Do It Yourself.


Our City, Our Story

E18: Do It Yourself.

"Eric Neubauer was a friend who I've looked up to for a long time.

His story goes beyond helping a troubled neighborhood out by turning a lot into a skatepark; he has been a mentor and father figure to a lot of fatherless and lost young skateboarders throughout the years (including myself). I'm glad to be able to tell his story, although it wasn't easy getting him to talk about himself (he's as humble as a monk to the extent that our interviews were more filled with philosophizing about skateboarding, learning, teaching, failing, and persistence rather than what he's accomplished).
I hope his humility, hard work, and acceptance of failure is a tenet you can keep in mind, as I do, when struggling with personal battles both everyday and in the future."

Bing Liu


  • Produced By
    Pablo Korona
  • Directed, Cinematography, and Edit By
    Bing Liu
  • Music
    Daniel James McMahon & Zach Staas
  • Audio Mixing
    Zach Staas
  • Special Thanks
    Eric Neubauer
    Rockford Park Disctrict
    Bing Liu
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