Javier Varillas was born in Salamanca (Spain) where he started skateboarding in 2001. It was in 2007 when Varillas sparked an interest in documenting the life and travels of skateboarders, this is when his journey as an amateur skateboard videographer began. In 2011, his first independent skate video Harder Than It Seems was released, where Varillas showed the incipient state of his audiovisual style. His second full-length, Každýden, came in 2016. This video documented the skateboarding and life of the emerging (and genuine) Pilsen’s Pessertive Crew from 2014 to 2016. During the last two years of his stay in Pilsen (2017-2018), Javier Varillas filmed (with the help of Michal Majer) and conceptualized his new independent skateboard video, The Ultimate Pessertive Remix. The video captures skating by Martin Meliš, Filip Sauer, Javier Varillas, Pavel Hiršl, Michal Majer, Lumír Benda, and Jakub Karlík, and is shot by Javier Varillas and Michal Majer with a Panasonic SDR camcorder.
The 20-minute skate video collects the day-and-night highlights of the Pilsen’s Pessertive Crew and their supporting squad (Pessertivity). The conceptual content is separated into 6 remixed, interconnected sections that meticulously intertwine contemporary bits with the rough sound and movement of street and DIY skating, where creativity and spontaneity are the fundamental audiovisual and skateboarding the identity of the entire film.
The Ultimate Pessertive Remix displays a fresh portrait of not only the Pilsen skate scene but also of the currently healthy state of independent Czech (and European) skateboarding.
Check it out on Thursday 26th at the Brioni Hotel in Fažana starting from 8pm.
The diversity of styles, personalities, and cultures in NYC are what makes skateboarding here exceptional. Ricardo Napoli’s video Ciao, filmed entirely in New York, is dedicated to the creative minds from the five boroughs and across the globe who make this city what it is.
Ricardo Napoli is a Brazilian born photographer and videographer who has called New York City home since a young age. His work over more than a decade of shooting professionally spans from fashion and commercial photography/videography to documentation of works by premier contemporary artists, but his roots stemming from skateboarding run deep and it is a constant source of inspiration for his independent projects. His works can be seen in books and magazine publications worldwide, he has also supplied visual goods for major sneakers and skateboard brands.
Thursday 26th at the Brioni hotel in Fažana. See you there!
Obsession 2009, Tomaž Šantl‘s To Ni Hec is one of the most influential skate videos in Balkan 2000s era. An amazing skating with an even more amazing soundtrack with the Film crew packed all together. We can’t choose a better place to celebrate its 10th birthday right here on Vladimir.
History will be written again on the 26th of September on Thursday night at the hotel Brioni in Fažana.
Krzysztof Godek (1990), a skateboard filmmaker and photographer from Poland.
I hate it but I’m addicted to stack fresh clips.
The idea of this video, titled If You don’t skate – don’t start, was to collect the best possible polish footage during 1 year of shooting and focusing only on that. Living in a van and filming all day, every day, going to various cities all around Poland (mostly Warsaw) and close surroundings like Prague, Ukraine, etc. and shooting skaters from 17 to 40 years old. Quick moves, fresh spots or new ways of skating at popular spots, stylish landings only, quite heavy selection of footage, hip hop…
I try to film only fresh, interesting stuff. I just want to make a video that I’d like to see myself. I hope You’ll like it and find out more about our scene.
Take a look at this independent Poland video on Friday 27th of September at the Piazza Grande. Screenings start from 8pm.
Pandora’s box is volume one of a project Luka Pinto has been working on titled Crew Report. The video documents the Jersey scene between 2016 – 2019. It features Glen Fox, Ryan Cunningham, Dillon Catney, Roberts Krums, Eduardo Da Rocha, Jeremy Jones and Luka Pinto amongst many friends.
The video is called Pandora’s Box and the name is an idea that i had about Jersey looking like a neat little package of a happy clappy island, but in my view, holds a darker side where people are obsessed with money and become bored here so smash the booze and drugs.
Pandora’s box plays on Friday 27th in Fažana at the Piaza Grande.
Grinding the country by Olivier Lambert is a short documentary about skateboarding in a small village in France. With less than 1500 inhabitants, Chaulgnes is the typical French country village. At the end of the ’90s, the arrival of skateboarding has changed the lives of the inhabitants. And has launched generations of riding and punk-rock music lovers.
The screening of Grinding the country takes place in the Valli cinema in Pula on the 28th of September starting from 8pm.
Cottonopolis is a manchester skateboard scene video by Sean Lomax featuring Dom Henry, Joe Gavin, Matthew Nevitt, Pablo Aresu, Chris Barrett, Ben Grove, Harry Lintell, Keanu Robson, Jiri Bulin, Mark Kendrick, Eddie Belvedere, Ben Rowles, Tony Da Silva, Tyrone O’Hanrahan and Jethro Coldwell.
The video will be screened at the Brioni hotel in Fažana on Thursday 26th.
Photo by Tedi Korodi / Handsome Matteo Putigna
Croatian video shot and edited by young skater from Pula, Raul Žgomba featuring skating by Zvonimir Mikić, Antonio Peković, Dino Coce, Nino Jurlina, and more. Tabula Rasa is the most awaited Croatian video after Nikola’s Solsticij and Nino Jurlina’s Brothers so be sure to catch it on Friday in Fažana at the Piazza Grande where the screenings start from 8pm.
