PREMIERE / "REDRIFT"

"REDRIFT" is the latest indie skate homebrew and REDRE crew audiovisual production directly extracted from the unstoppable dynamics of the Nantes, France scene (remember: "L'ELDORADO" & "CHRONICLES OF THE PAST""NANT'ES SERIEUX?"...), the timeline of which was finally orchestrated by Mattéo Gaudin, of local magazine Ob'Session fame and already interviewed here. On the menu: seventeen minutes of documentation of the city being exploited in a manner as spontaneous as modern, natural diversity in all the individual styles and approaches with some creativity and originality to boot, and aesthetics equally influenced by the local aquatic fauna and by the "ATLANTIC DRIFT" series. So, really, one fine window into a slice of life of a youthful, D.I.Y. spirit-fueled crew which only testifies - again - of Nantes' intrinsic skate potential throughout the decades ("CHRONICLES OF THE PAST"), all the while inputting one more wake-up call to the authorities when it comes to the current needs of the average citizen for better tolerance, if not recognition of their freedom to naturally enjoy "public" space.

Mattéo in person says:

"Nantes, June 21st, 2021: World Music Day, 'go skateboarding day' and the summer solstice: really, all the stars seemed aligned enough to at least hope for a wonderful day.

But no, that would be without considering the then confirmed tendency of rainy weather commonly coming crashing onto the city of the Dukes of Brittany, also complicating perspectives for skateboarding. Also, the powers that be - perhaps already a little too oblivious of some other recent mistakes of theirs - chose to gas the whole of a downtown only packed with crowds of people who had come to enjoy the music. That is the kind of somber mood about a dozen of upset versions of us were sharing that one night, when we went to gather and chill along the Erdre.

The shenanigans that ensued: beer can duct-taping, sardine in-box cooking (paired up with the smell of gas too, still filling up the air), and the initiative of finding a crew name.

Hanging right overhead was this piece of city-commissioned 'contemporary' art consisting in giant metal letters, except several of them had gone missing and now, instead of "REVER ERDRE" ("DREAMING ERDRE"), all that was apparent was "RE DRE". It just clicked all at once and from that point onwards, 'REDREEE' became the rallying cry for that night and then many more.

REDRE was born.

One year later now: the crew is even bigger and still loving to skate and film, party and even make miniatures, cocktails and postcards.

Bon visionnage!" - Mattéo Gaudin

DC420

The indie gem of the moment once again happens to originate from Indonesia, authored by local collective Major Depressive; all shot on a Canon DC-420, most likely more or less directly influenced by "MEMORY SCREEN" (or maybe not!) with some remarkably inspired editing, as well as a whole pack of locals now immortalized representing their home turf like true kings. Please feel free to keep up with their fresh ways of ruling by the means of their YouTube channel.

Malacca alert!

Most anyone having been following the worldwide independent skate scene (or maybe even LIVE!) probably hasn't escaped the heat of Jakarta, Indonesia-based Malacca Skateboards' boiling steam from the past couple of years; if you're one exception, though, we can only recommend you to catch up via "KHIDMAT" or "MALACCA 2020", both remarkable video pieces at the time and now still, in terms of both quality and inspiration. It seems to be the posse's default mode to honor their local spots with some particularly intense care, energy and a very certain lean towards fine taste.

This new no-less-than-a-full-length, "SELEKTA", only confirms such an impression; once again handicrafted by the Malaka Sari Film Production crew. The soundtrack too is typically Indonesian; a slice of culture one owes to Diskoria Selekta, also justifying the project title! Roughly twenty minutes of VX and exposed film that are bound to take you on a trip - at least to your own next spot, if anywhere.

Jamal Smith alert!

Jamal Smith has indeed come quite the lengthy way since his "tornado spin" trick tip clip, one of the first manifestations of the viral YouTube skate video era - as early as back in the mid naughts. In the meantime, he has gotten very acquainted with the crew behind "SABOTAGE", hired and hailed as an official Palace representative and then, now, Adidas Skateboarding is reviving the Adimatic via a new colorway to his name. As far as your screen is concerned, the party lives on under the form of a minute and a half of new Jamal footage, where he can be spotted only confirming his simultaneously loose and crazy approach, but one that comprises ledge heelflip frontside bluntslides and various instances of urban insolence within its equation. And what a joyful surprise to see Chris Mulhern behind the lens, too!

