With 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” (linked and displayed in our Focal Point feature), 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. 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 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.
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.
Street League is soon to announce the dates and locations for its 2014 SLS Tour which will air live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO and StreetLeague.com. Stay tuned.
The Sheckler Foundation, its sponsors and pro skateboarders will come together for the 5th annual Skate for a Cause, presented by etnies this Saturday, May 3rd. Held at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, the Cinco De Mayo weekend event will help raise funds for the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” initiative to help injured action sports athletes and children in need.
Some of the skaters invited include: Chris Cole, Cairo Foster, Christian Hosoi, Fabrizio Santos, Felipe Gustavo, Greg Lutzka, Leticia Bufoni, Louie Lopez, Julian Davidson, Manny Santiago, Nick Garcia, Nyjah Huston, Paul Rodriguez, Torey Pudwill and many more. These pro skateboarders have been invited to skate the park alongside Ryan Sheckler and compete in contests for cash prizes.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for a $50 donation on the foundation’s site at ShecklerFoundation.org. VIP tickets allow access inside the skatepark; offering up front access to hang out with pro skateboarders and watch them compete against each other. Skateboarding can definitely generate goodwill for those less fortunate.
For additional info on The Sheckler Foundation, follow facebook.com/shecklerfoundation, LinkedIn, @SheckFoundation on Twitter and @ShecklerFoundation on Instagram.
Vertical vampire, Darren Navarrette takes his Creature Batwing pro model for a spin… and a tap… and a plant or two in Kelly Belmar’s legendary pool.
To celebrate his 30 years in skating, the President and Co-founder of Theeve, Trevor Ward has dishes out 30 tricks in 30 minutes. It also coincides with his 38th birthday today. Probably still young at heart – Happy Birthday Trevor!
Have a look at this incriminating footage captured by another skateboarder which shows a pigheaded father kicking his 6-year old son into Kona’s vert ramp. Fortunately, the kid was ok. If only the tables were turned on this piss poor skoach and his lack of skill in parenting. Drop in mother#%*er, it’s your turn now!