rich history and array of slick skaters for this summer jam.
Growing up in Atlanta, Cascade was a place that always fascinated me. When I was a teenager, I had the experience of spending an evening at this unassuming roller skating rink on the west side. What immediately stuck out to me was the energy – the Cascade crowd was diverse, the music was electric, and the movement was contagious. I realised this wasn’t just a place to skate; it was a subculture, a community.
When I heard “Holding Back” I realised this was not only the perfect opportunity to create a memorably groovy video but also a lasting tribute for this magical place. The track has a palpable sexiness that perfectly compliments the smoothness of Cascade skaters. Beyond the surface level coolness however, we wanted to layer some moodier undertones to match the lyrics, leaving us with a hybrid narrative doc that hopefully resonates with viewers.
If anything, I hope this video motivates some of you to get up and grab a pair of skates.
Directed by John Merizalde
Co-directed by Pasqual Gutierrrez
Producer: Dylan Harrington
DP: Kristian Zuñiga
Gaffer: Alex Allgood
Steadicam: Richard Volsky
1st AC: Daniel Guadalupe
2nd AC: Austin English
Production Coordiantor: Jae Desouza
Best Boy Electric: Evan Williams
Makeup: Stephanie Lennox
Audio Mixer: Matt Dunaway
Editors: Cami Starkman and Chad Sarahina
Colorist: David Torcivia
2nd Unit Interview: Erin Murray
Comissioners: Emily Sonnet, Gilbert Johnson
Production Company: Bullion Productions
Executive Producer: Drew O’Neill
Service Company: Whitelist
Director’s Representation: OB Management
Starring Colton Wheatley and Deanna Ross