From creating World Industries’ first video in 1989, to winning the Academy Award for Her in 2014, Spike Jonze’s career is the stuff that legends are made of. Jonze’s many accomplishments over the past several decades are too numerous to list here. But, as skateboarders, the most relevant for our culture has to be the part that he played in making Blind’s Video Days (1992)—which is widely regarded as one of the best films to emerge from the genre. Spike sat down for an interview with The Nine Club to start off its 2018 season, and gave his take on skateboarding’s ultimate cult classic.
“We were really just following Mark [Gonzales]. That whole video is really just about following him, and his spirit. Now, looking back on it, I think I had a little bit of an intention as a filmmaker. But I would have never known it at the time. Rubbish Heap was really trying to capture the World aesthetic. With the Blind video, I think I was really trying to capture what it felt like to be around Mark—the randomness, and magic, and mystery, and unknown.”
Click play above to watch the entire interview. The bit about Video Days starts at the 37:03 mark.