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"SEMPER ONE" / PREMIERE / Szymon Jaros / INTERVIEW

Szymon Jaros generally operates from Poland, currently out of Tri-City and although he's been up to a lot behind the scenes for a good while, nowadays, it is Semper Skateboards that's keeping him busy, in addition to family life and a full-time job. Today, the online release on "SEMPER ONE", the brand's first full-length video offering, on LIVE marked the tempting occasion to catch up with Szymon and dig a little further past Semper as a product, and into Semper as a personal outlet - and labor of love - from a longtime activist set on trying his hardest to give back to the scene that fed his growth, the way he knows how and without much serious consideration for what may currently be trending elsewhere. Behind every individual enterprise is a person's drive to be understood and thus it's naturally our pleasure to be able to give Szymon some space to explain his, via the interview below!

PREMIERE / Jamie Manning "IT'S A SONY" / Jude Harrison / INTERVIEW

Now this update really should fall under the "D.J.'s tip" designation, as it's originally James "D.J." Davidson (whose works we've heavily featured before) who got us in touch with Jude Harrison, a young filmer from Kent, England, bringing to our attention the imminent completion of Jude's new full-length VX-1000 video: "IT'S A SONY". The first glimpses we got to catch immediately caught our interest as a high-quality piece of the author's local labor of love; although it does feature some London clips, in general, neither Jude nor his friends needed particularly fancy urban surroundings to achieve motivational greatness, instead making optimal use of their natural environment and putting in love that can be sensed as far as in Jude's meticulous camera settings and on-point maneuvring. And if that's not surprising enough levels of maturity for a sixteen-year-old to you, well, his answers to the few questions we went to ask him should do it, below! For a first LIVE feature, Jude's pick of a section from "IT'S A SONY" is the last segment, signed by local ripper and Globe shoes rider Jamie Manning - who also happens to be Jude's age and demonstrate a similar devouring passion for his own craft, on the other side of the lens. Welcome to year twenty twenty-one, "IT'S A SONY" and the Tunbridge Wells scene - all at once!

STREET FEET "Radio Sessions" Vol. 3 / PREMIERE

With this third chapter in his "RADIO SESSIONS" saga - the first two of which one can still catch up with here - Rob Mentov of Street Feet delivers close to seven (more) minutes of mostly night time Toronto skateboarding, also once again proving that utilization of his beloved archaic technology still has a long way to obsolescence. Final product is just great both in terms of taste and aftertaste, perfectly perspiring the energy of after-work hours skating in tough conditions; braving the spots' natural defense, if possible with friends. And to such heavens, Rob goes as far as bringing his whole lot of cameras, as the photo gallery above can attest!

"CLASSICO" / GALERIE

A couple of weeks back, LIVE was featuring "CLASSICO", the new video with its contents filtered through the eye and VX-1000 of Practice Session's Corentin Ohlmann, in between Paris and Marseille, in a style comparable to the one of "BROTHERHOOD" (the video by Corentin's friend Max Guyot, itself filmed in Nancy and Paris). Our most faithful readers should already know by now, but most every skateboarder involved in "CLASSICO" also happens to double up as a photographer (as their respective contributions to the No Contact Sheets project can attest) and today here they are, presenting you this gallery of clichés they shot whilst on the sessions, be the latter street- or beach-based. Amongst the contributors: Corentin himself but also George Booth-Cole, Max Guyot, Clément HarpillardMatias ElichabehereAlexis JametYedihael Canat and Antoine "Chuck" Jouguet - whose talents also comprise team management, it looks like, since he played a big role in gathering all those images, for you!

"DOBRAAAJJ" / PREMIERE / Želve crew / INTERVIEW

The contents of LIVE's front page today owe enough to Ljubljana, Slovenia-based skater, photographer and artist Tomaž Šantl (of Original Copy) that we'd preface them with this acknowledgement; indeed, he is the one who suggested to Luka Demšar and Mark Pogačar Nikolić, of the local Želve crew and brand LYC, to get in touch with us, about their new video production: "DOBRAAAJJ", consisting in no less than sixteen minutes of skate footage logged straight from the streets of the capital, and feels like an exciting, communicative and honest capture of the current energy and motivation of a timelessly and remarkably strong scene that, somehow, frequently eludes mainstream recognition to this day - for better and for worse. The opportunity was just perfect to catch up with the Ljub front for some news, represented by some young blood that does like to stick to the Sony VX-1000, so we all got the ball rolling, and the following interview ensued...

"FINTA" / PREMIERE / Dino Coce / INTERVIEW

As his Instagram account brimming with quite the unique combo of tech skills and creativity on and off the board (like they all say) can demonstrate to the layman, Dino Coce has been ripping the streets of Split, Croatia for a long time; and, while his name has been circulating beyond his home region over the yesteryear - after his part in Raul Žgomba's "TABULA RASA" - his own, longtime activity as a filmmaker putting together his personal video project: "FINTA" had mostly remained a secret to everyone but the most initiated and local. In fact, one would have had to be there (and sober) in person at the 2017 edition of the Vladimir Film Festival to catch the public broadcasting of the trailer - but on those who somehow were, it left an impression like no other, foreshadowing Michel Gondry-esque practical effects and a generally inventive editing direction at the service of equally thoughtful, and honest, street skateboarding mostly captured through a simple Canon XM-2.

Fast forward to now, twenty twenty and Dino finally completed "FINTA", after over half a decade of work and just in time for what should have been the tenth Vladimir (turned edition nine-and-a-half due to the pandemic). The corresponding DVD and D.I.Y. screen-printed merch is available right here, right now and as for a sneak preview, today, LIVE is presenting a section of the film dedicated to no one in particular but a specific location in Split: the mishmash of the historic Diocletian’s Palace and Strossmayer Park aka. Đardin, both of which Dino honored with his own reinterpretation all the while openly embracing influences by the likes of Colin Read. Needless to say, the questions for the following interview spontaneously raised themselves...

