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"DILL" / Jonathan Rentschler / INTERVIEW

Jonathan Rentschler is another name that should ring familiar to most LIVE regulars as we've shared about his photography works and even interviewed him before - around the time of the release of his "LOVE" photo book on the last days of LOVE Park in Philly. Well, today, he's up to presenting a new zine: "DILL", focused on Jason Dill as its subject but not just any Dill, or the most publicized Dill for that matter: casual Dill, with an emphasis on documenting spontaneous moments in the man's natural environments.
 
The opportunity was to great to miss for Benjamin, who caught up with Jon in order to learn more, and spread the word!

To Rome with love

Poland-based skate filmmaker Krzysztof Godek is, as of recently, running his own brand Repeat and, more generally, somebody whose works have been placed on display on LIVE quite a few times before; and today, he's back with an edit filmed, this time, in Rome - quite the unpopular destination for a skate trip despite being the capital of Italy, as it seems commonly overshadowed by the much more practical Milanese marble. Well, the task to restore a certain balance is up to Varsaw's SH Store riders in this case, and the results are now live for you to watch, for a little audiovisual holiday!

As a complement, here are some words straight from Krzysztof, and a photo gallery by Jakub Suwiński.

Against Le Corbu

At this point, introducing you yet again to Murilo Romão of Flanantes productions would almost qualify as insulting; an offense that still would not strike as deep as Le Corbusier's approach to architecture and urban planning, notably based on the division and structuring of public space according to the singular, primarily intended utilisation of each element of its design - basically summing up, and stripping down the city to nothing but its most basic, uttermost practical functions with no space reserved for the wandering of the soul and other vagrancies - both of the spiritual and physical type, whether or not on wheels. Highlighting the dangers of such a vision, most notably the breach it creates between individuals and a certain innate right of theirs to freely enjoy their direct environment, Murilo hits back with "Against Le Corbu", a sixteen-minute audiovisual trip to Brasilia, a location intended as "the city of the future" as soon as its construction in the sixties following in the footprints of Le Corbusier's bleak utopia, only in order to take over its spots with one fine crew of gentlemen (including LIVE regular Cotinz) as accomplices.

As far as the spots themselves, well... Let's say that just rolling up to most of them already makes one ponder all the possible parallels between skating and taming some kind of wild beast.

Also featured: a sweet photo gallery courtesy of Renato Zokreta.

Blacks and whites

If in Paris tonight, this thirty-first of October, then let's meet as early as 6 PM at Carhartt WIP Store Paris Le Marais, for the launch of the brand's new collection, a collaborative effort with our Amsterdam homies over at POP Trading Company!
 
In order to get you amped for Friday's edit, you can already get in the mood via those photos by Hugo Snelooper and Dave Van Laere, above!

 

"Polygone" / Florent Theron / GALLERY

Consciousness of the urban space has to be a hot topic this day: amongst many other things, LIVE has told you about the Bordeaux, France-based project "PLAY" before and, recently, Ocean Howell even reconciled with his first love long enough for a few talks at the recent Pushing Boarders in Malmö (as well as a three-sixty kickflip).

If the fruit of such considerations is only now blooming here and there throughout the surface of the globe in apparently a rather simultaneous manner, that's only because it's been nurtured underground by the skateboarders' perpetual frustration regarding the inadequacies of the established society with the reality of their practice of choice - for a long, long time.

In Nice, France, Florent Theron has been working on "Polygone" for over a year already; a personal project that he eventually materialized in fanzine form, for the lack of an additional, better-suited dimension. Oddly enough, despite both projects being completely disconnected at the root, Florent's interpretation of the skatable structure shares sensibilities with Leo and Nicolas' take on the subject with "PLAY": the obstacle is summarized to its most basic geometrical shape (in this case, three triangles), and primary colors that inspire a Mondrianesque cognitive deciphering.

Images aplenty were captured by Fred Schwal, and then laid out on paper by Florent himself, strong of his Le Huit experience as he is. Let's hand him the mic for a sec.

