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Uncenso-Rennes

Its very author will be introducing today's video in just a second, below but in a nutshell yes, indeed, it is of Rennes, France that we're talking about here, with its local skate scene which has only been radiating creativity and talent for a good moment now (it's already been eleven years since "CROSSWALK"!). And while still awaiting the new Bears Skateshop video on LIVE soon (with a brand new Hugo Maillard part, out of all its other qualities), feel free to feast off "UNCENSO-RENNES", the new full-length video by Théo Le Guével - who recounts: 

"‌'UNCENSO-RENNES' is a Rennes-based skate video project, filmed over a year with a Sony VX-2000, and a solid crew of about ten skaters and then all the homies - in between the new spots that keep popping up everywhere and the older ones, already worn down by the previous generations. This was a good opportunity for many people from different horizons - Nantes, Lannion, Lorient, Lille - to meet one another, and Rennes prides on its cosmopolitanism! It was also my chance to figure out the world of the VX, complete with its intricacies: dying camera heads, glitchy tapes and faulty capturing hardware! But the joy of manipulating such a camera is worth it in the end, and so is sharing the hype around a clip with everybody. Also we managed to premiere the video at some bars, which was a good reconciliation with normal life in between two lockdowns. Well there you go - a forty minute-trip in the capital of Brittany.

I would also like to dedicate this video to Samuel Lefranc, featured in the project, who recently passed away." - Théo Le Guével

You may also watch '"UNCENSO-RENNES" part by part, individually, on Théo's YouTube channel!

 

PREMIERE / "L'ELDORADO" / "Chronicles of the Past" Nantes / INTERVIEW

Today, on LIVE, we're not introducing you to just one exclusive local video production, but rather two - as an attempt to a general representation of the skate scene in Nantes, France, as nurtured throughout several decades by successive generations of activists working hard at putting not just their practice but also their localization on great display. This strongly historic landmark of French skateboarding has fed the prowess of - amongst others - Thibaud Fradin back when his sponsor at the time, Cliché Skateboards, Jérémie Daclin's iconic company, was literally and figuratively taking off overseas, or also David Couliau's adventures on either side of both the lens and industry. Nowadays, in comparison, some might argue that it's blending into the general landscape a little more - maybe due to the lack of encouraging local policies for skateboarding, but maybe also due to a lack of attention on their own end because indeed, the scene really seems just as vibrant in the year twenty twenty-one looking at the hyperactivity of several shops (NDJBanc PublicMilk) but first and foremost of the ever-so-passionate locals, some of them even running their own skate mag: Ob'Session. "L'ELDORADO" is the name of the new full-length video the latter crew just issued; and we're talking a conceptual enterprise here, supported by the notorious Sony VX-2000 and the local poetry of then - via a constant parallel with Jacques Demy's cinematography - and now - by the means of home-made animations by Rose Moreau, some timeless theatrics and of course excellent skateboarding by the crew. So, just as we were getting excited to share said piece already is also exactly when Franck Pierron contacted us (remember "TRACKED MOVEMENTS" and LIVE's original interview with Franck, here), too, to show us his new vintage gem; an anachronism only more complete upon viewing, "CHRONICLES OF THE PAST: NANTES EDITION" is a true time capsule of the authentic nineties, and quite the four-minute journey into the past of Nantes and some historic kickflips. Obviously, the temptation of federating all these different energies into one major article ended up overcoming; so, here's your occasion to discover or rediscover Nantes through quite the transgenerational prism, including questions to all parties involved - a virtual cultural trip we're inviting you on here and now!

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