The Vintagent Selects: Shinya Kimura - Chabott Engineering

https://vimeo.com/13159991

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

SHINYA KIMURA - CHABOTT ENGINEERING (2011)

Run Time: 2:44
A Film By: Henrik Hansen
Key Cast: Shinya Kimura

FILM MAKERS

Henrik Hansen is a passionate filmmaker punctuated with highly original storytelling, his breadth of experience has helped to create his current high-end works and he remains highly regarded by many of the top 500 global companies, including all of the leading vehicle brand manufacturers. Henrik’s feature-length biographical documentary on Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) was released in 2021. In addition to the feature films Henrik is currently developing, he has continued to create short films and documentaries throughout his career building a truly diverse ability for creative storytelling, character-led development and visuals.

SUMMARY

A short film about custom motorcycle engineer Shinya Kimura of Chabott Engineering. Shot on the Canon 5D and 7D. Read: Shinya Kimura - I Am A Coachbuilder

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The Vintagent Classics: L'Agression

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZbNr96kdBM

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

ACT OF AGGRESSION AKA L'AGRESSION (1975)

Run Time: 1:34:00
Producer: Gaunt International
Director: Gérard Pirès
Writer: John Buell, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Gérard Pirès
Key Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Deneuve, Claude Brasseur

FILM MAKERS

A French motorcycle picture which, though based on John Buell's novel The Shrewsdale Exit, transcends the limitations of imitating the American genre, and offers in its place a sustained attack on French middle class values. Trintignant goes on a trail of revenge after the rape and murder of his wife and daughter; bourgeois dream disintegrates into nightmare, but the seeds of destruction are shown to be internal. Deneuve, as Trintignant's sister-in-law, provides the film's emotional core with a fine performance, her presence questioning male assumptions, even when her lines don't. - Time Out, 2012

Spoiler alert, it wasn't the bikers at all (though their hooliganry set the scene for what was to come)... Instead it's discovered that a grizzly rape and double murder came at the hands of a friendly, local psycho.

SUMMARY

“Act of Aggression,” vie French a melodrama that opened yesterday at two theaters, is so bad that it makes a film as vicious as “Death Wish” look good.

Like the Charles Bronson character in “Death Wish,” Jean‐Louis Trintignant, the hero of “Act Of Aggression,” is a mild‐mannered, middle class businessman who is transformed into a killer ape after his wife and daughter have been trutalized by hoodlums. But where “Death Wish” exalted revenge, the French movie simply trivializes it with a plot that twists less easily than a dried noodle. Gerard Pires, the director, makes things even worse by employing the kind of flashy cutting and camerawork you might expect in a television commercial that's amok.

Mr. Trintignant does a lot of driving of automobiles and looks quite understandably driven. Catherine Deneuve, who plays his sister‐in‐law, looks magnificent. She is not only one of the world's great beauties. She now possesses such substance and ease as an actress that she almost persuades us the movie couldn't possibly be as terrible as it is.

ACT OF AGGRESION (L' Agression), directed by Gerard Pires; sceenplay (French with English subtitles) by JeanPatric Manchette and Mr. Pires, based on the novel “The Shrewsdale Exit,” by John Buell; produced by Alain Poire and Pierre Braunberger; director of photography, Silvano Ippoliti; music, Robert Chariebois; a co‐production of S.N.E. Gaumont, Les Films du Jeudi, Les Films de la Seine (Paris) and Primez Italians (Rome), distributed by Joseph Green Picture. Running time: 94 minutes. At the Trans‐Lux 85th Street, at Madison Avenue, and the Eighth Street Playhouse, west of Fifth This film has not been rated. - The New York Times, Dec 4th, 1975

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The Vintagent Selects: Back To The Present

https://vimeo.com/902214573

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

BACK TO THE PRESENT: ALLAN TANNENBAUM (2024)

Run Time: 11:17
Producer: Daryush Assar
A Film By: Jean Pierre Kathoefer
Editor: Pedro Barbosa
Key Cast: Allan Tannenbaum

