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Skateistan – Land of Skate Documentary

YouTube Preview ImageSkateistan has recently released Land of Skate, a 13-minute documentary produced by Ghost Digital Cinema and directed by renowned filmmaker Ty Evans. The film explores how skateboarding has emerged as an unlikely tool to change society. Filmed on location in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, it captures breathtaking shots and an often unseen perspective of these countries. The documentary goes behind the doors of Skateistan’s Skate Schools worldwide for the first time and delves deeper into the inspiring stories of Latifa, Ahmed, Soso and Srey Pich who, despite living in difficult circumstances, have found a path to empowerment through skateboarding and education.

Alongside the documentary, Skateistan has launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of raising $100,000 and growing their global community by December 31st. They intend to empower more girls, create safe spaces in new locations, and change the lives of even more children around the world in 2018.

Please watch Land of Skate above, and share and support their campaign today at skateistan.org.

ISAMU: A Short Skate Film

Rolling Stone magazine has recently featured this short skate film with 14-year old Japanese freestyle skating prodigy Isamu Yamamoto and it quickly caught our attention. He recently won the World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Championships in Vancouver, BC and is well on his way to continue to push the progression of freestyle and inspire future generations.

Have a look at this film by Brett Novak.

“Please Touch”, An Interactive Art Exhibition By Jay Croft

Jay Croft is a humble dude whose illustrations and writing are always honest and heartfelt; and his love for skateboarding shines brightly through his work. For those not familiar with his work, Jay independently publishes his zine, Street Canoe, in Ohio, and has done art for countless brands over the years; including Vans, Element, and Alien Workshop, to name a few.

Being a skateboarder from Ohio myself and growing up nearby & skating in the Akron area, I have been familiar with Jay’s legacy and a fan of his work for several years, so I was stoked to get to check out some of his art in person once again and to catch up with the man himself.

Jay was recently invited to participate in a group exhibition at the Akron Art Museum, “Please Touch”, in which each artist creates a completely interactive exhibit which actually encourages touching of the actual art itself. I met up with Jay in his hometown of Akron, Ohio where he was kind enough to guide me through his exhibit and explain the creative process behind his work for this particular show. Jay ends off the segment on a positive note, offering inspiring words for those wishing pursue their dreams in the art world.

The exhibit will be on display at the Akron Art Museum until July 16th, get there and have some fun!

Check out a few images from the exhibition below and watch the video above for the full scoop on his exhibition, “Please Touch”!

For daily doodles, wall jammers, and updates on all things Street Canoe, follow Jay on Instagram here.

Grab the latest issue of Street Canoe here on his site.

All content by Mike Chinner

A little background info on the show to get you started.

Jay always has time for the kids.

The exhibition allows the observer to make their own skateboard graphic incorporating some of Jay’s signature characters and font. Here Jay cooks up a graphic of his own.

Doggo.

If you’ve been following Jay’s work, you’ll recognize some of the characters in the exhibition from some of his previous illustrations.

Moveable skateboard wheels lace out this dude’s sled.

Plenty of room to get creative.

Fun for those of all ages, even those who aren’t old enough to spell yet.

Thanks Jay!

Kenny Anderson – Villager

Pull up a seat and take in the next 8 minutes of your life to listen in and watch this feature by Villager with Kenny Anderson. He discusses his upbringing in Las Vegas, fitting into society, moving to California, traveling the world, and his evolution towards living a clean and healthy life. We applaud Kenny for his continued commitment to skateboarding and his positive choices as a role model for generations to follow. Keep on moving forward!

– Bryce Kanights

The Skateboard and The City: Skateistan Johannesburg Documentary

A short documentary set in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa following 25-year old educator Daniel on his journey to working with world class NGO Skateistan.

“A Wider View” – The Ray Barbee Legacy

“A Wider View” explores the legacy of Ray Barbee and his fascination with analog photography. This short film examines Ray’s passions and influencers through archival footage, an experimental printing process, and a series of interviews key to Ray’s journey including appearances by iconic creatives Sean Cliver, Brian Gaberman, Thomas Campbell and Joe Brook.

Filmed and Edited by Mark Stewart and Cole Mathews. Additional footage contributions from Kurt Hayashi, Greg Hunt and Vans.

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