Big Brother was the defining skate magazine of its era . During its run, it pushed just about every boundary that there is. Founded by Steve Rocco in 1992, the magazine was created because existing publications were censoring his World Industries advertisements. Rocco decided to create a no-holds-barred publication in which literally anything went. The result was the most controversial magazine in skateboarding’s history. The articles, advertisements, and imagery contained in Big Brother are still considered legendary. In 1997, the magazine was purchased by Larry Flynt and continued to publish monthly issues until it was discontinued in 2004. Big Brother also spawned Dickhouse Productions—the company behind the Jackass franchise, Rob & Big, and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.
Patrick O’Dell of Epicly Later’d fame has produced and directed a Big Brother documentary that will be premiering next month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine will give the history of the publication as told by the people that were involved. Jeff Tremaine, Sean Cliver, Steve Rocco, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Tony Hawk, Chad Muska, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, and Rob Dyrdek are all listed as members of the cast. Clocking in at 79 minutes, this is slated to be the full-length Big Brother documentary that skateboarding has been waiting for.
Showings are scheduled in New York on April 27, 28, 29, and 30. Tickets can be purchased via tribecafilm.com starting on March 28.