FILM MAKERS

Upon discovering our mutual appreciation for motorcycles, it was only natural to shape a story around the craft of Allan’s incredible career. Our team at johnnypuetz Productions was fortunate to walk through moments seldom discussed across Allan’s studio, the streets of New York City, and in motion on a classic Norton bike. Allan’s story is one of resilience and sensitivity. While he’s captured huge personalities like Andy Warhol, James Brown, Salvador Dali, it was a privilege to take a step back and speak to the iconic artist behind the lens, who continues to inspire future generations of creators. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but experiencing the insight behind transformative art paves the way for a brighter tomorrow. In Back To The Present, Allan reminds us of our common humanity and greatness that can be unlocked across any chapter of our lives. – Jean Pierre Kathoefer

* READ: Freeze Frame - Allan Tannenbaum, by Greg Williams for The Vintagent

* WATCH: Allan's 1967 Grad school film No Satisfaction

SUMMARY

“I am the same person I always was; except I’ve become more elaborate.” You might not recognize Allan Tannenbaum by name, but you certainly know him through his iconic, distinctly human photos. Back To The Present gives a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life, craft, and philosophy of an artist who’s often kept shielded by the prowess of his work. As a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, Tannenbaum rides his way through capturing the likes of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and conflict in the Middle East.

Through a series of intimate moments explored by director Jean Pierre Kathoefer, we are reminded that life’s winding road becomes more vibrant when we stop to take notice of the moments around us. Tannenbaum’s new chapter leads him to split time between the now guilded streets of SoHo in his original studio, and his more quiet life in the Catskills. While Tannenbaum’s accolades and activism as a photojournalist have brought him an incredible amount of success, it’s clear that he’s never abandoned the unrelenting spirit that have got him to where he is today.

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Jean Pierre Kathoefer / Film website

Allan Tannenbaum website


 


The Vintagent Selects: No Satisfaction

https://vimeo.com/10444002

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

NO SATISFACTION (1967)

Run Time: 7:29
A Film By: Allan Tannenbaum
Key Cast: Frizzy Mary, Dan Cleland

FILM MAKERS

I started photographing in the 1960's, got my B.A. in Art at Rutgers University in 1967, studied film making in graduate school at San Francisco State, and taught photography back at Rutgers University. My first break came in 1973 when the SoHo Weekly News started up. When it folded in 1982, I started working as an international photojournalist and am now with Polaris Images. I also work as a contributing photographer with the Tribeca Trib. So I'm keeping busy with various magazines, design firms, and advertising agencies, photographing news, features, and portraits. - Allan Tannenbaum

You may not know the name, but you would recognize Allan's photographs. He's also been a part of the motorcycle community since the 1960's. Read about Allan HERE. Watch the short film 'Back To The Present: Allan Tannenbaum' in the Film Archive.

SUMMARY

No Satisfaction is a story about personal frustration at the height of the San Francisco Scene in the 1960s. It's the first independent film I did in 1967 as a filmmaking graduate student at San Francisco State.

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Allan Tannenbaum website


 


The Vintagent Trailers: Back To The Present

https://vimeo.com/902215403

The Vintagent Trailers: A preview of our favorite feature films out there.

BACK TO THE PRESENT: ALLAN TANNENBAUM (2024)

Run Time: 11:17
Producer: Daryush Assar
A Film By: Jean Pierre Kathoefer
Editor: Pedro Barbosa
Key Cast: Allan Tannenbaum

FILM MAKERS

Upon discovering our mutual appreciation for motorcycles, it was only natural to shape a story around the craft of Allan’s incredible career. Our team at johnnypuetz Productions was fortunate to walk through moments seldom discussed across Allan’s studio, the streets of New York City, and in motion on a classic Norton bike. Allan’s story is one of resilience and sensitivity. While he’s captured huge personalities like Andy Warhol, James Brown, Salvador Dali, it was a privilege to take a step back and speak to the iconic artist behind the lens, who continues to inspire future generations of creators. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but experiencing the insight behind transformative art paves the way for a brighter tomorrow. In Back To The Present, Allan reminds us of our common humanity and greatness that can be unlocked across any chapter of our lives. - Jean Pierre Kathoefer

* Several of Jean Pierre's other motorcycle films can be found in The Vintagent Archive The Distinguished Gentleman, and Wheels Up In New York City. Allan can be seen featured in Norton Commando at 50, and check out his 1967 Grad school film No Satisfaction in the archive as well. The Short film 'Back To The Present: Allan Tannenbaum' will soon tour the2024 film festival circuit, and stay tuned to see it online shortly, on The Vintagent!

