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The Vintagent Trailers: Walter: The Missing Link

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WALTER: THE MISSING LINK (2021)

Run Time: TBD
Producer/Director/Screenwriter: James Cutting
Editor: Chris Frenthway
Motion Designers: Scott Powell & Mauricio Torres Alvarez
Key Cast: Micheal Schuster, Jean Davidson, & Jon Davidson-Öeflein

FILM MAKERS

From its inception, the Walter documentary has been fueled by the fascinating story of the 1913 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Truck Forecar known as Walter. The Schuster family of southeastern Wisconsin owned Walter for nearly a century.

The project was kick-started with the meeting of Michael Schuster and James Cutting in 2013 on Walter’s own centennial. Over the years of their friendship, the project evolved as they strived to share this special machine with as many enthusiasts as possible. It eventually inspired the production of a feature-length documentary, supported by the enthusiasm of many friends of Walter.

The documentary is a production of The Edge Ltd., an independent production company founded in 1989 by James Cutting. A talented team of primarily Wisconsin-based production professionals has been committed to this exciting project. James is a forty-year award-winning producer/director/screenwriter veteran in film and video production. A passion for motorcycling has motivated his interest in producing motorcycle-related projects for decades. His last documentary, Hogslayer: The Unapproachable Legend, was released in 2011 to rave reviews.

Walter’s transfer to a new caretaker from the Schuster family became an integral part of the documentary storyline. Due to Walter’s rarity and unique attributes, an international effort was engaged to find a suitable home for this artifact of motorcycle culture. At times, this development dictated the production timeline but once the new caretaker took ownership of Walter, the documentary transitioned into its final phases of production.

Walter: The Missing Link will be released in 2021 with a premiere in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, followed by other theatrical showings.

SUMMARY

Walter: The Missing Link chronicles the life and times of a remarkable motorcycle affectionately known as Walter™

Walter is a feature-length narrative documentary featuring Walter, a 1913 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Truck, and his former caretaker Michael W. Schuster. This is truly an extraordinary barn-find story that tracks Walter's service mission delivering on the streets of old Milwaukee, then through forty years of desolation while stored in a horse barn, and finally his rebirth many decades later through a meticulous restoration by Ally Schuster and his grandson Michael. Walter ultimately became an acknowledged motorcycle artifact recognized as the last-known Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Truck in existence. This remarkable motorcycle's story and the related experiences of those touched by him have delighted enthusiasts and inspired us all to embrace our past and forge relationships for our future.

 

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The Vintagent Classics: Run, Angel, Run!

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RUN, ANGEL, RUN! (1969)

Run Time: 1:35:00
Producer: Fanfare Films
Director: Jack Starrett
Editor: Richard Compton (story), Jerome Wish (screenplay - as Jerry Wish)
Key Cast: William Smith, Valerie Starrett, Dan Kemp

FILM MAKERS

Director Jack Starrett is known for his complex ‘B’ movies, including several other ‘biker flick’ classics The Losers (1970), and Race With The Devil (1975) that go above and beyond the genre standard. Run, Angel, Run! was shot in 13 days.

A bit of Biker Flick trivia, the gang that appears in the film, also appears in ‘The Losers’ (1970) and ‘Werewolves on Wheels' (1971).

SUMMARY

Angel, a member of a tough motorcycle gang roaming the Southwest, gets on offer from a major news magazine. In exchange for giving the magazine a big scoop by exposing the inner workings of his gang, the magazine will pay him $10,000. Angel takes the offer, although it means he and his girlfriend must now go on the run from cyclists looking for revenge. Along the way, they hide out with a sheep farmer, earning their keep by taking care of the farm and building a new life together.

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The Vintagent Classics: The Losers

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THE LOSERS aka Nam's Angels (1970)

Run Time: 1:35:00
Director: Jack Starrett
Writer: Alan Caillou
Cast: William Smith, Bernie Hamilton, Adam Roarke

FILM MAKERS

It's The "Dirty Bunch" on Wheels!
Director Jack Starrett is known for his complex 'B' movies, including several other ‘biker flick’ classics Run, Angel, Run (1969), and Race With The Devil (1975) that go above and beyond the genre standard.

A bit of Biker Flick trivia, the gang that appears in the film, "The Devil's Advocates" also appears in 'Run, Angel, Run!' and 'Werewolves on Wheels (1971)'.Incidently, Director John Milius is quoted as saying that this film was a "big inspiration for Apocalypse Now".

ART IMITATING LIFE: On 19 November 1965, Sonny Barger the "Maximum Leader" of the Hells Angels motorcycle club sent a telegram to President Johnson offering the Angels as "gorilla fighters" (sic) in the Vietnam War. Though the President turned them down, the idea became 'Nam's Angels' (later renamed The Losers) made in the Philippines using sets and crew from 'Too Late the Hero'. Listen to Sonney reading that telegram to Pres. Johnson HERE.

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SUMMARY

NY Times film review, Aug 6, 1970
Screen: 'Losers' Arrives: Motorcycle Gangsters at War in Vietnam
Sooner or later it was bound to happen a picture about American motorcyclist supermen pitted against the Vietcong on enemy terrain. Brought together overseas by a wary Army command, these five super-tough civilians include two veterans of Vietnam. Their mission is to rescue a Presidential adviser held captive in a remote village.

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The Vintagent Classics: Race With The Devil

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RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)

Run Time: 1:28:00
Producer: Saber productions, 20th Century Fox
Director: Jack Starrett
Writer: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop
Key Cast: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit

FILM MAKERS

Director Jack Starrett specialized in hugely enjoyable down-'n'-dirty low-budget drive-in exploitation pictures. His first two were the 'biker flick' classics Run, Angel, Run (1969), and The Losers (1970). Both these films are worth a watch as they add a bit more depth to the genre than most.

SUMMARY

"Peter Fonda and Warren Oates are burning their bridges and a lot of rubber... on the deadliest stretch of road in the country!"

Peter Fonda and Warren Oates, star as a couple of dirt-track racers who pack up their bikes and their wives and set out on an RV vacation. Looking to get away from it all, they pass up cookie cutter camp sites in lieu of a secluded spot deep in the woods. Little do they know when they drop the landing gear however, that this grotto has already been booked by … a Satanic cult for a ritual of human sacrifice. They soon find out that “If you’re going to race with the devil, you’ve got to be as fast as Hell!”.

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The Vintagent Trailers: 972 Breakdowns

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972 BREAKDOWNS (2020)

Run Time: 1:50:20
A Film By: Leavinghomefunktion & Daniel von Rüdiger

FILM MAKERS

Alongside director, Daniel von Rüdiger, we have spent the last year puzzling together 500 hours of raw footage: Canons, GoPros, drone shots, handmade animations, typography, narration, subtitles… the whole package! 972,000 decisions later, our production journey has reached its end. A total of 165,500 film frames have been chosen in an attempt to turn cinema seats into sidecars, taking visitors on a 43,000 kilometer journey across the world!

And as you may have noticed, we really love numbers… which is also fitting our choice in working with the band 0101 for our soundtrack! Imagine the rhythm of an old and lousy kickstarter, constantly hitting the exhaust pipe … Imagine the >>click click<< of the turn signals, and imagine some dusty wind blowing tumbleweed over the endless road … Daniel von Rüdiger and Stefan Carl set our film’s anti-western stage with their original motion picture soundtrack “972 BREAKDOWNS”. More info at www.0101.wtf

SUMMARY

On The Landway to New York

When plans collapse things start to get interesting…! Welcome aboard the Ural 650: A charming yet moody Russian motorcycle which will take us over land to New York city. For the next 40.000 kilometers we’ll keep pushing, pulling and fixing looking for the point where we can’t go on…

Through our Breakdown Theater we come in contact with the strangest mix of people around the globe. Pulled, pushed and towed – with their help we always get a bit further… until the next breakdown!

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The Vintagent Trailers: The Wall

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THE WALL (2021)

Run Time: 1:15:00
A Film By: Stéphane Gautronneau
Key Cast: Capt Donald Ganslmeier, El Clemente, Peter Petersen, The Flying Dutchman

FILM MAKERS

"I'm not a factory of images, I prefer to bring back only one photo. My images speak of a disappearing world. "

Stéphane Gautronneau is a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, and an adventurer. He began his career assisting some of the most famous fashion photographers, and now regularly contributes to magazines and daily newspapers such as Vogue, Glamour US, Paris Match, Air France Magazine & Madame, The World, Liberation, The New York Times, Vanity Fair US, Harpers Bazaar UK, Stern, The Guardian, and The Independent.

As an Ambassador for the BMW Motorrad brand, he opened many routes like Perth-Sydney; Paris-Goa; Istanbul-Kathmandu; Buenos Aires-Atacama, Paris-Vladivostok-Lisbon.

If he travels in sometimes extreme conditions - under a tent, on a motorcycle, on a glacier - it is to capture intact landscapes. He gives time another dimension, that of being an important component of each shot.

SUMMARY

The Original Motodrom is the oldest traveling Wall Of Death in the world. Built in 1928, it will soon be a 100 year old circus. The four “Motorellos” Capt Donald Ganslmeier, El Clemente, Peter Petersen, and The Flying Dutchman are keeping the soul of these machines alive by riding The Wall Of Death to entertain hundreds of thousands of people. For them, the same passion still burns.

Shot over five years - June 2015 to August 2020 - 'The Wall' gives viewers a rare, in depth look into a disappearing profession and way of life. Beautiful and at times heartbreaking, we see through the expert eye of filmmaker Stéphane Gautronneau how the passion of these riders alone is what keeps the Wall Of Death alive today.

Updates on the release of this much anticipated feature length documentary at film festivals around the world will be announced later this year. Stay Tuned!

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The Vintagent Classics: Roustabout

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ROUSTABOUT (1964)

Run Time: 1:41:00
Producer: Wallis-Hazan
Director: John Rich
Writer: Anthony Lawrence, Allan Weiss
Key Cast: Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Charles Thomas - Stunt Rider

FILM MAKERS

Elvis Presley as a Roving, Restless, Reckless, ROUSTABOUT!

Charlie Rogers (Elvis Presley) is a leather-jacketed biker who's fired from a singing engagement after getting into a fight with a group of college toughs. While riding his cycle - a Honda 305 Superhawk - to the next gig, an irate dad runs him off the road when he flirts with his daughter. He's forced to take a job as a "Roustabout" with a traveling carnival until his bike can be fixed. The carnival is run by a tough old broad, a broken-down drunk, and his nubile daughter. Along the way, Charlie (who's got a chip on his shoulder about being an orphan) somehow learns about family values from this vaguely dysfunctional one. A scheming rival carny shows up, based on the legend of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's real-life manager.

SUMMARY

Elvis quickly embraces the carnival life and even tries his hand at the Wall Of Death! It's long been rumored that Elvis did his own stunts including the lap on the wall that ends in a nasty crash, but in fact it was Charles E. Thomas who rode as his stunt double on a Harley Scat 175cc. In real life, Thomas owned and operated the Motordrome featured in the film, and his picture can be seen just above 'Elvis's' head (in the black and white lobby card). Thomas passed away a year later.

The Roustabout soundtrack album was number one on the Billboard Albums Chart, which was a great accomplishment in that it reached number one during the peak of Beatle Mania and the British Invasion.

The title song, Roustabout is the one everyone remembers. However Elvis also recorded another song for the film called "I'm a Roustabout". "Roustabout" was picked and "I'm a Roustabout" was never released. The song was recently discovered and was released as a bonus track on a CD in 2003. Listen to it here: I'm a Roustabout

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The Vintagent Classics: Death Riders

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Death Riders (1976)

Run Time: 1:28:00
Director: Jim Wilson (as James Wilson)
Key Cast: Henry Trumblay, Bud Boerma, Joe Byars

FILM MAKERS

This film is respectfully dedicated to all whose daring feats cost them their lives.

Jim Wilson's only Directorial credit brings us a wonderful behind the scenes look at the life of a traveling daredevil troop as they criss-cross the country with a motorcycle rodeo clown named Squeeks, performing their “Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show” at local fairs. The film is absolutely endearing and brings to mind On Any Sunday (1971) meets Jackass, in the best possible of ways.

SUMMARY

The best part of the Death Riders thrill show…is to stay alive!

Flaming walls, long jumps over anything and everything, including fair going fans and even the inhabitants of a nudist colony. The suspense is surprisingly nerve wracking as these riders take their lives in their hands to pull off death defying, hilariously named stunts. The Death Riders work hard and play even harder. Downtime is spent taking cowboys up on challenges to ride the bull, carnival rides with pretty local girls, and taking the bikes out in the dirt of the vast American deserts. The film even documents Larry Man making a new world record jumping 45 people off a 2 foot ramp.

The director of photography for Death Riders, Vilmos Zsigmond also shot Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and it’s the photography that really makes this film great. Long wistful shots of American landscape, close up shots of adoring fans on the edge of their seats in the bleachers, and pensive silent moments of the boys before they put their necks on the line. The soundtrack is also wonderful. If anyone compiles it before me, please let me know!

Soundtrack: Sunshine Baby – Terry Stafford / Broken Bones – Tommy Cash / The Glory Train – Pat Boone / Live for Now – T.G Sheppard / Death Rider – Dorsey Burnette / Junkyard Serenade – Porter Jordan / The Love of My man – Diane Jordan / Highway Country Blues – Kenny Seratt / I Hate to Drink Alone – Jerry Naylor / Sunny Side Up – Terry Stafford.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Speed Is My Need

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SPEED IS MY NEED (2019)

Run Time: 1:14:46
Producer: Alan Byron
Director: Mark Sloper
Key Cast: 'Fast' Freddie Spencer, Leon 'Pocket Rocket' Haslam, Colin 'Texas Tornado' Edwards

FILM MAKERS

Mark Sloper is a producer and director, known for I, Superbiker: Day of Reckoning (2013), Small Time Obsession (2000) and I Superbiker (2011).

SUMMARY

Speed is My Need strips bare the euphoria of speed on two wheels. Injury and death constantly lurk around the next corner when a misjudged twist of the throttle means that the next time you put your helmet on, could be your last. The Isle of Man TT is notorious for ending lives and careers. Race tracks were never built for the increased performance of today’s race bikes - so why do riders risk life and limb in their quest to go ever-faster?

Speed is My Need uncovers how sports psychologists and surgical experts across Europe are helping racers to rebuild their minds and bodies in order to race on the edge of oblivion. With access to heroic racing footage, Speed is My Need is a pulsating, edge of the seat ride into the strategic minds and courageous hearts of these two-wheeled gladiators.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Wheels Of Soul

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WHEELS OF SOUL (2006)

Run Time: 56:00:00
Producer: Guerrilla Docs
A Film By: Randall Wilson
Key Cast: Bear, Super Chicken, Bear Claw

FILM MAKERS

Randall Wilson has directed several documentaries delving into the world of the outlaw biker, including Ride Free Or Die (2019), Sin City Deciples (2019), Choir Boys MC (2010), Hessians MC (2005), American Biker (2005), and Glory Road: The Legacy of the African-American Motorcyclist (2005).

SUMMARY

Wheels of Soul is the only racially mixed 1% outlaw motorcycle club in the world.
The predominantly black club must contend with not only the social stereotyping against bikers in the “civilian” world, but with the racial bias in the violent world of outlaw bikers.

The Wheels of Soul documentary allows the audience a voyeuristic peek into the lives of these private men and their families. The members speak frankly on racism, the history of the club, the biker lifestyle and day-to-day struggle on the mean streets of Philadelphia.

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The Vintagent Selects: Bonneville - A Lowbrow Redemption Story

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BONNEVILLE - A LOWBROW REDEMPTION STORY (2021)

Run Time: 49:15
Producer: Lowbrow Customs
Directed, Filmed, Edited: Mikey "Revolt" Arnold
Music Licensed by: Artlist.io
Key Cast: Tyler Malinky, Kyle Malinky, Andy Cox, Alp Sungurtekin

FILM MAKERS

Mikey “Revolt” Arnold is a Cleveland based photographer and videographer for Lowbrow Customs and Forever The Chaos Life. Not only known for his creation of beautiful motorcycle imagery, he is also a co-founder of an award-winning motorcycle show called Fuel Cleveland. Mikey prides himself by not only documenting the custom motorcycle community but also giving that community a platform to shine on a larger scale. He is a self-published author along with having multiple stories and photo features published in countless motorcycle publications all over the world. Traveling, cooking, hiking, hunting down records / mid-century modern antiques, and creating music are just a few other things he’s into. Riding motorcycles goes in hand with all of those things as he states, "Creativity in design, art, food, finding the adventure, and surrounding yourself with good people is what life is all about."

SUMMARY

This full length film covers the 2019 and 2020 land speed racing efforts from Team Lowbrow. The team consists of Tyler Malinky, Kyle Malinky, Andy Cox and Alp Sungurtekin. With the rollercoaster of emotions that left everyone in heart ache after Tyler crashed at Speed Week 2019. The 2020 race season was left questionable due to the state of the world and the concerns if racing would even be able to happen. A last minute decision was made by Tyler and his brother Kyle to return to the salt for World Finals 2020 with hopes of redemption and putting their names in the record books.

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The Vintagent Selects: My Bike: 1971 Yamaha At1 125

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MY BIKE: 1971 YAMAHA AT1 125 (2013)

Run Time: 1:14
A Film By: James Jones
Music By: James Jones
Key Cast: Corinna Mantlo

FILM MAKERS

James Jones is a NYC based filmmaker. 1971 Yamaha AT1 125 is the first film in the six part 'My Bike' series. Followed by: 2014 Thruxton, 1973 Triumph Daytona T100R, Aaron, 1969 Triumph Tiger, 2013 Sportster Iron,

SUMMARY

Corinna Mantlo talks about her motorcycle: a 1971 yamaha at1 125. Corinna is Curator Of Film here at The Vintagent as well as the Founder of Via Meccanica, The Miss-Fires, Cine Meccanica, and The Motorcycle Film Festival.

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The Vintagent Classics: The Pace That Thrills

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THE PACE THAT THRILLS (1952)

Run Time: 1:03:00
Producer: RKO
Director: Leon Barsha
Writer: Robert Lee Johnson, DeVallon Scott
Key Cast: Bill Williams, Carla Balenda, Robert Armstrong

FILM MAKERS

The Pace That Thrills is a 1952 American action film directed by Leon Barsha and written by Robert Lee Johnson and DeVallon Scott. The film stars Bill Williams, Carla Balenda, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh and Michael St. Angel.

SUMMARY

Los Angeles newspaper reporter Eve Drake is assigned to cover a motorcycle race. There she sees Dusty Weston win a race using questionable tactics. She is asked to present the winner's trophy afterward, but when Dusty plants a kiss on her, she slaps his face.

Eve's critical article irks Dusty and his employer, J.C. Barton, who owns a motorcycle factory. At a home belonging to his mechanic pal Rocket Anderson, they discuss Eve with rival cyclist Chris Rhodes, another friend. Chris suggests softening her up and invites Eve to pay another visit. She enjoys a cycle ride until Chris and Dusty try to elude two motorcycle police officers and crash into a ditch.

Chris then suffers a leg injury in a race after Dusty's dangerous maneuver. Dusty is fired, after which Chris is given a new hydraulic bike to race that Barton needs to be a success if he is going to be able to keep his factory up and running. Chris protests that Dusty is the better rider and could win the big race on the new bike. Barton refuses to budge, and while Dusty takes a job as a trick rider for a carnival (see link below to watch the daredevil scene).

Chris falls in love with Eve, but she's romantically attracted to Dusty and unsure what to do. Chris punches him when Dusty says they intend to marry. Dusty then surprisingly enters the big race, competing against Chris and the new Barton bike. At the last minute, when Chris takes a spill, Dusty deliberately does the same, giving Chris a chance to get back up and be victorious. A grateful Chris congratulates his friend and Eve on their engagement.

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The Vintagent Selects: 1500

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1500 (2020)

Run Time: 14:46
A film by: Will Carr

FILM MAKERS

Wolli Films is the creative friendship between Will Carr and Oliver Knoop. Brought together through a passion of motorbikes that quickly developed into an artistic collaboration. With a shared passion for the beauty in the details of life that often go unnoticed and an eye for the cinematic, they bring out the soul of each project no matter the scale or purpose.

