Corinna Mantlo

The Vintagent Premier: The Opposite Of Death

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIWZZZy1PIU

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

CURTISS MOTORCYCLES: THE OPPOSITE OF DEATH (2022)

Run Time: 43:32
Producer: Curtiss Motorcycles
A Film By: Gareth Maxwell Roberts
Camera: David Smith, Gareth Maxwell Roberts
Editor: Gavin McGlynn
Key Cast: Matt Chambers, JT Nesbitt, Jordan Cornille

FILM MAKERS

Gareth Maxwell Roberts career spans thirty years, crafting music videos, TV commercials, documentaries and feature films. He directed the critically acclaimed documentary feature film on contemporary custom motorcycle culture “Oil In The Blood”, which features The Vintagent’s very own Paul D’Orleans and Corinna Mantlo, and explores the Custom Revolution! and Electric Revolution! exhibitions at The Petersen Museum curated by Paul and presented by The Motorcycle Arts Foundation. A lifelong biker, Gareth has a passion for old British and Italian iron, but has fully embraced the electric future. Born and bred in London, he currently resides in Austin, Texas.

SUMMARY

‘The Opposite of Death’ is a documentary film that explores the genesis of the American legacy brand Curtiss Motorcycles. The small team of visionaries who have created the first luxury electric motorcycle explain the ground breaking innovation that has given birth to a truly revolutionary machine - The 1.

'The Opposite of Death' is a documentary film about the foundation of the all electric Curtiss Motorcycle Co., the creation of the first motorcycle ever to be truly designed from the inside-out - The 1 -  and the experienced team dedicated to innovation and design that is behind it all. Opening the doors to the Curtiss Design Studio in New Orleans, the film draws from over a dozen interviews with the key team members including designer JT Nesbitt and Founder & CEO Matt Chambers, who offer compelling insight into the culture of a unique company. ‘The Opposite of Death'  explores the roots of the company's founding philosophies and the inspirational achievements of its namesake founder, Glenn Hammond Curtiss.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Missile From The East

https://vimeo.com/601051015

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

MISSILE FROM THE EAST (2021)

Run Time: 1:30:00
Producer: HLA Productions, Night Train Media, Salon Pictures
Director: Justin Stokes
Writer: Ray Battersby (based on the book 'Codeword Berlin'), Justin Stokes (story)
Key Cast: James G. Nunn, Alan Wai, Aliona Baranova

FILM MAKERS

Ten years in the making, the film is the work of director Justin Stokes a TV commercials director and school friend of the son of the main Suzuki man Jimmy Matsumiya, and producer Mike Wells. Missile from the East premiered on Sky Documentaries in the UK, and is now available on streaming in some countries. Premiering exactly sixty years after MZ racer Ernst Degner defected to the West this new drama documentary was a collaboration between HLA, Nighttrain Media and Salon Pictures the producers of 2018 doc McQueen on the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

SUMMARY

Missile from the East follows the true story of Ernst Degner, a champion East German motorcycle racer who risked his and his family’s life to escape from behind the Iron Curtain, taking ground-breaking engine technology with him that helped Japanese manufacturer Suzuki win its first Grand Prix championship.

Trivia: An iconic MZ works 125cc GP bike designed by Walter Kaaden was used in some of the recreation shots - on loan from The Sammy Miller Museum.

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The Vintagent Classics: Love, Loot, and Crash

https://vimeo.com/718787586

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

LOVE, LOOT, AND CRASH (1915)

Run Time: 11:00
Producer: Keystone Film Company
Director: Frank Griffin
Key Cast: Charley Chase (as Charles Parrot), Fountaine La Rue, Josef Swickard

FILM MAKERS

The early year pioneers of the motorcycle movie genre are found in short appearances of two wheeled vehicles, mostly in slapstick comedies of the silent era. Love, Loot, and Crash is one of these classics.

SUMMARY

Love, Loot and Crash is a single-reel film starring W.C. Hauber and Fritz Schade as a couple of ‘versatile crooks’. A flustered father seeks a cook for his kitchen, his daughter seeks to elope and a pair of crooks seek to get some loot. Add the Keystone cops and stir vigorously.

Dora and her father are at a loss in the kitchen (they have just fired their cook). Their advertisement for a new cook in a newspaper attracts two crooks (one of which is Fritz Schade). He dresses like a woman to apply for the job. At his first opportunity he plans to loot the house. Dora's suitor, Harold passes her a note through the window, saying to come when he whistles. She goes upstairs to pack a bundle of clothes.

A policeman calls at the kitchen door with a posy of flowers. The cook pours the cop a glass from a large jug. Father is suspicious when he hears Harold's whistle and goes to Dora's room.

Schade tricks the cop into the basement to get more drink and locks the trap-door. He pulls a heavy bit of furniture over the trap-door and picks up his bundle of stolen silverware to leave. He escapes through the window where Harold is expecting Dora to appear. As the crook has his head covered Harold thinks it is Dora and speeds off on his motorcycle with the crook riding pillion. Father helps the policeman escape but meanwhile Schade's accomplice has arrived outside the window in a car. He whistles and Dora comes out of the window. and gets in the back seat. Father grabs the back of the car as it speeds off.

The motorcycle crashes through various objects. Father pulls himself into the back of the car with his daughter. The Keystone Cops commandeer a second car and give chase. After a crash Dora and her father catch up with Harold and father then rides pillion giving chase to the two crooks who are now together in the first car. The car ends at a seaside boardwalk and the driver-less car spins round with the crooks on the bonnet before knocking two anglers into the sea. Harold and father fly off a ramp into the sea as Dora watches in shock. The second car arrives and the police get out. As the policeman peer into the sea the driver of the second car bumps them and everyone ends in the sea.