SUMMARY

“I am the same person I always was; except I’ve become more elaborate.” You might not recognize Allan Tannenbaum by name, but you certainly know him through his iconic, distinctly human photos. Back To The Present gives a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life, craft, and philosophy of an artist who’s often kept shielded by the prowess of his work. As a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, Tannenbaum rides his way through capturing the likes of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and conflict in the Middle East.

Through a series of intimate moments explored by director Jean Pierre Kathoefer, we are reminded that life’s winding road becomes more vibrant when we stop to take notice of the moments around us. Tannenbaum’s new chapter leads him to split time between the now guilded streets of SoHo in his original studio, and his more quiet life in the Catskills. While Tannenbaum’s accolades and activism as a photojournalist have brought him an incredible amount of success, it’s clear that he’s never abandoned the unrelenting spirit that have got him to where he is today.

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Jean Pierre Kathoefer / Film website

Allan Tannenbaum website


 

 


The Vintagent Selects: Ray Tauscher: America’s Forgotten World Champion Motorcycle Racer.

https://vimeo.com/459080305

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

RAY TAUSCHER: AMERICA'S FORGOTTEN WORLD CHAMPION MOTORCYCLE RACER (2020)

Run Time: 16:27
A film by: Ned & Mike Thanhouser
Key Cast: Richard Moore (Voice Of Ray Tauscher)

FILM MAKERS

Ned is an award winning documentary filmmaker. He is also an avid member of the local motorcycle community and has produced several short films about the Alley Sweeper and the Black Dog Dual Sport events, as well as the 2016 feature documentary film The Monkey & Her Driver, which follows America’s only all women sidecar road racing team for 2015. The Vintagent featured the trailer for this film back in 2020.

Produced by award winning Portland filmmaker Ned Thanhouser and his multimedia journalist son Michael, Ray Tauscher (2020) recounts the career of Portland’s “Yankee” rider and his rise to international fame as one of the world’s top motorcycle riders.

SUMMARY

Raymond F. Tauscher (Tauser in international press), born in Portland in 1905, began riding motorcycles in 1920 inspired by racing at the Gresham Speed Bowl. His competitive racing career began in 1923 where he won the regional championship. His titleholder status took him around the globe five times where in 1931 he won international championship titles in the UK, Europe and Australia. Ray returned to America in 1934 where he was a leading proponent of motorcycle racing on the east and west coasts of the United States eventually retiring in Portland.

In 2020 Ned Thanhouser and son Michael Thanhouser researched Ray’s racing career, located surviving family members and collected Ray’s scrapbooks, photo albums, and racing memorabilia. This 17-minute documentary film tells the story of Ray’s racing career, his world-wide travels, and his loves.

This film premiered at the South Jersey Moto Film Festival on December 4, 2020.

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The Vintagent Selects: Enso

https://vimeo.com/805412923

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

ENSŌ (2023)

Run Time: 4:22
Producer: Dylan Wineland & Aaron McClintock, John Riley
Director: Dylan Wineland & Aaron McClintock
Editor: Jensen Vinca
Key Cast: Aaron McClintock

FILM MAKERS

Dylan Wineland is an accomplished DP/Director based out of Salt Lake City, UT. He has traveled the world shooting documentaries and limited series for HBO, Redbull, and the Olympics, and has shot national ads and social pieces for Salesforce, K&N Air filters, BFGoodrich tires and many more. He is known for his ability to tell a range of emotionally driven stories through his striking imagery and thoughtful direction, as well as his uniquely timeless and artistic style. Dylan’s genuine curiosity and love of human experiences guides every project he is a part of, as well as his mastery of his craft.  From heartwarming stories about quadriplegics to visceral motorcycle films, his biggest goal is to move his viewers either through the stories or the visual experience. He believes that if one person can walk away from one of his films wanting to be a better person or to try something new, he has succeeded in what he has set out to do.

SUMMARY

At some point there seems to be a defining moment in life where you learn to let go. Sometimes, not by choice. And often times it comes to us as the illusion of defeat, while in reality, it was the very thing we needed to guide us to where we had to go.

About a year ago, Aaron and I came across the Buddhist word, Ensō. This single word, described everything that we had been talking about for the last year or so. By definition, it represents and suggests cutting the desire for perfection and allowing the universe to be just as it is.