SUMMARY

1500 - A Short Film About A Long Adventure

‘1500’ is a short documentary about the longest motorcycle rally in Europe -  The Great Malle Rally. Shot and edited in 2020 by the filmmaker Will Carr, as he rode the 1500+ route from the southern to the northern tip of mainland Britain, capturing the adventure with the rally teams.

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The Vintagent Selects: Stacie B. London: In A Straight Line

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Stacie B. London: In A Straight Line (2020)

Run Time: 28:19
Producer: Nadia Fugazza
Director: Tiziano Niero
Key Cast: Stacie B. London

FILM MAKERS

Originally produced for Petrolicious, shared exclusively with The Vintagent.

SUMMARY

When it comes to riding motorcycles, Stacie London isn’t the type to shy away from a challenge. Her goals see her chasing and breaking speed records, but while it takes a lot of determination and focus to do so, there’s no tunnel vision in this story. For Stacie, being involved in the whole process is essential to why she rides at all.

In this film, we dive into that process, to all the months of preparation that manifest in more than just long hours spent in the shop, from setting up and tuning her vintage single-cylinder Harley-Davidson, to the less tangible, more philosophical elements that culminate in the act itself: getting out onto the salt flats and going as fast as possible.

Stacie’s mentor and helping hand throughout many of her years of land speed riding, Ralph Hudson, has been a source of inspiration and wisdom for her record attempts, and although he tragically passed away this year doing what he loved (Hudson, one of the most known and loved figures in the community, broke the land speed record for “sit-on” motorcycles at the age of 67 on his turbocharged Suzuki in 2017), the guidance he shared is as important as ever, and the memories eternally cherished.

Stacie continues to set new records, and subsequently new goals, because sometimes the end game is not to finally reach the proverbial carrot, but to keep going after it, faster and faster.

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The Vintagent Selects: Ray Thauscher

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RAY TAUSCHER (2020)

Run Time: 16:53
A film by: Ned & Mike Thanhouser

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.

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 Classics: Cycles South

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CYCLES SOUTH (1971)

Run Time: 1:28:00
Producer: DAL Arts
Director: Don Marshall
Writer: Bill Adkins, Don Marshall
Key Cast: Don Marshall, Vaughan Everly, Bobby Garcia

FILM MAKERS

Three young men decide to break the monotony in their lives by climbing on their BSA 441 Victor Specials, pointing them south and heading wherever fate takes them.

SUMMARY

Probably the most politically-incorrect road movie you will ever see. Tired of their everyday life of drinking and women-chasing, three guys jump on their BSAs with $300 apiece and ride from Colorado to Panama to indulge in some, er, drinking and women-chasing. This wild documentary shows our heroes living it up on the road, while exhorting the viewer to do likewise before becoming tied down with work and family.

These guys squeeze action and adventure out of every moment — diving for their dinner, surfing, dirt-biking, even a spot of bull-fighting! But to make it absolutely clear that this isn’t some kind of introspective soul-searching trip, they also spend a lot of time pursuing every bit of skirt going,including a stop-off at a very groovy commune, where they smoke a load of dope and get frisky with the hippie chicks before indulging in some impromptu nude motocross racing!

If you have ever dreamed of hitting the road with a bunch of mates and behaving extremely badly (and who hasn’t?) this film may finally kick you into action! - review courtesy of The Adventure Travel Film Festival

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The Vintagent Classics: The Hard Ride

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THE HARD RIDE (1971)

Run Time: 1:33:00
A Bilm By: Burt Topper
Key Cast: Robert Fuller, Sherry Bain, Tony Russel

FILM MAKERS

He came home for love and peace and found another kind of war.

The Hard Ride came out at the tail end of the Biker Flick deluge, and is unique in it's tone. A dark but sentimental tale of a fallen Vietnam soldier returned home to be laid to rest by his old biker gang. The film was written, directed, and produced by Burt Topper,  a name well known in vehicular cult cinema for producing Fireball 500 (1966), Thunder Alley (1967), Devil’s Angels (1967), and The Devil’s 8 (1969). Burt (credited as Burton Topper) also wrote The Wild Ride (1960) a juvenile delinquent hot rod film starring a young Jack Nicholson.

SUMMARY

Maybe you’ll fall in love with Baby and take up with Big Red and the guys. That’d be Groovy.

A gang rides through the desert. Swing Low Sweet Chariot plays as they roll slow towards the titles. Lenny, riding two-up on his buddy’s chopper seems wistful and far away. A moment later, at an air force base, it seems that Lenny was indeed being transported by his buddy Phil (Robert Fuller), but not on a joy ride, as in the flashback, but instead in a coffin, back from Vietnam.

Phil’s post Vietnam mission is to find Lenny’s girl Sheryl (Sherry Bain), his old gang, and Baby. Big Tom, the preacher who raised Lenny at the orphanage tells him where to find Sheryl and takes him to Baby…a long rake, springer front, triple head light knucklehead chopper. Phil hasn’t been on the anything bigger than a dirt bike in years but luckily Rev. Big Tom who’d been taking Baby out for a spin every Sunday since Lenny’s been gone sets him up. “First gear is down, the rest are up” and sends him on his way.

Phil finds Sheryl working at a roadside dive. She sees a bit of Lenny in Phil and she did always love that bike, so they hit the road together to find Big Red & Co, Lenny’s old gang who he wanted at his funeral, but not before being hassled by a bunch of bikers who recognize Lenny’s old bike…and his old lady. Out in the desert, they find Grady and his gang, who want the chopper and don’t plan on taking no for an answer. Of course, they also didn’t plan on a tough as nails marine, and Phil and Sheryl escape.

Sheryl sees a bit of Lenny in Phil and takes him to all the places they used to go, and they start to fall for each other. Of course along the way, they get hassled by the coppers, kids looking for grass, and Lenny’s old gang who wants the chopper and the chick back. The gang is after them, but they track Red to his whorehouse first, where they fight. Vietnam sounds flash during the scuffle.

No broad on Earth is worth all this trouble.

Beat up bad, Red gives in and says he can keep Sheryl. Lenny didn’t know Sheryl had been turned out while he was away, but a promise is a promise and his last wishes were that Red and the gang be at the funeral, so Phil gives Red Baby’s pink slip as a bribe to get him to come to the funeral where he promises to deliver the bike and then split town for good. A few fights, sprawling highway rides and make out scenes later, the best friend, old lady, gang, preacher, and chopper are all convened in the graveyard for the funeral, just as Lenny asked. Swing Low Sweet Chariot plays over the credits.

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The Vintagent Classics: The Wild One

https://vimeo.com/304260214

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

THE WILD ONE (1953)

Run Time: 1:19:00
Director: Laslo Benedek
Writer: Tom Paxton (script), Frank Rooney (based on a story by)
Key Cast: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Lee Marvin,

FILM MAKERS

Marlon Brando! Driven Too Far By His Own Hot Blood!

Almost a decade after veterans returned from war with a new found passion for bikes (and specifically slimmed down, bob jobs like they’d grown used to riding in the field) and also just a few years after the riots at Hollister, Hollywood introduces the first film with motorcycles as a central character. Released in 1953, it was based on a short story, The Cyclists’ Raid, by Frank Rooney, published in the January 1951 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

SUMMARY

The Wild One featured the newest threat to society, the biker, replacing the Cagneys of the 30s gangster films, and instilled the allure of a new misunderstood anti-hero. The film’s plot revolves around a motorcycle club split in two over an unexplained riff, and it’s the motorcycles that most clearly illustrates the split of the gang. Marlon Brando epitomized a new cool in his perfectly rebellious uniform of black leather, cuffed jeans, t-shirt, engineer boots and riding a stock 1950 Triumph Thunderbird T6 as leader of the BRMC. But, it was Lee Marvin in his bold stripes, aviator goggles, chewing on stogie while draped over a ’49 flathead/’50 panhead? Bobber as the leader of The Beatles, who made us fall in love with the bad boy. The disenfranchised, yet relatively harmless youth ride stock and polished modern motorcycles as BRMC, while the more rough and tumble
bad boys of The Beatles ride post WWII minimalist bobbers. This is the first film where we see the customization of motorcycles and if the bobber is the origin of the chopper, this is the first celluloid step to the chopper film. - Paul d'Orleans, The Chopper: The Real Story

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The Vintagent Classics: Psychomania

https://youtu.be/KyuDS8J-g38

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

PSYCHOMANIA aka THE DEATH WHEELERS (1972)

Run Time: 1:30:36
Director: Don Sharp
Writer: Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Zimet (as Julian Halevy)
Cast: Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Ann Michelle

FILM MAKERS

"The only teenage zombie biker frog voodoo hippy musical that Beryl Reed ever made."

During a BBC interview star Nicky Henson said that he has always thought the film was terrible and only decided to be in it because he thought no one would ever see the film. He was surprised to find himself being interviewed about Psychomania forty years later.

SUMMARY

"Everybody dies don’t they… But some come back."

A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things don't necessarily turn out as expected...

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The Vintagent Original: Silver Shotgun

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The Vintagent Original: Stories We Need to Tell.

SILVER SHOTGUN (2020)

Run Time: 4:54
A Film By: David Martinez
Edited By: Anais Bernard
Key Cast:
Paul d'orleans

FILM MAKER

For David Martinez, photography is both a calculated science and a free verse art form. The controllable variables – the light, the shutter speed, the aperture – are all simply tools to allow the authenticity of a real moment to occur. David captures the beauty and sincerity of these scenes in the pictures he makes. Always at the forefront of technology (but still with a roll of medium format film in his camera bag), David has been shooting high definition video since DSLR technology made it more available. David’ is always ready for an adventure – with his surf bag packed and camera in hand.

SUMMARY

Silver Shotgun explores the sexy Seventies of Italian motorcycle design, when Italian motorcycles were the fastest, best-handling, and most beautiful in the world.  Silver Shotgun explores the roots of this explosion of creativity and mechanical excellence that made the decade so special.  Silver Shotgun is the third exhibition curated at the Petersen Automotive Museum by Paul d'Orléans, and produced by the Motorcycle Arts Foundation.  Silver Shotgun was also produced by Sasha Tcherevkoff and the Stuart Parr Collection.

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The Vintagent Original: Baja Scrambler

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The Vintagent Originals: Stories We Need to Tell.

BAJA SCRAMBLER (2020)

Run Time: 6:42
Producer: The Vintagent
Director: David Martinez
Editor: Anais Bernard
Key Cast: Paul d'Orleans

FILM MAKER

David Martinez is a professional photographer and filmmaker, for whom photography is both a calculated science and a free verse art form. The controllable variables – the light, the shutter speed, the aperture – are all simply tools to allow the authenticity of a real moment to occur. David captures the beauty and sincerity of these scenes in the pictures he makes. Always at the forefront of technology (but still with a roll of medium format film in his camera bag), David has been shooting high definition video since DSLR technology made it more available. David is always ready for an adventure – with his surf bag packed and camera in hand.

SUMMARY

The original Baja bike?  Paul d'Orléans thinks it's the Honda CL72, the bike that set off a wave of Baja races after Dave Ekins set a record from Tijuana to La Paz in just shy of 40hours.  After Dave, the deluge, and the Baja 1000 was created.   Filmmaker David Martinez follows Paul around the desert roads of Los Cabos as he rides his 1964 CL72 Scrambler, and talks about the original Baja Scrambler.

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The Vintagent Selects: Riders: The Illestrator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxlf-yNT-JY&feature=youtu.be

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

RIDERS: THE ILLESTRATOR (2020)

Run Time: 4:31
A film By: Cam Elkins & Erik Jutras
Photography & Interview: Ryan Handt
Cast: The Illestrator

FILM MAKERS

RIDERS is a short-form, experimental series which came about from a conversation between Cam Elkins from Stories of Bike (based in Sydney, Australia) and Erik Jutras aka Mr. Pixelhead (based in San Francisco, USA). We both really enjoyed each others' work and came up with the idea to combine Erik's iconic black and white photography with Stories of Bike-style story-telling.

The RIDERS series is aiming to be a little experimental. By combining a unique photographic style from a variety of photographers around the world, immersive sound design and minimalist synthesizer by Andrew Jones we hope to create a different kind of moto photo essay.

SUMMARY

This episode follows The Illustrator, a NYC based motovloger as he builds, rides, and works to change peoples perceptions.

Read an interview with The Illestrator on NYC Motorcyclist.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Ray Tauscher

https://vimeo.com/384797296

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

RAY TAUSCHER (coming coon)

Run Time: 00:17:00
A film by: Ned & Mike Thanhouser

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.

SUMMARY

Born in Portland in 1905, Raymond F. Tauscher (Tauser in international press) began riding motorcycles in 1920 inspired by racing at the Gresham Speed Bowl in Oregon. His competitive racing career began in 1923 when he won northwest regional championships on flat tracks and hill climbs. His US titleholder status took him around the globe five times where in 1931 he held four international championship titles in Australia, England, and France. 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 where he died in 1981 from a brain tumor. This 17-minute documentary tells Ray’s life story imagined as if he is recounting his life and racing career. Ray’s family provide his scrapbooks and photo albums making this film possible.

This film will be released to general public in January 2021. Stay Tuned!

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The VIntagent Trailers: When The Road Ends

https://vimeo.com/459153208

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

WHEN THE ROAD ENDS: Lost In The Pacific (2020)

Run Time: 1:93:00
Producer: Dylan Wickrama
Director: Dylan Wickrama
Writor: Dylan Wickrama
Key Cast: Dylan Wickrama

FILM MAKERS

Based on the book 'When the road ends; the tale of an incredible journey' This story may be the most unusual and incredible motorcycle journey you will ever get to read about! It is Inspirational, funny and moving and has the quality to take you on an adventure.

As a young child, Dylan often daydreamed of adventure and yearned to travel the world. However, growing up in Sri Lanka, facing extreme poverty and many hardships, his dreams often seemed as impossible to reach as the stars in the night sky. Yet despite all the odds and many years later, Dylan literally rides around the world on a motorcycle which he affectionately names Bruce. After 130,000 miles, four continents and two and a half years later, Dylan finds himself in Panama where all roads suddenly end...

SUMMARY

Growing up in poverty as a child, Dylan dreamt of traveling the world on a motorcycle. Many years later he broke the shackles of a normal life and took to the road. After journeying 200,000 km across four continents, the road from Panama to Colombia comes to an end at the Darién Gap, swallowed up by an impenetrable jungle. Dylan has no choice but to take to the sea, building a raft powered by his motorcycle in the hope of reaching Colombia's road network 700 km away. He must brave strong ocean currents and storms in his journey from Central to South America.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Somewhere Else Together

https://vimeo.com/459484223

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

SOMEWHERE ELSE TOGETHER (2019)

Run Time: 120:01:00
Director: Daniel Rintz
Writer: Daniel Rintz
Key Cast: Daniel Rintz, Josephine Flohr

FILM MAKERS

Filmmaker Daniel Rintz's 2019 sequel to Somewhere Else Tomorrow. The film was funded through an IndiGoGo campaign which The Vintagent was proud to support.

SUMMARY

Chased by wild elephants. Caught in the cross-fire of a police-smuggler gunfight. Stranded by engine trouble in a civil war zone. How much is this adventurous couple willing to go through for their quest of finding the perfect way of life? Traveling around the globe for three years they meet people from all walks of life, their attitude towards the world is challenged and their ultimate destination unexpected.

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The Vintagent Classics: Darktown Strutters

https://vimeo.com/451142046

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

DARKTOWN STRUTTERS (1975)

Run Time: 1:23:53
Director: William Witney
Writor: George Armitage
Key Cast: Trina Parks, Edna Richardson, Bettye Sweet 

FILM MAKERS

Singin' Dancin' Struttin'

Darktown Strutters is a 1975 blaxploitation musical comedy film from New World Pictures. Despite having mixed reviews at the time it has gained cult status over the years with praise from film director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino called it "a ridiculous satire."

SUMMARY

This movie will fry your eggs!

"The very least you can say for "Darktown Strutters" is that it's the first black motorcycle gang rock scifi musical, which would seem to be saying a lot. But the movie bites off about two more genres than it can chew, and never quite works as anything. That's not to say it doesn't try: We get a bewildering mixture of characters, plots, actions, songs, dances and even a guest appearance by the Dramatics, who sing "What You See is What You Get" after they're rescued from the subterranean dungeons of a white chicken 'n' ribs tycoon..." - Roger Ebert (read the few 1975 review HERE)

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The Vintagent Classics: Burning Up

https://vimeo.com/445389331

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BURNING UP (1930)

Run Time: 56:35
Producer: Paramount Pictures
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Writer: Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt
Key Cast: Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Francis McDonald

FILM MAKERS

Burning Up is a 1930 American Pre-Code action film starring Richard Arlen as a racing driver and Mary Brian as his love interest, the daughter of a fellow driver. An early talkie, the film also features motorcycle stunts, and also stars Francis McDonald, Sam Hardy, Charles Sellon, and Tully Marshall. The film was released on February 1, 1930, by Paramount Pictures.

The film was made in an effort by Paramount's Jesse L. Lasky to emulate the success of earlier racing films made by the late Wallace Reid, "emulating Wally's films almost exactly", and with director Allen Sigler having "filmed the racing scenes exactly as Wally's had been done". One review described it as "the old racing-car scenario brought up to date with sound and talk".

SUMMARY

"Sweethearts again. The man you can't help loving. The girl you can't forget..in a hurry-up, merry-up, thrill romance that's a wow"

Racecar-driver Lou Larrigan gets mixed up with a crooked gang of racetrack promoters, and is in love with Ruth Morgan, whose father is marked as a victim by the gang.

Well worth the watch, especially for the opening Wall of Death Motordrome sequence where two riders compete for a date with the girl. Check the ladder and gangplank. Wild!

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The Vintagent Classics: Motorcycle Gang

https://vimeo.com/446552892

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

MOTORCYCLE GANG (1957)

Run Time: 1:18:00
Producer: American International Pictures
Director: Edward L. Cahn
Writer: Lou Rusoff
Key Cast: Anne Neyland, Steven Terrell, John Ashley

FILM MAKERS

WILD AND WICKED...living with no tomorrow! Motorcycle Gang is a 1957 film which is a semi-remake of Dragstrip Girl. It was released by American International Pictures as a double feature with Sorority Girl.

The film was remade as part of the anthology series Rebel Highway. A short-lived revival of American International Pictures created and produced by Lou Arkoff, the son of Samuel Z. Arkoff and Debra Hill for the Showtime channel in 1994. The concept was 10-week series of 1950s “drive-in classic” B-movies remade “with a ’90s edge”. The impetus for the series, according to Arkoff was, “what it would be like if you made Rebel Without a Cause today?".

SUMMARY

"commendably free of unhealthy sensationalism... tells its unpretentious little moral simply enough." - The Los Angeles Times, 1957

A troublemaker returns to town only to find his old tearaway pals have joined a supervised motorcycle club. Friction erupts between him and the new leader about this goody-goody setup, and about the charms of gang moll Terry.

One overlooked aspect of this film is that the gang calls no particular attention to the fact that it's co-ed. It's often easy to forget that there was a time before the Biker flicks of the 1960's and this is what it looked like, on screen and off. From the hot rod racing ladies of the juvenile delinquent films created by the American Hot Rod Association as PSAs to get 1950's kids off the streets and onto the track...to the fully patched female members of the 1% clubs...there's a whole lot of history waiting to be told.

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The Vintagent Classics: Duck, You Sucker!

https://youtu.be/ljOWgFW0rhg

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

DUCK, YOU SUCKER! (1971)

Run Time: 2:37:00
Director: Sergio Leone
Writer: Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati
Music: Ennio Morricone
Key Cast: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli

FILM MAKERS

Duck, You Sucker! (Italian: Giù la testa, lit. "Duck Your Head"), also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time... The Revolution, is a 1971 epic Zapata Western film directed and co-written by Sergio Leone and starring Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli.

It is the second film of Leone's Once Upon a Time Trilogy, which includes the previous Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and the subsequent Once Upon a Time in America (1984). The last western film directed by Leone, it is considered by some to be one of his most overlooked films.

The musical score was composed by Ennio Morricone, who collaborated with Leone in all his previous projects as a director with the exception of his debut, The Colossus of Rhodes. Elvis Mitchell, former film critic for The New York Times, considered it as one of Morricone's "most glorious and unforgettable scores". He also sees "Invention for John", which plays over the opening credits and is essentially the film's theme, "as epic and truly wondrous as anything Morricone ever did".