*Watch close for an appearance of Harold Lloyd (as the fruit vendor).

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The Vintagent Trailers: Taking Care Of Business

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6F18ry9pZc

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

DICK MANN, TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (2021)

Run Time: 3 minutes 45 seconds
Producer: Media 66 Inc.
Presented by: Richmond Ramblers MC
Key Cast: Richmond Ramblers MC

FILM MAKERS

Media 66 Inc. is a video production company driven by passion.


SUMMARY

“My goal was never to be the best racer, but to finish ahead of them.”

Mann’s versatility is the stuff of legend, but perhaps the simple answer is that making a good living with a motorcycle required application of skill across many disciplines.   Watch Dick Mann racing here.

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Richmond Ramblers MC


 

 


The Vintagent Trailers: Speed is Expensive

https://vimeo.com/713618987

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

SPEED IS EXPENSIVE: PHILIP VINCENT AND THE MILLION DOLLAR MOTORCYCLE (2022)

Run Time: 1:53
Producer: Gerry Jenkinson, James Salter, Russel Icke, Peter Grimsdale
Director: David Lancaster
Key Cast: John Surtees, Jay Leno, Paul Simonon, Ewan McGregor

FILM MAKERS

"Pure hell on the straightaway - It'll outrun the F1-11 until take-off" - Hunter S Thompson on the Vincent motorcycle

Speed is Expensive brings to the screen one of the most dramatic stories in automotive history – the rise and the fall of the Vincent motorcycle. These fast, revolutionary machines were produced by eccentric engineer Philip Vincent and his small team in war-ravaged England. Their bikes took on the world – and often won – gaining more speed records than any other manufacturer during their brief production. In 1955, the firm claimed the ultimate prize: the outright world speed record of 185mph… Yet, just months later, the company pulled out of the motorcycle market. The bikes’ creator, Philip Vincent, never designed another vehicle which would go into production. He died in 1979 – the family fortune exhausted pursuing his obsession with speed. Today, high-profile riders such as Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds and Jay Leno revere the bikes. Racing models fetch $1 million at auctions and in private sales.

The Film will premier at the Barnes Film Festival in London on June 17, 2022.

SUMMARY

But Speed is Expensive is more than the story of automotive endeavour. It is also a detective story. The film talks to the men and women who built the bikes; racers, friends and family to learn how Vincent, Phil Irving and his workforce built such revolutionary motorcycles and the secrets behind the bikes’ amazing performance. The film reveals how the fate of the company turned on a high-speed accident on a wind-swept airfield near the factory in the winter of 1947.

This journey of augmented by a rich colour and black and white archive of high-quality film footage shot by Vincent himself, shared by his family, showing his private and professional life from the 1930s onwards. Today, Philip Vincent is seen as nothing short of a genius… the man whose frame designs the Japanese would borrow years later; whose Black Shadow model remained the fastest motorcycle the public could buy right up until the early 1970s. Now, the full story of the pioneer who changed motorcycling forever can be told.

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Extra: Charley Boorman talks to Director David Lancaster


 

 


The Vintagent Trailers: Caselli 66: Ride The Dream

https://vimeo.com/92981696?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=2381707

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

CASELLI 66: RIDE THE DREAM (2014)

Run Time: 0:32:00
Producer: Tyler Wales
A Film By: Wiley Watson
Writer: Wiley Watson
Key Cast: Timmy Weigand, Jeremy Mcgrath, Kurt Caselli

FILM MAKERS

Wiley is an award winning film director and editor based in the Pacific Northwest. From feature films, commercials, & serialized web-show content, Wiley’s skillset and creative eye are drawn from over a decade of experience in the digital media world. An avid creator and innovator , Wiley obsess’s the details to capture cunning imagery alongside powerful storytelling.

He is currently available for hire on new projects.

SUMMARY

On November 15th, 2013 the world lost Kurt Caselli to the Baja 1000. The shock was immediate and powerful. A once in a generation offroad racer, Kurt's performance on his motorcycle was matched only by the dedication, passion, and love that inspired an era of racers, riders, family, and friends. Red Tide Pictures is proud to present Caselli 66. This is the story of Kurt and his legacy that lives on. Ride the dream.

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RENT/BUY THE FILM. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.

Wiley Watson


 

 

 


The Vintagent Selects: Love, Speed and Loss

https://youtu.be/bc87ZFWZihw

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

LOVE, SPEED AND LOSS (2005)

Run Time: 1:17:00
Producer: NZ On Air & TV3
Director: Justin Pemberton
Editor: Bryan Shaw
Key Cast: Janeen Newcombe, Phil Read, Chas Mortimer

FILM MAKERS

"I recommend it. Kim Newcombe was a man after my own heart. He lived in New Zealand, saw an interesting engine in a boat, thought it’d work in a motorbike, he moved to Germany with his missus to meet the designer, met him, built a bike with this engine in it, started racing it, won a world championship race, beat Agostini. Kim Newcombe, legend. A man with a plan"  - Road Racer and Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin

Love, Speed and Loss was nominated at three prestigious film festivals, including the Auckland Film Festival 2005.

SUMMARY

...here's an interesting motorcycle folks. It's got an engine which is an outboard motor for boats, and somebody's cleverly stuck a gearbox on it, and it's very small and very light...

It's 1973 and young New Zealand couple Kim and Janeen have run away to Europe and joined the circus - the Continental Circus. They're part of a convoy of Grand Prix motorcycle riders travelling across Western and Eastern Europe competing for the World Championship Road Racing title.

Love, Speed and Loss is a love story set against the backdrop of 1970s Grand Prix racing. Kim Newcombe and his childhood sweetheart wife, Janeen, arrived in Berlin in 1969. Kim had a job working as an engineer for the Konig outboard marine company. Within a year he'd taken the outboard engine and turned it into a lightning-fast road racing motorbike that led the world championship. And so the couple's European adventure began ...

