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.”
“I know people who believe in ghosts but don’t believe in themselves. It’s kind of sad. Okay you don’t think you’ll ever make it as a musician, but last night you saw a translucent caveman.”
“John Baldessari is so successful that he carries absolutely nothing in his pockets.” A great short doc about artist John Baldessari, narrated by Tom Waits.
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.
Premiers at SXSW.
There is a great feature with Ricky Feather on Hypebeast new series called “Modern Day Artisans” about Feather Cycles and his life as a bike builder. Check it out!
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.
Click below for the doc.
Check out a great short documentary by Benedict Campbell on Dustin Kott, a custom motorcycle builder.
If you’re a guitarist/musician or just a music fan, than this is for you. Lot’s of notable people discussing the famous wah-wah pedal in a well put together documentary.
From Joey Tosi’s Vimeo page:
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!