Unbeknownst to many, Vivian Maier was perhaps the most prolific pioneering street photographer of her time. She was a nanny by day, but in between her travels she would make use of her capturing skills. Her legacy wasn’t truly appreciated until recently, when her archive of over 100k photos was bought and revealed in 2007. The following BBC documentary sheds more light on her clandestine story. It’s a mustwatch for any photographer, as Maier may have very well been the godmother of modern street photography.
What started off as a mock film trailer for a school project about Instagram has now snowballed into the real thing for university student Paul Tellefsen. His endeavor has resulted in a 25minute long short about the social media photograph platform and how its digital means has brought together a communities in a very analog way. Check out Instagram Is and explore the depth of the Instagram phenomenon.
Filmmaker Emily Kai Bock captures the essence of a young New York City underground rap scene in her documentary Spit Gold Under An Empire. The Montrealbased director followed MC’s Mykki Blanco, Angel Haze and C.J. Fly as they went about their daily routine including walking their neighborhood streets and live audio sessions. The short is part of the larger New American Noise project that covers ground in other cities like New Orleans, Los Angeles and Detroit and the respective music scenes going on there as well.
Swedish energy drink, Burn, has teamed up with Grain Media to present a history of Snowboarding. The resulting documentary We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding features a 40year history of the sport from its inception to present day riding as told by some of the most influential figures of the scene. A fulllength actionsports film available online for free? Hell yes!
New York City skateboarding history is full of characters, but few are anything like Harry Jumonji. The Brazilian ripper basically defines an era in The Big Apple that was grittier than anything going on today. Unfortunately the devil’s lasso of drugs and dirt eventually reeled in the street legend himself. The following is a trailer from the upcoming documentary covering Jumonji’s life. Raw. Real. Respect.
Our homie Bobbito Garcia (DJ, Baller, Historian) needs our help getting his independent flick on the history of pickup basketball in New York City, out and into theaters. Doin’ It In The Park, produced and directed by Bobbito and Kevin Couliau, explores the social significance of the sport inside of the urban environment. The project’s got 22 days left to reach it’s goal of $35K USD. Worth the support especially since so many of the pledge amounts come with perks like signed bball gear an early digital download of the movie and mention in their “Special Thanks” section! Pledge your support here.
Set to release in select theaters and for download on December 7th, is the documentary of living skateboard legend Danny Way, and the film’s called Waiting For Lighting. It follows the story of Way’s traumatic upbringing and rise to action sports glory. Keeping in mind, that this is the man that jumped off of a helicopter while on a skateboard and then conquered The Great Wall of China, again, on four wheels and a slab of wood. Yes, we’re going to peep this one!
In 2002 Fernando Meirelles’ City of God film premiered to international acclaim. The stunning, often violent, and beautifully shot portrayal of life in the favelas of Rio, Brazil made instant stars out of the local cast. The following is a trailer from a soontobereleased documentary about what’s happened to the cast since. Some have gone on to bigger and better things on account of the publicity, others not so much. So much social commentary on this one. Life imitating art?
Indie record label, Stones Throw, knows a thing or two about dedication and keeping things real. Nothing was realer for founder and DJ/producer, Peanut Butter Wolf, than the untimely passing of his best friendthe harsh blow that actually led to much of the inspiration behind the label’s birth and avantgarde ways. Fastforward to more than 15 years later and you’ve got the history of one of independent music’s most solid labels with acts like Madlib, MF Doom and J Dilla to prove it. The following trailer is from their upcoming documentary: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. Props to that title!