On route to Europe Janeen bought a Super8 camera in Hong Kong and started documenting the couple's new life. Love, Speed and Loss opens with Janeen watching the footage of her and Kim - young, in love and idealistic. The documentary moves between the 1970s and the present day as it reveals the couple's story, building toward the tragic event that saw Janeen's life change dramatically.

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Watch The FULL FILM in 4 PARTS for FREE at NZ ON Screen.

Buy the DVD / Download - A donation from the proceeds will be made to Riders For Health.


 


The Vintagent Classics: If You're in it, you're in it to the limit - Bikies



The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

IF YOU'RE IN IT, YOU'RE IN IT TO THE LIMIT - BIKIES (TV 1972)

Run Time: 27:31
Producer: Michael Scott-Smith
Director: John Charles
Cinematographer: Peter Janes
Key Cast: Hell's Angels, Auckland

FILM MAKERS

This film was banned upon release. Forgotten about until 2012, when it was added to the NZ On Screen website. No doubt it was seen as promoting a lifestyle that sent shivers up the spines and down the walk-shorted pants of the old men who used to run the country. It's a brilliant depiction of life in the Auckland chapter of the Hell's Angels. It's not just of anthropological interest, it's also a terrific depository of Triumph motorbikes and Nazi memorabilia.

The title, If You're In It, You're In It To The Limit might also apply to the guys who made the film. Producer Michael Scott Smith, a Brit who went to drama school with Peter O'Toole, went on to make such classics as Close to Home and The Governor. The director John Charles was better known as a composer, responsible for the music in some our best films, like Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth.

Meanwhile, editor Jamie Selkirk has found great fame as Peter Jackson's cutter, working on Braindead, The Frighteners, King Kong, Lord of The Rings and as an executive producer, Forgotten Silver, LOTR, Predicament. - NZ Herald

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SUMMARY

The way I look at it: some people join the army, some people join the Salvation Army, some people join bowling clubs, some people join tennis clubs ... I join the Hells Angels.

This notorious film looks at '70s bikie culture, focusing on Auckland's Hells Angels (the first Angels chapter outside of California). These not-so-easy riders — with sideburns and swastikas and fueled by pies and beer — rev up the Triumphs, defend the creed, beat up students, cruise on the Interislander, provoke civic censure, and attend the Hastings Blossom Festival. After a funeral, Aotearoa's sons of anarchy head back on the highway. Bikies was banned by the NZBC — possibly due to the public urination, lane-crossing, chauvinism and pig's head activity. - NZ On Screen

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The Vintagent Selects: Finding... The Electric Chair

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

FINDING... THE ELECTRIC CHAIR (2022)

Run Time: 4:22
Producer: DicE Magazine
A Film by: Scott Toepfer
Key Cast: Jerry Burger,  Joey Yeaman

FILM MAKERS

My path towards being a creative professional started as I abandoned my career in microbiology to pursue still photography full-time. I’ve never looked back, and have been able to travel the world with a crew that has become as close as family, shooting campaigns and commercials for some of the largest clients in advertising. I try to take a narrative approach towards almost every shoot by finding the thread that pulls the images or the films together for the viewer.  - Scott Toepfer

SUMMARY

The word legendary is thrown around way too casually these days. From your mate Bernies legendary lasagne to that legendary night you won $78 and saw Flava Flav in Vegas (that actually happened to me).

What is truly legendary is this ‘39 Indian 4 built by Mike Fitzgerald in the 60’s which featured on the cover of the June 1969 “Choppers Magazine'“ only to go missing the next year & considered lost forever...

Lost for over 50 years until recently discovered under a dust sheet in Northern California.

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Scott Toepfer


 

 


The Vintagent Classics: Motorcyklisten

https://vimeo.com/692271725

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

Motorcyklisten (1908) aka The Non-Stop Motorcycle (English)

Run Time: 3:35
Producer: Nordisk Films Kompagni
Director: Viggo Larson
Director Of Photography: Axel Sørensen
Key Cast: Knud Lumbye, Petrine Sonne, Frederik Buch

FILM MAKERS

From dogsleds in Copenhagen to spaceships bound for Mars. Discover the golden age of Danish silent films at stumfilm.dk. From around 1910, the Danish film industry was a world leader, both commercially and artistically, with Nordisk Films Kompagni (now Nordisk Film) at the forefront. Stars like Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander and Fy & Bi were famous way beyond their home country, and Denmark’s greatest film director, Carl Th. Dreyer, was prolific during this period as well. Now the Danish Film Institute has launched stumfilm.dk (Danish Silent Film), where everyone can follow the digitisation of more than 400 works from the 1897–1928 period. As the films are digitised, they will be streamed on the site, accompanied by posters, photos, thematic articles, scripts and contemporary reviews.

Running over the next four years, this film-archaeological project will be both wide-ranging and unpredictable. Some of the old reels have not been viewed since the 1920s, but creating their path to stumfilm.dk also means that we are building the infrastructure continuously until the end of 2023.
We will contextualize the films in thematic collections, which highlight the fascinating, mysterious, awesome, sexy and funny stories hiding in the archive. Whether you are a researcher, enthusiast or just curious, you can dive into the early star culture, get an insight into the digitization process, or just browse your way through the cornucopia of cinematographic treasures.

Stumfilm.dk is the biggest film-dissemination effort ever in Denmark. A three-year Danish-German research project affiliated with the digitisation effort will map the cross-border traffic of ideas and people between two leading nations of the silent film era, Denmark and Germany.
The project is made possible by a donation of DKK 30 million from the A.P. Møller Foundation, the Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation. - Danish Silent Film

SUMMARY

A 4-minute, full-speed chase extravaganza through Copenhagen. Vroom-Vroom!