SUMMARY

The revolution is not a social dinner, a literary event, a drawing or an embroidery; it cannot be done with...elegance and courtesy. The revolution is an act of violence... - Mao Tse-Tung

Set during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, the film tells the story of Juan Miranda, an amoral Mexican outlaw, and John Mallory, a motorcycle riding ex-Irish Republican Army revolutionary. After they accidentally meet under less-than-friendly circumstances, Juan and John involuntarily become heroes of the Revolution despite being forced to make heavy sacrifices.

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RIP Ennio Morricone. Read his obituary HERE



Quarantine Cinema 7: Juneteenth Edition

The Black Biker Experience

At The Vintagent, we're interested in the stories we haven't seen or heard before, and film is an ideal medium for telling stories.  Today, on Juneteenth (June 19th), we celebrate films about the experience of African-American motorcyclists, although we lament they are few.  There are almost no films about the early experience and deep history of African-American riders, like the board track racers we featured in the 'Black Streaks' article, or Bessie Stringfield, the cross-country rider and founding figure in the Motor Maids, or the story of Cliff Vaughs, the Civil Rights activist and filmmaker who played a seminal role in the creation of 'Easy Rider.'

Via our parent organization the Motorcycle Arts Foundation we are actively laying the foundation to tell the Cliff Vaughs story on film: it's production will be our focus starting Autumn 2020.  We would also like to encourage filmmakers with such a story to tell: if you've got an idea for a motorcycle-related film about black history or any other under-shared narrative with a social justice angle, we'd like to hear about it, because that's what our non-profit was created to do.  Give us a shout.

Even when films are made about black motorcyclists, they are vexed with the problem of distribution.  Websites like TheVintagent are one way to get the word out, but are limited in how we can compensate the producers for the high cost of creating a film.  It's our hope that the current climate of support for social justice stories will reach the decision-making rooms at the major online media channels, the Netflix/Prime/AppleTV nexus that now dominate film distribution. It's a whole new scene today, so let's see some new stories.

1. Sugar & Spade
"When I got my name, there was nobody around riding these bikes." - 'Spade' George

'Spade' George in San Francisco in the early 1970s with his girlfriend and his landlady(!) on his front porch. [Sugar&Spade]
‘Spade’ George and Austin ‘Brown Sugar’ are two life-long friends, brought together in the late 1960s by their mutual love for powerful custom built motorcycles. From Brooklyn, NY to San Francisco, CA, they’ve been front and center in the fast-paced biker world of guns, girls, gas, and the occasional run-in with the law. Even though they found themselves living on opposite coasts, their deep bond has been constant. These early iconoclasts have given their lives to the unique American chopper culture, with Austin’s phenomenal photos and sensational stories to prove it. Each exemplifies in his own way what’s best about these exotic machine builders and their way of life. Being among the first African-American chopper riders in NYC, and inspiring the next generation is only part of the story. 'Sugar & Spade' is the moving document of their reunion after 30 years apart, in the city where it all began. Watch the 'Sugar & Spade' trailer on The Vintagent.

Austin 'Brown Sugar' Johnston on one of his many Harley-Davidson choppers built since the early 1970s. [Sugar&Spade]
Where can I watch the full film?  We're working on that with the filmmakers: currently there's no portal for Pay Per View and no commercial host for this terrific film.

2. Take None Give None (2015)
"It's an organization that might have some criminals.  But it's the same with the police.  It's the same with Google."

A classic shot of the Chosen Few MC taken in the early 1970s. [Take None Give None]
'Take None Give None' follows the story of the outlaw motorcycle club the Chosen Few MC. Based in South Central Los Angeles it is the oldest explicitly interracial 1% club. After a series of raids by the LAPD in 2011 the club is at odds with itself, the city of Los Angeles and a local news media set on defaming their reputation. It tells the story of a complex family on the verge of change and takes a nostalgic look into the history of a motorcycle club through the eyes of some of its founding members.  Watch the trailer on TheVintagent here.

A Chosen Few MC club member rides past Watts Towers in LA. [Take None Give None]
Where can I watch the full film?  As with many indie productions, distribution has proved impossible to date. As Mark Gardiner said in a review, "It’s basically 'Sons of Anarchy' crossed with Black Lives Matter. Surely there’s a cable channel that can sell that to its viewers."

3. Outcast Forever
"They keep their tradition of being all black, wearing all black, and riding all black motorcycles."

A 6 year project, 'Outcast Forever' gives an inside look at the oldest all-black 1%er MC in the USA. [Outsiders Forever]
"In 1969 a group of rebellious black bikers in Detroit decided that freedom, non-conformity and brotherhood were not exclusive to whites only. At the time (and still today) blacks were not permitted to join most white outlaw biker clubs, so out of necessity the Outcast M.C. was born.  This documentary is an in-depth look into their world and the unapologetic lifestyle they live. Filmed over the course of six years, Outcast Forever is a raw visual exploration that rips through the mystique and presents a unfiltered experience of a subculture within a subculture."  [From the filmmakers]. Watch the trailer on TheVintagent here.

You'll have to watch the movie to discover the rituals and entertainments of the Outcast MC... [Outcast Forever]
Watch 'Outcast Forever' on Vimeo for $5.99.

4. 12 O’Clock Boys
"I've been on this earth for a decade and a coupla years.  That makes me a grown-ass man."

12 O'Clock means a vertical wheelie, which Baltimore riders perfect in an illegal dance with the police. [12 O'Clock Boys]
'12 O'Clock Boys' is an amazing 2013 documentary film directed by Lotfy Nathan, and is a must-watch. The documentary focuses on urban dirt-bike riders in Baltimore, Maryland and one boy's fascination with the group, dirt bikes, and his desire to join the 12 O'Clock Boys. The boy, Pug, was filmed over a three-year period starting when he was 13. The film also includes interviews with several members of the 12 O'Clock Boys as well as Pug's mother, Coco. The 12 O'Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore -- popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. Their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks.  Watch the trailer on TheVintagent here.

Trouble with police are part of the enterrainment, or at least, part of the action. [12 O'Clock Boys]
Watch '12 O'Clock Boys' FREE on Tubi here.

 


The Vintagent Classics: The Black Six

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvE1uds-_VQ&feature=youtu.be

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

THE BLACK SIX (1974)

Run Time: 1:34:00
Director: Matt Cimber
Writer: Mikel Angel (as George Theakos), Matt Cimber
Cast: Robert Howard, Cindy Daly, Mikel Angel

FILM MAKERS

"See the 6 biggest, baddest and best waste 150 motorcycle dudes!"

The Black Six is a 1974 American blaxploitation and outlaw biker flick written by Mikel Angel and directed by Matt Cimber. The "Black Six" was played by six then-current National Football League stars, and was one of the first all-black biker films.

Filmed on location in Frazier Park, CA. Several of the football players were disappointed with elements in the original script, especially that the black motorcyclists would be killed in the end, despite the fact that they stood for truth, justice and the American way. As a result of their protests, an inconclusive ending was shot.

SUMMARY

"Six Times Tougher Than 'Shaft'! Six Times Rougher Than 'Superfly'!"

An African American veteran of the Vietnam War (played by Gene Washington) returns home to find that his brother (played by Robert Howard) has been killed. The killing was done by a white supremacist motorcycle gang, led by Ben "Thor" Davidson, who objected to the fact that Howard had been dating Thor's sister. Washington and his motorcycle gang, known as the Black Six, vow to avenge his brother's death.

Veterans of the Vietnam War, they have rejected putting themselves into situations where they might be forced to resort to violence. But as six black men riding around the country on motorcycles—not surprisingly—they find themselves in tense situations quite a bit more than most other people.

The Six encounter a number of obstacles, including hostile motorcycle gangs (particularly Thor's), and racist policemen. The movie climaxes with an inconclusive battle royal between the Six and Thor's Caucasian-supremacist biker gang, in which Thor (apparently) blows them and himself up by igniting the gas tank of his own motorcycle. The film concludes with the caption 'Honky, look out...Hassle a brother, and the Black 6 will return!'.

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12 O'Clock Boys

https://vimeo.com/426533140

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

12 O'CLOCK BOYS (2013)

Run Time: 1:16:00
Producer: Mission Films
Director: Lotfy Nathan
Writer: Eric Blair
Key Cast: Coco, Pug, Funmi Sodipo

FILM MAKERS

12 O'Clock Boys is a 2013 documentary film directed by Lotfy Nathan. The documentary focuses on urban dirt-bike riders in Baltimore, Maryland and one boy's fascination with the group, dirt bikes, and his desire to join the 12 O'Clock Boys.

The boy, Pug, was filmed over a three-year period starting when he was 13. The film also includes interviews with several members of the 12 O'Clock Boys as well as Pug's mother, Coco.

SUMMARY

The 12 O'Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore -- popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. Their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks.

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The Vintagent Trailers: One Crazy Ride

https://vimeo.com/426056225

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

ONE CRAZY RIDE (2009)

Run Time: 1:27:00
Producer: Dirt Track Productions
Director: Gaurav Jani
Editor: Kishore Jadhav
KEY Cast: Nicolitta Pereira, Vinod Panicker, Sanjeev Sharma, Gursaurabh Singh Toor, Gaurav Jani

FILM MAKERS

Mumbai-based filmmaker and adventure rider Gaurav Jani passed on May 24th 2020. Famous for his self-made films Riding To The Top Of The World Solo and One Crazy Ride about riding in remote areas of the Himalayas, Jani inspired a generation of adventure riders to self-document their own travels.

SUMMARY

A motorcycle expedition on uncharted roads across the Himalayan state
of Arunachal Pradesh, situated in North-east India. But more than an expedition, it's a film on friendship, camaraderie and the "never say die" attitude of five motorcyclists in the face of unforgiving terrain.

Shot in the same format as "Riding Solo To The Top Of The World" with no back-up vehicle or film crew, in parts of India hardly seen, filmed or explored, the documentary captures the interactions and experiences of the riders who are trying to chart a route, which according to everyone does not exist.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Riding Solo To The Top Of The World

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

RIDING SOLO TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD (2006)

Run Time: 1:34:00
Producer: Dirt Track Productions
Director: Gaurav Jani
Editor: Sankalp Meshram
Key Cast: Gaurav Jani

FILM MAKERS

Mumbai-based filmmaker and adventure rider Gaurav Jani passed on May 24th 2020. Famous for his self-made films Riding To The Top Of The World Solo and One Crazy Ride about riding in remote areas of the Himalayas, Jani inspired a generation of adventure riders to self-document their own travels.

SUMMARY

"A poem about the traveling life. For someone who feels that call to adventure, it's much more. In such a person this film could plant a deeper seed."

Riding Solo... is a film about filmmaker Gaurav Jani's solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world, the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, bordering China. As a one-man film unit, he astonishes you, filming the landscape he passes by and the people he interacts with, capturing moments of beauty, pain, love, hardship, self doubt and spiritual triumphs.

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The Vintagent Selects: A Chat With Stanley

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

A CHAT WITH STANLEY (1990)

Run Time: 59:13
A Film By: Woods  for the BBC
Key Cast: Stanley Woods

FILM MAKERS

Spend an unforgettable hour in the company of the legendary Stanley Woods.

BBC's Nick Harris asked Stanley Woods for a few anecdotes from his racing career. What followed has now become a piece of history itself.

SUMMARY

For an hour Stanley recalled the magic moments from a racing career starting in 1921 on a Harley Davidson and finishing in 1939 on Velocette. In between were ten TT victories; twenty nine Grand Prix wins; great battles with riders like Guthrie, Simpson, Bennett, Dodson, Daniels, Frith, Handley and many incidents recalled with much humour by the greatest storyteller in Motorcycling - Stanley Woods.

Stanley Woods (1903 – 28 July 1993) was an Irish motorcycle racer famous for 29 motorcycle Grand Prix wins in the 1920s and 1930s, winning the Isle of Man TT races ten times in his career, plus wins at Assen and elsewhere. He was also a skilled trials rider, competing in the 1940s.

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The Vintagent Selects: Ducati Imola 750 Riding The Legend

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

DUCATI IMOLA 750 RIDING THE LEGEND (2020)

Run Time: 7:22
Producer: John L. Stein
Director: Seth DeDoes
Cinematographer: Seth DeDoes
Writer: John L. Stein
Key Cast: John L. Stein

FILM MAKERS

John L. Stein is a motorcycle and automotive journalist, editor and racer
Seth DeDoes is a motorsports and location photographer, videographer and editor

SUMMARY

It's the star of our 'Silver Shotgun' exhibit at the Petersen Museum, and the only original-paint, running factory racing Ducati from the famous Imola 200 race in 1972.  “Riding the Legend” puts viewers onboard — at racing speeds — one of the few surviving 1972 Ducati 750 Imola factory racers at Willow Springs International Raceway.
Just seven of these desmodromic V-twins were built for the 1972 Imola 200, known as “the Daytona of Europe," making them among the rarest of racing Ducatis and launching the Italian company as a superbike builder. This example is the featured machine of 'Silver Shotgun', and its owner John L. Stein, along with filmmaker Seth DeDeos, were gracious to share the film of this remarkable machine with The Vintagent.

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Quarantine Cinema 6: The Dystopian Future

You might be feeling we've already arrived at a dystopian present, but take heart!  Things could be worse - much worse - as the films of Quarantine Cinema 6 prove.  We start with the original dystian biker films of the 1970s and 80s: Mad Max, Tron, The Bronx Warriors, and Akira, all magnificent.  We follow up with a contemporary film from our own friend Eric Ristau, which is so present-day it hurts - 'The Last Motorcycle on Earth.'  It's just come out, and oh dear the timing...

1. Mad Max (1979)

"You don't wanna make Max mad!"

The original and best? Hard to say with so many sequels, but there's no arguing with the original Mad Max. [Studio poster]

George Miller's boisterous take on a dystopian future, inspired half by the injuries he witnessed as an emergency room doctor, and half by the effect of the '73 Oil Crisis on Australians. 'Mad Max', (Mel Gibson before his nutso transformation into an anti-Semitic ultra-Catholic) is a brutal highway patrolman cruising the outback, in a world full of particularly harsh criminal gangs.  A motorcycle gang in particular comes in for Max's attention, and the sadistic tension between Max and his charismatic nemesis is a kinetic masterpiece, inspired, believe it or not, by the silent film antics of Buster Keaton!  It helps to keep a sense of humor, well, in all things. Watch the trailer on The Vintagent here.

Amazing feats of filmmaking! We love this shot of the gonzo filming of Mad Max. [Imdb]

Watch 'Mad Max' on YouTube for $3.99.

2. TRON (1982)

The Electronic Gladiator

The original Tron pandered shamelessly to video gamers and arcade kids, but managed to be something more than fluff. [Studio poster]

Ten years after his debut performance in 'The Last Picture Show', the Dude himself (Jeff Bridges) plays a computer/video game hacker and arcade owner, who is digitized and trapped inside a computer game by the evil Master Control.  The gorgeous early '80s vision of the neon-dark world of computers is made so much better by the first iteration of the Light Cycle, the original electro-future motorcycle used in a gladiatorial combat game. Will Bridges' character Flynn outwit Master Control's computer program?  Man fighting the Machine is an old trope, going all the way back to masterworks like Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' and Jean-Luc Godard's 'Alphaville', but 'Tron' is the first to incorporate the specific appearance of computer games, and is a real classic. Watch the trailer on The Vintagent here. 

Lightcycles! At the time, these were the cutting edge of computer-to-film renditions, and they did the trick. [Imdb]

Watch 'Tron' for $2.99 on Youtube here.

 

3. 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)

"City authorities declare the wasteland of the South Bronx a high-risk area."

Rock band or B-movie? You tell us, could be either! A forgotten gem from a rough era in NYC history. [Studio poster]

It's the future - 1990!  Let's face it, only a small stretch of imagination was required for this one in 1982, when NYC was bankrupt, and the Bronx was burning  and half destroyed.  The borough was a ready-made set for a Mad Max-style anarcho-brutalist dystopian film, with The Riders a dominant gang led by a dead ringer for a metal band singer.  The Riders are constantly challenged by cops, clowns, and roller skating hockey players who kill. The film hired a few Hells Angels as riders, and the bikes include a fab selection of late '70s machines...but the sorriest examples. It's a scream!  Watch the trailer on The Vintagent here.

The cast included local riders and Hells Angels, of course. Don't ask us where to get those skull lamps - we want them too! [Imdb]

Watch 'The Bronx Warriors' FREE on Cine Meccanica here.

 

4. Akira (1988)

"The end of the world was only the beginning."

Before the West understood anime, Akira broke new ground in making a popular feature cartoon about a dystopian future. [Studio poster]

OMG, it's 2019!  We had such high expectations for The Future, but sadly, only disease has stepped up to the plate to fulfill our dark dreams of the nasty world we think we deserve.  After all, nobody's making Utopian films: ask your therapist for confirmation. Set in 2019 (last year!), Akira is set in a world of flying cars, and tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident.   Tokyo was destroyed in WW3, and Tetsuo's abilities threaten an entire military complex, setting off chaos and rebellion in Neo-Tokyo.  In the best tradition of anime films, Akira is a classic, and worth adding to your list of faves.  Watch the trailer on The Vintagent here.

Often copied, never bettered, Akira's motorcycle is something special. [Imdb]

Watch 'Akira'  FREE on Tubi.

 

5. The Last Motorcycle On Earth: Episode 1 (2020)

"Could motorcycles be outlawed?"

It's a question we often ask ourselves, and one Eric Ristau and his talented team are exploring. [Eric Ristau]

In a world of Self-Driving cars, motorcycles are outlawed: that premise seems so likely I'm already getting chills. In the very near future, gasoline is $20 per gallon, and self-driving cars are taking over. Silicon Valley and the United States Government have collaborated to push society toward a fully-autonomous transportation system. Motorcycles and riders are an easy first target in the drive to ban human-operated vehicles. Impossible, you say? Not so fast.  Watch the trailer on The Vintagent here.

How the world sees us. Especially our moms. [Eric Ristau]

Watch 'The Last Motorcycle on Earth' for $1.99 on Amazon here. 

 

Bonus Films: Sooooo many sequels - dig in!

Watch Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982) $3.99 on YouTube.

Watch Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) $2.99 on YouTube. 

Watch Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) $3.99 on YouTube.

Watch TRON: Legacy (2010) $2.99 on YouTube. 

Corinna Mantlo is the Editor for Film at The Vintagent. She is also the owner / lead designer at custom seat maker Via Meccanica. She is also the founder of both Cine Meccanica and the Motorcycle Film Festival. She has contributed to several books, including “The Chopper; The Real Story” (Gestalten 2014) by Paul d’Orleans. In her spare time, Corinna travels as a professional daredevil with the American Motor Drome Co. Wall Of Death.

Quarantine Cinema: Part 5

The Bud Ekins & Steve McQueen Edition
Best friends: Bud and Steve were desert riding buddies, and as they got older, collected vintage motorcycles together. [Bud Ekins]
Everybody knows Steve McQueen, but how many know the amazing story of his best riding pal, Bud Ekins?  Bud (along with his brother Dave Ekins) was an incredible dirt racer an ISDT medalist, and taught Steve all he knew about racing motorcycles.  Steve also took up Bud's hobby of collecting motorcycles, although as Bud says in this interview, "It wasn't as much fun after Steve died."  You have to read between the lines on this short interview with Bud from the 1990s, as he's full of stories, but doesn't reveal a lot of the emotion behind his impressive career as a racer, stunt man, and friend of the King of Cool.  Bud was something special, and a unique character.  Watch the short interview with Bud Ekins here.

1: The Great Escape

"Steve could have done it himself."

Steve + motorcycle + WW2 movie = big box office success. [Studio promo]

So said Bob Hoy, a stuntman friend of Ekins: “He did the lead-up to it and rode the bike wherever he was running in that escape, but Bud did the jump. It was a tough jump. You only can do that kind of thing once; you either make it or you don’t make it.”  It was a start of a great friendship: Steve McQueen was a bike nut, and a regular visitor to Bud Ekins' LA shop (remember when motorcycle shops were someplace to hang out?).  When Steve was hired for 'The Great Escape', he asked Bud to join him in Germany as a stunt rider: Ekins remained in Germany more than four months working on the film.  Towards the end of production, McQueen and Ekins came up with the now-famous jump scene where prisoner of war McQueen escapes by motorcycle and attempts an impossible jump over a barbed-wire fence. Ekins acted as stunt double for McQueen, as the risk of injury was high and the studio refused to allow their star to endanger himself.  Ekins thus performed what is perhaps the most famous movie motorcycle stunt ever. That launched Ekins' career as a stunt man,  and he continued doing stunt work until he was in his mid-60s, an incredible career of 30 years. Read more about the amazing Bud Ekins on the AMA Hall of Fame.

