Written, directed, and produced by Todd Sines
Produced by Dylan Blue
Troubled teens in a blue-collar Ohio suburb unite in BMX, skating, music, and zine culture, struggling against abuse, the religious right, depression — and each other. Dayglow Black is an autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Ohio rustbelt in 1987, where teens discover and bond over freestyle BMX, skateboarding, and alternative music subculture, based on all true stories.
Within the dark shadows of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused, teens metamorph into pre-adult pupae from 1987–1991. While skating and BMX bring them together, music becomes the dominant force of their connections. Our lead documents their nights and weekends, turning those moments into a ‘zine. Each weekend, their radius expands from the mall food court to getting cars and exploring the micro-metropolis of Cleveland. Music becomes the focus, starting bands with shows in parents’ basements and school gymnasiums. The “safe” straight-edge children of white-collar academics collide with thrill-obsessed juveniles of broken, blue-collar homes. Adolescent angst and intimacy clash with substance abuse, destroying everything in its path. As Gulf War headlines grip the world, the local paper tells their backyard horrors; infanticide, molestation, rape, drug trafficking, suicide, and the tragic deaths of seniors in a fiery inferno rock this pop. 30,000 town for decades to come.
Starring Jordan Theodore, Emily Casey, Luciana Mango, Jeff Shook, Connor Gilmore, McKenna Slaydon. Introducing Tucker Sinjin