A young man, crazy about motorcycles, buys an Ellehammer and drives it out of the store at wild speed. During his unruly driving, he knocks over several people, all of whom set out to chase him.

This short film is a popular and time-typical example of the so-called “pursuit farce”, or “running farce”, as the genre was called by the film’s director Viggo Larsen. The action in a pursuit farce is sorely simple: under some pretext, a person is pursued over hedge and ditch, typically by more and more people. The genre demonstrates the new media’s unique ability to show movement. - Danish Silent Film

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The Vintagent Trailers: Dust 2 Glory

https://vimeo.com/687291930

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

Dust 2 Glory (2017)

Run Time: 1:38:00
Director: Dana Brown
Writer: Dana Brown
Key Cast: Dana Brown, Carlin Dunne, Robby Gordon

FILM MAKERS

Dana Brown is an American surfer and filmmaker, and is the oldest son of filmmaker Bruce Brown, Director of On Any Sunday (1971). His films include The Endless Summer Revisited (2000) which is made up of unused footage from The Endless Summer (1964) and The Endless Summer II (1994), as well as some original interviews with the stars of those films. His first all-original film was Step Into Liquid (2003) followed by a documentary on the Baja 1000 titled Dust to Glory (2005). In 2009, he debuted a new film called Highwater during the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier; the film follows life on the North Shore and the surfers who compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. In 2014, the movie On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter continues the saga of motocross documentaries which began with the 1972 Academy Award for Documentary Feature nominated film On Any Sunday (1971).

SUMMARY

Dana Brown Films, in association with SCORE International and BCII, is proud to announce this new feature documentary film, which is a follow up to Dust To Glory (2005), about the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. This 18-month project, written and directed by this country's foremost action sports documentary superstar, will be the most in-depth and dramatic exploration of the world's toughest point-to-point desert race ever created. This is Dust 2 Glory.

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Watch the FULL FILM online at Amazon.


 

 


The Vintagent Selects: Chasing 200

https://vimeo.com/639892736

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

CHASING 200 (2021)

Run Time: 5:58

A Film By: Alexandra Lier
Director of Photography: John Orphan
Key Cast: Alp Sungurtekin, Jalika Gaskin

FILM MAKERS

Alexandra Lier is a German visual artist and filmmaker. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany. At a young age she developed an interest in Hotwheels, old cars, motorcycles, comics and rock music. As teenager she was member of the all girl Punk band Twiggy Killers, that hit the German and European scene.

Alexandra received her art, film and photography degree at the Frankfurt Academy of Visual Arts. Upon graduation, Lier worked as a award winning creative. After winning more than 40 advertising awards, she pursued her interest in arts. She started to combine her interest in underground subculture and storytelling. Over the last decade, she built a substantial reputation in fine art photography & film.

SUMMARY

Alp and Jalika, a motorcycle nerd and a supermodel decide to become a motorcycle team and set a previously impossible record with classic Triumph motorcycles and nitro power. A short documentary about love, freedom, passion, and teamwork.

Alp Racing & Design was founded by Alp Sungurtekin in 2001 in Los Angeles California. Jalika Gaskin joined Alp in 2007 and became the Crew Chief when we started racing in August 2011 at Bonneville Speedweek. Alp has a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design and specializes in Transportation Design. He is currently a Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals INC. "SCTA-BNI" Motorcycle tech inspector and a member of the MILERS Racing Club.

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Alexandra Lier

Alp Racing Design


 

 


The Vintagent Originals: Vincent Black Lightning

https://vimeo.com/691012843

The Vintagent Originals: Stories We Need to Tell

 

VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING (2022)

Run Time: 5:55
Director: David Martinez
Editor: Anais Bernard
Key Cast: Paul d'Orléans, 1950 Vincent Black Lightning courtesy Bryan Bossier / Sinless Cycles

FILM MAKERS

From David Martinez Studio: "My love of storytelling started when I was teenager photographing the San Francisco punk scene. What drew me to photography then is what I still love about it now - the endless ways you can use images to tell a story.  What began as a solitary journey has evolved into a highly collaborative process - an integral part of my photography that I really love. I'm always humbled by how many people and places contribute to one single frame.

In my life as in my photography, I've learned to value simplicity. It's all about each detail being considered - with care + with intention. I draw from that simplicity not only when I choose a surfboard or curate the objects in my home, but when I approach lighting + composition in a photograph as well. From a pared down approach comes purpose. When I use lights, it's never done excessively - I light with a gentle touch. When I use natural light, I do so with the intention of respecting the integrity of the light itself.
For me, photography and filmmaking are really about a type of minimalism - how to convey complex ideas in a distilled image or short film. It's about taking out what isn't needed to reveal the essential."

SUMMARY

The Vincent Black Lightning is simply legendary.  It was the 'World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle' for over 25 years, after Rollie Free rode the prototype on the Bonneville Salt Flats at just over 150mph - in his bathing suit!  As you could order a Black Lightning with full road equipment - as with this 1950 example - that claim was fully justified.

Vintagent founder Paul d'Orléans road tests this historic machine, discusses its history, and discusses why the Black Lightning deserves its reputation in song and story.  The Lightning in our film is one of only 38 built by the factory, with a great back story: a Scandinavian racing champion ordered it new, but it only raced twice before he stored it in a chicken coop!  It was pulled out once more for a grudge match against some BMW racers, which it won.  It was purchased by an engineer who packed it away for decades, before it was reassembled by an expert with all original parts, and is now in amazing condition.