Understanding that perfection doesn’t exist allows you to move through life gracefully free of any pressure. It opens the door to allow situations to unfold naturally, and to invite intuition and creativity to move through. For Aaron, riding is a great place to practice this concept. It’s a place that he can go where the universe can reveal these sort of secrets.

In this film, we ride along with Aaron as he takes a journey into the idea letting go and simply just being.

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Dylan Wineland
Watch No Dreams Left Behind (2022), Transcendence (2021)


 


The Vintagent Selects: Transcendence

https://vimeo.com/581014653

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

TRANSCENDENCE (2021)

Run Time: 4:00
Producer: Dylan Wineland, Aaron McClintock, Connor Barnes
Director: Dylan Wineland
Cinematography: Dylan Wineland, Connor Barnes
Key Cast: Aaron McClintock

FILM MAKERS

Dylan Wineland is an accomplished DP/Director based out of Salt Lake City, UT. He has traveled the world shooting documentaries and limited series for HBO, Redbull, and the Olympics, and has shot national ads and social pieces for Salesforce, K&N Air filters, BFGoodrich tires and many more. He is known for his ability to tell a range of emotionally driven stories through his striking imagery and thoughtful direction, as well as his uniquely timeless and artistic style. Dylan’s genuine curiosity and love of human experiences guides every project he is a part of, as well as his mastery of his craft.  From heartwarming stories about quadriplegics to visceral motorcycle films, his biggest goal is to move his viewers either through the stories or the visual experience. He believes that if one person can walk away from one of his films wanting to be a better person or to try something new, he has succeeded in what he has set out to do.

SUMMARY

Some of the best artists in the world frequently talk about transcendental states of consciousness. These states often lead them to create some of their finest work. Henry David Thoreau talked about accessing the divine by merely being in nature. But are these states of consciousness limited to just painters, writers, and musicians?

By definition, Transcendence means to go beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience. After years and years of talking, philosophizing, and diving so far deep into the question of why we ride motorcycles, we have found ourselves closer to the answer.

This is a film about stepping into yourself through doing something you love. A direct access into the divine. It is about finding that thing in life that will take you to that intangible place, and once found, discovering your truest abilities. It is about creating that bridge from artist to athlete, athlete to artist. It requires a relationship between your state of being, and the thing that you love to do. When you are operating at your highest self, it will translate into your craft, and in return, your craft will take you even further towards the divine. But it starts with you. The motorcycle is just a tool to help you get there. That’s why we ride.

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Watch No Dreams Left Behind (2022)


 

 


The Vintagent Selects: No Dreams Left Behind

https://vimeo.com/672583013

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

NO DREAMS LEFT BEHIND (2022)

Run Time: 3:35
Director: Dylan Wineland, Gareth Leah
Director of Photography: Dylan Wineland
Editor: Dylan Wineland
Key Cast: Gareth Leah

FILM MAKERS

Dylan Wineland is an accomplished DP/Director based out of Salt Lake City, UT. He has traveled the world shooting documentaries and limited series for HBO, Redbull, and the Olympics, and has shot national ads and social pieces for Salesforce, K&N Air filters, BFGoodrich tires and many more. He is known for his ability to tell a range of emotionally driven stories through his striking imagery and thoughtful direction, as well as his uniquely timeless and artistic style. Dylan’s genuine curiosity and love of human experiences guides every project he is a part of, as well as his mastery of his craft.  From heartwarming stories about quadriplegics to visceral motorcycle films, his biggest goal is to move his viewers either through the stories or the visual experience. He believes that if one person can walk away from one of his films wanting to be a better person or to try something new, he has succeeded in what he has set out to do.

SUMMARY

As a boy, Gareth’s dream was to ride motorbikes. His parents didn't much like the idea. To them they were just death machines. One day he built up the courage to ask his father if he could have one. His dad responded “If you are man enough to own a motorbike, you are man enough to move out of the home.” Since then, he locked the dream into the back of his mind.

That was until his 34th birthday. That day, Gareth closed his eyes and thought of all that he had accomplished and what goals he still had left. Life suddenly seemed finite to him. He felt compelled to accomplish a long time dream of his. And it was not to just own a motorcycle, but to bring one back to life.