Dno is a new video by our Russian friend’s Absurd skateboards. We asked them to tell us a little about this clip.
I took a little break to make sure we have this new Absurd clip. This week we finally went to the destination we wanted. It’s a small city called Dno. Dno literally means botttom. Maybe it’s the same in Croatian. This year with Absurd we were pretty much at the bottom with no boards and no idea how to keep doing but somehow manage to put it together and keep it going. So, we decided to make fun of the situation and go to a city called Bottom which is very small and obiviously quite shit for skateboarding. You got to be at the very bottom to consider this a skate spot.
Dno was filmed by Barabaka and Mikas and edited by Barabaka and it premiers on Friday in the old Fažana square Piazza Grande. Screenings start from 8pm.
Dávid Mikulán is an intermedia artist who graduated from the Fine Art University, Budapest. Amongst numerous group and solo exhibitions, he has collaborated with the Conceptual Soundproductions Budapest, Kolibri Theatre and the Hungarian State Opera. His multidisciplinary works reflect on how public spaces have an effect on social structures.
If accidentally we had to explain to UFOs what Eastern Europe means, we are now in an easy position. Simply place them in a comfortable chair and start this video.
Reactions is made by skateboarders in Debrecen and it’s all about the low-key, depression, discomfort, and the compulsive destruction of another’s joy. It draws on a defective perception of the public space, which necessarily leads to a lack of community experience, depression, loneliness, alienation. The movie takes place in a world where everyone has their own panel to get home and get drunk, beat your family members, stare at the TV or cut your blood vessels. Keep the streets quiet, abandoned, let the trash blow in the wind because it can be tossed out the window, because the streets are public, so it belongs to nobody.
Check this one out on Saturday 28th at the Valli cinema in Pula starting from 8pm.
On Friday 27th at the Fažana old square Piazza Grande we are watching Mockba Life by Paul Labadie.
First you get the brewsky, then you get the bread, then you get the vodka.
Bread in this case meaning clips and photos… It was beer if you were thirsty and vodka to celebrate… That’s pretty much how it went down this past summer when the Vans Europe crew headed to the Russian capital for two weeks. After Pfannman made sure everyone had their Russian visas in order the crew assembled in Moscow on June 21, Go Skateboarding Day. Max Pack and Romain Batard were on hand to film, Davy Van Laere was there shooting photos and the crew was large! We’re talking a big crew of Europeans (and one American) consisting of Daniel Lutheran, Victor Pellegrin, Axel Cruysberghs, Yeelen Moens, Albert Nyberg, Val Bauer, Joseph Biais, Kale Wiehn, Thanos Panou, and Pepe Tirelli all flown in and of course the Russian locals Kirill Korobkov, Roma Ivanov, Alex Krasniy, Boss, Vova Pavlov, Tolia Titaev and others were on hand to share all the amazing new Moscow spots (many built in the past 4-5 years due to the 2018 World Cup). And of course, the crew got that bread! It was like a bread factory… Edited by Paul Labadie (who would have been on the trip also had it not been for the birth of his new daughter) and packed with excitement is “Mockba Life”. So sit back, grab some vodka and enjoy.
Text by Will Harmon
You Slid Through is capturing the adventures of four back seat drivers – each with an impeccable eye for lane placement in left-hand drive vehicles – through the mountainous vistas, and terrifyingly burly transition of the Pacific Northwest. Featuring Hallford, JThaxx, and Sox. Filmed and edited by Jackson Davis. Buckle up on Friday night in Fažana starting from 8pm!
Stockholm Skate Nation is working with skateboarding as a tool for finding a way into society. On Saturday 28th we are watching Skate Nation by Paul Botwid at the Kino Valli (Valli cinema) in Pula starting from 8pm.
When Sayed, Mohsen, and Hazrat first arrived to Sweden as refugees, they knew nothing about skateboarding – now it’s an important part of their lives.
If you want to know more about the organization Skate Nation check it out here.
We had the pleasure of having our boy Henry Kingsford with us for the 5 years of Grey exhibition a few years ago. The King is back with some of his new works taken during the shooting of Jim Craven’s Pearl video. The exhibition is taking place at the Cvajner gallery – the fancy one on the main old roman square in Pula – on Saturday, 28th of September starting at 11pm.
Check the interview we got on him here and follow his magazine Grey skate mag.
Dorkzone 2 – Le Boxx is an arty evolution of the first Dorkzone project. The idea behind the project is to produce content that gives access to skate culture that isn’t just focused on tricks and good skating. This time around the animations have evolved from stop-motion cardboard cut-outs to hand-drawn flowy cell animations from Mike all once again set against an original soundtrack from Sondre Mortensen. The film stars Gabbe Viking, Mimmi Leckius, Moa Zander, Amandus Mortensen, and Sondre Mortensen.
The Dorkzone videos are the tip of the iceberg to the Dorkzone universe, which has evolved into creative workshops that teach kids animation, giant skatepark murals, books, exhibitions and soundtracks.
Names behind this project: Mike O’Shea, Nils Svensson, and Phil Evans.
We have a pleasure of catching it on Sunday 29th at the National park Brijuni.