'Vincent Black Lightning' was filmed in San Francisco and west Marin County by David Martinez, who captures the beauty of the place and the motorcycle, and just as importantly the SOUND of this stirring vehicle.  Dig it!

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https://thevintagent.com/2020/10/26/the-vintagent-original-silver-shotgun/

https://thevintagent.com/2017/10/29/the-vintagent-original-wheel-and-waves/

https://thevintagent.com/2017/08/13/the-vintagent-original-model-x/

https://thevintagent.com/2017/06/10/the-vintagent-original-the-ended-summer/

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The Vintagent Trailers: Dust To Glory

https://vimeo.com/687275335

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

DUST TO GLORY (2005)

Run Time: 1:37:00
Director: Dana Brown
Key Cast: Chad McQueen, Mario Andretti, Sal Fish

FILM MAKERS

Dana Brown is an American surfer and filmmaker, and is the oldest son of filmmaker Bruce Brown, Director of On Any Sunday (1971). His films include The Endless Summer Revisited (2000) which is made up of unused footage from The Endless Summer (1964) and The Endless Summer II (1994), as well as some original interviews with the stars of those films. His first all-original film was Step Into Liquid (2003) followed by a documentary on the Baja 1000 titled Dust to Glory (2005). In 2009, he debuted a new film called Highwater during the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier; the film follows life on the North Shore and the surfers who compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. In 2014, the movie On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter continues the saga of motocross documentaries which began with the 1972 Academy Award for Documentary Feature nominated film On Any Sunday (1971).

SUMMARY

An action-adventure documentary chronicling the most notorious and dangerous race in the world--the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Rivaling the Indy 500 and 25 Hours of Daytona, the race across Baja's peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw--just like the uncharted American West of yesteryear. To capture the vast desert panoramas and intense action of the race, the film team utilized, fifty-five cameras, four helicopters, a four-passenger buggy camera car and a crew of over eighty people. Thousands of participants, generations of families and racing icons such as Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Motorcycle Supercross legend Mike Mouse McCoy joined together to experience the thrill and glory of the infamous race--an event of sheer human determination. - IMDB

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Watch the full film on AMAZON


 

 


The Vintagent Original: ADV Overland Exhibit

https://vimeo.com/685588453

The Vintagent Original: Stories We Need to Tell.

ADV OVERLAND EXHIBIT (2022)

Run Time: 7:13
Producer: Motor/Cycle Arts Foundation
Director:  David Martinez
Editor: Anaïs Bernard
Key Cast: Paul d'Orléans

FILM MAKERS

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

The ADV:Overland exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, July 2021 – April 2022. Subtitled ‘off-road to off-world’, ADV:Overland includes round-the-world and long-distance racing machinery from 1903 to the present, plus sci-fi and NASA overland explorers. The real-world adventure machines show dirt and scars from outrageous journeys, some even with their original bags, boxes, and tools in place, 90 years later. ADV:Overland showcases the living, breathing history of overland travel, and its counterparts in outer space.

In the beginning, every motor trip was an adventure, and every motorist a mechanic. Some heard a different call, seeking adventure in overland travel to far-distant places. In 1903, crossing the USA on wheels had never been done, but that changed when George Wymans rode a California motorcycle for 50 days from San Francisco to New York. In 1912, nobody had circled the globe on a motorcycle, but that changed when Carl Stearns Clancy straddled his Henderson Four and headed east. In the next 100 years, brave men and women struck out to see the world on wheels, making epic journeys recorded in books, films, and television. Folks more technically-oriented imagined travel off-world, on the Moon or Mars or beyond, in science fiction and actual space programs.

Exhibition curator and Motorcycle Arts Foundation co-founder Paul d’Orleans explains: “ADV:Overland celebrates the spirit of adventure. These remarkable machines tell a human story, of dreamers and reckless youth, stubborn visionaries and dogged competitors, all together in one place. It also includes the ultimate overland dream of surface exploration on other worlds, which is happening on Mars right now – and we have some of the NASA/JPL rovers. We told lenders not to wash their overland veterans: we wanted to show good honest dirt as proof of their rough duty.”

The contrast between the extremely simple overland machinery from the early 20th century to Charley Boorman’s electric LiveWire from Long Way Up is great, but the journey still had to be made on wheels. “The genesis of overland travel can be seen in the early bikes, like the 1912 Henderson Four that Carl Clancy rode around the world. These rudimentary machines captured the public’s imagination and fueled overland travel and competition we see today, like the Baja and Dakar rallies, and films like Long Way Up,” added MAF co-Founder Sasha Tcherekoff.

If 100-year old dirt-covered bikes don’t inspire you, then come to ADV: Overland for the far-out space exhibits. Two sci-fi overlanders from the Lost In Space series, including the spectacular 1960s tracked glass house, keep company with a futuristic 3-D printed electric “Lunar motorcycle” from Hookie.co. For an inspiring comparison between real and imaginary off-world overlanding, NASA/JPL loaned two actual Mars rovers – models of Opportunity and Sojourner – that have logged more miles on other worlds than any other vehicle.

Also on display is Charley Boorman’s electric LiveWire customized by Harley-Davidson for the Long Way Up television series. The Motor Company is also a sponsor of ADV: Overland in support of the 2021 launch of the Harley-Davidson Pan America. The Pan America marks Milwaukee’s first-ever adventure-touring motorcycle meant to compete in the growing ADV motorcycle space

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The Vintagent Classics: Girl Shy

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GIRL SHY (1924)

Run Time: 1:27:00
Producer: The Harold Lloyd Corporation
Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Writer: Sam Taylor, Ted Wilde, Tim Whelan
Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels

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This was Lloyd's first independent production after his split with Hal Roach. It is what Lloyd called a "character story" (as opposed to a "gag film"), and is notable for containing fewer of the stunts which characterize Lloyd's other films throughout most of its length, and instead focusing more on the relationship between Lloyd and Ralston. However, the lengthy finale of the film is one of the most exhilarating, non-stop action sequences of Lloyd's career.

