Head up, Honey. A Story About Healing.

Belgium, 2022. Head up, Honey is a story about the basic human needs to be seen, valued and heard. And a woman whose life changed completely 10 years ago by a chance meeting with a professional skateboarder at a very turbulent and difficult time in her life.

It reminds us that in our complex digitized societies, a sense of community, appreciation, physical movement, playfulness , and help can be healing and make people flourish.

Veerle makes us reimagine what it means to be a skateboarder in 2022. A time when skateboarding is in a very inclusive phase of its history, where all kinds of styles, tricks, levels and backgrounds are accepted. Moving away from one style and from a dominated and rebellious life to an inclusive, non-competitive activity, with a focus on mental health and the healing potential of something as mundane as pushing a plank of wood on wheels. A story about hope, redemption and gratitude.

  • dries vanherwegen
    Jugartistas, Here to Stay, Skate Spectrum
  • dries vanherwegen
    Jugartistas, Here to Stay, Skate Spectrum
  • dries vanherwegen
    Jugartistas, Here to Stay, Skate Spectrum
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    documentary, drama, comedy
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 EUR
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Director Biography - dries vanherwegen

Dries Vanherwegen (Belgium, 1985) studied sociology and did academic research on social inequalities in art education, cultural and creative capital. Meanwhile he worked as a skateboard teacher, and a personal assistant to differently abled people. Based in Barcelona he now draws on this background to make social documentaries mainly focusing on mental health, social and personal transitions, creativity, and identity within socially turbulent times.

Co-director and co-producer of Jugartistas (Barcelona, 2022) with OTOXO productions.
Director, producer of Here to Stay (Belgium, 2022) a series of shorts on the meaning of skateboarding in women's lives and Skate spectrum (Belgium, 2022) a documentary on a group of children with autism who engage in skateboarding.

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