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Patrick Frunzio, the filmer behind Ruben Spelta's latest online thing amongst others (as he also does Meaningless Productions), recently got lost in Amsterdam in the company of Raffaele Pola and vague fantasies of new culinary experiences. A trip that cost a lot, literally, but also marked a victory under the form of this three-minute edit of raw street skating - and the presentation is complete, with quick cuts and black and white that hit just the right spot.

The Ultimate Pessertive Remix

"The Ultimate Pessertive Remix" (just recently screened at Vladimir) originates from Pilsen in Czech Republic and, even more accurately, from the mind of "conceptualist" Javier Varillas who, with the help of co-filmer Michal Majer, meticulously assembled the past two years worth of footage collected by the local crew Pessertive and its aficionados, Pessertivity. The resulting piece is a sensory overload of an audiovisual composition involving Panasonic camcorders, surprising styles, round fish-eye lenses and electro-hypnotic music as though to ensure that the intended trance is complete.

A colorful mixtape even available on DVD from the guys, it looks like!

Kalis alert!

A collaboration no one was really expecting or at least, only as much as over a minute of footage of an often imitated, never replicated Josh Kalis surfacing like that out of the blue - but of course those are, in both cases, interesting news!

Visibly, DC Shoes is issuing a collaboration capsule with our friends from Perth, Australia who do Butter Goods and, logically, it is Josh Roberts (of the "Domingo" video series, amongst others) that was hired and teleported straight to Chicago, in order to film demonstrations of the aforementioned Josh Kalis' trademark form of impeccable 360 flips, but also some remarkable maneuvers by Philly Santosuosso, the man behind Humidity Skateshop, for the picture to be complete.

Rock bottom

Kirill Korobkov, Russia's skate ambassador most notably via Absurd Skateboards when he isn't torn between trips, projects and photo exhibitions in electrical transformers, just sent us this e-postcard of a video from a place unlike any other, rock bottom itself which just so happens to be the original concept:

"We had been joking around with the quote "skateboarding is a long way to the bottom" for a few years; and then we eventually found out that there is an actual Russian city called Dno (which literally translates to "bottom" in the Russian language), so we decided to give it a visit. It was a mix of satire, wordplay and experimental skateboarding. Dno turned out to be a very small city; it was very bad for skateboarding, but we tried to get the most of it. You have to be at the very bottom to consider what we skated to be skate spots. " - Kirill Korobkov

Featuring skateboarding by Gosha KonyshevPasha Kuznetsov and Dilip Kharel.

Documented by Barabaka, with Mikas behind some of the filming.

The bottom line is as actual as it gets here.

Leo, Bord'O and "skate urbanism"

Leo Valls (remember Minuit from ten (!) years ago, the Magenta videos in the meantime and then, his two-month late-and-counting Bigger Spin his Big Spin interview is still waiting for, making that one Late Bigger Spin); when he's not skateboarding, working on a skateboarding-related project just about anywhere geographically reachable, or scoring Instagram points, is busy - and has been for a few years, alongside local N.P.O. Board'O - getting involved in the politics of his hometown of Bordeaux, France. His intent: working with the skateboarders and with the city towards the best possible compromise between the inhabitants and the skateboarders Bordeaux is literally packed with. Over the years, his effort has slowly but very surely borne many a fruit, and Leo was recently invited to give a talk at Pushing Boarders in Malmö regarding the progressive aspect of such politics as opposed to brutal repression, highlighting their positives for the common good over more selfish instances of private interest and showcasing real-world examples of locations were such "skate urbanism" was developed as nothing but places actually up to date with the modern urban necessities.

Leo also skates for DC Shoes, and the brand just dropped this little documentary piece on his activism.

"Situación de Calle" / Gerardo Sosa / INTERVIEW

One seldom gets to hear about a full-length skate video exporting itself straight out of Argentina, embracing the wider world with only due audacity. If spots have been the prey of skate tourism for a long time and some key names might have crossed the border a few times, local productions are generally underrepresented in worldwide scale media, which obviously led to the question - what is up with the scene over there?

The release of Gerardo Sosa's new film, "Situación de Calle", was the perfect opportunity to catch up with an activist familiar with that very subject, and who also turned out to be more than keen to cover it for us, in this passionate 5W's!

Hot line(s)

We were already bringing up Josh Stewart earlier today, as the independent filmmaker from Florida was recently invited to the Croatian Vladimir Film Festival, for its 2019 iteration which actually just came to an end and LIVE already has covered, here (quite the must-see for any respectable fan of the "STATIC" video series).

Well, now the unstoppable work pace of the man is made obvious again as, in between trips and exhibitions, he just happens to be the author of this new montage for Dial Tone (the wheel brand for those who miss the original telephones). If you aren't familiar, then just look at that line-up: you're in for new, excellent footage of - amongst others - Jahmal Williams, Ben Gore, Kevin Liedtke, Alexis Sablone, Christian Maalouf, Brian Powderly and Jordan Trahan; and it all rolls beautifully, as though captured on everyone's oh-so-impertinent daily routine.

The animations are by Cosme Studio.

Still cold?

Spicy Internship

The Unemployed clique from the South of France are back and, yet again, make their own namesake lie via one more instance of video proof of their incessant activity. What we are talking about today is a trip to Morrocco with Matisse BancNassim LachhabEtienne GrosFlorent TourdreRomain "Romz" PopotBrian Bunting and Pierre Pauselli; those last two volunteered for documentation duty, and everybody skated with the locals. Nine minutes of clean H.D. footage that just roll by like that.

RIOS x BELGRADE ZOO

The two crustiest Eastern crews are back! Reuniting with the concept of last year's "Dunja" (which you can peep alongside an interview here), our Budapest brethren: the devin that is the Rios crew recently went back to Serbia for more urban life and shared street moments with the local Belgrade Zoo. Rumors of an official, upcoming twinning of the two regions have since been spread.

Still Belgrade-related - if around or nearby, please do yourself a favor and take a gander at this sick local event, imminently occuring: the Summit of the Non-Aligned will take place on the 12th-15th of September, and happens to be a skate festival skate with a damn fine selection and a nice touch to the presentation you really shouldn't miss on Instagram. More info on the way...

In the same vein and chain of events, the program for this year's (ninth!) edition of the now classic Vladimir Film Festival just dropped and it's heavier than ever (like with every new iteration). Check it out and book your tickets - not even necessarily in that order.

Palace runs deep-ish

Eleven minutes of new in-your-face-Palace to start the week (or school year, for some) off with has to taste like unexpected sashimi prepared to Jeff Mills as background music, and peppered with clips of a still stellar Danny Brady (with a tasty nod to Nick Jensen to boot), the unstoppable force Rory Milanes always appears to be and, of course, improvised skateboarding performance by the remarkable and now remarked Heitor Da Silva; that red pants like with the inward heelflip has to be one for the books (or their modern iteration - Instagram reposts). And if such a strong Japanese starter doesn't quite fill you up, then the next course reeks more of the familiar stench of fish and chips meets piss-soaked bricks, notably comprising some pretty captivating footage of Charlie Birch. Almost enough to make us forgive and forget their increasingly tired stabs at Heroin and Mark Foster, lately.

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