It was also the second of six consecutive movies pairing Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston, who left Hal Roach Studios as well to continue working with Lloyd. Unlike the normal style for filmed romances prior to Girl Shy, both Ralston and Lloyd were featured in comedic scenes. - wikipedia

SUMMARY

Harold Meadows (Lloyd) is a shy, stuttering bachelor working in a tailor shop, who is writing a guide book for other bashful young men, "The Secret of Making Love," chapters from which are portrayed as fantasy sequences. Fate has him meet rich girl, Mary (Ralston), and they fall in love. But she is about to wed an already married man, so our hero embarks upon a hair-raising daredevil ride to prevent the wedding. - IMDB

*The Police Motorcycle which Lloyd steals is clearly a second prop bike on a trailer when Harold rides it. It is a stunt double riding for Lloyd in the cut away scenes.

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The Vintagent Selects: The Outcasts

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40 MINUTES: THE OUTCASTS (BBC TV 1985)

Run Time: 40:00
Producer: BBC
Photography: John Howarth
Key Cast: The Outcasts MC

FILM MAKERS

"Following in the wonderful spirit of the legendary Cane Toads comes this documentary detailing the life and grime of a motorcycle gang from East Anglia calling themselves The Outcasts.  Made by the BBC as a one-off TV programme in 1985, it is undoubtedly one of the finest, most insane things I have ever had the pleasure of watching... this is not something that is available on DVD." Read more at BadMovies.org

SUMMARY

I (Corinna, The Vintagent's Curator of Film) am pretty sure the review of this documentary on BadMovies.org is one of the greatest things I've ever read, and so I'm simply directing you, dear readers straight to the source for character and plot outline, obsessive screenshots, things to watch for, as well as:

Things I Learned From This Movie:
- When a woman wants to state her intentions, she will smear carburetor fluid on her thighs.
- Embalmers are indecisive creatures.
- Torn leather pouches from rubbish bins are surprisingly expensive to buy.
- When creating a gang outside of society, make sure the rules are incomparably harsher.
- Be wary of any pub containing weight lifting equipment.

PLEASE read the full review and additional commentary on this film directly at the source that gave it 4 out of 5 slimes. - BadMovies.org

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The Vintagent Classics: The Damned

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THE DAMNED (1963) aka THESE ARE THE DAMNED

Run Time: 1:27:00
Producer: Hammer Film
Director: Joseph Losey
Key Cast: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Oliver Reed

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The Damned (released as These Are the Damned in the United States) is a British science fiction horror film, and a delightful bit of Cold War cynicism, following a small group of radioactive children being raised by the British government to repopulate a future post-nuclear Earth. based on H.L. Lawrence's 1960 novel The Children of Light.

Note: The English Punk Gothic band, The Damned took their name from the film.

SUMMARY

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

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The Vintagent Classics: O Dreamland

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O DREAMLAND (1953)

Run Time: 12:14
A Film By: Lindsay Anderson

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O Dreamland is a 1953 documentary short film by British film director Lindsay Anderson.

The documentary was made in 1953 by Anderson and his cameraman/assistant, John Fletcher, using a single 16mm camera and an audiotape recorder. Once completed, the film was initially shelved, with Anderson commenting, "you don't do anything with a 10-minute, 16-millimetre film. It's just there, that's all." In 1956 however, he was inspired to include it as part of the first Free Cinema programme.

The black-and-white film is a 12-minute exploration of the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent and has no voiced commentary but a soundtrack of sounds recorded on site and music.

Gavin Lambert, a key supporter of the Free Cinema movement, said of the film "Everything is ugly... It is almost too much. The nightmare is redeemed by the point of view, which, for all the unsparing candid camerawork and the harsh, inelegant photography, is emphatically humane. Pity, sadness, even poetry is infused into this drearily tawdry, aimlessly hungry world."

SUMMARY

It is 1953. Members of the working class rush off to Dreamland Amusement Park in the English coastal town of Margate, where they gape at a show featuring torture devices, a lion pacing back and forth in a undersized cage, a ventriloquist's dummy dominating the scene with his sinister chuckle, and a dwarf praises his wares: "The dreams I dream are yours to see. Over there in reality." Director Lindsay Anderson interviews nobody, but uses his 16mm camera to record the entertainment and the people who are drawn to it, often in close-up. He records the visitors' facial expressions, kids eating sweets, and bored bottoms on barstools. The result is an impressionistic portrait of vapid entertainment, enhanced by a soundtrack that consists of the booming sounds of the amusement park and the constant, hollow cackle. Anderson released O Dreamland in 1956 as one of the first products of the Free Cinema movement, founded by Anderson and other filmmakers to free themselves from the strict rules of the documentary genre.

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The Vintagent Classics: Some People

https://vimeo.com/678250563

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SOME PEOPLE (1962)

Run Time: 1:32:00
Director: Clive Donner
Writer: John Eldridge
Key Cast: Kenneth More, Ray Brooks, Anneke Wills

FILM MAKERS

While hardly Quadrophenia, the neglected British film Some People (1962) remains a vivid depiction of working-class life, the lure of rebellion and the validation of belonging to some sort of youth culture – not that this was the original intention. Pre-dating both The Damned and The Leather BoysSome People is the first of this early-sixties triumvirate of true British biker films, all set against the backdrop of the rocker community but hugely different to their US counterparts. (It is also the only one of the three filmed in colour.)