Squad Up / Paris / GALERIE

The Paris Snipes Squad Up took off last Friday, under the form of qualifiers based on the completion of a variety of challenges (sometimes skateboarding-related, sometimes not) scattered throughout the City of Lights, during which close to thirty crews from all over Europe met up to try and earn one of the sixteen top spots and thereby make it into the finals, which went down the Saturday. Those were at République, on many skatable obstacles that were set up just for the event and LIVE's Instagram video recap of the day can be watched here. Eventually, it is the Man Dem Crew that ended up taking first place; a wild herd consisting in Vincent Milou, Tryone O'Hanrahan and Amiel Kornicki, all now stronger of some prize money and even more general acknowledgement from their peers.

A day captured in still pictures by Adrian Rios and Dennis Scholz.

UNEMPLOYED / "Trial Period" / GALLERY

Our favorite self-proclaimed Unemployed people actually run a griptape company from Marseille, France, and just put out a new edit: "TRIAL PERIOD", as though to showcase a willpower to make their own designation lie. They are indeed super productive, with still plenty in the works; as far as recent productions, one might remember "AVANCE L'ARRIERE". This new edit is about fifteen minutes long yet will leave you wanting for more, as the (trip) footage will cocoon you in a world of perfect spots of all kinds like the South of France altogether has to offer: Marseille, Lyon and the general region, although they did go to Paris for some tech prowess.

Among the featured skaters are Victor CampilloNassim LachhabMatisse Banc and many more; watch the video on this page, and take a gander at the photo gallery above that Brian Bunting was kind enough to contribute, just so we could present it to you.

"Entre Deux" / Louis Perruchaud / Galerie

Tomorrow, we will release "Entre Deux", a short by Ludovic Azémar about the quite dynamic duo that are Quentin Boillon and Mickael Germond. Between their hometown of Lyon and a visit to their friend "Pepe" in Turino… In order to not fall into the video only movement, another buddy, Louis Perruchaud joined in on the fun little adventure…

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!

MIMPI FILM FESTIVAL / "Ruído" / PREMIERE

Despite the ongoing exponential development of instantaneous Internet connections, social network platforms and low-cost airlines - technologies bound to help the average skateboarder meet some others as to contemplate new perspectives, new landscapes, new souls - certain particular horizons still seem to struggle more than others in terms of retranscription. Oftentimes the idea erupts, but gets stranded on the way, exhausted from the length of the journey, eventually hitting the language barrier face first. Not everybody has to be an English speaker, a media nerd or even aiming at reaching out to others, after all; nevertheless, those ruptures in communication will get in the way of those trying to comprehend as much of the world as possible, like crackling on the line. Today on LIVE Skateboard Media, it is Pedro Damasio you are getting introduced to, along with his peers' work on the Rio De Janeiro, Brazil-based skate film and photo festival: Mimpi. We went there - twice - and we loved it: beyond all appearances and behind the banners, Pedro and his friends like to play around with crazy concepts. Last year's edition's was the one of noise, or "Ruído", and the resulting clip, featured above, is pretty experimental; a daring stand from an event this popular, only proving the sincerity in Pedro's progressive will, and the love in his approach. Plus there's a lot of skateboarding to boot, as a tribute to the practice we all owe everything to!

"MAGNUS" / Valencia

Zander Taketomo's photographic novel recounting Norwegian Magnus Bordewick's pilgrimage around the world alongside Chris Mulhern to film for his new, eponymous web part for Adidas is coming to an end... And it's onto the shores of Valencia that their flow ends up sweeping us, after a full week of daily havoc bouncing from Philadelphia to Taipei, then to Mallorca, Tokyo, then Seoul. Spain's third biggest city wasn't without inspiring our trio, skateboarding- and photography-wise: the proof being in the crazy amount of material their got just from that one trip! A feat also helped by the presence of Hermann Stene... Make sure to treat yourself with the clip, "Magnus", and please do stay in touch for new adventures!

"MAGNUS" / Seoul

Welcome to yet another chapter in Zander Taketomo's photo book comprising still images of Magnus Bordewick in motion around the world whilst filming for the eponymous "Magnus": his latest web part (that just came out!) for Adidas, filmed and edited by Chris Mulhern. Today is Sunday: let's give our senses some rest with a smaller selection of photos than what you might have got used to already. We're still going to Seoul, though; just for a very short stint, as the main purpose of the trip was to skate demos... Although of course, that didn't stop Magnus from being productive in the streets, as the very last photo in the present gallery (and his performances in the edit itself) can attest!

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