Pea and Ham

A.k.a. "Odran's tip" (remember "JUST ON TIME"?), "PEA AND HAM" is an australian skate movie by Charlie McGowan, someone Odran coincidentally met due to the former living just above the latter's workplace. The product transcends the typical skate video codes under many an aspect, its approach being resolvedly contemplative - marking an instance of well-utilized H.D. towards the crafting of an original and particular universe wrapped up around the tricks. An effort in coherence that was pushed as far as into the soundtrack, homemade by the featured skateboarders at the service of what really is pretty remarkable production quality for an independent video. Holla'd at, Charlie recounts:

"A little about the film - "PEA AND HAM" is a skate video featuring Melbourne spots during the Covid lockdowns between 2020-2022. At many times, the streets were basically empty due to isolation restrictions.

The film features an array of electronic music created by guys featuring in the film and other friends. These people are Riley HolmesRyley BarryIzaak AshleyMax Wrangles and Aidan Doherty.

The titles were made by Tom Woodman and the filming and editing was all done myself!" - Charlie McGowan

 

FILM x EFREM

As now conveniently observable via this new, two minutes and forty seconds-long video, the twenty-eight-year-old Italian Efrem Sapienza represents Film Trucks. Also equally supported by Plaza Skateboards, he connects wallies with incongruous tricks aplenty for our (and no doubt, first and foremost, his) greatest pleasure. Creativity is present, as far as in all the unusual spots. To be noted: his light feet and their tricks-per-minute ratio, all filmed by Alberto Della Beffa in one month under Catania, Torino and Fuerteventura's respective sunlights! 

Tavu Alert!

If Olivier "Tavu" Ente has been a fixture on our digital collumns since day one, it is because he checks all the creative boxes that matter to us, including the "board control on falsely mellow spots" one! And this new part for Zeropolis will remind you to  keep on eye on him at all times, even when he lays low, far from the spotlight…

PREMIERE / Dino Coce "SHAOLIN SPONZOR ME TAPE"

One could argue that not having heard of Dino Coce by now essentially means they fell out of the loop - his independent, conceptual, full-length video "FINTA" unquestionably being one of the most original skate products of the recent years, embracing inspiration from always celebrated, now classics of the genre such as Colin Read's "SPIRIT QUEST" but with a personal twist, borrowing from as far as Michel Gondry's aesthetics, or Takahiro Morita and "OVERGROUND BROADCASTING"'s style of quick cut-based editing, and exporting what's really blending into a unique approach to skateboarding all the way from Croatia with love.

Since the release of "FINTA" (of which you can still - and are being heavily recommended to - get a DVD straight from the man himself, here), Dino has also been experimenting with the format of Instagram skateboarding clips under the moniker Orionskate, on the constant hunt for moves of his own that themselves explore the boundaries between useless wooden toy maneuvers and literal magic tricks. The emphasis on illusion in particular is so certain, one is bound to wonder what really is up with every other seemingly reality-warping clip - not unlike Gou Miyagi's late career output, just picking up from it all the while based in a completely different corner of the world.

LIVE has actually interviewed Dino a couple times before: one time to celebrate the release of "FINTA", in the makings for five years, which you can browse over here alongside many of his conceptual sketches and one part from the video; and once more regarding "TABULA RASA", another independent croatian skate film by his compatriot Raul Žgomba in which Dino had a part back in 2019, which you can watch here alongside words from the duo. Speaking of which, it is worth noting that Raul has since dropped a brand new video: "QUICKSAND", released online via the great U.K.-based Grey Skate Mag, featuring many a local scene head (and we mean that), which was paired up with one more interview by Vladimir Film Festival co-founder Nikola Racan, to be discovered here.

