Max's tip: "MERLOT"

Max Guyot (interviewed on the topic of his video "BROTHERHOOD" filmed in Nancy and Paris, here) most definitely knows what's up as he was the first to bring "MERLOT" to LIVE's attention - that is, two whole hours before its author could even find the time to e-mail us the link!

So, this "MERLOT" tastes like forty strong minutes of San Francisco brillance, equally brillantly collected by Ryan Flores featuring, on the other side of the lens, la crème de la crème of the modern local scene: Jameel Douglas (whose Parisian peregrinations you might remember from here) wraps up no less than a part in the pure tradition of the genre, then followed by the likes of Chris Athans, Ryan Barlow, Jesse Narvaez, Tom Farrell, James Sayres, Alex Greemann or Harry Hafner, amongst others, dotting the timeline... Even some classy visitors showed up: Léo VallsConnor KammererJimmy Larkz or César Dubroca too are in, and that's without even counting Tobin Valverde, Kyle Cielencki (to get more familiar with here), Justin Henry, Simon Isaksson, and even renowned filmers such as Zach Chamberlin and Brett Nichols who both broke free from the record button for a minute. And then more, with Evan Collison and finally Cody Rosenthal, who completes an eventual picture that's vibrant of many a color, style and spot (all read with science, those ones).

"MERLOT" is the result of years worth of skating and filming; it is therefore only logical that its aromas feel so fine and sweet, with a punchy aftertaste to boot!

So, will you be grabbing that bottle or what?...

Luck Of The Draw

In addition to managing LotteryLogan Matthews is a good friend of Zach Chamberlin's, which can be felt as far as in their common passion for the collection of efficient, impactful VX-1000 footage amidst a San Francisco notorious for its ups, but mostly for its downs - apparently, very much to the joy of the likes of Chris AthansBen Gore or Sean Greene, who love using this type of sloped terrain to their advantage...

All things considered, "LUCK OF THE DRAW" will definitely hit you with a taste of what a year twenty twenty version of "HILL STREET BLUES" could look like with its impeccable production, an author who's bound to instantly become one of your favorite filmers, and an overall inclination for good taste be it as far as spots, tricks, presentation and even the soundtrack are concerned, directly relying on the strengths of the most classic S.F. videos, refreshed with up-to-date actors and approaches!

For more on the personal activity of most of the stuntmen involved here, in this wheel of fortune falling downhill in the best possible way that's "LUCK OF THE DRAW", may LIVE send you back to Loophole - Zach, Ryan and Jesse Narvaez's company of urethane-hard and silk-soft goods, all screen-printed on location in the purest D.I.Y. tradition. Although, one might argue - who needs a push in a realm of hills, right?

Right?...

Jardin d'Hiver

As just as much worth of memories of a pre-apocalyptic world, Auguste Fenez's latest offering is a three-minute audiovisual postcard from Paris, honoring the tradition of the genre with an original touch via the style of filmmaking.

Word on the streets of the French capital is, he spent some time last year riding just them alongside fellow talented and motivated skater Elson Patrick (notably a Wasted representative), in order to collect this footage, then assembled by a real production team.

Another interesting glimpse of Paris and a bit more of its scene - without directly exposing yourself to the urban germs. You might end up finding yourself missing that asphalt, though...

"CLOSURE"

When Dan Wolfe himself uploads "CLOSURE", the legendary full-length video recap of his filmmaking career - between 1993 and 2003, precisely - with the best clips he ever filmed for classic releases such as "EASTERN EXPOSURE" and "REAL TO REEL" paired up with a lot of never-before-seen footage, with a healthy dose of S.F. in the mix as well, in the original quality and even clickable chapters, every man's quarantine is bound to suddenly get a lot smoother!

We'll also take the opportunity to link to the man's interview by Eric Swisher of Chrome Ball Incident, from the yesteryear. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and doses of culture can only be beneficial to one's immune system!

Panic In Butapest

 
Butapest's [sic] RIOS crew has been the most reliable of go-to's when it comes to punchy skate video output for a while now, accessorily writing their own chapter of the book of European skateboarding via relentless YouTube uploads of just as brutal montages over the years, successfully putting Eastern Europe on the map of a global scene that's otherwise popular for its tunnel vision, in the process.

