7-Ply Brotherhood

Produced by: Todd F. Michalek
Coaches: Elizabeth KristAJ Chavar

When 10-year-old Mao discovered “The Spot,” a do-it-yourself skate park on Syracuse’s east side, he never imagined the camaraderie he would find. The park features an ensemble cast of characters connected by relationships that transcend race, class and generation. Mao is the youngest regular, and in just one year he has charmed an unlikely audience. Happy to oblige their lively buddy, the older skaters lean on tradition, bringing him into the fold and taking on the collective role of a big brother.