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Patrick Frunzio, the filmer behind Ruben Spelta's latest online thing amongst others (as he also does Meaningless Productions), recently got lost in Amsterdam in the company of Raffaele Pola and vague fantasies of new culinary experiences. A trip that cost a lot, literally, but also marked a victory under the form of this three-minute edit of raw street skating - and the presentation is complete, with quick cuts and black and white that hit just the right spot.

The Ultimate Pessertive Remix

"The Ultimate Pessertive Remix" (just recently screened at Vladimir) originates from Pilsen in Czech Republic and, even more accurately, from the mind of "conceptualist" Javier Varillas who, with the help of co-filmer Michal Majer, meticulously assembled the past two years worth of footage collected by the local crew Pessertive and its aficionados, Pessertivity. The resulting piece is a sensory overload of an audiovisual composition involving Panasonic camcorders, surprising styles, round fish-eye lenses and electro-hypnotic music as though to ensure that the intended trance is complete.

A colorful mixtape even available on DVD from the guys, it looks like!

Romantik Salganik

If the name of Sam Salganik doesn't sound familiar to you, then maybe his work does, as the man is responsible for some of the best Krooked videos, most notably "Gnar Gnar" and "Gnaughty" (both must-haves in the pre-skate rotation). And if that doesn't ring a bell either, well, you're still in for a world of discoveries...

For a few years now, Sam has been working on Becky Factory, and their last video production (to date?) is, quite logically, one more instance of his output. As one should have expected, "Swan Song" is more experimental than your average skate commercial and comes with romance, messages, classic Dinosaur Jr. tracks that could have been very, very easily ruined, and immaculate performances by Yaje Popson, Igor Veyner, Tyler GoldenEli ReedCambryan Sedlick and the homie Pat Hoblin, who runs Pats Pants.

Kalis alert!

A collaboration no one was really expecting or at least, only as much as over a minute of footage of an often imitated, never replicated Josh Kalis surfacing like that out of the blue - but of course those are, in both cases, interesting news!

Visibly, DC Shoes is issuing a collaboration capsule with our friends from Perth, Australia who do Butter Goods and, logically, it is Josh Roberts (of the "Domingo" video series, amongst others) that was hired and teleported straight to Chicago, in order to film demonstrations of the aforementioned Josh Kalis' trademark form of impeccable 360 flips, but also some remarkable maneuvers by Philly Santosuosso, the man behind Humidity Skateshop, for the picture to be complete.

Rock bottom

Kirill Korobkov, Russia's skate ambassador most notably via Absurd Skateboards when he isn't torn between trips, projects and photo exhibitions in electrical transformers, just sent us this e-postcard of a video from a place unlike any other, rock bottom itself which just so happens to be the original concept:

"We had been joking around with the quote "skateboarding is a long way to the bottom" for a few years; and then we eventually found out that there is an actual Russian city called Dno (which literally translates to "bottom" in the Russian language), so we decided to give it a visit. It was a mix of satire, wordplay and experimental skateboarding. Dno turned out to be a very small city; it was very bad for skateboarding, but we tried to get the most of it. You have to be at the very bottom to consider what we skated to be skate spots. " - Kirill Korobkov

Featuring skateboarding by Gosha KonyshevPasha Kuznetsov and Dilip Kharel.

Documented by Barabaka, with Mikas behind some of the filming.

The bottom line is as actual as it gets here.

Leo, Bord'O and "skate urbanism"

Leo Valls (remember Minuit from ten (!) years ago, the Magenta videos in the meantime and then, his two-month late-and-counting Bigger Spin his Big Spin interview is still waiting for, making that one Late Bigger Spin); when he's not skateboarding, working on a skateboarding-related project just about anywhere geographically reachable, or scoring Instagram points, is busy - and has been for a few years, alongside local N.P.O. Board'O - getting involved in the politics of his hometown of Bordeaux, France. His intent: working with the skateboarders and with the city towards the best possible compromise between the inhabitants and the skateboarders Bordeaux is literally packed with. Over the years, his effort has slowly but very surely borne many a fruit, and Leo was recently invited to give a talk at Pushing Boarders in Malmö regarding the progressive aspect of such politics as opposed to brutal repression, highlighting their positives for the common good over more selfish instances of private interest and showcasing real-world examples of locations were such "skate urbanism" was developed as nothing but places actually up to date with the modern urban necessities.