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The Vintagent Classics: Wild Wheels

https://youtu.be/Js2TnJx3pfk

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

WILD WHEELS (1969)

Run Time: 1:21:00
Producer: Colby Productions
Director: Ken Osborne (as Kent Osborne)
Writer: Ken Osborne, Ralph Luce
Key Cast: Don Epperson, Robert Dix, Casey Kasem

FILM MAKERS

"Wild Bike Riders vs Dune Buggy Boys!"

Kent Osborne aka Ken Osborne is a film director and occasional actor. His earliest directorial work was Raw Love which was released in 1965. It featured Suzanne Anderson and Mike Perry. The films that followed were exploitation types. His films include Wild Wheels (1969) which he wrote and directed, Cain's Cutthroats (1971), The Ballad of Billie Blue (1972), Women Unchained (1974) and Hollywood Confidential (2008).

Will Wheels (1969) starred Don Epperson, Robert Dix, Casey Kasem, Terry Stafford, and Dovie Beams who would later find notoriety for her affair with President Ferdinand Marcos. During filming, Osborne was shooting a segment with a foreground and background scene. He told the men in the background that he wanted some fighting but he forgot to tell them it was only supposed to be faked. Some of it got carried away and Osborne was yelling at them to stop it and repeatedly to cut

SUMMARY

"They Wreck Each Other's Wheels and Steal Each Other's Girls!!"

A group of surfers use dune buggies to protect their beach from a gang of invading bikers.

A group of dune-buggy-riding beach bums fend off an arriving gang of motorcycle lunkheads called the Roadrunners. The beach dudes soon feel the full force of the bikers: hero Reb Smith (Don Epperson) loses his girlfriend to ‘Knife’ (Casey Kasem), the leader of the Roadrunners, the bikers loot a local liquor store, and finally they beat and molest an innocent young girl. That’s when the buggy club decides to take revenge – and a night of no-holds-barred violence lies ahead. - Nostalgia Central

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"Hear 5 New Tunes!" - on the original Soundtrack LP


 

 


The Vintagent Selects: Grit Part 3 - Innocence Lost

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FAMZ8UniZ4

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

GRIT PART 3 - INNOCENCE LOST (2023)

Run Time: 19:01
Producer: Archive Moto
A Film By: Chris Price
Music: Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen, Johannes Bornlof, Lo Mimieux,

FILM MAKERS

A three part documentary series looking at the history board track racing, one of America’s most infamous and sensational sports.

Support the project. Consider becoming a Patron at http://Patreon.com/TheArchiveMoto.

SUMMARY

Archive Moto presents GRIT, Part 3 of a three part documentary series looking at the history of one of America’s most infamous and sensation sports, motorcycle Board Track Racing .

Rise of the Murderdrome!

Within a decade of their American introduction, motorcycles had matured at a frenzied pace, quickly evolving from brittle, finicky gadgets to bruiting, highly specialized machines. A new American industry exploded, public enthusiasm was brimming over, and the world applauded at the rise of an invigorating new sport. By 1912 the American motordrome stadiums offered attendees a new level of exhilaration, anticipation, and thrilling danger.

This was the Golden Age of motorcycle racing. Motorcycles filled the city streets and county roads as fans packed into Prince’s fabulous motordromes by the thousands.

Young and old alike filled the grandstands to witness the electrifying jolt of the night races as men sped around at 90 miles per hour under the glow of arc lights.

1912 marked motorcycling’s crowded hour in America, But just as fast as it had taken hold, the sport began to prove the grim reality of its foundations. The technology had outpaced the precautions, and board track racing quickly became a blood sport too gruesome for an urbane, civil society. These were the days of America’s infamous Murderdromes!

Enjoy Part 3 , Innocence Lost of GRIT, the third and final chapter.

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The Vintagent Classics: Angels From Hell

https://youtu.be/C1FuxJm9htc

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

ANGELS FROM HELL (1968)

Run Time: 1:26:00
Producer: Fanfare Films, American International Pictures (AIP)
Director: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Jerome Wish (credited Jerry Wish)
Key Cast: Tom Stern, Ted Markland, Jack Starrett

FILM MAKERS

Angels From Hell was the first film produced by Joe Solomon's Fanfare Films, a firm Solomon created with the profits from three previous biker films (including Hells Angels On Wheels). Solomon went on to produce B Films, including several more Biker Flicks . Run, Angel, Run! (1969), Wild Wheels (1969), The Losers (1970). He was an Executive Producer on Evel Knievel (1971), and an uncredited Executive Producer on Werewolves On Wheels (1971).

