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PREMIERE / "Brothers" / Nino Jurlina / INTERVIEW

One of the perks of LIVE Skateboard Media is the opportunity to collaborate, curate and present the works of many underground artists with blossoming talent, and a common bond to one activity that in turn influenced lifetimes of stories to tell. Here we are very proud to showcase a new, amazing full-length video from Croatia: "Brothers", by Nino Jurlina, who also runs Simple Skateboards, a humble one-man operation with barely a Facebook page (but with a steady feed of videos on Mondays). Nino's whole enterprise really qualifies as an independent effort, quietly nurtured by hand, and with a certain appreciation for the tangible, the physical - sensible life in short; driven by his perception of his passion, the man has been a figure of the underground Croatian scene for quite a while. "Brothers" reflects just that and as such, is a beautiful piece the kind of which justifies the activity of skate media altogether. But before or after you dive head first into it, please take a look below as we jumped on the opportunity to catch up with Nino, and chit chat about his general direction!

PREMIERE / Diligent "Queen Mary II" / Flo Bavouzet / INTERVIEW

We were foretelling you just yesterday: the year two thousand nineteen is prone to be packed with video releases aplenty, as visibility now makes for the most critical sinews of war. This time, it is Lyon, France-based Diligent Skateboards that is presenting you their newest production (marking the second clip from a French company to drop in just two days since New Year's), and they're making it clear that the aforementioned war is none of their concern. Their full-length "Queen Mary II" is a pretty blatant demonstration of just that, so LIVE Skateboard Media went to catch up with Diligent founder Flo Bavouzet, pretty credible in the role of the French underground O.G., in order to chit chat about what he cared about instead.

Bigger Spin / EP 012 - Eric Antoine

The name of Eric Antoine is bound to bring a smile to many a faces, most especially to the longtime, French skateboarding enthusiasts that is as the Photographe Célèbre's photos used to bring the warm tones of a unique vision to the pages of the national magazine SuGaR, for many years. But more than a lens man, Eric is a true character: a trait he just exposed as the guest in the new episode of French skate podcast, Sébastien Charlot and Arnaud Dedieu's Big Spin. Business as usual, as though to ensure nobody gets spared by the splashes of information the aforementioned episode contains, LIVE Skateboard Media's Bigger Spin comes in to complement Eric's anecdotes with both still and moving visuals, and links aplenty!

INTERVIEW / George Booth Cole / GALLERY

To start things off with a pun only the most experienced with Japanese skate videos of you will get, George Booth is tight! Now past the cringeworthy introduction point, let's still dwell over how justified the prior remark is. For the past few years, Gee Bee Cee has been very involved teaming up with George Toland and the Serious Adult crew (the one that recently brought you the full-length video "Teddie"); all of them are fueling their scene, having a hand saving the classic London spot Southbank, and documenting the current generation of London rippers - one they are part of. Booth's language of choice happens to be the one of photography and for a while now, he's been sharing his works and displaying his zines quite visibly on Instagram, a curated yet abundant selection of quite unique fragments of time frozen on black and white film, then self-developed. Last September, the whole crew went (again!) to attend the Vladimir Film Festival in Croatia for a few days; to tease the resulting edit by George Toland, coming out on LIVE real soon, here's a gallery of George Booth Cole's works, images from the latest Vladimir but also from the making of "Teddie" and some from a project in Japan. And the lad looked like he had things to say aplenty, so we caught up with him for a few!

Franck Pierron / PREMIERE / "Tracked Movements"

Here comes an improbable U.F.O.! If the name of filmer Franck Pierron doesn't ring a bell to you, you don't necessarily have to question your street cred: Franck was always the man in the shadows, masterfully documenting skateboarding from afar out of pure passion without ever feeling the need to put himself out there, as to keep it all nothing but pure fun. From the nineties to the mid-naughts (the era of the French Chill Magazine, for those who remember), Franck has been shooting every format from VX-1000 video to Super 8 or 16 mm film. His eye is of the kind that cultivates the detail and celebrates the energy; and his genuine excitement seems to translates over into the resulting footage, as his drawers are full of tapes and film imprinted by timeless stylings performed by some of the most classic skaters. The years went by and Franck ended up pursuing an audiovisuel career in the television field, but thankfully for us he never shed his youthful first love for skateboarding away and last month after we asked him if he had any unseen footage to contribute he would be sitting on that we could screen at the (now recent) Das Days Movie Night in Paris, he did not hesitate once. #Fortheculture! What this whole exchange eventually resulted in is this clip: "Tracked Movements", an improvised project title reflecting the process of that quest for lost footage, but also the one of the basic act of filming skateboarding to begin with as well as many more, even deeper meanings we will leave up to your imagination as you duly deserve. Regardless of its designation, what counts is how Francks's passion and enthusiasm have survived the past fifteen years time span and today, LIVE Skateboard Media is proud to get to present it to you under the form of this time capsule of an edit, timelessly tracking the movements of many a Parisian skate activist who eventually contributed a lot to the local culture, history and scene, each in their own respective ways. And of course, we caught up with Monsieur Franck long enough to introduce him to our classic "5 W's" treatment!

