Indie Filmmaker Makes Documentary About Parkour

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A documentary about the extreme sport of Parkour.(Photo: unknown)
A documentary about the extreme sport of Parkour.(Photo: unknown)

Meet local filmmaker Craig Pentak, an OSU graduate and former editing intern at WOSU who recently won a prestigious editing award in Italy for his independent film Parkour in America about the extreme sport of Parkour – the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.

Pentak grew up in Columbus and went to The Ohio State University (OSU) to study film.

He says he’s always known he wanted to make movies and began filming his documentary about Parkour while at OSU. In fact, some of the filming was done at OSU.

Shortly after he graduated, his documentary won an award.

“My whole goal at Ohio State was to make a short film that would do well at film festivals and hopefully win some awards. And I thought it was very fitting that the day after I graduated I won my first award,” he said.

“Interning at WOSU has definitely added to my knowledge of professional side of TV and film,” he said.

Pentak describes Parkour as “a sport that is very focused on the movement of the human body. It’s all about getting from point A to point B as efficiently as possible.”

“The main focus of the movie was a club at Ohio State that wanted to become an official sports club. I kind of went out to their practices and just shot day after day after day and eventually I figured it out,” he said.

About what brought him to film in London, Pentak explains: “Well, I went to London because they had to have certified instructors to be able to be an official sports club. So they went to London because that’s where they could get a certification that had just come out through Parkour Generations, which is a group of practitioners who are all like, either founders, or second generation Parkour practitioners.”

“It’s not just about doing a back flip to impress your friends,” Stephane Vigroux of Parkour Generations said.

“It’s all about overcoming that fear and kind of trusting yourself to do what’s right, and land and roll and kind of get out of it okay,” Pentak explains.

“I would definitely say, just make movies … Don’t just sit there and talk about it, but actually go out and make something.”

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