The film was shot in Bakersfield, California. The screenplay was written by Jerome Wish, and the film used music by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and The Lollipop Shoppe. Sonny Barger, president of the Oakland, California chapter of the Hells Angels, is credited as story consultant. The opening titles and the set murals in the biker hangout were done by famous automotive artist and pinstriper Von Dutch.

SUMMARY

'He's a cycle psycho!'

A destructive ex-motorcycle gang leader comes home from Vietnam to resume his life. His desire to form a powerful gang has the police running scared. But, will he succeed...

A former motorcycle club leader, Mike (Tom Stern), returns home from Vietnam to resume his life, and reunite with his former motorcycle club. Finding they have left their former Riverside, California home base, Mike meets them in Bakersfield, California, now riding under the leadership of a new president, Big George. Working with his former gang, Mike takes over the club from George, and moves into their biker farmhouse, owned by Ginger (Arlene Martell). Running up against opposition from Sheriff Bingham (Jack Starrett), who had an arrangement with George to "keep the peace," Mike sets out to use all his gathered experience as a hero from the war, and tries to unite all the existing motorcycle clubs in California, and put together a brand new, "super outlaw" club. Skirmishes with the sheriff's department deputies break out, and the conflicts culminate when Speed (Stephen Oliver), one of Mike's gang members, is stopped on fake possession charges, and murdered when he tries to escape. The trouble intensifies when an all-out cop against biker war breaks out.

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The Vintagent Selects: Grit Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKy-3vPYlks

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

GRIT PART 2 - A BATTERY OF GATLINGS (2023)

Run Time: 16:48
Producer: Archive Moto
A Film By: Chris Price
Music: Victor Lundberg, Trevor Kowalski, Valter Nowak, Gavin Luke, Anna Landstrom

FILM MAKERS

A three part documentary series looking at the history board track racing, one of America’s most infamous and sensational sports.

Support the project. Consider becoming a Patron at http://Patreon.com/TheArchiveMoto.

SUMMARY

Archive Moto presents GRIT Part 2 of a three part documentary series looking at the history of one of America’s most infamous and sensation sports, motorcycle Board Track Racing. Just as quickly as bicycle fever swept the nation in the 1880s, so too did motorcycle mania in the early 1900s. Motorcycles followed the blueprint of the industrial revolution, utility and refinement drove production and profit. Manufacturers of motorcycles , parts, and accessories sprang up by the dozens. Trade magazines kept enthusiasts up to date with the latest innovations and newest trends in the wheelman’s world. Shops made space on their showrooms for new motorcycle stock, and growing manufacturers further expanded their distribution markets. Social groups formed promoting riding, lobbying for accommodation and better roads, and organizing socials, long-distance tours, and exhibition races on local hills and horse tracks. The saying goes, that the first motorcycle race occurred the day the second motorcycle was built, which isn’t all that far from the truth. Daring enthusiasts and champion cyclists alike could be found gathering at local horse tracks to pit their machines against one another. It was one such track, Los Angeles’s Agriculture Park on May 7, 1901 that former cyclist Ralph Hamlin bested 3 other entrants on his Orient motorcycle at roughly 32 mph in what is widely credited as America’s first motorcycle race. Eleven years later, Motordrome fever in America was just beginning to enthrall the American public, and in time, larger, steeper tracks would allow more riders to race in a single heat and break record after record as the top speed climbed. By 1912, Motorcycle racing was entering its golden age, but the gruesome, deadly reality of speed on the perilous wooden motordromes would soon catch up. Enjoy Part 2, A Battery of Gatlings of GRIT, the third and final chapter will be released soon.

PATREON - Support this history, consider becoming a Patron at the new Archive Moto Patreon page.

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The Vintagent Selects: Grit Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiWvf6TXYJo

The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

GRIT PART 1 - MOTORCYCLE BOARD TRACK RACING BEGINS (2023)

Run Time: 15:58
Producer: Archive Moto
A Film By: Chris Price
Music: Keith Kenniff, Peter Sandberg, Silver Maple, Jakob Ahlbom, Golden Age Radio

FILM MAKERS

A three part documentary series looking at the history board track racing, one of America’s most infamous and sensational sports.

Part 1 of GRIT will be available first for supporters of the Archive Moto Patreon, and later available exclusively on Youtube. To support the project, consider becoming a Patron at http://Patreon.com/TheArchiveMoto.