While Bud did the big jump, Steve was perfectly capable of making the jump himself. But the studio said no way... the bike is a Triumph TR6 with a Speed Twin front fender. [Studio promo]

Watch 'The Great Escape' for $2.99 on YouTube. 

2: Bullitt

"Bullshit."

Love the period graphics on this 1968 poster. [Studio promo]

In the 1968 crime drama “Bullitt,” Bud Ekins again did stunt work for McQueen when his character, detective Frank Bullitt in his green Mustang, catches up with murderous bad guys driving a black Dodge Charger, and a high-speed chase all over the hills of San Francisco (and Brisbane) ensues. Bud Ekins drove, did motorcycle stunts, and helped lay out the car stunts in the film: “One of the great things Bud did in the picture, he laid a motorcycle down on the blacktop during the chase. It was a hell of a shot. Anything mechanical -- cars, motorcycles -- Bud was a perfectionist doing stunts. He could blueprint an accident and make it look real.”  For more info, read up on Cinemeccanica here.

Steve with the famous Mustang, which recently sold for $3.74M at Mecum Auctions. [Studio promo]

Watch 'Bullitt' for $3.99 on YouTube here.

3: On Any Sunday

"Don't forget to catch the ride!"

Amazingly, Steve McQueen is barely credited in the film, but dirt riding stars Mert Lawill and Malcolm Smith are! [Bruce Brown]

OK, Bud Ekins did not appear in this film, but  one could pose the question: would it have even happened without him?  Bud taught Steve McQueen the tricks of desert racing, and while Mert Lawill and Malcolm Smith are the putative starts of the film (Steve isn't even credited in the this trailer!), it was McQueen's presence that ramped up the sex appeal and boosted the film into new territory.  'On Any Sunday' was an ad for California, for motocross, for flat track, and for motorcycling in general, and the masses followed, making the 1970s the most exciting period for motorcycling in the USA, with the largest rise in ridership that was never to be repeated.  Read more about 'On Any Sunday' here.

Kids on BMX bikes...inspiration for a generation. [Bruce Brown]

Watch 'On Any Sunday for $2.99 on Youtube here. 

4: The Cincinnati Kid

"I don't need marked cards to beat you, pal."

Gambling, wild women, New Orleans, cool card sharks: trendy stuff in the mid-60s. [Getty]

No motorcycles, but plenty of tension: Steve Mcqueen plays a Depression-era card shark in New Orleans, whose ambition is the beat The Man (Edmund G. Robinson), in a swirl of hot women (Anne-Margret!), shady dudes, second line brass bands, cockfights, gambling dens, and a chase scene where Ekins doubles for McQueen. Adapted from Richard Jessup's hard boiled novel, it's a classic bit of period Americana.

...And Tuesday Weld with Anne-Margret make it easy to watch too. [Getty]

Watch 'The Cincinnati Kid' for $2.99 on Youtube. 

5: Beach Blanket Bingo

After 'The Great Escape', it wasn't another macho war film that beckoned for Bud Ekins, it was a slapstick surf comedy that launched his professional Hollywood stunt riding carrier.  The motorcycle gang 'The Ratz' are always lurking on the edges of the fun in the sun, and Bud did the riding and stunts for the gang.  Yes, it's silly, but we can use some of that too.

Bud Ekins stunt doubled for the Ratz cycle club, and their fearless leader Eric von Zipper - on his Honda Dream with crashbars! [Studio promo]

Watch 'Beach Blanket Bingo' for $3.99 on iTunes here.

Corinna Mantlo is the Editor for Film at The Vintagent. She is also the owner / lead designer at custom seat maker Via Meccanica. She is also the founder of both Cine Meccanica and the Motorcycle Film Festival. She has contributed to several books, including “The Chopper; The Real Story” (Gestalten 2014) by Paul d’Orleans. In her spare time, Corinna travels as a professional daredevil with the American Motor Drome Co. Wall Of Death.

The Vintagent Premier: BE

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The Vintagent Premier: A new film shown here for the first time!

BE (2020)

Run Time: 1:09:00
NO BULLSHIT PROD presents BE
A film By: Brice Renoux.

FILM MAKERS

Brice Renoux is  50 years old, from Palavas les Flots -  a popular seaside resort in the South Of France, along the Mediterranean coast.  He's worked 20 years as creative in several famous advertising agencies in Paris.

Brice is the Founder and Creative Director of Voix Publique (Advertising Agency) and of No Bullshit Production (Films) located at Montpellier  in the South of France.

He was born in the Rock and Roll and Psychobilly culture, and is a guitarist and author. He's been riding motorcycles for 14 years.

SUMMARY

This film is a malicious punk’s testimonial.  Brice decided, one day in 2017, without being asked, to gather 'the best of the best' at the Wheels&Waves festival, hunting images and  to offer them as a slightly crazy, blurry project.

Six days in Biarritz were spent in a huge house facing the ocean, with all the necessary gear.  Brice used total improvisation, putting himself in the heart of a event, without a VIP pass or an appointment, to capture all the soul of a phenomenon: Ride Culture.

Without sponsors or patrons, Brice Renoux maintained full independence to provide a curious and inexperienced point of view. At the right distance, with kindness and without falling into cliché, he offers with BE a unique document of this universe of passion. With original music composed and performed live at a screening of BE in the recording studio by Son Of a Gun.

A must see on the big screen.

WATCH THE FILM FOR FREE UNTIL MAY 1ST
Just enter the promo code : befree

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The Vintagent Selects: LOV(ED)

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

LOV(ED) (2018)

Run Time: 27:00
A Film By: Paolo Asuncion
Sound: Frank Pascual

FILM MAKERS

Vargas Films is Paolo Asuncion (director, editor) and Rattler Productions is Luis Baptista, Frank Pascual, and Erik Pascual (producers). They have been making moto-centric films and documentaries for almost 10 years. It started with their fascination with motorcycles and the motorcycle culture and the desire to capture the events around them as sort of a video diary – something to watch and look back at when they got older. In many ways, this is still the case as evidenced by their web series – The Handsome Asians Motorcycle Club – where they feature builds, rides, and individuals in the motorcycle community and their stories about life on two wheels.

On a more personal note, there is one reason that Paolo likes to present these films in public. At the beginning of the films, the audience sees a quick montage of a certain person that fades and becomes a logo that says “Vargas Films.” Paolo’s dad was an actor in the Philippines, and his screen name was “Vic Vargas.” Paolo grew up on movie sets but he never really caught the film bug until after his dad passed away. Getting their films screened in theaters is Paolo’s way of putting his dad’s image and his name up on a big screen again. It’s an homage and a thank you, and a way of making Vic Vargas live forever.

SUMMARY

In some cultures, one truly dies only when one is forgotten. If that's true, then Ed Cavanaugh has achieved immortality.

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Quarantine Cinema: Part 4

The Independents 

This week's films are all made (or restored) by small teams of very independent film enthusiasts who are crazy about motorcycles.  These are the cutting edge of moto-culture in the 21st Century, exploring their unique place in the contemporary world, and common love for two wheels.  These are not grand narratives with Hollywood trappings, but were made or restored as passion projects, and gifts to their motorcycling family.

All of the proceeds of these sales go directly to the filmmakers - except those who have made them available for the duration of the Pandemic!  Many thanks!

1. Greasy Hands Preachers (2014)

“The bikes I produce should be a part of me. This is why I must improve my inner self, to make my bikes better.” - Shinya Kimura

Shinya Kimura features prominently in 'GHP': here he pushes the Spike across the Bonneville Salt Flats. [Greasy Hands Preachers]

Clement Beauvais & Arthur de Kersauson's alt-custom documentary film explores the passion for craft among motorcycle enthusiasts who have found their way to a happy life. Shot in 16mm in California, Utah, Indonesia, Spain, Scotland and France, the team  spent time with mechanics and custom shop founders, trying to understand the difference between manual work and intellectual work.  The film includes interviews with Shinya Kimura, Deus X Machina, Roland Sands, El Solitario, and Blitz Motorcycles, who discuss the unique satisfactions of doing something tangible, including a unique sense of time, the relation between the form and the function, the joy of riding in a beautiful landscape and the community and friendship that motorcycle creates. Watch 'Greasy Hands Preachers' FREE during The Pandemic. 

2. I Fidanzeati Della Morte (Engaged To Death)

"I've had enough of slowing down during races - slowing down and letting others win!"

With the finest racing motorcycles in the world from the 1950s captured on the big screen, you have NO EXCUSE to miss this incredible film! [Rodaggio Films]
A tale of love, rivalry and passion set in the 50s, in the madcap world of motorcycle speed races, shot on the occasion of the main competitions of that time, such as Monza’s Moto GP and the last edition of the legendary Milano-Taranto race. With also very rare footage of the Moto Guzzi wind tunnel and factories. The film features, alongside popular actors Rik Battaglia and Sylva Koscina, many of the most important champions of those years: Geoffrey Duke, Libero Liberati, Bill Lomas, Enrico Lorenzetti, Reg Armstrong, Stanley Woods, Ken Cavanagh, Dickie Dale, Thomas Campbell, Pierre Monneret, Albino Milani, Walter Zeller, Bruno Francisci, all of them riding amazing Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Mondial and Norton bikes with the so charming and dangerous dustbin fairings that were going to be banned in 1958.

Beautiful color, beautiful bikes, beautiful shots. [Rodaggio Films]
“I fidanzati della morte” is a movie shot in the motorcycle racing world by Romolo Marcellini, famous for his Oscar nomineé 1960 documentary “The Great Olympics”. The film has been forgotten for nearly 60 years. After its first release in 1957 it literally vanished without leaving a trace, except from some books and articles reminding of it as the “first great motorcycling movie”. It took the Rodaggio Film two years to recover the reels and to retrace the film rights history. The restoration started on a positive copy coming from the main italian film archive. After some time the precious original negative, once thought lost in a fire, has been found in laboratory in Rome. Unluckily the film material was partially burned, but most of it was in good condition and has been used as the main reference for the restoration process. The film has been first phisically repaired, then digitally scanned, cleaned frame by frame and color corrected. The sound has been digitally restored and improved as well. All the restoration process has been completed in the world famous Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in Bologna.

Gilera Quattro versus Moto Guzzi factory single...amazing footage! [Rodaggio Film]
A movie like no other in its genre, recovered and restored after 60 years from its release thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign with donors from 22 Countries, which bears unique witness to the international motorcycling’s golden age and to an exceptional season of Italian excellence, innovations and challenges in the thrilling world of two wheels. Watch 'I Fidanzeati Della Morte' for $7.99 on Vimeo.

3. Fast & Left

"As soon as they got a motor on a set of bicycle wheels, racing was on!"

'Fast and Left' captures the spirit of flat track racers in the USA. [Evan Senn]
Evan H. Senn is a camera-operator and film editor residing in Wichita, Kansas. His love for flat-track racing inspired this project, following American Flat Track and Hooligan racing and producing spectacular shots of the racers and the action.  Senn dedicates the film to " the riders who keep this wonderful sport alive."  'Fast&Left' is a unique film on a unique sport, and was entirely self-funded. Watch 'Fast & Left' for $3.00 on Vimeo.

4. Dirtbag 

“Can you build a chopper in under a month for under a thousand dollars?

The event that lives up to the hype, the Dirtbag Challenge is rough and ready. [Rattler Productions]
Paolo Asuncion and his team at Rattler Productions (Luis Baptista, Frank Pascual, and Erik Pascual) have been making moto-centric home movies and documentaries 10 years in San Francisco. Their fascination with the local motorcycle culture inspired them to capture local events as sort of a video diary.   Their web-based series 'The Handsome Asians Motorcycle Club' features builds, rides, and individuals in the motorcycle community and  stories about life on two wheels.

If you paid $5 for a used tire, I suppose there's no harm in ruining it in a spectacular display...the chaos of the Dirtbag Challenge. [Rattler Productions]
'Dirtbag' explores the question, 'Can you build a chopper in under a month for under a thousand dollars?' The Dirtbag Challenge is an annual San Francisco motorcycle contest,  and means different things to different people who participate or spectate.  In 'Dirtbag', we meet the builders participating in the Dirtbag Challenge, and witness the talent and passion that goes into the birth of their one of a kind creations. Get an inside look at their motivations, their machines, and the event. Find out what makes these Dirtbags… anything but. Watch 'Dirtbag' FREE during The Pandemic Thanks to the filmmaker!

5. Dirtbag II: The Return Of The Rattler

Come for the bikes, stay for the outrageous musical sequence! 

The Rattler team move in front of the camera: embedded Gonzo journalism? [Rattler Productions]
The sequel to 'Dirtbag' follows four men with no motorcycle-building experience who decide to participate in the Dirtbag Challenge in San Francisco. Contestants in the challenge have one month to build a working and rideable chopper for less than $1000. Contestants must then ride their beast 100 miles without it breaking down. Seems like a simple enough task for seasoned bike builders… But what if one group of contestants had zero experience bike building? What would happen?

Too good to miss, the Rattler team takes to the stage as their alter-ego rock stars. [Rattler Productions]
The movie is a hilarious look into four inexperienced bike builders as they construct their ‘Rattler’, their custom chopper that started as a beat up Yamaha XS650. Watch as the protagonists cuss, laugh, and argue their way through a unique and fresh learning experience. This movie is not necessarily about the Dirtbag Challenge, but the teamwork and creativity that goes into building a bike. Dirtbag II features builds from other contestants in the challenge – a Honda CM400 with modified beer bottles for headlamps, a 750 Monster with a girder front end – and encourages viewers to get out there are start creating, regardless of prior experience. It's a punk rock ethos, with a punk rock soundtrack. Watch 'Dirtbag II' FREE during The Pandemic thanks to the filmmakers!  

Corinna Mantlo is the Editor for Film at The Vintagent. She is also the owner / lead designer at custom seat maker Via Meccanica. She is also the founder of both Cine Meccanica and the Motorcycle Film Festival. She has contributed to several books, including “The Chopper; The Real Story” (Gestalten 2014) by Paul d’Orleans. In her spare time, Corinna travels as a professional daredevil with the American Motor Drome Co. Wall Of Death.

Quarantine Cinema: Part 3

From Europe With Love

Filmmakers from 'other than America' have always had a different take on two wheels.  They simply didn't experience the same vilification of motorcyclists as boogeymen as in the USA post-WW2.  Many words have been written on why bikers (and teenagers) became the bete noir of  American society during the Cold War: suffice it to say our cultural fascination with outlaw culture led to the 'threat' of biker gangs being blown all out of proportion to their numbers.  How could a few hundred 1% club bikers threaten the capitalist behemoth in its heyday?

European filmmakers were thus free to focus on sex, adventure, and crazy dreams on two wheels, which is what most people want from bikes, right? Here are a few classics to keep you entertained for this week's Quarantine Cinema:

1. Girl On A Motorcycle (1968)

The poster says it all: we're a zip-tug away from the grand prize. [Studio promo]
Newly-married Rebecca leaves her husband’s Alsatian bed on the Harley-Davidson given to her by a former lover.   Her early-morning ride (escape) to visit her lover is accompanied by reveries about her conflicting desires; her stable husband versus her passionate motorcyclist lover.  As she nears her destination, Rebecca’s excitement over this sexual reunion becomes an extended motorcycle masturbation, with the vibration of her V-twin bringing her to a frenzy of erotic speed. (See our article ‘The Sex Machine’ here)

Marianne Faithful and Alain Delon, reason enough to watch the film. [Studio promo]
Rebecca’s character is based (visually) on Anke-Eve Goldmann, a real-life German motorcycle rider and competitor, who invented a one-piece leather riding suit for women, which she had made at Harro Leathers.  Anke-Eve bucked societal norms by daring to ride a powerful motorcycle in post-war Germany, and faced considerable condemnation initially, but became famous as a journalist writing for magazines around the world by the 1950s.  She was friends with author André Pieyre de Mandiargues, who wrote his novella ‘The Motorcycle’ with a central character resembling Anke-Eve, who was then married to a German television producer, but had a passionate affair with a dashing Swiss motorcyclist.  Rebecca bears no real resemblance to Anke-Eve, who was confident and strong, although her leather catsuit ‘inspired’ a generation of European men…as did Marianne Faithful’s reverse strip-tease in this film!

The real 'Girl on a Motorcycle', and the clear inspiration for the book 'The Motorcycle' on which the film is based: Anke Eve Goldmann. Read all about her here! [Vintagent Archive]
‘Girl on a Motorcycle’ (called ‘Naked Under Leather’ in Europe…a more exact representation of the film’s intentions) is part of a long tradition of eroticized girl+motorcycle films, beginning in 1928 with ‘Impatience’ (watch it here!), and continuing with such films as ‘Barb Wire’, etc.  The motorcycle as a totem of erotic power, combined with a beautiful woman, is a one-two punch for both filmmaker and audience, and has become an irresistibly enduring subject for films.  Watch 'Girl on a Motorcycle' free on Cine Meccanica!

2. The Leather Boys (1964)

"Follow me, and wait and see!"

Boys, bikes, and boys! And cafe racers, and the Ace Cafe, and Rita Tushingham - it's the real deal, and mostly a very accurate picture of the Ace Cafe scene. [Studio promo]
Gillian Freeman, whose 1961 novel “The Leather Boys” was made into the seminal Rocker/Ace Cafe/Cafe Racer movie of the same name, died in 2019 at age 89. The novel was commissioned by the London publisher Anthony Blond, who reputedly suggested she write a novel depicting ‘Romeo and Romeo in the South London suburbs’.  Freeman wrote the book under the pen name Eliot George, an inversion of 19th Century writer Mary Ann Evan’s nom de plume George Eliot, used to conceal her identity as the female author of the astounding “Middlemarch”, and the equally famous “Silas Marner”. Freeman’s novels were not literature in the same league as George Eliot’s, and “The Leather Boys” is a one-night read, and a pulpy novella that was nevertheless groundbreaking for its frank depiction of a homosexual relationship as spontaneous and free of even the consideration of shame.  Read more about The Leather Boys here.

The Ace Cafe is the perfect setting for this tale of cafe racer pals in London. [Studio promo]

Watch 'The Leather Boys' free on YouTube!

3. La Strada (1954)

“Here he is – Zampano!”

Anthony Quinn as the original Overland camper-biker, in Fellini's classic 'La Strada' [Studio promo]
In poverty-stricken postwar Italy, Federico Fellini depicted what was probably the only example of an adapted, personalised ‘chopper trike’ in his 1954 masterpiece, ‘La Strada’. Anthony Quinn played Zampanò, a proud, irascible rebel and individualist, who earned a living as an itinerant clown/ strongman around Italy. His three-wheeler motorcycle van was built from an Italian Sertum 500cc single-cylinder bike, which Fellini unearthed from a mechanic’s garage. The old mechanic had resuscitated a wreck of a Sertum, and converted to 3 wheels for his everyday transport. Fellini was inspired by its great character and used it in the film, but because Anthony Quinn was such a large man it ‘became’ a Harley, and was passed off as such by Zampanò in the movie, thanks to a larger handlebar and headlight. Zampanò has such affection for his trike, he decides to live in it! The extreme character of the motorcycle represents something of the man’s essence; a nomadic spirit, a wild nature, and an unsociable personality. [from Paul d'Orléans' 'The Chopper: the Real Story' (2015)]

Anthony Quinn and Giulietta Masina and their Moto Guzzi Falcone motor home. [Studio promo]

Rent 'La Strada' for £3.49 on iTunes UK.

4. Eat The Peach (1986)

"Nothing was going to stop them: it was time to Eat the Peach"

A truly undersung film, and it's about a Wall of Death! [Studio promo]

'Eat the Peach' is a 1986 British-Irish comedy film, directed by Peter Ormrod. The title is derived from the T.S.Eliot poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’. The story takes place in an Irish village a few miles from the border with Northern Ireland. When the local Japanese-owned computer factory closes, the principal employer is a mob-rum smuggling operation. One day out-of-work Vinnie (Stephen Brennan), and his brother-in-law Arthur (Eamon Morissey), watch the 1964 Elvis Presley film Roustabout, in the village bar.  Seeing a cyclist in the film ride a Wall of Death, Vinnie is inspired to make his own: he draws up  plans and clears a patch of land near his house.

