After the underground success of their first film, the super 8mm skateboard classic Fruit of the Vine (1999), Coan “Buddy” Nichols and Rick Charnoski founded the independent production company Six Stair, which operates under the same DIY ethics of the subculture that raised them: skateboarding and punk rock. Since 1999 Nichols and Charnoski have charted an unorthodox path, making a broad range of films that consistently go beyond tired tropes to illuminate deeper truths. Currently, they produce and direct the popular web series “Love Letters to Skateboarding” for Vans and are in development of their first narrative feature (Warm Blood) and continue to work on a variety of both independent and commercial projects out of their back alley studio in Hollywood, CA.
On Vladimir they are presenting a video installation, mixing skateboarding with contemporary art. On Saturday 29th you will have an opportunity to see it with your own eyes on the fort Kaštel in Pula.
Southern California is the home of the backyard swimming pool. In some neighborhoods every house has one. Sometimes the pools are empty. That’s when we hop the fence and ride them before the owners come home, neighbors complain or someone calls the cops. There are never spectators- no one who is not skating is there watching. About 15 years ago we came up with an idea for how non skaters could be a part of this secret experience.
Another love letter for Vladimir at Medium skate mag.
Every time, the most important part of the experience is the human factor, consisting in meeting not just the locals but also crossing paths with packs of other visitors from different horizons.
An article about Vladimir on Solo skate mag. Text and photos by Stefan Schwinghammer.
You know what is beautiful? People coming back.
Vladimir film festival documentary filmed and edited by our dear friend Aymeric Nocus. There is nothing more to add that has not been said in the film. Enjoy!
Vladimir is now a crucially federating event, abolishing geographical and political borders for a moment just long enough for as many skateboarding enthusiasts as possible to share energies by the means of underground skate video premieres, documentary screenings or various types of performance shows and exhibitions in – more often than not – odd locations in a region best described as lost in, if not completely out of, time.
Some of the films screened at Vladimir wins at Rio de Jenairo MIMPI film festival:
Best Documentary – Abkhazia by Vantte Lindevall
Best Soundtrack – Solsticij by Nikola Racan
Best Editing – On / Off by Youri Fernandez
Mimpi Award – solos by Colin Read
Best Atmosphere – Island by Jim Craven
Best Long Foreign Film and the Grand Jury Prize – Canasta by Francisco Saco
Check out this interview from MIMPI festival with Aymeric Nocus!
Great shots taken by Stefan Schwinghammer at the Vladimir 2017 on Solo skate mag.
A good skate session, chilling at the beach, good food, Ping Pong, Rakija (other better not) and screenings and photo exhibitions in the evening. What more do you want?