PREMIERE / Rubianda "MELLOW"

Remember Rayis Bisyir's stellar Sony VX-1000 edits out Jakarta, Indonesia for the local Malacca Skateboards, or Workshop Skate Orchestra with "KHIDMAT"? The luckiest of you may have caught a screening or two sometime during Sergej Vutuc's itinerant festival, Roundabout, even. Well, it is with great pleasure that today, LIVE can announce his great return and present his latest works: "MELLOW" is one more impeccable, eight-minute Mini-DV-meets-Super-8 piece - this time featuring the urban skate talents of Rubianda Rachman aka. Rubi Anda, one smooth operator with some floaty backside ollies, unique body language and a keen eye for interesting spot selection and interpretation; all set to a, well, mellow soundtrack (that does get a bit angstier later on, as noise from the Seventh Chamber starts kicking in), and video work so pristine it really isn't without paying due respect to perceptible inspirations such as Zach ChamberlinColin Read or Far East Skate Network.

PREMIERE / Odran Fernandez "JUST ON TIME"

Montpellier-based, Five-O Skateshop affiliate Odran Fernandez (who hasn't been without getting some LIVE love already before) and his Melbourne holiday are both looking real sweet, or so do they at least via the 3CCD prism of local filmer Hunter D. Micaleff we're inclined to believe is truthful, since Hunter's own holiday footage doesn't lie.

Now about Odran, in between two considerably long noseslide maneuvers, the man himself recounts:

"Melbourne is just an incredibly, crazy city packed with spots! So as far as the back story goes, the place has been quite lockdown-heavy since Covid and the last instance of lockdown we had spanned for just about three months. That whole time period, I was getting more or less 'paid to skate' due to being unable to work and so, I was being supported by an organization called Centrelink, benefitting from some weekly program... Which was pretty sick, actually!

And so during that lockdown, I first met Hunter; we randomly got a couple of clips together one day and the dynamic was just working, so we naturally went on and filmed more! "JUST ON TIME" was filmed over two months, two months and a half, so quite the dense, fast process - we really were productive because, well, we both had nothing else to do and that's a fact [laughs].

Really, big up to Hunter since, whenever we would be going skating, he really would be coming to film and not with that mindset of mostly skating and then maybe getting a few clips on the side. We'd meet up at spots with specific ideas... For instance, that whole session for both the first and last trick - I probably spent two hours at that spot that day, it really was one of my most intense battles I ever fought - and here he was the whole time, sitting down with the camera, switching tapes and batteries... Because yeah, we did choose to film with the VX!

"JUST ON TIME" as the video title actually comes from how one certain line was filmed just that, five seconds prior to the end of one of the tapes..." - Odran Fernandez

Minuit Exp. 3

Yoan Taillandier of Minuit fame and glory just came back to leave his yearly mark on your retinas via the web release of "MINUIT EXP. 3" (thus the sequel to "EXP. 1", "2" and really so much more skate video history): four minutes and some crumbs worth of the best maneuvered Sony VX-1000 in the game for over a decade now, and mostly Bordeaux-based action with, notably, footage of Futoshi Tokuyama's French vacation way back in 2015. Coincidentally making for the perfect Magenta-tinted transition to also point at this new Soy Panday Lyon clip by Bastien Regestehere!

Between here and now

Brazil definitely digs being one step ahead on trends and one good display of that is "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HERE AND NOW", a film by Fabiano Rodrigues for Perfume Pleasure (the back of your mind may or may not, but should trigger flashbacks of "LOCKSLEY") in which FeijasDavi and Johnny can be seen excelling at skateboarding at the meager price of their last names for the sake of João Fenope's lens. Seven minutes worth of wild styles, improbable maneuvers and inaccessible spots; as far as the soundtrack, potentially much to the dismay of certain Tony Hawk's Pro Skater fans after such a video title, no Ernies kicking in but an original piece by BFRND.

Almost there

This week's underground gem is, without a doubt, Tristan Mershon's YouTube channel, one that's loaded with amazing edits and the latest one to date, "ALMOST THERE", really scores so many points. First things first, the skateboarding in itself is beautiful and of impeccable taste (with a couple of really mean 360 flips thrown in the mix, too), but the filming also isn't without evoking strong Dan Wolfe influences, maybe with a hint of early Josh Stewart. Y'all already know: we're talking East Coast-flavored VX-1000 here for a three-minute timespan, still the ultimate format for a quick pre-skate video stream in a style that may be oddly reminiscent of the most classic gems from independent skateboarding's YouTube golden days (the ones that saw the raise of Josh Roberts' first edits in Australia, Robert Brown's mystery montages, the New Jersey-boiled Stay Stackin' or even "MAMA'S BOYS" if still hungry for more Big Apple).

Shout outs to Wes Allen for sharing the goods with us - revisit "SALVAGE TITLE" here!

PREMIERE / "Hot Plate" / Marshall Nicholson

It is no less than six years that Marshall Nicholson spent restlessly working on his second independent, full-length skate video (after "FEED YOUR HEAD", and shorter clips such as "JIVE"): "HOT PLATE", a few parts from which had already found their respective ways online before - notably via Theories of Atlantis and Vague Skate Mag. Talking Theories, they are still hosting this interview with Marshall by Mike Wine where the approach for, and process behind the piece were discussed in length; Vague, on their end, had Dom Henry take over the interrogation room, which resulted in even more commentary from the author.