Activists and active for eons in a local, seemingly just as indomitable society that still holds out against the cultural invader skateboarding is perceived as, you better believe those guys' teeth are sharpened by now; although, if Bence Bálint (interviewed solstices ago on the Magenta website here) hasn't had to prove that he's one of the most crucial (and gifted) skate filmmakers of his generation for a while now, it's still always surprising how the entire crew somehow manages to surpass the quality of their past video productions with every new offering, all the while adding more to the structure of a common style - under their own form as an authentic crew.

LIVE already shared Victor Turcsik's part from their latest release: "TOLÓ 2" just a few days back, after it was broadcasted by Quartersnacks; today, it is the whole piece that we're featuring, straight from the RIOS themselves.

Twenty minutes of raw, ferocious and inventive street skateboarding essentially equates to a full-length video nowadays, and that's exactly what's in the cards here, with love from the finest street ambassadors of a Hungary they help modernize further than it looks ready to, judging from all the pedestrian reactions punctuating the edit with just as many displays of raised guard. Bence documents his local skateboarding as part of a bigger, traditional ensemble that the RIOS love to vandalize with progress, whether the local public likes it or not.

Meanwhile, they also keep weaving the most positive of networks and recently, France's national pride Mickaël Germond as well as Samu Karvonen also chose to jump into the picture - that was before the quarantine, will only fuel your desire for it to end and whatever the case might be, LIVE will extensively cover how that visit came about - real soon, and most likely before you can even recover from the impact of "TOLÓ 2"!

Pandora's Blocks

Some years after an incredible section in "ELEVENTH HOUR" by Jacob Harris ("ATLANTIC DRIFT", "VASE"...) and then some more spent on the other side of the viewfinder due to some knee troubles (which in turn eventually resulted in VX-1000 full-length opus "CONEXIONES" gracing the world, released independently with lad support from the Jersey scene: Consume StorePillo Wheel Gang and Subterranean Skateboards), today, Luka Pinto is back with a new audiovisual proposal: "PANDORA'S BOX", under the now-officialized moniker: Crew Report.

Waiting for the object in DVD form as well as the accompanying, complementary zines to drop - let alone more videos - and in order to bring some Vladimir Film Festival 2019 vibes back, Free Skate Mag just uploaded Luka's part, as though to highlight how the man himself knows no blocks when it comes to productivity, both on and off the board - all in absolute spite of an occasionally temperamental body - but the ones he literally devours, as exemplified by that last line!

"STILL KICKIN'" / SNT Crew / PREMIERE

LIVE's Barcelona - Sants plaza, to be dead accurate - connection Marcos Lozano Cantillo is hitting the Internet just as hard as his homies have D.I.Y.'d the heck out of the aforementioned skate spot last summer, today, with "STILL KICKIN'", a new, punch VX-1000 edit from the SNT Crew that testifies to how directly and strongly the scene has adapted to an era where the famous tables are now relegated onto the list of endangered species.

Comprising footage of Tony López, D.I.Y. savant already strong of the Bobilly project and Marcos Gómez, of Feel Skateboarding.

"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!

Trapped In The Crowd

Danish streets' twin brothers and ledge specialists Andreas and Simon Pedersen (whose former productions have also been featured on LIVE before) are back with "THREE IN THE CROWD", a new montage, very much in the style we've come to know and appreciate from the guys: calculated lines, tech effort and VX-1000 with the homies, but not at the price of subsequent sophisticated editing and overall clean looks - all for Trap Skateboards' sake, too. And to add one further dimension to the picture, the brotherhood invited fellow bench mathematician Dennis Rasmussen, whose style happens to have the perfect colors to blend in in quite the seamless manner!

Poskrobko, Pt. 2

Perfectly complementing our recent interview with Krzysztof Poskrobko - Poland-based longtime skater and cultural activist who notably dropped multiple impeccable Filharmonia VX-1000 offerings along his trail - the man's part from the latest Grey Area video: "NEVERWHERE" by Kuba Kaczmarczyk (himself interviewed here) just hit the Internets, as though your quaratined retinas could use extra stimuli already. A solid video section, a DVD still available (from Palomino, for instance) - classic street skating in its purest form!

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