REDirect – a celebration of skateboard filmmaking between Red.com and TheBerrics.com – imagines the concrete terrain of a Los Angeles that is empty save for a handful of professional skateboarders who quickly adapt to their winfall. Everything is fair game, from off-ramps and drainage ditches to highway dividers and shoulder embankments. The makers are donating all proceeds from the dreamy video to LA County animal shelters. Dig the poignant return of reality (traffic) at the end.
(via) “Bill’s fifty-two years old, has a mountain man beard, and delivers pizza on a fixie in Brooklyn. Over the course of several shifts, DELIVERY unveils an intriguing man rushing food to your door while it’s still hot and fresh.”
Julian Smith taps into your anxiety whenever the wifi cuts out. The Awesomer nails it: “We’d call it a lazy sketch, but that wordless retreat when the Internet comes back on is depressingly accurate…”
It’s been about four and a half years since Bao Bei opened on Keefer Street. Despite its many awards, accolades, and nightly queues, sometimes it takes the jolt of an outsider’s perspective to be reminded of its unique awesomeness. This Munchies video from Vice certainly does the trick…
Tannis Ling is an ex-bartender and chef Joël Watanabe is a French Japanese ex-Montrealer. Together, they run Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district. They let us follow them around for a night to their favorite Vancouver haunts—Keefer Bar, Damso Modern Korean Cuisine, and Cascade. But to finish off the night right, the crew headed back to Bao Bei, where Joel cooked up copious amounts of fried chicken and pork belly.
Beyond the food porn (mmm, truffled dumplings!), dig the natural symbiosis between Bao Bei and The Keefer Bar down the block.
(via) If pants weren’t even involved in the production of this incredible short video, we’d probably still be mesmerised by it. The guy’s poise is just that impressive. It’s like he was born to Mikhail Baryshnikov and Molly Shannon and raised in a spotless Taipei loft with nothing to do but experiment with clothes, a video camera, and a CD of the “Greatest Hits of 1986″…
(via) It’s a very odd thing to stop and consider how we’ve lived through a transition in civilisation that was as big (if not bigger) than that which followed the invention of the printing press. We’re too immersed in how we’re personally doing making the switch to digital to really consider or appreciate the root mechanics that made the advancement possible. This superb six minute film from Delve is required watching for anyone wanting to take such a contemplative breather…
It was the change that no-one saw coming: the idea that we could take a book, a painting or a song and send it through cables and wires and even thin air to the other end of the world – and it would be identical on the other side. But this idea underpins everything about the Information Age we live in. How did we make such a mind bending transition into the digital world? And how does it work? It turns out it’s all based on a concept that is surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. This short video essay explores what that idea is and tells you about the man who figured it all out.
(NSFW Language) Nick Offerman plays a disembodied, omnipotent, and (presumably) much-mustachioed Voice in a short comedy film that sees a typical Wild West gunfighter face off against a saloon brimming with seemingly predictable characters. Hilarity ensues, et cetera.
“In 1976 Sony introduced the Betamax video cassette recorder. It catalyzed the “ondemand” of today by allowing users to record television shows, and the machine ignited the first “new media”; intellectual property battles. In only a decade this revolutionary machine disappeared, beaten by JVC’s version of the cassette recorder. This video tells the story of why Betamax failed.”
(via) Haitian cinephile Alejandro Prullansky gives us WES, a delightful compilation of every slow motion shot by film director Wes Anderson, all set to New Slang by The Shins.
(via) Brooklyn-based filmmaker Ian Cheney premiered his latest work, The Search For General Tso, last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Through the prisms of old and modern menus found in myriad malls, delivery joints and Chinatowns, the new documentary examines the history and cultural/culinary phenomenon of Westernized Chinese food, specifically the origins of the ubiquitous American favourite: General Tso’s Chicken. Watch the trailer above…
Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest, through small towns and big cities across America and beyond, to understand the origins and popularity of Chinese American food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name? Using this Americanized dish and its mysterious mastermind as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation, and innovation, the film follows a lighthearted journey, grounded in cultural and culinary history, through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American imagination. Visits to present-day Chinese restaurants spark forays into the past, guided by chefs, scholars, and the occasional opinionated customer. The film’s lively soundtrack and shadow-puppet animations contribute both whimsy and momentum, as viewers find they’re on a search to answer a deeper question: how did America’s Chinese food become so… American?
(Language NSFW) An Austrian farmer named Petutschnig Hons saw red when a “show-off” came to his farm to complain about the price of milk with a can of Red Bull in his hand. He got so angry, in fact, that he produced a video rant that ends with him destroying a can of Red Bull with a sledgehammer. Money quote: “Where are your wings, you dirty fucking stupid can?”
(via) But We’re Speaking Japanese! – a skit by Ken Tanaka (and friends) – makes fun of the bewildered fashion in which service staff in Japan can sometimes treat ethnic Japanese people who don’t speak Japanese and non-Japanese who speak fluent Japanese. It works works both ways…
(via) This 12 minute video by London’s Liberatum brings together some of the world’s top creative individuals – architects, artists, curators, directors, actors, photographers, designers, composers, etc – to talk about the fuel and maintenance of their individual creative engines.