VLADIMIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019 / REPORT

Vladimir - for the obscure.

The black sheep has only been developing exponentially over its now nine years of existence, and so has been the attention it's received with, this year, an approximation of three hundred people showing up from the whole planet over to attend this local festival in Fažana, Croatia - a little Istrian port town with a loaded history, testimonies of which still stand under the form of monuments everywhere (currently ensuring a steady flow of tourism), and the sensibilities of the inhabitants.

What originally started out as a very local initiative consisting in video screenings at the local skatepark quickly outgrew that embryonic phase as its instigators, Nikola Racan (of 'Solsticij' full-length video underground fame) and the Skateboard klub August Šenoa locals grew to use modern communication tools to get further and further in touch with universally renowned skate artists and documentarists - whether in the photo or video field.

Paris under waves

Raw skateboarding, raw and without any restraint. Knowing how to approach the Parisian spots now so famous in a different way. Have the willpower to stay on the board, overcome with a good resistance to pain. We find all this here and I'm not sure that it takes so much more to make a good video. Not even mentioning the fact that a little early grab here and there, it never hurts, especially as engaged as they are here.

Reverso

So, it was worth waiting a bit, wasn't it!? Mark Suciu just dropped the part that has supposedly been on hold for weeks now for one trick, and word in French restaurants is that he went back for it about twenty times… One can appreciate the motivation, but let's celebrate the diversity with which Mark uses his talent. This part got something for you, no matter what you dig, and everything is top notch!

Express

The Magenta homies were recently back in India, with our Push Periodical colleague, and Patrick Wallner. Or where the viewers finds out there is a place on the earth where the streets move as rapidly as Glen Fox does… And not that many cultures can claim that!

unforgetable(s)

Those are the ones, our Dutch neighbor likes to reminds us about regularly, notably through his great remixes… And what better one than a man who has been eligible to the Classiest Man in the World title for so many year, Danny Garcia!?

"Lhyon"

We knew it already, the dudes at Hy don't lose no time emptying their pockets on every spot, and thanks to that optimal compartmentalizing allows them to maximize their skate time! So, give them a few days in Lyon to try out all the new spots that have seemed to be popping up there lately, and test out their collab with Volcom, and you know the result is going to be dope… No one will be able to say Matisse Banc did not give his all, and we will ask the question that keeps us awake at night: who is finally going to print a poster of Victor Campillo that we could have hanging over our bed!?

Welcome home, Chima!

In fact, it's been a while since Chima Chibueze is at Pop Trading Company, but at least with this little part, it's official! And under his relaxed and nonchalant appearance, the young man hides a mastery of skateboarding. Simple and nice skateboarding, effective and without burrs, but this time in an atmosphere a little warmer than usual. It's probably the only thing that was missing from this team, if they really missed something.

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.

Summit of the Non-Aligned / 5W's!

Skateboarding has definitely been seeing the flourishing of independent happenings, as though a form of natural resistance to mass culture by its most sincerely devoted enthusiasts. As the official 2019 program for the ninth (!) edition of the Croatian Vladimir Film Festival just dropped, in Belgrade, the Summit of the Non-Aligned is just about to start (from today on, till September 15th), and as expected from passionate people whose communication is more akin to sponataneous expression than malign marketing, it probably wouldn't have caught the attention of a wider scale audience if it hadn't been for word of mouth from acquainted artists who linked us up (i.e. Glen Fox and Nez Pez). Five minutes later and a phone call was in order...
 
Check out the Summit's website and Instagram feed, and enjoy the interview below, with activist David Soda.

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.

High quality

In fact, we are not watching the best video in the world. Indeed, it is a bit raw and you should not have seasickness. But since it is Nik Stain, we should all be able to forgive. This man really has the art and the way to make any trick of the most basic still more pleasant to look at. How? I don’t know, probably because he takes ten times the speed needed before committing on something, perhaps because of his ease in switch or the accuracy of his flip tricks. In short, for once, it's the quality of the skateboard that catches up with the quality of the video, you have to enjoy it, nonetheless.

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