Speaking of documentaries, I watched Sound City the other day and it was fucking awesome.
That’s right, FUCKING!
Sound City tells the story of a renowned recording studio called Sound City, which is located in Los Angeles. Many great records were made there. It was put together by Dave Grohl, has an amazing cast and if you are a fan of music or rock history, eyeball Sound City.
Click below for the trailer, and go HERE for more info.
Well, this morning I got sucked into this documentary about the Pirate Bay and its founders. I have embedded it below. The doc basically covers their fight against the court system regarding their assistance on copyright infringement. The whole copyright/piracy/sharing thing is a complex but interesting topic, one that could go on forever. I understand people & industries gunning for these guys, but it does seem like an inaccurate means to an end. As one YouTube commenter said – “this is like convicting a weapon manufacturer for all the murders committed with weapons created by them. Makes no sense”
Again, this is a complex issue and I’m sure there are numerous opinions.
The film maker has made the documentary available for free, but you can also pay for it if you like. Hit up the TPB AFK site for more info, and assorted stats on people who have paid for the documentary, YouTube views etc…
Click below to watch TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard
Over the last week, I’ve been blown away by 2 documentaries.
The first being “Bad 25″, which is a SPIKE LEE JOINT on Michael Jackson’s BAD album. Fan or not, this is a great behind the scenes look at the making of a HUGE album and all the things that go along with it.
The second being “Inventing David Geffen”, which is an American Masters episode on music executive/producer/all around badass David Geffen. I knew very little about David Geffen, even though he’s been behind some great stuff.
Both of these were VERY interesting, informative and featured commentary by some big names. I recommend any fan of documentaries to watch both, so moonwalk over to your couch and do so.
Fraser Byrne sent over this rad film. “We just finished up this wee vid I thought you might appreciate. Although its not ‘bmx’ its in the spirit of DIY, cheap living adventure that I think most BMXers can relate to. The vid is based on a guy called Austin Vince who rode around the world (by the longest route possible) on DR350 dirt bikes with 8 mates. Pretty epic trip to say the least.”
Here’s a trailer for Brief Encounters, a documentary on photographer/creative visionary/potential crazy person Gregory Crewdson. It’s always interesting watching people work and getting some insight into what they do, so this doc should be pretty interesting for any photography fan. It doesn’t hurt that Gregory Crewdson’s stuff is pretty awesome.
I seriously contemplated about wether or not to post this on here for about 10 minutes, then said fuck it! Here you go, 22 minutes of Juggalo fandom. The only thing I know about Juggalos is that they’re normally clowned upon (seriously, no pun intended), so I was up for checking out this new documentary (especially since it’s by the same person who made this). All in all… this was well done, I enjoyed it and may or may not go to work with face paint on today. Whoop whoop!
From Sean Dunne’s Vimeo: American Juggalo is a look at the often mocked and misunderstood subculture of Juggalos, hardcore Insane Clown Posse fans who meet once a year for four days at The Gathering of the Juggalos.
We went to The Gathering of the Juggalos and let the Juggalos speak their minds.
Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.
This past year, I got the chance to go down to the Oakley headquarters in California to check out the re-issue of the infamous B-1B grip that Oakley was working on. While I was down there, I took the opportunity to put together a video giving a little history and background to the brand. Oakley is a company that does a billion dollars a year in sales, has stores all over the world, and has created some of the most iconic eyewear of my generation… and I’m pretty sure not many people know that Oakley started out by making BMX grips.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Bell, a former AMA Supercross champion and employee of Oakley who started in 1985, to tell the story of how Oakley went from a small grip company to one of the biggest eyewear brands in the world.
James Newrick sent over a link to this great documentary his friend Richard Smith put together. The short documentary is about Newcastle/Gateshead’s Dave Young. ”Dave was a big name within BMX in the 80’s, he competed against the likes of Matt Hoffman and also rode for S&M. In this he talks about the changing industry within BMX. Being hit with responsibilities of having a child and trying to find a balance between working and riding.”
Came across this profile about Jay-Z on Hypebeast yesterday. With the new year, brings Oprah’s new network OWN. One of the series they will be producing for the network is titled ‘Oprah Presents: Master Class‘ and it will be profiling some of the most influential people in the world. Kicking the series off is a really great piece on Jaz-Z. Most of the topics they covered Jay has talked about already, but he has some great quotes in here and it’s definitely a motivating pice… great way to kick off the new year and help you get your ass back in to gear.
Shanghai 5 is a documentary by Charles Lanceplaine about skating in the Chinese city. Anyone who’s been to metropolitan China or has seen recent videos of the country knows that many of the spots there are absolutely phenomenal, and there is still tons of untouched potential everywhere. This rad documentary does a great job of showing not only the architecture and vibe of the city, but also the skating scene that is growing in Shanghai. And it definitely proves one thing for sure – if you ever get a chance to visit China with your bike/skateboard/rollerblades/segway/anything, DO IT!!
Influencers is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment. The project was put together by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson from R+I Creative and they have a great website to go along with the film. There will also be a “in-depth” mimi series that will launch on their site November 17th.
When Stanley Kubrick filmed his seminal The Shining, he allowed his then 17 year-old daughter Vivian Kubrick to shoot a documentary on the making of the film. What resulted is an incredibly casual but revealing insight into Kubrick’s process and even Jack Nicholson’s tooth-brushing technique. Really love this documentary. Check it out after the jump!
Stumbled across this documentary on Vimeo the other day. Heard lots about it but it’s cool to finally give it a watch. A dope fly-on-the-wall look into the life of the prolific, polarizing, and currently incarcerated Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Check out this mini-documentary on UK legend John Taylor. John talks about how he got into riding, his first trip to the US, Hoffman’s big air and more. Make sure you stick around till the end to see a bunch of John’s old magazine photos. There’s some classics in there.
*EDIT – the video is private, so you’ll have to check it out on Vimeo.
I was quickly swallowed into this nine part documentary about the amazing Richard Avedon. If you have some time to kill and are looking for an extremely inspiring way to kick off your week, have at it… Even if you don’t have a bunch of free time, watch one part for the next nine days, I guarantee you won’t regret it.