RIDERS: MARIA (2017)
Run Time: 2:43
Director: Yehonatan Richter-Levin
Creative Director: Ferdinand Wolf
Colorist: Stephen Nakamura
Produced by DJI and a new state-of-the-art camera was used and tested to shoot in a drone with high quality cinematic look.
It was directed by Yehonatan Richter-Levin. Yehonatan was born in Tel-Aviv in 1980. He came to Berlin in 2002 and worked as a photographer and video artist. He studied at the art and design academy until completing his diploma in visual communications with focus on writing and directing films. In 2012 he made his first steps as a freelance director after shooting 16 video clips for the legendary German band “Die Ärzte” and since then worked for clients like Porsche, Tesla, Zeiss, Nescafe, Jaguar, Samsung and Good-Year.
‘Riders’ is not about freedom, speed, or adventure. It expresses the simple and raw essence of riding a machine. Through dust and stones, this movie takes Maria motorcycles to Portuguese wild tracks, cliffs and city streets.
As custom motorcycle builders, for whom identity and rebellion are always central issues, Maria Riding Company wanted to imprint riding character at the core of the movie. It was used 3 very different motorcycles in the shooting: “The Orbiter” – a brand new Yamaha XSR700, made for Yamaha “Yard Built”, The “Black Baron” – a 2005 Triumph Bonneville and the “Dirty Geisha” – a Yamaha XT600 from the nineties. Much like Punk-Rock that is based on a DIY attitude, bespoke motorbike culture is essentially about self-expression.
“We design, we build, we ride.”
Maria Riding Company is a Lisbon established brand that creates and builds custom motorcycles as well as other bespoke and handcrafted goods.