Notionally a long advertisement for the relatively new Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, who commissioned the project, Some People manages to transcend its original purpose because of the talent involved. The screenplay was the last completed work by the documentary film maker John Eldridge, who had collaborated with Dylan Thomas at the Ministry of Information during the war. The film is also an early work by up-and-coming New Wave director Clive Donner, then on the verge of his career breakthrough with The Caretaker the following year, who had been cutting his teeth on low budget crime movies and melodramas. - Read more at The Bike Professor

SUMMARY

The story of three teenaged tearaways Johnnie, Bill and Bert who find themselves at odds with society. Following a brush with the law they have a chance meeting with a local choirmaster who offers them a way of making good.

In 1960’s Bristol three lads hang around, making nuisances of themselves after losing their motorbike licenses. Their only other interest is playing rock-and-roll so they welcome the offer from a supportive churchwarden of the use of his church hall. Things go well – with several new members including strong-voiced Terry, sort-of one of their girlfriends, they don’t sound bad at all – and one of the guys starts dating the churchwarden’s daughter. But his mate is increasingly suspicious that they are being sucked into behaving in a conventional way acceptable to the older generation.

The film was shot entirely on location in Bristol with Anneke Willis recalling the crew arrived in Bristol three weeks before shooting to get the feel of Bristol with the boys learning the local accent, riding motorbikes and visiting local dance halls with much of the script being ad-libbed.

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The Vintagent Selects: L'hibernatus

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L'HIBERNATUS (2022)

Run Time: 1:42
Producer: A Piece Of Chic
Director: Fabien Didelot
Key Cast: Stan Dibben

FILM MAKERS

Sebastien Chirpaz, founder of 'A Piece of Chic', created the Alpine Classique in 2015. A perfectly chic yearly gathering of classic cars and motorcycles in Chamrousse, France. Watch a past year's event film HERE.

SUMMARY

For years, Sebastien had dreamed of hosting the first pre-war motorcycle race on ice, and now L'Hibernatus is here! This first test edition took place on January 14 2022, in the Isère resort of Chamrousse, where enthusiasts will gather for an epic ride on the frozen roads of the Alps, riding their pre-war motorcycles. The opportunity to relive the roads of the pioneers who did not hesitate to defy the elements and push back the capacities of their machines.

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The Vintagent Classics: Cry-Baby

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CRY BABY (1990)

Run Time: 1:25:00
A Film By: John Waters
Key Cast: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane

FILM MAKERS

“John Waters’ musical ode to the teen rebel genre is infectious and gleefully camp, providing star Johnny Depp with the perfect vehicle in which to lampoon his pin-up image.” –Roger Ebert. Well said. Depp has always deftly embraced ironic roles to deflect the trappings of his undeniable handsome-as-hell looks. 21 Jump Street definitely had the potential to pigeon-hole his career, had he been a lesser actor.

Cry Baby would go on to become a cult classic, due largely to the pouty lipped, chiseled face of a young Johnny Depp in his physical prime, and on a Harley to boot. (They used a Sportster and K model, both red, that they swapped a few times in the film apparently with the thought that it would go mostly unnoticed.) For me the enduring 1950s aesthetic is always a draw, and Waters’ witty one-liners are priceless. And let’s not forget the interest that was stirred up back then by the young and sultry Traci Lords. It was her first non-nude screen role following her controversial (not to mention highly illegal) underage porn career that was still hot on everyone’s tongues and minds." - The Selvedge Yard

SUMMARY

The Cry Baby story centers on a group of delinquents who refer to themselves as "drapes" and their interaction with the rest of the town and its other subculture, the "squares", in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland. "Cry-Baby" Walker, a drape, and Allison, a square, create upheaval and turmoil in their little town of Baltimore by breaking the subculture taboos and falling in love. The film shows what the young couple has to overcome to be together and how their actions affect the rest of the town.

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The Vintagent Selects: Vesuvius 2 Etna

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VESUVIUS 2 ETNA (2022)

Run Time: 3:26
A Film By: Fabio Affuso
Key Cast: Lesley Bray, Malaka, Adelio Lorenzin, Jose Sendra, with text/reading by Alan Watts

FILM MAKERS

My photography focuses on the daring and extrovert nature of men and women who live life to the fullest. My subjects are creatives, visionaries, sometimes impostors and very often self made professionals. They often have a taste for style, using fashion as a defining element of their personality and character. They reflect an attitude of self-confidence and freedom in a world where everything is possible. - Fabio Affuso

SUMMARY

Fabio Affuso and friends take CAKE electric motorcycles from Mt Vesuvius to Mt Etna in Italy, 'powered by solar'. It's a fun take on their journey, with a voice over by Alan Watts.

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The Vintagent Classics: Angels Die Hard

https://youtu.be/qKjRkZAEmEk

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ANGELS DIE HARD (1970)

Run Time: 1:26:32
Producer: Angel Productions
Director: Richard Compton
Writer: Richard Compton
Key Cast: Tom Baker, William Smith, Carl Steppling

FILM MAKERS

Angels Die Hard was the first film distributed by Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Half its budget being provided by Roger Corman himself. Corman of course coined the phrase "Biker Flick" back in 1966 when directing Wild Angels, the film that opened the flood gates for the deluge of trashy Bike-Sploitation "B" films to follow between 1966-1972.

