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Hollywood Skaters Prowl the Set in an Aaron Rose and André Saraiva Film for L’Officiel Hommes

“Paramount Studios is fantastical by nature,” says artist and filmmaker Aaron Rose of the faux New York City streets and sun-baked Los Angeles location of today’s cinematic fashion short. Sweeping through the vacant lot, Rose and his co-director, L’Officiel Hommes editor André Saraiva shot a dreamlike portrait of professional skateboarders Jerry Hsu, Austyn Gillette, and Josh Harmony, besuited in Dior Homme, Saint Laurent, and Prada. Set to the epic pop of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur,” the slow-motion skaters are confronted by a trio of models in lace lingerie led by Belgian beauty Anouck Lepere, in a touch that echoes the band’s 1980s videos. “It is his bicoastal perspective which started the idea for the film,” explains Saraiva of Rose’s past as founder of downtown New York institution Alleged Gallery, that is juxtaposed with his recent experience as a West Coast-dwelling artist. “We share a similar evolutionary process as creators, so it was natural to work together,” says Rose of his multidisciplinary Paris-based collaborator. “We were shooting two elements simultaneously, this film and a photo editorial. André would be shooting photos, then all of a sudden, he would hand me the stills camera. It was a wonderfully creative ping-pong volley.”

The Devil’s Toy

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

This short 1966 documentary film dedicated “to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. “The Devil’s Toy” – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the activity – captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion.

This rare 15-minute film is available for purchase as a DVD through the National Film Board of Canada.

Tiltmode Episodes #15 – Who’s Your Daddy

In 1999, Tim Brauch went on a skateboard adventure with Chet Childress, Jason Adams and Jai Tanju. They brought a video camera and documented the trip. The tapes from this trip have been lost and unseen until now. The Seeing Things Gallery had a show called “Timspiration” that was based on memories, art and awesomeness of our good friend, Tim. This is an edit that was shown at this event and now is made viewable to you. This one is for the people that were blessed to know “Beans.” Sit back, watch and remember an amazing human as he travels with his friends. Never Forget, Tim Brauch.

For some more awesomeness from the recent Timspiration show, please visit seeingthingsgallery.tumblr.com and visit seeingthingsgallery.com.

Ingrained – Larry Reaves


Have a good look at this insightful short 4-minute film featuring Larry Reaves. He’s a diehard skater and rules at life. He runs his own wood shop out of Columbia, South Carolina where he creates many handcrafted and custom items of beauty. His creative vision is one to behold and full of inspiration. High fives all around!

– BK

Director – Dorian Warneck

Backstreet Atlas


Backstreet Atlas is a documentary film created by two dudes who skated from Boston to NYC. The film documents the people and spaces between the two Northeast metropolises as Zach Baker and Adam Abada blast through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in the summer of 2012. One part skate tour, one part ethnography, one part summer vacation, Backstreet Atlas is about celebrating life. Adam and Zach want to thank everyone who donated and helped them along the way. Get out there and do it! – bk

Bob Burnquist’s “Dreamland” – A Backyard Progression

In his new webisode series, Bob Burnquist provides us exclusive access to the private domain in which so many of his contributions to skateboarding were born, his backyard in Southern California, better known as “Dreamland.” Hence, “The Dreamland Series.”

To lead off the series, we see something from Bob that hasn’t been seen since 2010: a full-length video part filled with never-before-seen footage. And, the Hip. Yes, he added a Hip feature with a 15-foot gap onto his personal MegaRamp.

This is eight and a half minutes of footage delivers the ultimate amalgamation of tech and powerful skateboarding – like nothing ever seen before. Our minds are blown and we’re sure countless others will be to in the coming minutes, days, weeks, and months. This is a video part for the history books. Progressive, raw and entertaining as fuck – Bob is the definition of gnar. Congrats and huge high fives Bob, Oakley, Jamie Mosberg, Bruno Passos, Kirk Dianda and all of those involved to make this happen!

Music – Ben Harper
“I Will Not Be Broken”
“Up To You Now”