Can you stand up to the G-forces? One way to check it out... [Studio promo]
Vinnie’s wife Nora (Catherine Byrne) protests and goes back to her mother with their daughter Vicky. It’s a new kitchen she wants, not a Wall of Death. The men however, continue with the work and sinking tree posts into the ground and putting up a huge cylindrical construction. They become energetic and resourceful. Vinnie believes his Wall of Death will be a source of income – that people will buy tickets to stand on a gallery around the top of the rink and watch him and Arthur give their daring performances. Nora returns.

Give it a watch! [Studio promo]
The film is based on the true story of brothers-in-law Connie Kiernan and Michael Donoghue, living in County Longford (Ireland), who built a wall of death in their back garden for fun. The director, Peter Ormrod, happened to see their huge wooden barrel just off the road when he was looking for items for Irish television.

Watch 'Eat the Peach' free on YouTube!

Corinna Mantlo is the Editor for Film at The Vintagent. She is also the owner / lead designer at custom seat maker Via Meccanica. She is also the founder of both Cine Meccanica and the Motorcycle Film Festival. She has contributed to several books, including “The Chopper; The Real Story” (Gestalten 2014) by Paul d’Orleans. In her spare time, Corinna travels as a professional daredevil with the American Motor Drome Co. Wall Of Death.

The Vintagent Selects: The Greasy Hands Preachers

https://vimeo.com/404587233

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

THE GREASY HANDS PREACHERS (2015)

Run Time: 1:27:00
Producer: Arthur de Kersauson
A Film By: Clement Beauvais & Arthur de kersauson
Writer: Clément Beauvais, Arthur de Kersauson
Key Cast: Shinya Kimura, Deus X Machina, Roland Sands, El Solitario, Blitz Motorcycles

FILM MAKERS

WATCH THE FILM FOR FREE DURING THE LOCKDOWN
We wanted to make the film available for free and share it with you during the lockdown. We hope it will inspire and entertain you while waiting for better days.
Stay home., Stay safe and stay home.
Arthur and Clement

SUMMARY

"The bikes I produce should be a part of me. This is why I must improve my inner self, to make my bikes better." - Shinya Kimura

This documentary film explores the revival of manual work through the passion of motorcycle enthusiasts who have found their way to a happy life. Shot in 16mm in California, Utah, Indonesia, Spain, Scotland and France, we have spent time with mechanics and custom shop founders trying to understand the difference between manual work and intellectual work. The unique satisfaction that result from doing something tangible, the sense of time, the relation between the form and the function, the joy of riding in a beautiful landscape and the community and friendship that motorcycle creates.

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The Vintagent Classics: Mini-Skirt Mob

https://youtu.be/443rpBCrluo

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

MINI-SKIRT MOB (1968)

Run Time: 1:22:00
Director: Maury Dexter
Writer: James Gordon White
Key Cast: Jeremy Slate, Diane McBain, Sherry Jackson, Harry Dean Stanton |

FILM MAKERS

Driven by jealousy, the jilted leader of a female motorcycle gang instigates a sadistic reign of terror against her ex-lover and his new bride.

SUMMARY

Shayne, the leader of a Honda-riding biker gang known as the Mini-Skirt Mob, has been jilted by her lover, cowboy star Jeff Logan who has married straight-laced Connie. Shayne enlists the rest of her gang to help her break up the newlyweds and get Jeff back - even if that means killing him in the process. Her revenge escalates until her sister Edie is killed by a Molotov cocktail and Shayne finds herself hanging by one hand over a deadly chasm. Should Connie let go before Jeff returns with the police?

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The Vintagent Classics: Rebel Rousers

https://youtu.be/Z9Dbvtc_-JE

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

REBEL ROUSERS (1970)

Run Time: 1:18:00
Director: Martin B. Cohen
Writer: Martin B. Cohen, Michael Kars, Abe Polsky
Key Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton

FILM MAKERS

Shot in 1967, but shelved and not released until 1970 after Jack’s career took off with easy Rider.

SUMMARY

In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul Collier. Paul and a leader of the bikers, J.J., knew each other years before, so when the gang comes upon the couple and, led by the menacing Bunny, beats up Paul and begins to sexually assault Karen. J.J. tries to intervene: he suggests they hold cycle-riding contests, with the winner claiming Karen (he promises, sotto voce, to set her free if he wins). After the contests commence, Paul crawls away to look for help. He meets with a shrug from a cowardly Sheriff's Deputy; where can he turn?

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The Deluge of ‘60s Biker Flicks: Roger Corman Perfects the Biker Flick

There’s nowhere to go” – Heavenly Blues, ‘The Wild Angels’ (1966)

From Paul d'Orléans' seminal 2015 book 'The Chopper: the Real Story':  While Russ Myer, that worshipper of the mighty mammary, gave us ‘Motor Psycho’ (1965) featuring maniacal mods on mopeds as a follow up to ‘Faster Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill!’, there wasn’t a formula for a feature-length chopper film until Roger Corman solidified the Biker Flick in 1966 with ‘The Wild Angels’.  Corman observed the emergence of the ‘outlaw biker’ as the new front-page threat to civil society, and the ‘problem’ being featured in LIFE magazine, countless newspapers, and Hunter S. Thompson’s book ‘Hell’s Angels’ (1967).

Roger Corman coaching Peter Fonda on the set of 'The Wild Angels' [AIP promotional shot]
Thus, bikers became the perfect subject for Corman, the B-movie titan; “AIP (American International Pictures) wanted a contemporary film. I had seen a picture in Time magazine of a funeral of a member of the Hell’s Angels and been really struck by the graphics of it. The Hell’s Angels were in the news media all the time then. So I wanted to do a picture about the Hell’s Angels. AIP said fine. It was really that fast. As for the cast we used the Hell’s Angels themselves to play the members of the gang. I used professional actors only for the leads. One thing I insisted upon – all the professional actors had to ride the bikes themselves. I wanted to be as authentic as possible.”

Yes, Peter Fonda looks good on a motorcycle, even in full sun in the Mojave desert. [Sorry, forgot who sent this one!]
Peter Fonda’s first motorcycle film opens with him rolling down a street with a modified 1957 Harley Panhead, and nearly running over a little boy escaping his mother on a tricycle…no subtle psychological cues here. During the opening credits with the soundtrack blaring, we don’t need a verbal explanation that he’s a typical biker, a lone rider moving through a landscape, packing only his ideals. With its crude dragon tank graphic (painted by Von Dutch), sky high sissy bar, ape hangers, and fishtail exhaust, Fonda’s ‘Dragon Bike’ was a typical ‘1%er’ bike of that date, using a stock steering geometry for fast street performance. The bike had plenty of style, with sharpened axle nuts poking out two inches from its springer forks, creating the illusion of a modified front end. Fonda oozed attitude on the machine, rakish himself on ‘the Dragon’s’ un-raked forks. Fonda said, “In some ways, the Dragon is even more of a biker’s bike; it’s the granddaddy of all choppers and it cemented my role as the original, in chopper history. The bike was built from the ground up to ride. It handles pretty well, feels comfortable, has good power, and you hardly ever run over lil’ kids on tricycles.” If Marlon Brando was the king of cool, unknowingly launching traditional biker fashion as we know it, Peter Fonda became the king of custom, the poster boy for a new type of badass biker, in chopper style.

Hot on the heels of Fonda's success comes his future co-star in 'Easy Rider', none other than Jack Nicholson, on a modified Harley-Davidson flathead - dig those pipes and pants, man! [AIP promo photo]
‘The Wild Angels’ notably allows Fonda to become the mouthpiece of the entire chopper generation during the film’s most memorable scene, where he takes the podium at a church and delivers a sermon, after being asked ‘What do you want?’ To paraphrase, he answers, ‘We wanna be free! Free to ride our machines! And not be hassled by the man! And we wanna party!’ As a summary of the chopper generation’s ideology, this is hardly the Communist Manifesto, or Mein Kampf, or any number of underground political rant sheets passed around the universities and coffee shops during the late 1960s. It’s a knee-jerk statement, free of analysis or any particular ideology, and probably the most honest possible ‘mission statement’ of post-Beatnik chopper enthusiasts. Yes, riding a chopper meant something in the 1960s, and different things to different riders, but Fonda’s oratory distills that meaning to its essence; this isn’t about politics per se, although some riders were political, and it isn’t merely fashion, as riding a chopper required commitment, and dedication to an ideal of being ‘different’ as well as ‘free’. What riding a chopper was about was as simple, and as threatening to the status quo, as the declaration ‘we want to be free’.

This Week's Quarantine Cinema Picks:

1. The Wild Angels (1966)
“The most terrifying film of your time!”

Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra add star power to what looks like a pretty fun party at this juncture... [AIP promo photo]
The Angels are a San Pedro-based motorcycle gang, roving through the Coachella Valley and creating friction with police and locals, with whom they eventually face a reckoning.  This film made Peter Fonda a star, and was Nancy Sinatra's first film role (on the heels of her hit song 'These Boots Were Made for Walking').  Bruce Dern plays Fonda's best pal, Loser, and his real-world wife Diane Ladd also appears (their daughter is Laura Dern).  An impromptu funeral for Loser at a commandeered chapel is the setting for the film's most famous scene and monologue.  Read more on CineMeccanica.

'The Wild Angels' trailer:

Watch the full film for $3.99 on Vudu.

2. Devil's Angels (1967)
"Get out of their way…if you can!"

Promotional poster for 'The Devil's Angels' [AIP]
Corman's follow-up to his hit film 'The Wild Angels' dives once again into the clash between a biker gang (the Skulls) and police/townspeople.  There's a reference to a notorious case of the Hell's Angels in Monterey, who were accused of gang-raping an underage girl on the beach, which proved to be false, yet provoked a shitstorm of negative press attention.  'Devil's Angels' mirrors that event (and its exploitation by law enforcement), and blows it further out of proportion when the Skulls join up with the 200-strong Stompers MC to wreak havoc on the town as revenge for their leader Cody (John Cassavetes!) in jail, albeit briefly.  Read more on Cinemeccanica.

The 'Devil's Angels' trailer:

Watch the full movie free on Cine Meccanica youtube: 

Or, you can pay $5.99 on Amazon. 

3. Rebel Rousers (1970)
“Their creed: "If it feels good, do it!"

The bikes in 'The Rebel Rousers' were pretty special, and excellent examples of LA custom style in the mid-1960s. [AIP promo photo]
Disclaimer: This one sneaks into this list as it was shot in 1967, but shelved and not released until 1970 after Jack’s career took off with easy Rider. However it plays an important role in the chronological evolution of the biker flick genre and the actors who came up in it.

Rebel Rousers is not the greatest film ever made [well, none of these films are! - ed]. It’s raunchy and silly and features a cast of gringos playing Mexicans sporting accents verging on offensive, but the thing that saves this film and makes it worth a look is the cast. Cameron Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Jack Nicholson, plus Harry Dean Stanton playing a gang member whose wacky getup screams used car salesman on acid.  Read more on Cinemeccanica.

The 'Rebel Rousers' trailer:

Watch the full film for $3.99 on YouTube. 

4. Mini-Skirt Mob (1968)
“They ride hard...no matter what they’re mounted on!”

Mini-skirted Honda CL riders...but killers at heart, proving it doesn't matter what you ride, it's that you ride that makes you a menace to society. Right? [API Promo Photo]
This time it's an all-girl motorcycle gang, in a two-wheeled iteration of Roger Corman's amazing 'Faster Pussycat: Kill! Kill!'  The leader of the gang is wild with jealousy that her ex (Ross Hagan) is on his honeymoon with someone else. The film veers from biker to horror flick as the gang terrorizes the honeymooning couple.  People die!  Read more on Cinemeccanica.

The 'Mini-Skirt Mob' trailer:

Watch the full film for $3.99 on Amazon.

 

Corinna Mantlo is the Editor for Film at The Vintagent. She is also the owner / lead designer at custom seat maker Via Meccanica. She is also the founder of both Cine Meccanica and the Motorcycle Film Festival. She has contributed to several books, including “The Chopper; The Real Story” (Gestalten 2014) by Paul d’Orleans. In her spare time, Corinna travels as a professional daredevil with the American Motor Drome Co. Wall Of Death.


The Vintagent Classics: On Any Sunday

https://vimeo.com/411147199

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

ON ANY SUNDAY (1971)

Run Time: 1:30:00
Producer: Bruce Brown Films
Director: Bruce Brown
Key Cast: Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith, Steve McQueen

FILM MAKERS

Some men hunt the great white shark. Some men join roller derbies, while others go to the moon. Some men like to knit. Some are freefall parachutists. Some spend their lives searching for the perfect woman or the perfect movie or the perfect wave. With the possible exception of knitting, all of these endeavors involve an element of risk, either physical or psychological, to such an extent that the attainment of the end becomes less important than the excitation provided by the pursuit itself.Five years ago Bruce Brown recorded one, round-the-world search for the perfect wave in "The Endless Summer," which was a very beautiful movie to look at (especially from the relative safety of a cloudy smoking section) and—I've now come to think—much less simple-minded than it originally sounded. - The New York Times (1971)

SUMMARY

On the basis of his new film, "On Any Sunday," a feature-length documentary about motorcycles and the men who ride them in apparent pleasurable competition, Brown stands in way of becoming the unofficial poet of the sports world. He not only records and shares with us the often extraordinary physical sensations experienced by the cyclists, but he also manages to suggest, in the absolutely flat language of the nonverbal participants, that the joy of the sport may also be the mask that hides a curse.Like clean-cut, monosyllabic Flying Dutchmen, Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith, the professional cyclists whose exploits Brown follows through the film, lead lives of enchanted circularity: the winning of one event is not as much a goal as the preface to still another competition, and another after that. The monetary rewards are never great and, often enough, the prizes are simply trophies. At the end of one race in which death might not have been too far removed, Brown, as his own narrator, is likely to say with his unerring knack for the anticlimactic comment: "There stands Malcolm with a big grin."Malcolm himself is likely to say: "That was really neat:"It is not as silly as it sounds because the shape of the lives recorded by Brown are almost necessarily anticlimactic; that is, until someone gets hurt or (off-screen) killed.The movie itself is anything but anticlimactic. By putting his cameras on the cycles, Brown achieves audience-participation effects with speed that amount to marvelous delirium. The camera work is fancy, but it's a fanciness for a specific purpose, and "On Any Sunday" is the first film I can remember in months in which I thoroughly enjoyed the slow-motion, the zooms, the helicopter shots, the superimpositions and all those other techniques that are the tired rhetoric of the narrative cinema.There is, I suspect, no other way by which to communicate the sense of the intoxication that is the real goal of the cyclists, and that can only be realized through the intensification of all the perceptions.Brown records just about every kind of cycling competition there is, going from southern California to Spain and back again, catching drivers who insist on racing with broken legs, broken noses, and, in one instance, with a back broken six weeks before in an especially hazardous competition. "What kind of men are these?" Brown asks, and the answer comes not from what anyone says, but from the crazy, sensational motion of the film, which is, I feel, in its own way, a remarkable adventure, as simple and as unique to film as the picturization of movement."On Any Sunday" which opened yesterday at the Murray Hill, was, I understand, financed by Steve McQueen, who also shows up in the film from time to time as the very creditable cyclist he is.

The Cast ON ANY SUNDAY, a documentary directed, written, produced and narrated by Bruce Brown; photographed by Bob Bagley, Don Shoemaker, Bruce Brown, Allan Seymour, Gordon Brettelle, Bob Collins, Dan Wright, Richard Carrillo, Nelson Tyler, Mark Zavad, James Odom and Mark Brelsford; released by Cinema 5. At the Murray Hill Theater, 34th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Running time: 90 minutes. (The Motion Picture Association of America's Production Code and Rating Administration classifies this film: "G — All ages admitted, general audiences.") With: Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith, Steve McQueen and others. - The New York Times (1971)

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Quarantine Cinema: Part 1

Since our relaunch in 2016, The Vintagent has been committed to hosting motorcycle-related films every week.  We produce our own films (Vintagent Originals), host new films (Vintagent Selects) as well as showcasing the best or even most obscure films about bikes (Vintagent Classics).  Our Editor for Film, Corinna Mantlo, founded the original Motorcycle Film Festival in NYC in 2013, and hosted a weekly motorcycle film night in Brooklyn (Cine Meccanica) for a decade.  The Vintagent was a proud sponsor of the Film Festival, and our founder Paul d'Orléans was the Chief Judge of the Festival, being a committed cinephile since his pre-teens.
What better way to pass the time while the world is on lockdown than catching up on all those movies you've missed, or never even heard of?  This is the first of what we hope will be a short run of recommended films to keep your mind on wheels during the necessary curtailment of public activity. We call it Quarantine Cinema.
The Best Biker Movies Set
Eight films from Corinna Mantlo's Choppertown film set. [Amazon]
This biker documentary anthology was curated by Corinna Mantlo for Choppertown.  For a mere $1.99 on Amazon Prime, you'll get 8 fascinating documentaries on everything from the Isle of Man TT, a Bonneville Salt Flats expedition, a women's sidecar racing team, artist Richie Pan, and more. Best of all, a percentage of sales goes direct to the independent filmmakers featured.  Follow this link and check it out.
Catching up with the Classics
Lee Marvin as Chino in 'The Wild One': Marvin was an actual motorcyclist, and based his character in real members of the 13 Rebels and Boozefighter motorcycle clubs of the 1940s. [The Vintagent Archive]
We know a shocking number of you haven't seen the most important motorcycle film of the 20th Century.  'The Wild One' changed the way the whole world looked at motorcyclists, and for the worse! On the other hand, a whole lot of motorcyclists embraced the bad boy image: 'The Wild One' established what Paul d'Orléans calls the Dark Rider trope, with motorcyclists representing everything repressed about 1950s America: freedom from suburban normalcy, distrust for Law and Authority, and an embrace of the impulsive and dangerous.  'The Wild One' was based on two layers of fake news: a posed photo of a drunk on a bike in Hollister in 1947, which became the basis of the story 'Cyclists Raid' in Harpers Magazine, which became the basis for the film.  Watch the full version of 'The Wild One' for $3.99 on YouTube.
Artists Who Paved the Way
The amazing 1928 film 'Impatience' is explicitly an art film, and almost never seen until we brought it back to life on The Vintagent.  ‘Impatience’ (1928) was the first film to eroticize the motorcycle.  Other films of the Silent Era relied on motorcycles for their kinetic energy, but none made an explicit connection between a moving, vibrating motorcycle and a woman’s nude body, a landscape, a woman rider, and even swaying abstract shapes!  ‘Impatience’ is the pioneering film of Charles Dekeukeliere, a Belgian artist, whose work fits into the great artistic movements of the era – Futurism, Dada, and Suprematism.Charles Dekeukeleire sought to create  a pure cinematic experience, without a narrative.  ‘Impatience’ has four characters – the motorcycle, the woman, the mountain, and abstract shapes, with the woman played by Yonnie Selma.  With no story, ‘Impatience’ is visual poetry.  The impact of this rarely-seen film can only be guessed at – did director Jack Cardiff know of it before he directed ‘Girl on a Motorcycle’ in 1968?  The parallels are striking, and some scenes are nearly identical – ‘Impatience’ clearly set the pattern for sexualizing the motorcycle, and relating the machine to a woman’s body, with the possibility of an erotic bond between them.  This one is free, as it's already on The Vintagent.
Keep safe, stay healthy, and enjoy the films!
Corinna Mantlo is the Editor for Film at The Vintagent. She is also the owner / lead designer at custom seat maker Via Meccanica. She is also the founder of both Cine Meccanica and the Motorcycle Film Festival.  She has contributed to several books, including “The Chopper; The Real Story” (Gestalten 2014) by Paul d’Orleans. In her spare time, Corinna travels as a professional daredevil with the American Motor Drome Co. Wall Of Death.

