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Skateboarding lives hard, dies hard and saw its first prominence in Chicago in the early 1990′s. Wing Ko was there documenting Jesse Neuhaus, Steven ‘Stevie Dread’ Snyder and Eric Murphy, sponsored riders for the famed Alva Skateboards at a time when very few Midwestern skaters got recognition by industry-leading West Coast companies.
The Brotherhood: Chicago is more than a film about the love of skateboarding, it's about pursuing one's passion as life happens.
Through the course of his career, Wing Ko has collaborated with a who’s who of modern artists, musicians and filmmakers. He worked with Spike Jonze on several music videos and edited the pilot for MTV’s “Jackass,” which Jonze co-created and executive produced. As a founding member of the innovative production company H-Gun, Wing helped create more than 80 music videos for Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Public Enemy and other top bands of the time. For more than 15 years he crewed skateboard videos and traveled the globe with world-renowned installation artist Doug Aiken, working on his films “Eraser,” “Into The Sun” and “Electric Earth.”
Jesse Neuhaus is a life-long resident of Chicago and is from Peoria, Illinois. He is the product of hippie parents and started out as a gymnast. He later became one of the first professional skateboarders from Chicago.
STEVEN “DREAD” SNYDER
Steven "Dread" Snyder is a skater from Albion, Michigan who came over to Chicago in 1984 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. His skating skills were quickly recognized and he was sponsored by Alva Skateboards. He has lived in Chicago ever since.
"Murph" is from somewhere in Illinois and started skating in 1986 where he made an impression with the local skateboard scene for his powerful skating and his great board control for being such a "big guy."