All caught up? Well, you're most likely still not prepared for Dino's newest offering: "SHAOLIN SPONZOR ME TAPE" is a clip really meant as an appetizer for his upcoming video (yes, he's been working on another one), but also one inherently strong of, once more, exploring definitions, formats and concepts. What's a 'web part' (actually yes, really, that term - what is it?), what's the most technical trick possible - achieving enlightenment, perhaps? Surely that one is up there at least. And so, here's the video record of Dino transcending himself, in more ways than just one too.

Dino suggested that we would release this on 22/2/2 at 22:22 (that is 10:22 P.M.) and of course we embraced the flow. It was filmed by Dujma and Butko, salutes Dino's longtime appreciation of both Japanese skateboarding videos and Eastern spirituality at large in the best way possible and, as a single, online skate piece, will definitely make you reconsider at least part of what you think you know.

"VELVET" / Spencer Legebokoff / INTERVIEW

Spencer Legebokoff has been shooting skate photos and videos in Canada for a long time now, but especially got his name out there on the international scale a fistful of years ago with « WALTZ » - an edit filmed around his region of origin that is West Kootenay, British Columbia - which he submitted and came to showcase at the 2018 edition of Vladimir Film Festival, the now classic independent event and cultural phenomenon occuring yearly thanks to the passion-driven locals of Fažana, Croatia. Being the uplifting experience it's really crafted to be, Spencer then came back home inspired to fully pursue his own vision in his skate filmmaking and what logically ensued is this new piece: « VELVET », a video willing to lean towards a more contemplative direction - but not at the expense of some great, sincere local skateboarding - which we are happy to bring you today, alongside a full interview with Spencer himself regarding the project, just below!

Hobbies

"HOBBIES" is the title of this new Parisian edit by Rémi Chautant filmed throughout the tumultuous ride that all of twenty twenty-one really was, and a fantastic opportunity to catch up on the talents of some otherwise rarely mediatized locals who, in fact, do decipher, reinterpret and reinvent their turf really well - oscillating in between some spots that hardly earn such a designation and yet still work, and strong takes on some of the more renowned plazas. Everyone really is just naturally displaying their freedom in the midst of a certain ambient insanity, by the means of some improbable slappies, creativity paired up with good taste, backside kickflip landings that send dead leaves flying and even a considerable amount of "hammers" as Babylon would have it, taken as far as some of the most classic skate destinations within and around the French capital. That's seven minutes you most likely won't see go by, signed by Andre TreijinhaHamza El Hagry, Huscar Alcala, Antoine PlainfosseBenoit DelaportePierre DeckonskiMax Landegren and Santiago Valduga in addition to Rémi himself, and will result in you getting on your board for the day, for sure!

PREMIERE / "Blunt x TACo." / Alfredo Franco / INTERVIEW

"I met Alfredo “Blunt” Franco on a skate trip in Mexico City back in 2006. At the ripe young age of twenty-one, I was immediately impressed this thirty-one-year-old was skating as hard as he was - still seeking out spots, filming, and getting photos, doing legitimately impressive stuff. This was the mid 2000's, where staple nineties pros were about the same age, and we were just beginning to learn what longevity is. And here's this guy from an unfamiliar skate scene, skating just as hard (or harder), but doing it only for the love.

I had a blast skating with him, hearing the early stories of Mexican skateboarding, and checking some of his spots; crazy transitioned fountains and old skateparks. We stayed friends and have been in regular contact since, visiting each other's cities.

As years progressed, my skating has slowed down, but Blunt seems to only progress. At my 36, I look at his 46, and can only be in awe. He's in the small group of skaters that seem to have found the fountain of youth.

But there's another layer for Blunt; he’s one of the originators in Mexico, skating since the eighties, and still keeping it moving to this day. He's seen his scene grow from nothing, evolve, progress, and explode. I can say from my first trip in 2006, every time I've returned I've noticed the changes: more skaters, more skateparks, brands, videos, and the level of skating has grown and grown. Blunt has lived it since its infancy, and still keeps the wheels turning as the years pass."Brett Nichols

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.

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