Film director Werner Herzog, who knows little or nothing about skateboards, was not an obvious choice of interviewee for Ian Michna of skateboard magazine Jenkem, but he turned out to be a kindred spirit (of sorts) and it’s always a pleasure to hear that accent. Asked what music he would use to score a skateboarding sequence he sez:
What comes to mind first and foremost would be Russian Orthodox church choirs, something that creates this kind of strange feeling of space and sacrality — so what you are doing is special, bordering the sacred.
Director Phil Edwards explores the rules, strategies and origins of Professional Chase Tag – codified by brothers Christian and Damien Devaux – drawing on a ready-made athletic talent pool:parkour athletes .
A nostalgic short with the distinctly 1970s aesthetic from New York animation studio Dress Code in which legendary Arsenal goalie Bob Wilson reflects on his gruelling and often surreal experience as the “only individual in the team game”.
The extraordinary skills of 17 year old Japanese freestyle skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto, who won his first world Championship at the age of 11. Yamamoto’s own hero, Rodney Mullen – the US ‘Godfather of Street Skateboarding’ – sez of him:
The way he links his tricks together and the speed of them — it’s beautiful to watch. I would dare say that not many could do that, in that way, if they tried.