"An Act Of Imagination"

I bet you didn't see that one coming: a kids book written by Scott Bourne… Inspired by his dad life, obviously, and the daily adventures it comes with, illustrated by his old accomplice, Todd Bratrud. Those two go back to their Consolidated days, and that new project only confirms their arts complement perfectlly each other, even when stepping away from their usual themes! So, first, have a look at the David Couliau-produced teaser, and if you know of a child with an endangered sense of imagination, don't hesitate! We dare you

MEMENTO / Spot 02 - Doomed villas / GALERIE

The duo of Florent Théron (of Chiffre Huit fame, on the board) with Fred Schwal (behind the lens) is back, and the bearer of quite the diversity this time around, for the second chapter of their "MEMENTO". Indeed, if the entirety of the first was an homage to the defunct Stade du Rey in Nice, France, today, it is no less than three "spots" that the guys are here to present, after visiting them throughout the improvised plannings of their recent urbex peregrinations. So, on the menu: three abandoned homes, all with remarkable backstories, all of which Florent himself volunteered to cover, below!

STREET FEET "Radio Sessions" Vol. 2 / PREMIERE

How about an immaculate montage of some hard-hitting local skateboarding, strong of some mighty fine production all the while stemming straight from quite the authentic group of homies, to help encourage you to tackle the dawn of this autumn? Well, that's the kind of heat Rob Mentov of Street Feet (whose past productions can be peeped here) is bringing today, with volume two of their "RADIO SESSIONS" in Toronto, Canada - a Hi-8 and 16mm series originally launched with chapter one, here. And the song's the same: urban vibes, most often of the nocturnal type that just screams post-work sesh and, thanks to the crew's strong creative vision and effort, they all successfully materialize under the form of this slick edit, in addition to the body of photographic and visual works featured on this page; as though to remind us all how Rob can really operate cameras of all kinds, but also that improvisation and quality aren't mutually exclusive!

PREMIERE / "Pale" / Kenta Okamoto / INTERVIEW

Kenta Okamoto, from Tokyo: LIVE has had the pleasure of sharing his works before, and some great local videos they are, most often pairing up remarkable urban skating from underrepresented rippers with rather dreamy soundtracks, in a style only made even more particular by his fondness for the less popular Sony VX-2000, which he actually puts to stellar use. Today, LIVE is presenting "PALE": Kenta's brand new twelve-minute film, his most ambitious one to date and for the occasion, we got to ask him a few questions regarding the process and intent, as to complete the picture. An exchange you're welcome to read, available in both English, French and Japanese (again thanks to the gracious help of our good friend Connor Kammerer), just below!

Graham Thoms "En Limbo" / PREMIERE

The most assiduous (or Parisian) elements of LIVE's audience will most likely feel at home at the simple mention of Graham Thoms' name - originally from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., the man picked the French capital as his new official residency some years ago already now, as though to better import the colors of Uprise Skateshop.

With filmer Corey Henderson, their mutual hobby is work - but not just of any kind: "Trabajando" is the code name for their family operation, the extension of which transcends national borders all the way till Barcelona, and has been for many a year and video production now. LIVE already introduced you to two parts from "TRABAJANDO 4" here alongside an interview with the duo; and while the full video is still available from the best-connected skateshops or via Palomino in home-burned DVD form, the entirety of Corey's latest local montage "OUT OF THE LOOP" can still be watched here.

So as far as today, what's up? Well, we're talking the continuation of Graham's skate peregrinations ever since he set up camp on the old continent for good. Again, Corey is behind the editing, and also the filming with contributions from Jimmy Cholley of Trois CCD, Deric Esparza and Matthias Ellinger. Lotso' Paris lines, bearing witness to Graham's ease as he develops solid familiarity for spots now local to him (although he's really been skating most of them since 2005), paired up with some fine Chicago clips to rep his roots and loop the Loop.

His relocation was a big moment for Graham, after all as seven years later, he's still digesting the experience, unable to stop taking it all in; a new French reality that he exploits by obsessively haunting each and every Paris spot possible, as though in the perpetual quest for an endless partition of benches to dot with his own notes from back home.

"EN LIMBO" is now LIVE and to be appreciated as the slice of life of a U.S. cousin that it really is! For proof, Graham felt like going for a TransWorld check out type of format to express himself, which explains the segment below - including some commentary straight from Florentin Marfaing. Qualité !

 

Morgan Campbell "ABOUT NINE" / Josh Roberts / PREMIERE

You'd better remember Josh Roberts - the Perth, Australia-based filmer behind, most notably, the Domingo series, and once head operator for the Magenta Skateboards classic: "Crossing The Perth Dimension" - because today, he's LIVE again (we've featured some other works of his before) with a new piece, and an exclusive one this time. "ABOUT NINE" tells the story of local legend Morgan Campbell (also interviewed earlier regarding his visual project: "DEJA GLU") regularly waking up at dawn to meet up with Josh at the local bowl 'around nine' (hence the title), and get footage in peace with the whole place to themselves. The VX-1000 by-product of those morning skates, that's exactly what this edit is - and also, an explosive two-minute uppercut of good taste, sunshine, creativity and mellow vibes. Also featured: Nick Maughn, Daniel Luxford, Lewis Rodan and Louie Dodd as guests, to complete the whole picture with homie presence! Just what your legs could use to get kicking as early as coffee time.

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