The Vintagent Selects: The Space Between

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMv0ETbbYdk

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

The Space Between (2019)

Run Time: 56:03:00
Producer: Religion of Sports & Dirty Robber Productions
Director: Mark Rinehart
Key Cast: James Hiller, Dominic Herbertson

FILM MAKERS

From executive producers Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra, the streaming launch of Religion of Sports shows you an inside look at one of the most dangerous motorcycle races in the world, the Isle of Man TT.

SUMMARY

Every year, thousands put their lives on the line to compete in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, in the hopes of earning the top spot. They reflect on what draws them to this race and why, despite the many deaths that have occurred at the hands of the race, why they continue to enter the race. This is Religion of Sports: It is the moment of truth. It is revelation. Believe.

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The Vintagent Classics: La Strada

https://vimeo.com/397837270

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

La Strada (The Road) (1954)

Run Time: 1:48:00
Director: Federico Fellini
Writer: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano
Key Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart

FILM MAKERS

Fellini called La Strada "a complete catalogue of my entire mythological world, a dangerous representation of my identity that was undertaken with no precedent whatsoever." As a result, the film demanded more time and effort than any of his other works, before or since. The development process was long and tortuous; there were various problems during production, including insecure financial backing, problematic casting, and numerous delays. Finally, just before the production completed shooting, Fellini suffered a nervous breakdown that required medical treatment so he could complete principal photography. Initial critical reaction was harsh, and the film's screening at the Venice Film Festival was the occasion of a bitter controversy that escalated into a public brawl between Fellini's supporters and detractors.

La Strada is now considered one of the most influential films ever made.

SUMMARY

There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. - Criterion

A note for Vintagent readers: Zampano & Gelsomina travel the Italian countryside in a Vardo built out of a 1945 Sertum 500 Motocarro.

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Watch the film for free in Italian on Youtube

Buy the DVD collector edition: Criterion Collection



The Vintagent Selects: Marty Dickerson 1926-2020

https://vimeo.com/394639969

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

Marty Dickerson: 1926-2020 (2020)

Run Time: 3:56
Producers: Gerry Jenkinson and James Salter
Director: David Lancaster

Camera: Steve Read
Soundtrack: SquirkyMusic
Key Cast: Marty Dickerson and Philip Vincent-Day 

FILM MAKERS

SpeedisExpensive is the story Philip Vincent - a man who sacrificed nearly everything to build the world’s most famous motorcycle. Filmed in Europe, the UK, Australia and America it features interviews with Vincent racers, plus friends, family and colleagues of both Philip Vincent and Phil Irving. The crew were lucky to film three interviews with Marty: at Bonneville, at El Mirage – shown here – and just last month at Jay Leno’s garage. SpeedisExpensive is due for release this year.

SUMMARY

"Son, Speed is expensive."

Marty Dickerson left us on February 19. From his trips to the Southern States in the late 1940s burning off all-comers on a newly-minted Vincent HRD, to his record setting at Bonneville, he was an ambassador for Vincents all his life - and a great friend to Vincent owners across the globe. 

An inductee to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, his best official speed on a Vincent was 177mph; unofficially it was over 190mph. In 2008 - at the age of 80 - he returned to the Salt on a borrowed Vincent and set a Vintage gas class record of 150.3013mph. In this short tribute Marty is re-united with his famous Blue Bike and talks about his dealings with Philip Vincent to grandson Philip Vincent-Day. RIP fast gentleman.

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The Vintagent Classics: Orphée

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Orphée (Orpheus) (1950) 

Run Time: 1:35:00
Director: Jean Cocteau
Writer: Jean Cocteau
Key Cast: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares

FILM MAKERS

In 1949 Jean Cocteau adapted the Greek myth of Orpheus to the cinema, in a contemporary setting of post-war Europe. His use of motorcycles in this dark, evocative tale set the pattern of associating Death with Motorcycles in film forever after, and established the Dark Rider phenomenon in the popular imagination.  In short, Cocteau was the first to associate motorcycles with menace in the arts: previously, they had merely been interesting kinetic props, but Cocteau, already famous as a Surrealist poet and playwright/set designer before WW2 in France, was first to see something very different and dark on two wheels.

SUMMARY

In Cocteau’s film version of the myth, Orpheus is a poet whose fame is great, but who lacks respect from the new, young, existentialist/beatnik poets who hang out at the Café des Poétes.  While visiting the café, Orpheus is disrespected by the very drunk but very hot new poet Cegeste, who is shortly killed by a dark pair of motorcyclists roaring past.  A rich woman in a Rolls Royce (the Princess), who escorted Cegeste to the cafe, orders Orpheus to help carry the body of the young poet in her car.  She reveals to Orpheus that she is Death, and the lethal motorcyclists are her henchmen.  Orpheus and Death fall in love, and Death sends Cegeste’s poetry through the radio in her Rolls to Orpheus, who becomes obsessed with this poetry and with Death herself, and ignores his beautiful wife Eurydice.

- Paul d'Orleans

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The Vintagent Classics: Devil's Angels

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DEVIL'S ANGELS (1967)

Run Time: 1:24:00
Director: Daniel Haller
Writer: Charles B. Griffith
Key Cast: John Cassavetes, Beverly Adams, Mimsy Farmer |

FILM MAKERS

“Riot is their reason for living. Lust is the law they live by”

Daniel Haller was born in Glendale, California, and received his art training at the renowned Chouinard Institute. By chance, he happened to meet New World Pictures head Roger Corman in the mid-1950s when Corman was still an unknown, independent producer-director-jack-of-all-trades. Corman persuaded Haller to become an art director, a relationship that continued through some 30 Corman films.

SUMMARY

“They’re adult delinquents…They steal things…They smell bad Charlie!

An exiled band of Hell's Angels strike a bargain with the Sheriff of a local town, let them stay and the town is safe. But a local girl strays into their lair and sparks off a full scale Angel war.

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The Vintagent Selects: Riding The Wall Of Death

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RIDING THE WALL OF DEATH (2016)

Run Time: 2:36
A Film By: Great Big Story
Cast: Kerri Cameron, Fox Family Wall Of Death

FILM MAKERS

Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in.

SUMMARY

Kerri Cameron is a motorcycle stuntwoman from the United Kingdom who rides on Luke Fox's original "Wall of Death." What is the Wall of Death? It’s a nearly vertical, circle-shaped track that most riders would consider insane. Before she was a Wall of Death rider, Cameron rode horses for a living. Today, she performs dangerous stunts with grace and keeps an adrenalin-pumping tradition alive.

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The Vintagent Selects: Meet The Most Infamous Dirt Bike Rider In NYC

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Meet The Most Infamous Dirt Bike Rider In NYC (2020)

Run Time: 16:07
A Film By: Vice
Cast: Leeky Da Bikestar

FILM MAKERS

The Definitive Guide To Enlightening Information. From every corner of the planet, our immersive, caustic, ground-breaking and often bizarre stories have changed the way people think about culture, crime, art, parties, fashion, protest, the internet and other subjects that don't even have names yet. Browse the growing library and discover corners of the world you never knew existed. Welcome to VICE.

SUMMARY

"I see it being a sport. I see it being legal in the future. Them giving us a park where we can ride and not run from the cops all day."

VICE travels to Queens to meet Leeky Da Bikestar, one of the most infamous figures in New York City’s bike life movement to find out how a kid from the south side of Queens is leading a country wide movement to create a sport from nothing and legitimize the use of illegal dirtbikes and atvs on city streets. - Vice

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The Vintagent Trailers: Ride Free Or Die

https://vimeo.com/499708903

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RIDE FREE OR DIE (2019)

Run Time: 1:15:00
Director: Randall Wilson
Key Cast: Hessian Spike, David (Double D) Devereaux, Little Dave

FILM MAKERS

Randall Wilson has directed several documentaries delving into the world of the outlaw biker, including Sin City Deciples (2019), Choir Boys MC (2010), Wheels Of Soul (2006), Hessians MC (2005), American Biker (2005), and Glory Road: The Legacy of the African-American Motorcyclist (2005).

SUMMARY

Ride Free Or Die is an insider's look into the political world of motorcycle clubs. The clubs are fighting for their constitutional rights against what they perceive as law enforcement profiling and harassment. The documentary features Mongols MC, Outsiders MC, Devils Diciples MC, Sin City Deciples, and clubs from all over America.

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The Vintagent Selects: Wot No bike

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Paul Simonon: Wot No Bike (2015)

Run Time: 8:04
Producer: Nowness
A Film By: Baillie Walsh
Cast: Paul Simonen

FILM MAKERS

British filmmaker Baillie Walsh announced himself to the world as maestro of the music video. His prolific credits include the video for Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy”—famously filmed in one take in downtown LA—and the poolside promo for Kylie Minogue’s “Slow,” which won the CAD Award for Best Pop Video. Since then, he has directed his dramatic feature-film debut, 2008’s Flashbacks of a Fool, starring Daniel Craig and Felicity Jones, and has filmed the likes of Anne Hathaway for Lancome and a 3D portrait of Kate Moss. Walsh has helmed two music documentaries: a concert tour diary for Oasis, Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, and a crowd-sourced fan documentary on The Boss, titled Springsteen & I.

SUMMARY

Captured by Baillie Walsh, The Clash’s bassist, Paul Simonon meditates on painting and a two-wheeled obsession as his ICA show “Wot No Bike” gets underway. - Nowness

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The Vintagent Trailers: Sin City Deciples

https://vimeo.com/499714688

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SIN CITY DECIPLES (2019)

Run Time: 43:00
Director: Randall Wilson
Key Cast: Road King Annie, Queen Bee, Blondie

FILM MAKERS

Randall Wilson has directed several documentaries delving into the world of the outlaw biker, including Ride Free Or Die (2019), Choir Boys MC (2010), Wheels Of Soul (2006), Hessians MC (2005), American Biker (2005), and produced Glory Road: The Legacy of the African-American Motorcyclist (2005).

SUMMARY

A raw and candid look into the history of the club and the lives of the men who’ve created their own society, their own culture, and their own history.

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The Vintagent Classics: The Italian Machine

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The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

THE ITALIAN MACHINE (1976)

Run Time: 23:37
Writer & Director: David Cronenberg
Key Cast: Gary McKeehan, Frank Moore, Hardee T. Lineham

FILM MAKERS

“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos,” - David Cronenberg

Canadian filmmaker, writer, and actor. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infection, technology and the intertwining of the psychological with the physical.

SUMMARY

This TV play, written and directed by David Cronenberg for the Canadian series Teleplay, whose goal was to uncover new Canadian talents through independent stories and without common links, explores one of his enduring themes: obsessive relationships with technology. A group of bike fanatics determined to get their hands on a Ducati 900 Desmo SuperSport owned by a rich guy, by any means necessary.

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The Vintagent Selects: Energica Build

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ENERGICA BUILD (2019)

Run Time: 8:36
Producer: Lucy Selwood
Director: Gareth Maxwell Roberts
Editor: David Hartley
Key Cast: Auke Possel, Calum Pryce-Tidd, Giampiero Testoni

FILM MAKERS

‘Oil in the Blood’ is a documentary feature film on the contemporary custom motorcycle culture. The film is directed by life-long biker Gareth Maxwell Roberts and produced by Lucy Selwood.

SUMMARY

A short film documenting the build of the custom electric motorcycle to celebrate the launch of the documentary feature film 'Oil In The Blood'.

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The Vintagent Selects: GH Rasta

https://vimeo.com/371161210

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GH RASTA (2019)

Run Time: 4:44
Director: Sam Gold
DP: Sam Gold
Producer: Kelsey Tyler
Local Producer: Dominic Esseh Tetteh
Editing: Madison Velding Van Dam & Richard Swanson

FILM MAKERS

Sam Gold is a photographer and filmmaker from Detroit. She now lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

SUMMARY

GH RASTA follows a garage of Ghanaian stunt bikers on the outskirts of Accra. The bikers are salesman during the day, buying and selling used motorbikes in Carprise, one of the largest bike markets in West Africa. However, their real passion is motocross stunt riding. As Ghana currently has no bike arena, they illegally take to the streets as their train- ing grounds. The majority of the stunt riders are Muslim, which works to their advantage
as majority of Ghana’s police force is Christian and therefore do not work on Sundays. The lack of law enforcement enables the bikers to orchestrate a big show on a quiet street in Jamestown, without permits, to massive crowds every Sunday.

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The Vintagent Classics: Scorpio Rising

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SCORPIO RISING (1963)

Run Time: 28:20
Director: Kenneth Anger
Writer: Ernest D. Glucksman
Key Cast: Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi

FILM MAKERS

Unless you’re a serious film buff, you probably haven’t seen the work of Kenneth Anger, whose short films have profoundly impacted cinema, advertising, and pop culture. Since 1947, when he was 17, he has been experimenting with difficult and obscure subject matter, using his own milieu as his inspiration, and his cast.- Paul d'Orleans

SUMMARY

Scorpio Rising was completed in 1963, and its central character, Scorpio (Bruce Byron), is symbolic of the mythos of post-Wild One American Bikers. It’s hardly flattering, as he projects a homoerotic, sadomasochistic aura, snorting methamphetamines from a salt shaker, humiliating a man at a party, and defiling a church. Through jump shots to clips of other films (including The Wild One and a very bad black and white Jesus biopic), comic strips, and nazi imagery, Scorpio is alternately compared to Jesus, Hitler, and the Devil. Pop culture icons like James Dean and Lucky Strike cigarettes wallpaper the scenery. - Paul d'Orleans

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The Vintagent Selects: Fast Eddie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FccXX-gA8jY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3Wh-nOwwKr_Km_ztTJhZAMAb0bgfUe_Y1jXka1faVtJGhmt2VQEuZk-kw

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FAST EDDIE (2019)

Run Time: 9:01
Presented by: HeyDay Union
A Film By: Brenna Eckerson & Kyle Pahlow
Producer & Direcor:  Brenna Eckerson
Director Of Photography: Kyle Pahlow
Editor: Bryan Roberts
Key Cast: Ed Fisher

FILM MAKERS

Brenna Eckerson: A director/producer whose double helix consists of production experience and development know-how. With a foundation in nonfiction television, she's developed IP for brands, agencies and emerging digital networks and taken them to market. Brenna hails from North Carolina, is a lover of Dubble Bubble gum, American made denim, her dog (@cinnamonontheside) and the work of Brene Brown. She currently calls California home.

Kyle Pahlow: Life is about embracing constant change and striving to never stop growing. As it applies to my work, it’s important to appreciate the moments of beauty and success no matter how large or small.

SUMMARY

At the age of 94, WWII veteran and AMA Hall of Famer Ed Fisher still rides everyday, and even continues to race as an amateur. Ed has always had a throttle in hand, since he was 16 years old. He began his racing career as a factory rider for Indian Motorcycles, before representing Triumph as one of their first East Coast riders in 1952. Ed became one of the leading national road racers throughout the 1950s, his most notable win was the 1953 Laconia 100-mile National Championship. To this day it remains the closest race in the history of the event, Ed’s victory wasn’t determined until months later as the top four riders all finished within just three seconds of each other. The lore of his style and speed, in various racing disciplines, has without a doubt minted his status as a living racing legend. He’s seen as a hero to many, because of how he lives with an unwavering virtue that can be seen each time he throws his leg over a motorcycle. Ed continues to eat, sleep and breathe motorcycles in the rural hills of Sullivan County, Pa.

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The Vintagent Selects: Crown Land

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CROWN LAND (2019)

Run Time: 5:55
Director: The Fellas
Editor: Angela Young
Cast: Ryan Gilues, Viktor Radics, Justice Firdawsi, Kyle Topping

FILM MAKERS

Viktor Radics and Kyle Topping, collectively known as The Fellas are a director duo based in Toronto Canada. With common passions for creative film-making, photography, motorcycling & story telling, they formed “The Fellas” to blend their two worlds together.

SUMMARY

A short independent film about friendship, adventure and motorcycling.

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The Vintagent Selects: Revisiting Montlhéry - with John Surtees

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Revisiting Montlhéry - with John Surtees (2019)

Run Time: 2:32
Producer: Gerry Jenkinson, James Salter
Director: David Lancaster
Key Cast: John Surtees

FILM MAKERS

David Lancaster: A former director on BBC’s Top Gear, and one-time motoring editor of The Times (London), David took his first journey on a Vincent aged seven – on the back of his father’s Black Prince to the Lion Rally in Belgium. A year later, the pair rode from west London to the FIM Rally in Austria.

David, with co-producer Gerry Jenkinson, began work on SpeedisExpensive four years ago. Since then, they have tracked down the remaining 16 men and women who built the bikes at the Stevenage factory, have overseen the restoration of the Vincent family’s 16 mm film archive and interviewed Jay Leno, John Surtees, record-setter Mary Dickerson and filmed the Jack Ehret Black Lightning, back on its record-setting road.

David owns and rides the same 1947 Series B Rapide his father owned during the 1950s. His brother owns their father’s Black Prince.

SUMMARY

On a hot day in May 1952, multi-world champion John Surtees helped the Vincent factory set eight world endurance records at the banked Montlhéry circuit near Paris. In his last major interview, Surtees talks to us about the perils of riding on the banking at 130mph - with period film of the event from the camera of Philip Vincent himself.

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The Vintagent Selects: Black Lightning or Grey Flash? An owner chooses

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Black Lightning or Grey Flash? An owner chooses (2019)

Run Time: 2:03
Director: David Lancaster
Produced by: Gerry Jenkinson, James Salter
Filmed by: Steve Read
Executive Producers: JP Davidson and Peter Bender
Key cast: Nicolas Dourassoff

FILM MAKERS

David Lancaster: A former director on BBC’s Top Gear, and one-time motoring editor of The Times (London), David took his first journey on a Vincent aged seven – on the back of his father’s Black Prince to the Lion Rally in Belgium. A year later, the pair rode from west London to the FIM Rally in Austria.

David, with co-producer Gerry Jenkinson, began work on SpeedisExpensive four years ago. Since then, they have tracked down the remaining 16 men and women who built the bikes at the Stevenage factory, have overseen the restoration of the Vincent family’s 16 mm film archive and interviewed Jay Leno, John Surtees, record-setter Mary Dickerson and filmed the Jack Ehret Black Lightning, back on its record-setting road.

David owns and rides the same 1947 Series B Rapide his father owned during the 1950s. His brother owns their father’s Black Prince.

SUMMARY

Here’s a question: what’s rarer than a Vincent 1000cc Black Lightning? Answer: the factory’s racing 500cc Grey Flash.

It’s the model a young Vincent apprentice called John Surtees scored his first victories on - a light, fast, beautiful motorcycle whose early promise was cut short.

In the latest preview of the forthcoming documentary SpeedisExpensive, the production crew meet a guy who’s had both a Lightning and Flash in his garage. So, which is his favourite?

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The Vintagent Selects: The Barn Job: The Fastest Bike In America

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The Barn Job: The Fastest Bike In America (2019)

Run Time: 2:21
Director: David Lancaster
Produced by: Gerry Jenkinson, David Lancaster and James Salter
Filmed by: Steve Read, Robbie Douglas and Gerry Jenkinson
Associate Producers: Philip Vincent-Day and Mike Nicks
Executive Producers: JP Davidson and Peter Bender
Key cast: Jim Leineweber

FILM MAKERS

David Lancaster: A former director on BBC’s Top Gear, and one-time motoring editor of The Times (London), David took his first journey on a Vincent aged seven - on the back of his father’s Black Prince to the Lion Rally in Belgium. A year later, the pair rode from west London to the FIM Rally in Austria.

David, with co-producer Gerry Jenkinson, began work on SpeedisExpensive four years ago. Since then, they have tracked down the remaining 16 men and women who built the bikes at the Stevenage factory, have overseen the restoration of the Vincent family’s 16 mm film archive and interviewed Jay Leno, John Surtees, record-setter Mary Dickerson and filmed the Jack Ehret Black Lightning, back on its record-setting road.

David owns and rides the same 1947 Series B Rapide his father owned during the 1950s. His brother owns their father’s Black Prince.
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SUMMARY

The Barn Job is a legend in US drag racing and the subject of the second preview of the forthcoming documentary, SpeedisExpensive: The Untold Story of the Vincent Motorcycle.

Based around a late 1940s Rapide engine, the Barn Job was developed by owner Clem Johnson to become a blistering missile which out-gunned the fastest Harley and Japanese-based dragsters 40 years after the engine left the Stevenage factory.

