Pierre Deckonski

PREMIERE / "L'ELDORADO" / "Chronicles of the Past" Nantes / INTERVIEW

Today, on LIVE, we're not introducing you to just one exclusive local video production, but rather two - as an attempt to a general representation of the skate scene in Nantes, France, as nurtured throughout several decades by successive generations of activists working hard at putting not just their practice but also their localization on great display. This strongly historic landmark of French skateboarding has fed the prowess of - amongst others - Thibaud Fradin back when his sponsor at the time, Cliché Skateboards, Jérémie Daclin's iconic company, was literally and figuratively taking off overseas, or also David Couliau's adventures on either side of both the lens and industry. Nowadays, in comparison, some might argue that it's blending into the general landscape a little more - maybe due to the lack of encouraging local policies for skateboarding, but maybe also due to a lack of attention on their own end because indeed, the scene really seems just as vibrant in the year twenty twenty-one looking at the hyperactivity of several shops (NDJBanc PublicMilk) but first and foremost of the ever-so-passionate locals, some of them even running their own skate mag: Ob'Session. "L'ELDORADO" is the name of the new full-length video the latter crew just issued; and we're talking a conceptual enterprise here, supported by the notorious Sony VX-2000 and the local poetry of then - via a constant parallel with Jacques Demy's cinematography - and now - by the means of home-made animations by Rose Moreau, some timeless theatrics and of course excellent skateboarding by the crew. So, just as we were getting excited to share said piece already is also exactly when Franck Pierron contacted us (remember "TRACKED MOVEMENTS" and LIVE's original interview with Franck, here), too, to show us his new vintage gem; an anachronism only more complete upon viewing, "CHRONICLES OF THE PAST: NANTES EDITION" is a true time capsule of the authentic nineties, and quite the four-minute journey into the past of Nantes and some historic kickflips. Obviously, the temptation of federating all these different energies into one major article ended up overcoming; so, here's your occasion to discover or rediscover Nantes through quite the transgenerational prism, including questions to all parties involved - a virtual cultural trip we're inviting you on here and now!

Nant'es Sérieux?

"Nant'es Sérieux ?!" is a local video of the kind that's a special treat to see drop, as not 'just' strong of showcasing the various talents of underground skaters aplenty, as well as their obscure spots (on top of demonstrations of how to skate them), this first full-length from Nantes, France by Damien IndersieAlan Sanchez and Nicholas Sandquist is generally super well-made. Reasonably, the hour-plus-long running time should get the job done scaring the most casual crows away but here, the pace of the edit intertwining quick-paced VX-1000 and original intermissions (special mention for the incredible "Nounours" transition short film) will instead keep them up at night, to the beat of the landings, slams and screams of a whole lot of occasionally careless individuals. The majority of the current Nantes scene has to be featured in there, thereby granting "Nant'es Sérieux ?!" the commonly coveted time capsule status, as in that ten years from now the new local kids just picking up skating will still be blown away, and inspired by this gem as it shows up in their naive, first ever skateboarding-related YouTube searches... Ain't that the whole point after all?

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