SUMMARY

Archive Moto presents GRIT Part 1, the first of a three part documentary series looking at the history of one of America’s most infamous and sensational sports, motorcycle Board Track Racing. Born of the second industrial revolution in America, the motorcycle emerged out of the booming bicycling craze of the late 1800s. With an diverse enthusiast community, expansive industry of manufacturers and parts suppliers, and a wildly popular sport of bicycle velodrome racing, motorcycles took advantage of the rich cycling culture beginning with the advent of motorized pacing machines. The tandem motorized pacers paved the way for experiments in single-rider, civilian motorcycles, and given its close relationship with the racing world, it was inevitable that motorcycle racing would take the country by storm. But it was when the old wooden bicycle tracks, called velodromes, were scaled up to accommodate the increasingly speedy motorcycles that a sensational new sport was created. The culmination of bicycles, motorized pacers, and velodrome racing, America's board track Motordrome took the country by storm in 1909, creating a legacy that still captivates riders today. Part 1 investigates these fast-paced beginnings from the birth of the motorcycle.

Enjoy this Part 1 of GRIT. Parts 2 and 3 are coming soon. This video is a companion to articles examining the history of American motorcycle culture, published exclusively at http://ArchiveMoto.com.

PATREON - Support this history, consider becoming a Patron at the new Archive Moto Patreon page. Read more about board track racing, and countless others now, only at ArchiveMoto.com.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Grit

https://youtu.be/SprliLpVp6g

The Vintagent Trailers: A preview of our favorite feature films out there.

GRIT - A HISTORY OF BOARD TRACK RACING (2023)

Run Time: TBD
Producer: Archive Moto
A Film By: Chris Price
Music: Anyone - Keith Kenniff
Key Cast: TBD

FILM MAKERS

a three part documentary series looking at the history board track racing, one of America’s most infamous and sensational sports.

Part 1 of GRIT will be available first for supporters of the Archive Moto Patreon, and later available exclusively on Youtube. To support the project, consider becoming a Patron at http://Patreon.com/TheArchiveMoto.

SUMMARY

Often conflated with carnival thrill shows and the massive wooden speedways of the 1920s, America's original timber race tracks, called motordromes, were dangerous and exhilarating saucers where the toughest of the tough went elbow to elbow for a taste of the glory and the gold. For just 5 short years between 1909 and 1914, only 26 of these perilous stadiums were ever built, many having only hosted motorcycle races for a season or two. Still, inside their steeply banked walls, the heroes of a thrilling and often deadly sport captivated the country, cementing a legacy and mythology which continues to sends chills through those that learn about it.

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The Vintagent Classics: Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7KiFiRSyno

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

STRAY CAT ROCK: DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS (1970)

Run Time: 1:20:00
Producer: Hori Production, Nikkatsu
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Writer: Hideichi Nagahara
Key Cast: Akiko Wada, Meiko Kaji, Kôji Wada

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Stray Cat Rock: Female Boss (女番長野良猫ロック, Onna banchō nora-neko rokku) aka Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss, is a 1970 Japanese outlaw "Bōsōzoku" biker film. It is the first entry in the five-film Stray Cat Rock (aka Alleycat Rock) series and was followed by Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo, Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter, Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal and Alleycat Rock: Crazy Riders '71.

The Stray cat Rock series was conceived  by Nikkatsu to compete with Toei's Delinquent Boss series, which, in turn, had been inspired by Roger Corman's early outlaw biker film, The Wild Angels (1966). Nikkatsu also meant the film to showcase the popular singer Akiko Wada, and to appeal to her young audience. Co-star Meiko Kaji, however, attracted the most audience attention, and she became the star of the remaining episodes in the Stray Cat Rock series. Nikkatsu regarded Stray Cat Rock: Female Boss as a prototype for a new direction for the studio and its success ensured the studio's move towards youth-oriented action films.

Director Hasebe and cult screenwriter-director Atsushi Yamatoya wrote the script to Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss. Because of the film's low budget, the studio gave Hasebe and Yamatoya more creative freedom than was generally the case for Nikkatsu's staff at this time. Of the distinctive look of the film, Hasebe recalled, "I tried to infuse those movies with the culture of the time. I spent a lot of time visiting places where people hung out. At the time, protest songs were popular, so I included them in the soundtrack. I remember, one day I noticed a big fuss near the west entrance of Shinjuku station. Activists were gathering and protesting against the US-Japanese Security Treaty. These people were like the hippies in the States. I found them interesting. Cinematic. I wanted my film to be this modern."