It was the first bike in Stateside drag racing to hit 140, 150 mph and beyond and after Clem retired from riding, Jim Leineweber took over. Jim and the bike retired in 1987: its best ever quarter mile run was 8.40 seconds, its highest top speed 187mph. The bike is now owned by historian John Stein (check out his excellent book Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History).

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The Vintagent Selects: The Distinguished Gentleman

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THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (2019)

Run Time: 16:45
Producer: johnnypuetz Production LLC
A Film By: Jean Pierre Kathoefer & Kirsten Midura
Editor: Tom Ragan
Sound Mixer: Anna Khromova
Key Cast: Vincent Nicolai

FILM MAKERS

Jean Pierre “JP” Kathoefer and Kirsten Midura became friends through the NYC motorcycling community. JP is a motorcycle filmmaker from Germany who now lives in New York; Kirsten, a Portland, OR native, is a natural producer and a motorcycle event coordinator. In 2019, the two teamed up to create their debut film, The Distinguished Gentleman. This film helped to launch johnnypuetz Production LLC, and it will provide a platform for future projects that are already in the works.

SUMMARY

In February 2019, Vincent Nicolai - a beloved motorcycle charity fundraiser - nearly lost his life in a garage explosion. In response, the motorcycle community came together to raise over $77,000 to help Vincent and his family in their time of need. This is Vincent's story.

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The Vintagent Selects: SpeedisExpensive

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

SpeedisExpensive: The Untold Story of the Vincent Motorcycle (2020) 

Run Time: 1:53
Film by: David Lancaster (Director)
Produced by: Gerry Jenkinson, David Lancaster and James Salter
Filmed by: Steve Read, Robbie Douglas and Gerry Jenkinson
Associate Producers: Philip Vincent-Day and Mike Nicks
Executive Producers: JP Davidson and Peter Bender
Key cast: Philip Vincent-Day, Dee Vincent-Day, Jay Leno, John Surtees, Paul Simonon,
friends, family and co-workers of Philip Vincent and Phil Irving
Music: Vaughn Williams and John Fairhurst

FILM

SpeedisExpensive is the story of a man who sacrificed nearly everything to build the world’s most famous motorcycle - a machine Hunter S Thompson called ‘Pure hell on a straightaway.’ The 1000cc Vincent took on the world - and often won – gaining more speed records than any other manufacturer during its post-war production run. Yet at the age of just 47 in 1955 Philip Vincent had to watch his company crash out of the motorcycle market. His family fortune was exhausted in the pursuit of his dreams and his career never recovered. He passed away in West London in 1979 never to see another of his designs go in to production.

SUMMARY

SpeedisExpensive will bring this amazing story to the screen through the eyes of the
grandson Vincent never met - 26-year old Philip Vincent-Day. In his family’s storage, young Philip unearthed a treasure trove of 16 mm films showing his grandfather’s glamorous life of speed and international travel from the 1930s to the 1950s. To learn more about his grandfather, he talks to the racers who set records on the bikes, Vincent riders such as Jay Leno and the men and women who built them at the factory. Friends, family and his grandfather’s biographer help him discover whether Philip Vincent was, in the words of one who knew him, ‘an upper-class charlatan’ or ‘an engineering genius’ who re-wrote the rules of motorcycling.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Blenio, Utah

https://vimeo.com/412996185

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BLENIO, UTAH (2019)

Run Time: 57:00:00
Producer: Michael Beltrami
Director: Alberto Bernad, Patrick Botticchio
Key Cast: Tiziano Vescovi, Ralph Rucksthul, Hysni Jupa

FILM MAKERS

Alberto Bernad Vidal and Patrick Botticchio are both founders of Primitive Films, a professional audiovisual company.

SUMMARY

History repeats itself every summer since 100 years ago in the American state of Utah: the salt lake of Bonneville awaits patiently the burning wheels of motorcycles and cars ready for speed world records. But the 2017 edition was special, because among the hundreds of pilots present there was also a young butcher from Olivone (a switzerland's small town with a population of 800 people), Tiziano Vescovi, who on his motorbike made in Ticino and with the support of the Blenio Valley team, he launched himself to try to conquer the coveted title: will he have done it?

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The Vintagent Selects: Dyno Tune Drop Out

https://vimeo.com/358456136

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Dyno Tune Drop Out (2019)

Run Time: 12:36
A Film By: Laurent Nivalle
With the help of: Deus Ex Machina, Hedon, Chatokhine Workshop
Key Cast: Richard Vincent
Music: Z Sessions (written by Zoe David)

FILM MAKERS

Laurent Nivalle is a Creative director, photographer and movie director
working full-time at DS Automobiles design department. Based in Paris 15, France.

SUMMARY

Old passions are the strongest ...

Around Santa Barbara in the 60s, Richard Vincent stockpiles the motorcycle races.
He runs, he wins, his fearsome Velocette, developed by himself. But sometimes, life goes sideways. It hurts the most vigorous and delicate passions, the taste of sport, the desire to live. We hang up the gloves, the helmet, it seems that time will bury everything.
Yet, there are rebounds and rebirths. Richard, Frank and Zoé. They're in Val-de-Loire, he's in California, they're young, he's 70. They put on the Wheels and Waves, a resurgence point where the custom spirit bubbles, open helmets and old leather.
In their French workshop, Frank and Zoé made a kind of art restoration, radical and moderate. There, the mechanics revive without losing what is priceless: the patina, the marks of age. Under their fingers, Richard's old Velocette, rusty, dusty, becalmed for decades, recovers its raison d'être. She rediscovers the pleasure of living and roaring, she gives again the pleasure of running. This film tells of a meeting. The rebirth of a motorcycle is only the pretext. How the old metal transmits electricity of passion from one generation to another. Action!

Robert Puyal

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The Vintagent Classics: 1990 The Bronx Warriors

https://youtu.be/HHuDa3le0-g

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1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS (1982)

Run Time: 1:32:00
Producer: Fabrizio De Angelis
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Editor: Dardano Sacchetti, Enzo G. Castellari
Key Cast: Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow, and members of the Hells Angels

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Co-written and directed by Enzo G. Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards), this action-packed post-apocalyptic cult classic is a delirious mix of elements from The Warriors and Escape From New York. The idea for the film was first envisioned by producer Fabrizio De Angelis when he missed a subway stop for his Manhattan hotel and ended up in dangerous neighborhood in the Bronx. De Angelis imagined the idea of a futuristic city where young hoods would fight for their home.

One of three science fiction films Enzo G Castellari made with producer Fabrizio De Angelis. These films take influence from Mad Max 2 (1981), The Warriors (1979), and Escape From New York (1981). When discussing 1990: The Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians and Escape from the Bronx, Castellari stated the three films were written prepared and filmed in six months.

Italian regulations required that 50% of a film had to be shot in Italy. To solve this situation, the film was shot on location in the Bronx with interiors shot in Rome.

SUMMARY

In the year 1990 the Bronx is officially declared No Man's Land. The authorities give up all attempts to restore law and order. From then on the area is ruled by The Riders.

When a beautiful young woman runs away from Manhattan into this wasteland of motorcycle gangs and marauding warriors, her corrupt father sends a ruthless mercenary to bring her back at all costs. But gang leader Trash has other plans, uniting the rival outlaws to wage an all-out guerilla war against their corporate oppressors.

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The Vintagent Classics: Akira

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AKIRA (1988)

Run Time: 2:04:00
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Writer: Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Izô Hashimoto
Key Cast: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama

FILM MAKERS

Signal Traced to Tokyo!

Akira (Japanese: アキラ Hepburn: Akira) is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film based on Otomo's 1982 manga of the same name. The film had a production budget of ¥1.1 billion ($9 million), making it the most expensive anime film of its time.

SUMMARY

The end of the world was only the beginning.

Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo (31 years after being destroyed during World War 3). While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the manga, the plot differs considerably and does not include much of the last half of the manga. The soundtrack, which draws heavily from traditional Indonesian gamelan as well as Japanese noh music, was composed by Shōji Yamashiro and performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Wayne

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Wayne (2018)

Run Time: 1:38:00
Producer: Fraser Brown, Matthew Metcalfe
Director: Jeremy Sims
Executive Producers: Simon Williams
Key Cast: Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz

FILM

From Wollongong to Monte Carlo to Phillip Island, Wayne Gardner - The Wollongong Whiz - conquered the world of motorcycle racing and came home a hero.

SUMMARY

From the producers of McLaren comes Wayne, telling the exhilarating story of 1987 World Motorcycle Grand Prix Champion Wayne Gardner's triumphant, improbable journey from a 5-dollar dirt bike to the international summit of his sport.

Wayne Premieres 9/6/19

Vintagent Readers can Pre-Order it on iTunes Now.

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The Vintagent Selects: Routeless 395

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ROUTLESS 395 (2019)

Run Time: 9:36
A Film By: Ian Beaudoux

FILM MAKERS

Ever since 2014, Heath Pinter (X Games athlete and professional car/motorcycle builder) and Ian Beaudoux (filmmaker) have been documenting their travels together, creating a film project called ROUTELESS.

SUMMARY

Go left instead of right … always the long route.  For years Pinter and Beaudoux have been riding motorcycles, vintage roadsters, drag racing, meeting up with friends and doing cool shit, always with a destination but taking the road less traveled. As they see it, the idea is very basic, “grab your buddy, ride your motorcycle and check shit out — it’s what people should do, and we’re just doing what we wanna do.”  And what they want to do now is revisit the route that ties all of their history together: a well-known Highway 395.

To Ian and Heath, this project is a slightly different take on their past journeys. Instead of aiming toward an event or people to interview, this was an opportunity to revisit the road that links it all together for them, connecting Southern California to their roots in South Lake Tahoe, where they met snowboarding at the age of 18. Over the years, Ian and Heath have probably traveled Highway 395 more than a hundred times going from sea level to 10,000 feet, connecting the dots of the past to the present. Highway 395 is the lifeline to how it all began for these two, and for six days, I followed them riding up the backroads, revisiting a road that has a rich history for California, combining two of their favorite passions: motorcycles and snowboarding in the Sierra Nevadas.

As with most of their trips, this one begins in the garage. Two freshly built dual-sport Harley-Davidsons with side-mounted snowboards — one 2010 scrambler built out by the talented Aki Sakomoto from Hog Killers, and one 2003 street tracker customized by Heath, both rigged with snowboard racks built and designed by Heath — rolling out for their first rides from Long Beach to Mammoth Mountain via the most off-the-beaten-track dirt roads as possible and filming along the way. - Heidi Zumbrun (words and photos)

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The Vintagent Trailers: Rockets and Titans

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ROCKETS & TITANS (2019)

Run Time: TBD
Producers: Andrew Lahmann, Colin Dalvit, Chad DeRosa, Eldad Efendi
Director: Chad DeRosa
Executive Producers: Dana Brown, Erin Sills, Robert Brim
Key Cast: Valerie Thompson, Denis Manning

FILM MAKERS

From the award-winning documentary filmmakers behind “Out of Nothing”, “Dust to Glory”, “Step Into Liquid” and “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” comes ROCKETS AND TITANS — the true story of an aging racing legend who recruits an untested female rider to race his self-designed motorcycle in a bid to shatter the 400mph barrier and become the fastest motorcycle of all time. Set against some of the most remote and breathtaking scenery on Earth, this is a portrait of two opposites, who must learn to trust each other as they chase a singular, dangerous dream.

SUMMARY

Bitter and bankrupt, an all-but-forgotten racing legend recruits an untested female rider to battle two big-budget teams in a race to become the first motorcycle to shatter the 400mph barrier.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Crash Brown "Without Restraint"

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CRASH BROWN: WITHOUT RESTRAINT (2010)

Run Time: 1:16
A Film By: Mike Silvio & Twin Path Productions

FILM MAKERS

Produced by Mike Silvio, the film highlights the life and daring-do of the late stuntman, John Tim “Crash” Brown.  Silvio, the owner and curator of Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum in Red Boiling Spring, Tennessee, took an interest in Brown after being loaned some memorabilia by the Brown family, and in 2009 took his idea for a documentary to Twin Path Productions, based in Asheville, North Carolina.  The result is a biographical human-interest story told by the voices of those closest to this unique daredevil, including his daughter Joan, who participated in many of his stunts.  The film also features original footage and photographs of Brown in action.

Stay tuned later this year, as The Vintagent works with Silvio to bring the full film to audiences worldwide!

SUMMARY

CRASH BROWN: WITHOUT RESTRAINT Highlights the life and stunts of John Tim "Crash" Brown.

Experience the true story of an American original who's unique passion and larger than life persona took him across North America, performing to wide-eyed audiences of young and old alike. Through unseen footage and pictures of Crash in action as well as interviews with family and friends, meet the one and only "Crash" Brown and gain insight into some of his most dangerous and extraordinary stunts.

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The Vintagent Selects: American Dream

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AMERICAN DREAM (201 )

Run Time: 11:07
Photographer: Ian Ruhter
Director: Lane Power & Ian Ruhter
Cinematographer: Lane Power, Dan Moses, Beau Lambert, Ian Beaudoux, Laura Austin
Editor: Lane Power

FILM MAKERS

"There is a point in every person's life when they must choose to follow their dreams or be stuck in the life they fear."

SUMMARY

The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America. Your support is the driving force behind our project. We could not have done this without you. We have made it this far because you shared and supported us through our social networking sites. We were able to connect with the people in this film because of the internet. Every time you share or like this project it brings us one step closer to photographing your town, people you know, possibly even you. Become a part of our journey;

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The Vintagent Selects: They Call Me Cheetah

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THEY CALL ME CHEETAH (2018)

Run Time: 4:11
Producer & Visual Director: Larry Smith / MASA INOUE
Director: Wil Thomas III
Cinematographer: Joshua Makela
Drone Operator: Brian Anselmo
Music: Rocco Deluca
Sound Engineer: Ben Zales
Editor: Lauren Schneider
Still Photography: Michelle Bandach
Translator: Guillermo Yoshikawa
Cast: Toshiyuki Osawa / Cheetah Custom Cycles, Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga /  Kiyo’s Garage

Special Thanks: Born-Free & The Stampede

FILM MAKERS

Produced by Japanese jewelry company, Larry Smith, and Directed by Wil Thomas III (Co-Producer of Sugar & Spade).

SUMMARY

THEY CALL ME CHEETAH is a visual poem about motorcycle builder Toshiyuki Osawa and the 1944 Indian Chief, named "Silver Arrow", he built for Larry Smith. Filmed in 2018 during his invitation to California's "Born Free 10", THEY CALL ME CHEETAH also features famed motorcycle builders Shinya Kimura and Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga as we explore the spirit of Japanese craftsmanship and the its place in the international motorcycle community.

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The Vintagent Selects: Elspeth Beard - One Of The Early Globetrotters

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ELSPETH BEARD: ONE OF THE EARLY GLOBETROTTERS (2016)

Run Time: 3:46
A BMW Motorrad Film

FILM MAKERS

“When I set off to ride my motorcycle around the world in 1982 I never imagined that my story would ever be published,” says Elspeth. On her return in 1984 she put all her journals, tapes and photos in a cardboard box in the back of a cupboard where they remained for over 30 years. In 2008 freelance journalist Paul Blezard was commissioned by Andy Dukes to write an article about her round-the-world trip for BMW Motorrad, and over the next seven years her story gradually spread.

SUMMARY

Elspeth Beard is a motorcyclist and award-winning architect. In the early 1980s she completed a solo motorcycle trip around the world and became the first British woman to achieve this. She runs her own architectural practice, specializing in creating and remodeling interesting and unusual buildings. She lives in a converted Victorian water tower in the southeast of England and still enjoys riding her collection of motorcycles, which includes the trusty BMW R60/6 which carried her around the world.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Today Is A Good Day

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Today Is A Good Day (2016)

Run Time: 3:25
Producer: Big Company, The Jack's
Director: François Lapointe
Writer: Véronique Lhorme, François Lapointe
Cast: Roland Sands, Conrad Leach, Paul d'Orleans, Shinya Kimura, Olaf Stenegard, Derek Harris, Ornamental Conifer and many others

FILM MAKERS

This idea of a web-doc was born in 2012 by Director Francois Lapointe and Stéphane Dalbec, co-founder of Big Company, both in love of the cafe racer culture and motorcycles they wanted to share their passion through beautiful images and engaging stories. The Jack’s and Big Company are two French video production companies creating TV ads, documentaries, web-documentaries and 3D animation. Some guys in the production team are also Cafe Racer motorcycle and culture enthusiasts so there’s a lot of personal passion going into the project. Francois and Stéphane’s main inspiration for ‘Today is a Good Day’ came after attending Wheels and Waves in 2012 and 2013.

SUMMARY

Today Is A Good Day is a rich interactive road trip where you chose your destination from Los Angeles to Biarritz by way of London and so on. Town to town you will meet people felt in love with motorcycling and sharing the same spirit, driven by passion and involved in the 2 wheels landscape. We will offer you as well as possible the spirit and all things that fuel each of them, their inspirations, their authentic way of life influencing them daily in their jobs and relations. We’ll do our best to deliver a great painting of these motorcycle builders, painters, photographers, designers, bloggers etc…. … we dare it in any case and hope it will be.

This film is an adventure, more, it’s a quest fed by passions and fulfillments of dreams, supported by guys like Roland Sands, Conrad Leach, Paul d'Orleans, Shinya Kimura, Olaf Stenegard, Derek Harris, Ornamental Conifer and many others with no lucky charm but who promised to themselves to become and stay free, whatever happens.

The world motorcycle movement feeds itself due to the multiple inspiration sources it’s made of. We all face many choices, we all have are own views or desires, and one idea shared can lead towards many different results. That is the magical motorcycling spirit. Let’s go!

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The Vintagent Classics: TRON

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TRON (1982)

Run Time: 1:36:00
Producer: David Kushner
Director: Steven Lisberger
Writer: Steven Lisberger
Key Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

FILM MAKERS

The development of Tron began in 1976, when Lisberger became intrigued with the early video game Pong. He and producer Donald Kushner set up an animation studio to develop Tron with the intention of making it an animated film. Indeed, to promote the studio itself, Lisberger and his team created a 30-second animation featuring the first appearance of the title character. Eventually, Lisberger decided to include live-action elements with both backlit and computer animation for the actual feature-length film. Various film studios had rejected the storyboards for the film before Walt Disney Productions agreed to finance and distribute Tron. There, backlit animation was finally combined with the computer animation and live action.

SUMMARY

Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control Program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game.

The bikes were originally designed by Syd Mead, the same mind that created the vehicles for Blade Runner.

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The Vintagent Classics: Mad Max

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MAD MAX (1979)

Run Time: 1:35:00
Director: George Miller
Writer: James McCausland, George Miller
Key Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne

FILM MAKERS

George Miller was a medical doctor in Sydney, working in a hospital emergency room where he saw many injuries and deaths of the types depicted in the film. While in residency at a Sydney hospital, Miller met amateur filmmaker Byron Kennedy at a summer film school in 1971. The duo produced a short film, Violence in the Cinema, Part 1, which was screened at a number of film festivals and won several awards. Eight years later, the duo produced Mad Max, working with first-time screenwriter James McCausland (who appears in the film as the bearded man in an apron in front of the diner).

SUMMARY

The Film That Started It All.

According to Miller, his interest while writing Mad Max was "a silent movie with sound", employing highly kinetic images reminiscent of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd while the narrative itself was basic and simple. Miller believed that audiences would find his violent story more believable if set in a bleak dystopian future. Screenwriter McCausland drew heavily from his observations of the 1973 oil crisis' effects on Australian motorists.

Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. After some grisly events at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge.

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The Vintagent Selects: Elspeth Beard - Riding into History

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Elspeth Beard: Riding Into History (2018)

Run Time: 3:41
Producer: A film by Culture Trip
Director: Souleyman Messalti & Joe Brooks
Camera: Souleyman Messalti & Adu Lalouschek
Animation: Joe Brooks & Alex Mellon
Editor: Thomas Canton
Sound Design: Ross Henbest & Thomas Canton
Cast: Elspeth Beard

FILM MAKERS

Culture Trip filmmaker Souleyman Messalti and animator Joe Brooks caught up with Beard at her home in Godalming, Surrey: an award-winning, 130-foot, brick-built water tower that she painstakingly converted over a seven-year period after she returned from her travels and completed her architectural studies. (Just in case you hadn’t gathered by now, this is a woman who likes a challenge.)