Now, Marshall is a full-time father and still undertaking new projects, be it video-wise or not as he's also been busy managing Palms Skateshop; and yet in spite of such an intense schedule, today, he's delivering and serving us the full "HOT PLATE" - now watchable in one shot fired from Fort Myers, Florida but also, by extension, N.Y.C., Baltimore, Chattanooga and Tokyo. A whole universal story wrapped up within exactly forty-two VX-1000-driven minutes; Douglas Adams himself never was this correct at estimating the meaning of life.

(out)performance

Javier Varillas, the Spain-born and currently Prague-based filmmaker already behind, most notably, « THE ULTIMATE PESSERTIVE REMIX » screened at Vladimir Film Festival 2019, presented his latest work at Vladimir again, in 2021, under the form of « (OUT)PERFORMANCE » - co-featuring the talents of locals Kuba Novotný, Daniel Dauš, Roman Špaček, Payo Labbé and Štěpán Janda to « tell the story of a group of thirty-plus-year-old skateboarders, united by the tireless motivation for searching » and exploiting their immediate urban terrain. Javier's first venture into the world of HD also marks a more personal spin on his usual approach and results in what he describes as « an intimate testimony of commitment, determination and friendship ».

The video was notably featured alongside words by Kuba Novotný himself on the website of Czech Crook MagazineBoardmag also has interviews with Javier and Štěpán up, if you really want to dive in!

Greg Hunt / Interview

From professional for Stereo Skateboards, Jason Lee and Chris Pastras's company, in the late nineties to author of some of the most crucial skate videos of the past two decades - including the famous Dylan Rieder Gravis part (yes, this one), TransWorld videos such as "SIGHT UNSEEN" and various other cultural institutions ("THE DC VIDEO""MINDFIELD"...) - Greg Hunt's background is as atypical as it is rich and diverse. Now, if the arty aesthetics of the first Stereo videos - paired up with a special, and quite the impactful gift from Gabe Morford - encouraged him towards literal film work rather early on, his equally sincere interest in still photography persists, maybe, as more low-key celebrated than his legacy of technically moving pictures - in spite of quite the relentless activity, publishing-wise. As though to highlight the intrinsic importance of his subjects, presence and style throughout the years, "20TH CENTURY SUMMER", his new book, just dropped via Filmphotographic and features a selection of forty-one previously unreleased photos - all curated from some of the very first rolls of film Greg ever shot in his life; and what finer context for one's such experiments than a skate tour throughout the United States in the dead midst of summer 1995... Getting curious already? Well hopefully Greg himself will address all your possible questions - via this interview, below!

Final countdown part one

Dead On Arrival a.k.a. D.O.A. is once more back on our screens to drop this "FINAL COUNTDOWN PART ONE": a fresh, frenetic edit that commendably manages to beautifully encapsulate Herb Brown's smooth operation style, some extravagant stunts courtesy of a Slinky LIVE has been trying to warn you about who just recently earned himself pro status, and a short part for straight up executioner Drew Garbowski, within five minutes and a half. And, behind the lens, the staff is just as qualified since the footage was caught by the likes of, amongst others, Josh Shupe of Threads Ideas Vacuum underground fame, or Ryan Flores, the author of excellent cru "MERLOT".

Perdu un jour de plus

With "PERDU UN JOUR DE PLUS", Sébastien Rolando represents, in a way, an otherwise always-too-undercelebrated slice of Paris skateboarding: the one that's about skating every district the French capital has to offer in one's own unique way, indiscriminately exploiting every possible bit of spot like just as many correct guesses and with rather disinterested nonchalance; the one that doesn't stop to even consider the skatestoppers at Jussieu, and will use the terrain anyway. The video also bears witness to many a wild impertinence just thrown in the face of the local metropolitan topography, too; all at the service of a duct-taped fisheye lens and some psychedelic editing that isn't without being reminiscent of "MEMORY SCREEN". Feel free to follow Sébastien on YouTube, here!

PREMIERE / Bears Skateshop "BEARS VIDEO" / INTERVIEW

The Rennes scene has been renowned for its constantly bubbling activity for a good while, now; the most diligent of now-O.G. heads definitely remember Pacôme Gabrillagues' video works, most notably the full-length "CROSSWALK" back in 2010 - at the dawn of the rise in popularity and traction of independent european creation - or maybe more contemporarily, the entire Galerie 126 adventure. Théo Le Guével's newest full-length VX-1000 video, "UNCENSO-RENNES", bears witness to how the recent generations have been insisting to honor such a rich cultural legacy ever since and, in between more Rennes activists throughout the ages, Laurent Ségal also fits right in since at the wheel of Bears Skateshop, formerly Bamboo, open on location since 2004. Thus in a way, it's almost two decades that the release of this "BEARS VIDEO" by Yoann Cailleteau is celebrating - but not just that as, given the variety in the profiles composing its sum, it also reflects the human adventure aspect of skateboarding, on one hand; and healthy doses of elbow grease smoothness, on the other hand. Checking in on everyone involved just had to be done, as to duly honor the Rennes scene as far as we're concerned - and they all turned out to have plenty to say, too, as the joined interview can attest, below!

Sanctification

One may still be claiming atheism, the occasion is just too perfect to not praise Tom Knox to the skies, once again, for a part entirely filmed at one spot atht is normally swarmed with strolling tourists, and for once deserted under the petty excuse of a pandemic. Tom makes the best lemonade possible out of the situation, here, as one would expect. Certainly one of the most gifted, and an ever more interesting skater of his generation… But, that, you already know!

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