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Tough girl biker Ako (pop singer Akiko Wada) comes across Mei (Meiko Kaji) and her girl gang, the Stray Cats, as they are about to have a knife fight in Shinjuku, Tokyo with another gang of girls. When the second gang calls in their boyfriends for help, Ako joins in and turns the tide for Mei and her gang and becomes a leader figure for the girls. Meanwhile, Mei's boyfriend Michio (Koji Wada) wants to join some right-wing nationalists, the Seiyu Group. To prove himself, he induces an old friend Kelly (Ken Sanders) to throw a boxing match so the Seiyu Group can cash in betting against him. But when the boxer, encouraged by Ako and Mei, wins the fight, the Seiyu Group takes their anger out on Michio until Mei and the Alleycats rescue him. But Mei and the girls are now on the run from the powerful group. Mei is eventually killed and Ako leaves Shinjuku, roaring away on her bike.

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The Vintagent Selects: Django Djang "Wor"

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The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

DJANGO DJANGO WOR (2013)

Run Time: 5:00
Producer: Jane Third, Alex Hoffman, Posy Dixon
Director: Jim Demuth
Editor: Iain Pettifer
Key Cast: Mohammad, Saaved, Parveen

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Jim Demuth, a freelance Director, has experience in post-production as an editor. He says, “I am interested in finding unique stories that explore the boundaries of art, science, and technology – and where they intercept.” Jim works closely with producer Posy Dixon, touching upon various topics.

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"Now I think Death is inevitable."

Mercury Music Prize nominees Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, naturally, they asked Noisey if we’d be up for travelling over to India and standing right in the middle of large lumps of precariously speeding metal for a day, to film a video for their track “Wor”. We happily obliged, getting our shoes stolen in the process, but it was worth it to meet a bunch of guys with the most rock solid testicles we’ve ever come across. - Jim Demuth

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The Vintagent Classics: Delinquent Boss

https://youtu.be/PQhP6DLX1Hc

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

DELINQUENT BOSS aka BAD BOSS aka WOLVES OF THE CITY - 不良番長 (1968)

Run Time: 1:29:00
Producer: Toei Studio
Director: Yukio Noda
Writer: Isao Matsumoto, Hideaki Yamamoto
Key Cast: Tatsuo Umemiya, Hayato Tani, Shigeru Katsumi

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The Wild Angels (1966) was the first film to coin the phrase Biker Flick, and would spur an American genre that racked up dozens of films between 1967 and 1972. But America did not have a monopoly on motorbike hooliganry. Following in our burning tire smoke, Toei Studio in Japan released 'Delinquent Boss' in 1968, spurring it's own genre of biker flicks known as Bōsōzoku, which translates literally to "running out of control tribes". Delinquent Boss and the Bōsōzoku films to follow definitely live up to the name. These films are cult classics in Japan, but virtually unknown in the States. Very little exists online. DVDs are rarer than hen's teeth... and forget about finding a subtitled copy!

SUMMARY

Delinquent Boss (1968) is the first in what would become Toei's most successful, longest-running bosozoku film series. The Delinquent Boss series (also known as the Wolves of the City series) lasted from 1968 till 1974 through seventeen films. The series starred Tatsuo Umemiya as the leader of a motorcycle youth gang called the Capones. Full of shock-value & "pinku" soft-core sex, nudity, violence, gunplay, & a lot of mainly pointless foolishness. Co-opting racist nazi imagery, and inventing a non-existent youth culture void of morality. The motorcycle gang takes on police, gangsters, & the general public, with frequent excuses throughout the series for women to take at least some of their clothing off & even to wield swords partially naked.

Kosaka Hiroshi is the leader of a motorcycle gang in Shinjuku and a small time swindler. He lives for money but has never been able to hit the jackpot. His luck seems to change when he hits it off with the daughter of a Yakuza. When he gets involved in a scheme to blackmail a Yakuza gang and a land developer, he soon realizes he might have chewed more than he could bite.

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Read more: Bōsōzoku: The Rebellious Film Legacy of Japan’s Unruly Biker Gangs