She discusses the liberating power of anonymity, the painful trade-off between independence and isolation, the possibility of finding love in the mountains of Kashmir and the opportunity, fast disappearing from the world, of getting lost.

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SUMMARY

You’re 23, your heart’s been broken and there’s a long, hard slog of study stretching out in front of you. What do you do? For Elspeth Beard, a round-the-world trip on the back of her 1974 BMW R60/6 flat-twin motorbike proved the ultimate remedy for a wounded heart and weary head.

Thirty-two years after making history as the first British woman to ride solo around the globe, clocking 35,000 miles and crossing 20 countries along the way, she sat down to complete the equally epic task of penning a biking memoir to match the adventure. Lone Rider, published by Michael O’Mara in July 2017, retraces her two-year journey from a dockland warehouse in Brooklyn to her parents’ garage in central London, via outhouses in the Outback and hostile hotels in Middle Eastern war zones.

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The Vintagent Classics: TRON Legacy

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TRON LEGACY (2010)

Run Time: 2:05:00
Producer: Steven Lisberger
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Key Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

FILM MAKERS

Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction action film directed by Joseph Kosinski, in his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay written by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, based on a story by Horowitz, Kitsis, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Tron, whose director Steven Lisberger returned to produce. The cast includes Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner reprising their roles as Kevin Flynn and Alan Bradley, respectively, as well as Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, James Frain, Beau Garrett and Michael Sheen. The story follows Flynn's adult son Sam, who responds to a message from his long-lost father and is transported into a virtual reality called "the Grid," where Sam, his father, and the algorithm Quorra must stop the malevolent program Clu from invading the real world.

SUMMARY

The only way to win is to survive.

The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.

TRON: Legacy is the sequel to TRON (1982) which featured the iconic Light Cycles designed by Syd Meade. In the new film, the Light Cycles were brought to life for a new generation by German concept designer and artist Daniel Simon.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Take None Give None

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TAKE NONE GIVE NONE (2015)

Run Time: 3:36
Producer: Gusmano Cesaretti, Kurt Mangum & Bruno Sere
Director: Gusmano Cesaretti & Kurt Mangum

FILM MAKERS

Gusmano Cesaretti, is a self-taught photographer and artist from Lucca, Italy. A resident of Los Angeles since 1969, Cesaretti has been capturing the sound, light, and emotional tenor of his adopted city through the lens of his camera. Cesaretti first began photographing the Chosen Few over 20 years ago and in 2011, he teamed up with photographer Kurt Mangum who moved to Los Angeles from New York City in 2008. Together they tell the motorcycle club’s story by creating an in-depth portrait of this community of bikers in South Central.

SUMMARY

Take None Give None follows the story of the outlaw motorcycle club the Chosen Few. Based in South Central Los Angeles they are the oldest interracial club of it’s kind. After a series of raids by the LAPD in 2011 the club is at odds with itself, the city of Los Angeles and a local news media set on defaming their reputation. It tells the story of a complex family on the verge of change and takes a nostalgic look into the history of a motorcycle club through the eyes of some of it's founding members.

Gusmano Cesaretti began photographing the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club over 20 years ago. With the help of new technologies available for documentary filmmaking, he teamed up with photographer, Kurt Mangum and a group of talented professional cinematographers to capture in light, motion, sound and words the experience and the lifestyle of the oldest integrated outlaw motorcycle club in the United States.

During the four years of filming, the club experienced many changes — from the mounting tensions and differences between members, to the raiding and seizure of their historic South Central clubhouse by the Los Angeles Police Department. This film hopes to offer a ground level, unfiltered and unbiased look at what it means to be one of The Chosen Few.

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The Vintagent Selects: Globe Of Death

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GLOBE OF DEATH (2017)

Run Time: 6:14
Director: Pedro and James
Director of photography: Malte Rosenfeld
Production company: Autobahn Productions
Producer: Thais Altman
Edit: Pedro and James
Colorist: Jim Bracher at The Mill
Score: Russ Chimes
Sound design and mix: Patch Rowland at Final Cut
Additional music: Hems
Graphic design: Duncan Edwards

FILM MAKERS

Directed by Pedro and James (Autobahn), they met Lucius through their passion for motorcycles. ‘We were mesmerized by how incredibly visual the act is and thought that combined with his life story it was a perfect subject for a film’.

With photography by DP Malte Rosenfeld, color grading by Jim Bracher at The Mill, and sound design by Patch Rowland at Final Cut, the film is a look into Lucius’ life and all he has gone through during 30 years of riding motorcycles in the Globe of Death.

Shot on RED with anamorphic lenses from Cooke Optics and Kowa.

SUMMARY

‘Globe of Death’ is the story of Lucius Zafalon, a daredevil motorcycle rider that risks his body in the pursuit of the perfect globe of death act. Through all the challenges and difficulties he has never stopped focusing on his art. It is what defines him and what he has lived his whole life for.

An act of raw beauty with precise flowing lines that defy the laws of physics, they create an awe inspiring ballet that mesmerizes anyone who dares to keep their eyes open.

For Lucius and his team The Globe of Death is not just an act, it is their lives.

The Globe of Death is a stunt that dates from the beginning of the 20th century. One of the oldest patents for the mesh sphere ball was filed in 1904.

Different to the Wall of death (popular in the UK) where the riders ride only on the horizontal, with the Globe of Death multiple riders can race in any direction at the same time.

The Globe of Death gained popularity in Latin America and some of the best acts comes from Brazil. What makes a good Globe of Death act isn’t just how many motorcycles the team can fit inside the Globe, but also the beauty of their riding lines. The synchrony between the riders and the team’s particularities, such as riding in the dark and opening the Globe in half sets Lucius’ team apart.

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The Vintagent Selects: Morto's Motos

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Morto's Motos (2019)

Run Time: 3:32

A film By: Matthew Edgar & Mike Jacobs (A Life Authentik)
Sound Design & Music By: Jackson Roe
Thanks to: Neil Morto Olson & Gina Olson

FILM MAKERS

A Life Authentik in its most simple form encompasses two people on a photographic and cinematic road trip from Alaska to Patagonia. We founded ALA in an attempt to merge two passions into one lifestyle: photography and travel.

SUMMARY

Sometimes we meet incredible people on the road who let us share their story. Mort is one of those people.
Having just started a multi-year road trip, we met Morto at a Brewery in Montana. Within 20 minutes of talking to him he handed me the keys to his Royal Enfield and told me to take a spin!

For a few days, we were lucky enough to hang out with him and check out his motorcycles. “Morto’s Motos” is a glimpse into the life and home of an avid collector with a passion for motorcycles.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Fast & Left

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FAST & LEFT - A FLAT TRACK FILM (2019)

Run Time: TBD (full film to be released in 2019)
A Film By: Evan H. Senn

FILM MAKERS

Evan H. Senn is a Camera-Operator and Editor residing in Wichita, Kansas.

SUMMARY

This film started by my love of Flat Track racing and is dedicated to the riders who keep this wonderful sport alive.

It is an entirely self-funded film that once completed, I would like to post online for free. Any donation would help to make this film possible.

Thank you for helping me to tell this story.

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The Vintagent Classics: Take It To The Limit

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TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT (1980)

Run Time: 1:35:00
Director: Peter Starr
Writer: Charles Michael Lorre, Peter Starr
Key Cast: Alan Oppenheimer, Terry Seabrook, Larry Huffman

FILM MAKERS

An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Peter Starr’s list of motorcycling accomplishments is nothing short of awe inspiring. From racing motorcycles and working for the Triumph marquee; to hosting and producing innovative radio programs; to award-winning films, television commercials and developing groundbreaking specialized camera equipment, penning articles for the world’s top motorcycle magazines, and producing and directing over 40 films, many available through Starr Film, Peter Starr can be found at the forefront of our cultural renaissance of motorsports.

With five decades of motorcycling, professional road racing, and international touring under his belt (helmet?!), Peter has been in step with, and responsible for, some of the most important developments in them all. Among Starr’s groundbreaking firsts: in 1980 he was the first to mount a film camera on a motorcycle during an AMA National Race; in 1985 his live broadcast from the AMA National-Duquoin Mile for ABC Wide World of Sports was the first; and, the Peter Starr Motorcycle Show was the first national television series on motorcycling.

His most famous feature film Take it to the Limit (1980) has received awards at international film festivals. Furthermore, Starr’s films have won an additional 12 international awards, and his radio programs have been honored with New York International Radio Programming Awards.

SUMMARY

A peek into the life of motorcycle riders and racers of the era. The film covers speedway, desert racing, road racing, hill climb, grass track, drag racing, trials, sidecars, dirt track and motocross in the 1970s.

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The Vintagent Selects: Tom Fugle

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TOM FUGLE (2014)

Run Time: 8:00
DIRECTOR: Scott Pommier
PRODUCER: Andrew Norton
ASSISTANT EDITOR Patrick Barfoot
ORIGINAL SCORE: Jonn Ollsin

FILM MAKERS

Scott Pommier is a writer, director and photographer based in Portland and Los Angeles.  His early work focused on an under 30 subculture of skateboarding motorcyclists. Some of these photographs have since become iconic in the custom culture scene. In his film work, Scott takes an understated and natural approach to portraiture that seems to fit his choice of subjects perfectly.

SUMMARY

Longtime bike-builder Tom Fugle is one of the founders of the El Forastero outlaw motorcycle club, which was established in 1962 and who's members included the artist Dave Mann.

Tom's builds are unique and beautiful, and in this short film by Scott Pommier (updated with an added epilogue), we follow the artist as he completes a chopper for the Born Free 6 motorcycle show.

Tom's work has been featured at shows including Born Free, The Brooklyn Invitational, and Mooneyes Japan. He was also a central character in the film '21 Days Under The Sky'. Tom passed away in 2016, and Pommier reminds us that it was only "after years of toiling in relative obscurity and near poverty Tom's work is at last getting some recognition."

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The Vintagent Selects: the Wall of Death

https://vimeo.com/32493819

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THE WALL OF DEATH (2012)

Run Time: 14:07
A Film By: Benedict Campbell
Score: Solebay Music
Cast: The Ken Fox Troupe Wall Of Death

FILM MAKERS

‘I am passionate about the image and therefore I will use every means available to me to create the image...’ – Benedict Campbell

With 20+ years experience in advertising as a photographer and digital artist, Benedict Campbell has produced images for many of the worlds leading brands. He is renown for combining his skills as photographer and digital illustrator to create bold and often hyper-real images.

As a visual chameleon, Benedict is able to draw from a wide range of styles. From the muted and tonal simplicity of a well-lit photograph, to the lush, sensual gloss of a computer generated image, the end product is guaranteed to leave an imprint on the mind.

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“I believe that I’m one of the few lucky people on earth that do what they want to do,” - Ken Fox

Shortlisted for the best documentary in 2012 Vimeo Awards. The Wall Of Death follows the last remaining traditional family of daredevil wall riders, The Ken Fox Troupe, who continue to travel Europe and the British Isles bringing a 100 year tradition to audiences young and old. Benedict Campbell first saw the show as a small boy and the film which he wanted to make for some time, beautifully captures the emotion and a connection to the riders that is contagious.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Outcast Forever

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/outcastforever/164028871

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

OUTCAST FOREVER (2016)

Run Time: 1:21:00
A film by: DeVaughn Hughson

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As a filmmaker my goal is to tell stories that move the viewer in unexpected ways. I am personally drawn to stories that present bigger then life characters and then dig deeper into the persona. These stylistic choices can be found in the Outcast story where we reveal layers of complicated identities and a complex surrogate family structure.

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In 1969 a group of rebellious black bikers decided that freedom, non conformity and brotherhood were not exclusive to whites only. At the time (and still today) blacks were not permitted to join white outlaw biker clubs, so out of necessity the Outcast M.C. was born.

This documentary is an in depth look into their world and the unapologetic lifestyle they live. Filmed over the course of six years, Outcast Forever is a raw visual exploration that rips through the mystique and presents a unfiltered experience of a subculture within a subculture.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Oil In The Blood

https://vimeo.com/316605817

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

OIL IN THE BLOOD (2019)

Run Time: 2:00:00
Producer: Lucy Selwood
Director: Gareth Maxwell Roberts
Cinematography: Josh Allen, Matt Broad, Andrew David Watson
Production Manager: Sophie Haines
Editor: David Hartley
Logistics Support & Therapist: Megane Huez
Sound: Nick Walker
Cast: Max Hazan, Paul d'Orleans, Roland Sands, and more.

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‘Oil in the Blood’ is a documentary feature film on the contemporary custom motorcycle culture. The film is directed by life-long biker Gareth Maxwell Roberts and produced by Lucy Selwood.

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The philosophy of individualism is embedded in motorcycling. The desire to be different and unique, is at the root of the motorcyclist’s imagination. Modifying, customising, and changing bikes is at the very heart of the biker. Custom motorcycle culture has experienced a renaissance in recent years, and what was once a niche subculture now bears a significant influence on the international mainstream motorcycle industry.

Over the last three years, Gareth and Lucy have interviewed nearly three hundred bike builders, riders, journalists, artists and racers; the very heartbeat of this culture. They’ve communed with like-minded souls in Britain, Europe, Japan, Australia, The Far East, Africa and the US. They’ve spoken to major manufactures Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Royal Enfield, Ducati and BMW.

Lucy and Gareth have filmed at both The Bike Shed London and Paris, The Malle Mile, Wheels & Waves in Biarritz, The Trip Out, The Brooklyn Invitational, The Distinguished Gentlemans Ride in London and New York, Throttle Roll in Sydney, Indian Larry’s Block Party, Dirt Quake, Snowquake, The Malle Mile and The Trip Out in rural England, The One Moto Show in Portland, Mama Tried in Milwaukee, Mooneyes in Tokyo, and The Handbuilt Show in Austin.
The film-makers filmed a collaboration between Harley Davidson and maverick bike builders El Solitario in the Sahara, flat track racing in dusty bowls and indoor arenas, ice racing in Wisconsin and in the Alps, and the American Wall of Death in the Texas sun. They’ve shot dozens of cool custom bikes being ridden through the urban streets, the twisting mountain roads, through the rolling green countryside and the scorched flat plains. They’ve filmed choppers, café-racers, flattrackers, sprint bikes, electrics, old school specials and urban brats, hundred-thousand dollar pristine beauties and five hundred buck rippers.

This is not a film about motorcycles, it’s about motorcycle people.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Hellbound

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

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

Hellbound (2018)

Run Time: 1:08:00
Producer: Ben Winston
Director: Ben Winston
Writer: Ben Winston
Cast: Kyle Colton, Jon Meeks, Trudy Walker, Paige Barlow

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Ben Winston's feature film debut about two reckless bikers on a provocative, nightmarish journey through the mountains. Shot entirely on black and white 16mm film. It invokes the aesthetic of the classic films of the 1970s.

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A preview to my new film Hellbound. All shot on black and white 16mm film. I cant afford true telecine at the moment so here is some rough footage that I projected on the wall and shot with a video camera.

I knew I wanted to make a black and white film from the get go. I thought about what subject matter would best suit this medium and decided old choppers and naked witches was the only option.

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The Vintagent Classics: Taken For A Ride

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TAKEN FOR A RIDE (1923)

Run Time: 1 minute 45 sec.
Director: Robert 'Bobby' Tansey (?)
Key Cast: Easter Walters, Bob Tansey, 1922 Excelsior-Henderson with sidecar!

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Bob Tansey had a long career in films starting around 1922, when this film was made.  He initially made a go of directing comedy films like this one, but found better success writing for films in the 1930s, mostly B-Westerns with Tex Ritter.  Tansey's first films ca.1922/3 are obscure today, and little is known about 'Taken For a Ride'.

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This charming short features three characters: presumed director Robert 'Bobby' Tansey, motorcycle stuntwoman Easter Walters, and a 1922 Excelsior-Henderson with a sidecar.  These two joyriders encounter the motorcycle after bursting out of a store, and take it for a ride...but are in turn 'taken for a ride' by the bike with a mind of its own. Easter Walters shows her obvious skill handling a sidecar outfit, aviating the wheel and performing tidy u-turn skids, while Tansey's antics counterpoint her riding skill in this silent short film.

Motorcycles were primarily used for their agility and kinetic energy in early films, long before they acquired the menace of the 'Dark Rider' syndrome after WW2.  Comics like Tansey and Buster Keaton found two (or three) wheels ideal for fast-moving stunts, and Easter Walters rode in several films, her unexpected skills at handling a big motorcycle utilized as its own thrill factor.  See our article 'The Silent Types' for more.

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The Vintagent Selects: Catalina Grand Prix: A Love Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCisEq9cbzM&t=2s

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

CATALINA GRAND PRIX: A LOVE STORY (2011)

Run Time: 18:05
A Film By: Toast
Cast: Rick Carmody & Elsie

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From an interview for the Motorcycle Film Festival (2013)

I always try to make film more sensory by using texture, motion and focus as layers. A film shouldn’t just be just a window that you look through, but light and shadow veils that you can move through… Kind of like the difference between driving a car past a dirt field with the windows rolled up versus being on a motorcycle- then you can smell that it’s actually a strawberry patch!

Rhythm is a valuable tool. Songs are for story telling. I do a lot of in-camera editing. Having a song in my head helps me keep a sense of pace. Cutting to music in the edit room is like collaborating with an old friend!

I enjoy Super 8 for it’s graininess. It’s also a small format that is portable. You know, hidden easily if you have to throw it in your backpack and take off on your bike! A lot of additional personality comes out of the images by altering the speed, double exposing or by making adjustments in the processing.

Hand-developing can be a great tool for the right project. The great thing about film is that there are so many steps along the way during which you can add flavor to the recipe!

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In December 2010, the Catalina Grand Prix was held on a California Island for the first time in over 50 years. Top motorcycle racers from around the world were invited to compete. Although road racer RICK CARMODY had never lined up to compete in motocross, he knew he wanted to participate in this historic event; ideally on a vintage bike. He got the chance when he met ELSIE, a 1974 Honda Elsinore CR125M. Together they took on the challenge: destined for either Glory or Heartbreak...

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The Vintagent Selects: Shutter Speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJkBc8dv84&feature=emb_title

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

SHUTTER SPEED (2011)

Run Time: 7:00
Producer: The Selvedge Yard
A Film By: Toast
Cast: Stacie B. London

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From an interview for the Motorcycle Film Festival

I always try to make film more sensory by using texture, motion and focus as layers. A film shouldn't just be just a window that you look through, but light and shadow veils that you can move through... Kind of like the difference between driving a car past a dirt field with the windows rolled up versus being on a motorcycle- then you can smell that it's actually a strawberry patch!

Rhythm is a valuable tool. Songs are for story telling. I do a lot of in-camera editing. Having a song in my head helps me keep a sense of pace. Cutting to music in the edit room is like collaborating with an old friend!

I enjoy Super 8 for it's graininess. It's also a small format that is portable. You know, hidden easily if you have to throw it in your backpack and take off on your bike! A lot of additional personality comes out of the images by altering the speed, double exposing or by making adjustments in the processing.

Hand-developing can be a great tool for the right project. The great thing about film is that there are so many steps along the way during which you can add flavor to the recipe!

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The Selvedge Yard presents: a film by Toast. Featuring photographer Scott Pommier and East Side Moto Babe Stacie London. This behind-the-scenes short was commissioned to accompany an exhibition of photographs by Scott Pommier in March 2011. Shot with a Minolta XL601 in Black & White Tri-X and Velvia color Super 8. Music by Makkusu Ensemble, Paper Tulips, Jake LaBotz and Jimbo Goodall.

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The Vintagent Selects: Assembling A Black Shadow 1/12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHit7WU95Ik

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

ASSEMBLING A BLACK SHADOW 1/12 (2018)

Run Time: 4:06
A Film By: Tom Grigat
Music: "Parzival" from William Rosati

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Scale modelling, Stopmotion, 3D-Animation and Music-Video-Experiments

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A short stop motion story of a little plastic guy who builds his own motorcycle in my man cave: The Vincent Black Shadow from Revell in scale 1/12. I had the chance to film his attempts of getting a cool bike. His girlfriend eventually took some pictures of the finished motorcycle. Apparently some magical invisible hands were involved... The figures are mannequins from Body Kun The colors are from Alclad II (black, chrome, alu, coatings) Some cylindrical details are replaced by rods and tubes from Albion Alloys (f.e. the exhaust system, the wheel spokes, suspension rods, brake linkage).

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