Big Brother never stopped pushing the envelope. In 1992, Steve Rocco started the magazine because existing publications were censoring his World Industries advertisements. This resulted in the most controversial magazine in skateboarding’s history. Discontinued in 2004, Big Brother led to Dickhouse Productions—the company behind the Jackass franchise, Rob & Big, and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. For better or worse, the demise of Big Brother had an undeniable impact on where we are today. Many comparisons are made between Jenkem and Big Brother.
Epicly Later’d creator Patrick O’Dell produced and directed the Big Brother documentary that will be premiering this week 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. You can catch all 79 minutes of the film this week by getting tickets at either tribecafilm.com or on eventbrite.com. The first showing is Thursday, April 27th at 6pm. Tickets are $23.88.