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Covoland


Have a look at Romain Covolan and his (black) magic garden filmed by with friend Yves Fraweel, who took it upon himself to add his personal illustrating skills to the footage. The final result is a raw look at Romain’s skating ability and his tweaked mind behind the garden that needs less mowing within the suburbs of Paris. Fun is where you build it.

The Devil’s Toy Redux

The Devil’s Toy by Claude Jutra, National Film Board of Canada

Fourteen directors… eleven remixes… eight countries on four continents… one counter-culture and interactive experience.

Claude Jutra’s pioneering National Film Board of Canada (NFB) skateboarding film, “The Devil’s Toy”, has inspired a new interactive production: The Devil’s Toy Redux, a global online skate culture experience from the NFB, a world leader in interactive media.

In 1966, a young Jutra made one of the world’s first skateboarding films with just a shoulder-mounted camera and a bunch of kids on boards. It helped to define the early history of skate cinema. What’s more, it was an outstanding example of how NFB filmmakers were pioneers of Direct Cinema, a movement of the late fifties and early sixties that helped change the face of filmmaking.

In The Devil’s Toy Redux, the original film is joined by eleven new short films by directors from around the world. The site allows users to navigate from one film to the next and witness the evolution of skate culture across the globe through a multiplicity of lenses, as skateboarders, filmmakers, web developers and designers all share their unique points of view.

The Devil’s Toy Redux lets users explore the cities, its skaters, the boards they ride and their favourite places. The site’s theme-based navigation highlights the issues that define the skaters’ experiences: confrontation, social resistance, resignation and resolve. Skate pictures and videos on Instagram hashtagged “#devilstoy” also automatically appear in The Devil’s Toy Redux, geo-localized for each featured city, as users share their skate experiences and cultures.

Quick Facts

New films for The Devil’s Toy Redux were shot in New York City (dir. Steve Durand); Los Angeles (dir. Greg Hunt); Vancouver (dir. Corey Adams); Montreal (dir. Myriam Verreault); Victoriaville (dir. Matt Charland); Lyon, France (dir. Fred Mortagne); Bad Durkheim, Germany (dir. Peter Schüttemeyer and Marten Persiel); Athens (dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos); Bor, Serbia (dir. Nikola Ležaić); Johannesburg (dir. Luke Jackson and Jess James Harris) and Singapore (dir. Qi An Yuan).

The creative director of The Devil’s Toy Redux is Alex Leduc. The producers are Dana Dansereau and Dominique Willieme, with Loc Dao and Hugues Sweeney as executive producers. Website design and development is by studio Deux Huit Huit.

For the NFB’s 75th anniversary year, The Devil’s Toy Redux has also been re-imagined as an interactive installation, running May 8th to June 19th at Place des Arts in Montreal, followed by dates in other cities.

Speak for the Trees

Our friend and lifelong skateboarder Matt Musselwhite (aka Punker Matt) and his lady Lydia Doleman are featured in this short film titled “Speak for the Trees” which reveals their modern day homestead in the hills of Southern Oregon and their fervent stance and battle against irresponsible logging practices. This epic and creative couple, along with some neighbors and friends, are fighting the good fight to save their region or timberlands from widespread clear cutting. Take a break to listen in and have a closer look about preserving our lands for future generations.

Indeed, a lawful balance must be struck before we completely lose many regions of our nation’s precious forests to unregulated logging.

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Please visit SpeakForTheTreesOregon.org were you can learn more about the task at hand, eyes on the forest and support the cause with an in-kind donation. Fight the good fight for what is right.

– BK

Levi’s Skateboarding 2014 Spring Collection

Levi’s recently hosted a gathering of friends and skateboarding media types at Brandon Biebel’s private skatepark in North Hollywood to reveal and launch their Spring 2014 line of Levis Skateboarding apparel. In the mix to view this second offering from Levi’s Skateboarding were skaters and reps from Thrasher, TWS, The Skateboard Mag, LowCard, King Shit, The Berrics and more.

Catered Mexican food and adult beverages from Saint Archer welcomed a storied cast of characters upon arrival as Tommy Guerrero took soulful control of the ones and twos with a selection of classic hits.

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Raising Helseth: Skateboarding Saved My Life

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Skidmark Magazine’s Josh Becker caught up with skateboarder Casey Helseth where he let the Skidmark crew spend a weekend with him and follow him around his adopted town of Santa Cruz, California. Casey shares his story of hard luck, and gives us a glimpse into his world. It took quite a bit of courage and trust for Casey to share his life’s story and situation. Indeed, skateboarding can open up doors and a world of freedom if you let it flow through your veins. All the best to you Casey and to Josh and the Skidmark crew for sharing this short film documentary with the world.

Lost in Ordos: Drifting Through the Ghost City


Red Bull Skateboarding has just posted a feature written by Greg Poissonnier online highlighting a bunch of European rippers on a journey to skate an empty skateable city in Inner Mongolia.

The Chinese city of Ordos; built to house over a million people, but currently home to just a few thousand, contains all the essential ingredients of an amazing giant virtual street park except that here in the ghost city, everything is ‘real’.

Have a look as Korahn Gayle, Daniel Pannemann, Thaynan Costa, Alex Mizurov, Antony Lopez and Bastien Duverdier had the time of their lives in Inner Mongolia late last year.