Graham Thoms / "Trabajando 4" / INTERVIEW

The Loop - you're either in, or out of it. But Graham Thoms is special as he's from there aka. Chicago, Illinois, a location with an equally special place in his heart; armed with not just "street cred" but a true urban upbringing, and the friendliest, most optimistic attitude to boot, he's been spreading Chi-love a big chunk of the old continent over as he's been fascinated by it, regularly taking trips to (and filming parts in) Barcelona for years until he eventually made the move for good and relocated to Paris, France. Now an international spokesman from My Kind Of Town, together with his homie Corey Henderson, they've been dropping full-length indie vids under the alias "Trabajando" on a strict annual basis for a few years, intertwining footage from foreign lands with their super strong hometown clips. The fourth installment is now dropping; and the winning duo was kind enough to grant LIVE Skateboard Media the diffusion of two of its segments: the Paris part, and Graham's (incredible) part. Not just that, but they also felt like contributing with words of love and boys did they have plenty to give.

Bigger Spin / EP 010 - Ludovic Azémar

You're probably used to how it works by now, for every new episode of the French Big Spin podcast coming out, LIVE Skateboard Media drops the Bigger Spin, its complementary article packed with links and images aplenty, pertaining to the latest guest's words. And in this case, said new guest just so happens to be the Paris-based filmmaker Ludovic Azémar, and he's the author of videos that have most likely caught your attention before. Even if you can't grasp the spoken word in French, feel welcome to use this page and still flow through whatever it is Ludo has to say!

Bastien Marlin "Iretge" / 5W's!

"Iretge" is the title of the book telling the journey of artists ADEC, Brokovich and Arkane, gone to paint, perform, and build along the way. From the Vercors region to Carcassonne, they were bound to run into flesh-and-blood "iretges", and Bastien Marlin was one of them. Long-time skater and D.I.Y. enthusiast, he is just the iretge we needed, so why deprive ourselves of a small interview?

Bigger Spin / EP 009 - Sam Partaix

After many years of presence on the scene, the choice of Samuel Partaix for the guest of the latest episode of the French Big Spin Podcast was an obvious one. On Seb Chalot and Arnaud Dedieu's show, Sam shares stories pertaining to all things from his early years skateboarding to the skateshop he once opened in Tours with his mother, when he isn't recounting his life in Biarritz and more. This usual Bigger Spin article on LIVE Skateboard Media once again highlights the main subjects, and illustrates them with links aplenty!

Bigger Spin / EP 008 - Alix Malnati & Shani Bru

French skate podcast Big Spin is proud to have hosted two blossoming young women as skateboarding's representatives on the latest edition of their show. Alix Malnati and Shani Bru's voices make for an audible breeze of fresh air in a practice populary dominated by testosterone and the occasional macho attitudes, so you better catch that opportunity to listen to what the girls have to say! The satisfaction of skateboarding often comes with the price of a certain social emancipation (for better and for worse), even moreso as a female and this is exactly where individuals like Alix, Shani and hopefully you get to shine, unaffected by peer pressure and well determined to be their true selves, genuinely dedicated to their sincere passion with honesty and no damns given about any potential phantasmal prejudice. Get inspired by their strength (the kind of which you wish you had in your kickflips), and if you can't make any sense out of their delicate sentences due to being unable to grasp the French language then fear not, this Bigger Spin article comes to the rescue and punctuates their stories with photo et video illustrations. All you need is love!

"PORTALS" / Eric Mertz / PREMIERE

In the year two thousand and eighteen, anybody pushing their vision as far as releasing a DVD independently deserves at least a mention, if not praise depending on how refined of a work the resulting product turns out to be. Well, "Portals" is Strasbourg, France-based filmer Eric Mertz's new labor of love - some years after his original piece "Pathos", then quite the hit on the Magenta Facebook page - now available on a disk you can get from here or maybe here. Eric spent some time fine-tuning the many scenic shots, elaborate transitions (oftentimes involving Michel Gondry-esque handicrafts) and overall tones of the strong aesthetic of "Portals", resulting in a proper cinematographic effort in the footsteps of Pacôme Gabrillagues' with "Crosswalk" or resembling the "Frame By Frame" crew's stylistic touch, both major, classic independent french skate videos of the past decade. The vertebrae of "Portals" fits just right into that skeleton of artfully-documented local skate culture, strong of its fifty-minute running time, spliced into many chapters (with one specific theme for each) that Eric has been starting to share on his YouTube account, recently. Now, LIVE Skateboard Media is proud to be presenting you the fifth segment of this oneiric trip of a film, "Fantasy", along with some comments and answers from the man himself, who couldn't escape the "5 W's" treatment!

Bigger Spin / EP 007 - Joseph Biais

The latest guest on the French skate podcast Big Spin is none other than a Joseph Biais strong of the opportunity to share his new web part, "Wavy", with you - another clip by a Romain Batard ("Giddy") who apparently never sleeps and never slips. Put the interview on, pump up the volume and enjoy the harmonious intertwining of Joseph, Sébastien Charlot et Arnaud Dedieu's respectively suave voices literally reinventing the French language, as your eyes skim through the following article in which the little kid formerly destined to be a Pierre Richard doppelgänger (he knows), now all grown up, narrates his own story, to the pace of the links and images punctuating the text below.

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