Posts from the ‘video’ Category
From the ZEN DOG Kickstarter:
ZEN DOG is an independent feature film about one man’s quest across the United States to potentially OFF himself with a coin toss atop the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s about abandoning the comforts of the modern world in order to press into the unknown and truly live. ZEN DOG will follow Mud Takashi, a complacent man in his late twenties who was adopted and raised by Japanese parents. Mud’s dissatisfaction with life is fueled by circumstance and the idea that there must be something greater than himself out there to discover. Having never left California, Mud decides to sell everything, pack his bags and head out to the road less traveled. Along his path he encounters his own set of trials and tribulations and eventually meets Bel, a cosmic spark of energy equally lost in a world of her own. If Mud represents the past and the future, Bel most certainly is the idea of the NOW. She teaches Mud the true meaning of detachment and ultimately becomes the focal point of both desire and suffering.
In order to get to his final destination, Mud purchases a used 1969 Volkswagen from a reformed ex-hippy at the beginning of our story. While on his journey, he discovers a box of leftover cassette tapes in the trunk. One of the tapes happens to be a spoken-word mix tape of the late philosopher ALAN WATTS. Watts soon becomes the pseudo-narrator throughout the film and propels Mud as well as the audience into a world of self-discovery and actualization.
I remember Dave Nada explaining the treatment for this video at the Do-Over days before Nadastrom left for Ecuador. It’s been out for more than half a month, so if you’ve seen it already, watch it again.
I was especially excited for the urban bike shorts at this years Bicycle Film Festival because I was in the Angelopes video (directed by Richie Thomassen), and hadn’t seen it yet. I was also stoked on the Wolfpack Crash Race 2 video (directed by Warren Kommers). I hadn’t seen that one either.
The Downtown Independent was packed with familiar faces. It was an energetic crowd and the local films were the highlight of the night. Who doesn’t like to see themselves and friends on the big screen.
Thanks Brendt Barbur and family for putting on another great season of the Bicycle Film Festival.
More on that in a moment. For now, chill on this video I made getting to Interbike last year.
After the Bicycle Film Festival Los Angeles opening night at El Cid, I grabbed a bite to eat at Tang’s with Brendt Barbur (creator of the BFF), Don “Roadblock” (Wolfpack Hustle), Warren Kommers (Wolfpack Hustle Crash Race 2 director), Lynn (Marathon Crash Race 2 1st place women’s), Ivan (BFF LA Producer), and Chicken Leather (Bike Oven/Kill Radio). I had a bacon, salami, and avocado sandwich. It was delicious.
I shot the LA Release Party for To Live & Ride in LA at Royal/T out in Culver City for Streetsblog LA. Check out the photos they posted up, the ones down here are extras, and of course, fto see the whole 32 photo set, click on the photos to be redirected to my Flickr.
Tibby Rothman posted an article on LA Weekly’s “Style Council” blog this morning promoting David Rowe‘s (director) film To Live & Ride in LA and it’s worldwide premiere at the Royal/T in Culver City this Saturday (‘book event). They interview TOLA blogger Sean Martin and fixed gear freestyle pioneer Keo Curry who are both in the film.
And as with most (bicycle) articles on the Internet, it comes with (bicycle) haters. This guy is so ignorant l think he might be a troll. Enter Sfsmuglefty (you may need to read the article to understand some of this):
5 things: 1-Bike in the photo not in bike lane or even on the right side as car behind approaches-cars did build the road he’s on, 2- the guy in the story is riding on a busy shared street on a vehicle without brakes if it were any other vehicle it would be illegal, 3-the guy is riding without insurance which would also be illegal, 4-people do stupid acts whether a bicyclist running down a pedestrian or a car driver not looking before turning I ride here in SF I’ve bailed on bicycles and motorcycles and I’ve been hit by a car while in a car and as a pedestrian nearly run over by cars and bicycles I’m not whining about either. I surf there are several surfers who have been attacked by sharks they don’t bitch about the shark’s mistake if a surfer wants to ride a tsunami hey they’ll go for it but the surfer isn’t going to whine about the wave when they get beat up, 5- there is a difference between someone making a mistake and someone who chooses to do something stupid don’t throw yourself into LA traffic without brakes and expect that tsunami to watch out for you-when you’re in traffic you to have a responsibility to those around you even on a bike.
PS why are bicycle fanatics such a bunch of irresponsible cry babies-did your mothers stick helmets on your heads at birth cover your houses in padding and have one of those “baby on board” stickers in the rear window of her passive aggressively driven Volvo? Is that how you got such a warped perspective your mothers filling you with absurd expectations of what the World owes her little baby?
I shouldn’t even give this the time of day, but since an intern from LA Weekly asked me to post their article, this was the funnest way I could do them the favor.
1 – The rider on the left, Sean Martin, is legally overtaking a slower cyclist occupying the right lane.
2 – But it’s not illegal. And what is your point anyway? Fixed gear bikes have one brake (your legs resisting the direct drive), it’s not a redundant system and can be safer (by adding cable brakes). If you think riding a fixie without brakes isn’t right for you (which it shouldn’t be for most people, the fad will fade), don’t do it.
3 – Which would also be illegal in your fantasy world? It’s not illegal to ride a bicycle without health insurance or insurance on the bike. And if it were illegal to ride a bicycle without health insurance, wouldn’t it, in your fantasy world, be illegal for people to drive cars without health insurance too?
4 – People need to be held accountable to the predictable consequences of their actions. If a car hits a pedestrian or cyclist the consequence is usually much worse than if a cyclists hits a car or pedestrian. That’s why bikes aren’t supposed to be on sidewalks and deserve their own separated lane; so they don’t hit pedestrians. It’s your right to surf, it’s not your right to drive. Driving is a privilege. As for being attacked by sharks. Isn’t that a predictable risk of surfing? Driving is a privilege to make sure there aren’t any sharks on our roads to kill innocent surfers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
5 – You’re right. Everyone needs to be held to the predictable consequences of their actions. Drivers and cyclists need to respect each other (reciprocity) so we can all get where we need to go as safely and quickly as possible.
P.S. What’s up with your Freudian analysis of cyclists? We expect too much because our mom’s were over protective? I ride a bicycle because I can’t afford a car.
Oh, and btw, fuck you.
I might as well start calling this the Fish & Chips blog. The photo in the post prior to this one got picked up by the LA Times blog, and now he’s on I Am Los Angeles? Who is his agent? This kid is everywhere!
Disclaimer: I have not seen this video because my computer can’t watch Vimeo, but I’m sure it’s good.
From I Am Los Angeles:
You might have seen him and his crew riding around LA. The bike he’s riding may seem just like any other, but wait till you see what Dylan Hurst can do on his bike. And we’re not just talking about riding with no hands. Dylan is a trick biker who pulls off crazy stunts in the streets of LA every day.
Fish and Chips – that’s what they call this London-born rider in the fairly new sport of fixed-gear trick cycling. “Its insane to see how fast this sport is growing and it’s not a cheap sport. Kids are begging their parents to give them a brand new bike for Christmas.” The popularity of fixed-gear trick cycling is beginning to rival what skateboarding was in the 70’s. It’s a fast-moving sport; kids are constantly coming up with new tricks, styles, and stunts and manufactures are scrambling to keep up.