Leo also skates for DC Shoes, and the brand just dropped this little documentary piece on his activism.

D.J. Dub's tip : "Pas de problème"...

The former freelancer for SuGaR back when the magazine was still reviewing records (reviewing what?) is back, and once again naively thought he'd be the one to let us know on the recent online drop of this new edit by Makke Bengtsson, most notably the immaculate filmer for the just-as-immaculate Swedish Poetic Collective. On the menu: his friends' holidays in Copenhagen, including - amongst a list of others - the unextinguishable Léo Valls as well as Le Rollersurfer, aka. Ben Koppl...

"Situación de Calle" / Gerardo Sosa / INTERVIEW

One seldom gets to hear about a full-length skate video exporting itself straight out of Argentina, embracing the wider world with only due audacity. If spots have been the prey of skate tourism for a long time and some key names might have crossed the border a few times, local productions are generally underrepresented in worldwide scale media, which obviously led to the question - what is up with the scene over there?

The release of Gerardo Sosa's new film, "Situación de Calle", was the perfect opportunity to catch up with an activist familiar with that very subject, and who also turned out to be more than keen to cover it for us, in this passionate 5W's!

Polish advice

We've brought up the video before, in our recent report of this year's Vladimir Film Festival (which just about ended), and it's hard to forget such a statement of a title: "If You Don't Skate, Don't Start" is Polish skate filmmaker Krzysztof Godek's imminent full-length video - do yourself a favor and get familiar with his former productions, including the tasty "Lunch". Well, only a few days after that first premiere, it is now time for the trailer to drop online, just to make you foam at the mouth a little, all the while wishing you had made it to Croatia to see it already.

Krzysztof is also starting his new brand, called Repeat (in no way related to Tibor Rep, the Vladimir cook).

Hot line(s)

We were already bringing up Josh Stewart earlier today, as the independent filmmaker from Florida was recently invited to the Croatian Vladimir Film Festival, for its 2019 iteration which actually just came to an end and LIVE already has covered, here (quite the must-see for any respectable fan of the "STATIC" video series).

Well, now the unstoppable work pace of the man is made obvious again as, in between trips and exhibitions, he just happens to be the author of this new montage for Dial Tone (the wheel brand for those who miss the original telephones). If you aren't familiar, then just look at that line-up: you're in for new, excellent footage of - amongst others - Jahmal Williams, Ben Gore, Kevin Liedtke, Alexis Sablone, Christian Maalouf, Brian Powderly and Jordan Trahan; and it all rolls beautifully, as though captured on everyone's oh-so-impertinent daily routine.

The animations are by Cosme Studio.

Still cold?

VLADIMIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019 / REPORT

Vladimir - for the obscure.

The black sheep has only been developing exponentially over its now nine years of existence, and so has been the attention it's received with, this year, an approximation of three hundred people showing up from the whole planet over to attend this local festival in Fažana, Croatia - a little Istrian port town with a loaded history, testimonies of which still stand under the form of monuments everywhere (currently ensuring a steady flow of tourism), and the sensibilities of the inhabitants.

What originally started out as a very local initiative consisting in video screenings at the local skatepark quickly outgrew that embryonic phase as its instigators, Nikola Racan (of 'Solsticij' full-length video underground fame) and the Skateboard klub August Šenoa locals grew to use modern communication tools to get further and further in touch with universally renowned skate artists and documentarists - whether in the photo or video field.

Paris under waves

Raw skateboarding, raw and without any restraint. Knowing how to approach the Parisian spots now so famous in a different way. Have the willpower to stay on the board, overcome with a good resistance to pain. We find all this here and I'm not sure that it takes so much more to make a good video. Not even mentioning the fact that a little early grab here and there, it never hurts, especially as engaged as they are here.

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