"Roger Corman's New World Pictures (1970-1983): The environment Roger Corman established at New World Pictures allowed young filmmakers like Jonathan Demme, Paul Bartel, Joe Dante, Jonathan Kaplan, Jack Hill, James Cameron, Ron Howard and me to gain invaluable experience making movies. Film scholars and general readers alike will find much to enjoy in this oral history. - Steve Carver (Director, Big Bad Mama, Capone, Lone Wolf McQuade)In 1970, Roger Corman launched his own film production-distribution company, New World Pictures. Over the next thirteen years, he would supervise the creation and release of more than one-hundred films, including such classics as Death Race 2000 (1975), I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), Piranha (1978), and Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979). Filled with entertaining anecdotes and insiders' insights about the filmmaking process, Roger Corman's New World Pictures (1970-1983): An Oral History, Volume 1 features interviews with twenty individuals who worked on New World movies, among them Belinda Balaski, Jon Davison, Dick Miller, John Sayles, Lewis Teague and Jack Hill, as well a conversation with Corman himself.It's time for a collection like this about New World Pictures and the man that made it all happen, Roger Corman. Roger is the seed of more careers than you can imagine in Hollywood." - Belinda Balaski (Actor, Piranha, The Howling) - excerpt from the book: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures (1970-1983)

SUMMARY

The film which was written in three months, revolves around a gang of bikers who try to save people from a mining accident. Compton shot the film on location in Kernville, California, on the shore of Lake Isabella, an old gold-mining town that was used for filming early Hollywood Westerns.

Review courtesy of The Video Beat: The local rednecks frequent a juke joint called the Arcade Club. They're a nasty bunch of hicks who don't like bikers. The film opens with townsfolk leaping from their pick-ups wielding two-by-fours, pipes and other bludgeoning devices to kick the you-know-what out of the Angels who merely stopped in for a drink. The Angels are doing a good job of whooping some hillbilly butt when the sheriff arrives and breaks up all the fun. The Angels drunkenly agree to leave town.

The next day the town is having an annual celebration of some sort that includes American flags, pig wrestling and other stuff. Next we see the Angels sitting in what looks like a junkyard, drinking beer and reading poetry, when they discover that the town rednecks have just murdered an Angel on the other side of the town line.

The Angles, with their fallen brother in a pine box, return to town and proceed to wreck a pool joint and rape a busty waitress while they smear spaghetti all over her—and themselves. But believe it or not, the bikers are the good guys in this film.

Lots of original rock music on the soundtrack including Dewey Martin of Buffalo Springfield who gives us "Indian Child," and psychedelic rock band, Fever Tree who play "Death Is A Stranger."

There are several fine fuzz guitar workouts among the bands on the soundtrack. A large portion of the score was laid down by East-West Pipeline, a fairly obscure group from Colorado who play on nine tracks including the heavy sludge riffing of "You Could Be" and "Taking a Bath," and the sweet psychedelia of "Questions." Tom Baker, William Smith, Carl Steppling, Frank Leo, Alan DeWitt, Gary Littlejohn, Beach Dickerson, Rita Murray, Dan Haggerty, Bambi Allen, Dirty Denny, Dixie Peabody. Angels Die Hard.

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The Vintagent Classics: Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown

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RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN  (1977)

Run Time: 1:15:48
Producer: Paramount Pictures
Director: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Writer: Charles M. Schultz
Key Cast: Charlie Brown (Duncan Watson), Snoopy (Bill Melendez), Woodstock

FILM MAKERS

Here at The Vintagent Film Archive, we draw a hard line as to what encompasses a motorcycle movie, or "Biker Flick" (a phrase coined by Roger Corman while directing the first of it's kind, Wild Angels in 1966). Mainly, is the motorcycle integral to the film? But sometimes, there must be exceptions (left to the discretion of the Curator). In this case, a cartoon homage to the iconic Easy Rider (1969) chopper in the 1977 animated classic Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown.

As a kid born 11 years after Easy Rider came out, this was one of the first motorcycles I saw on film, long before I saw it's inspiration, and it never left me. I definitely count Snoopy's chopper as a reason I ride motorcycles today. I've built my career as an authority on motorcycle movies by collecting and curating the good, the bad, and the bizarre of motorized cinema, and during this quiet, Covid holiday season, I think Peanuts is just what the Dr. called for, for those of us who chose to go our own way, and adventure off into the sunset. So, stay safe folks, and enjoy the genius of Charles M. Schultz and the Peanuts gang!

SUMMARY

The Peanuts gang heads off to Camp Remote somewhere in the mountains. Accidentally left behind by the bus while at a desolate rest stop, Charlie Brown is forced to hitch a harrowing ride on Snoopy's motorcycle in order to make the rest of the journey to the camp, accompanied by rock guitar type riffs while protesting Snoopy's wild driving...

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The Vintagent Trailers: Why We Ride

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Why We Ride (2013)

Run Time: 1:29:00
Producer: Walking West Entertainment, Gnarlynow Entertainment
Director: Bryan H. Carroll
Writer: Bryan H. Carroll, Chris Hampel, James C. Walker
Key Cast: Jim Adams, Ernie Alexander, Kenny Alexander

FILM MAKERS

How a Documentary about Passion, started a Worldwide Movement and Inspired Audiences to Ride!

What started as a documentary about the legendary racer “Iron Man” Ed Kretz become a 15-month long production studying the “two-wheeled perspective” of the passion of life — told through anecdotes of those who live and breath it everyday. This was one of the most transformative filmmaking journeys our crew had ever embarked on.

SUMMARY

The passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.

In the brutally-violent and dangerous early days of motorcycle racing, one man rode harder and faster than anyone else. Ed Kretz was so tough and seemingly invincible, his jealous rivals dubbed him "Iron Man." None of them could beat him and nothing could stop him. Kretz lived to wrestle his metal war-horse around any track, from the mountains of Depression-stricken California, to the beaches of Daytona.  He would later be an inspiration and friend to the likes of James Dean and Steve McQueen; and he won more national championships than anyone else in history.

We began this documentary journey the a singular mission, to tell the history of this legendary “Iron Man”. However, it quickly became evident that Kretz’s story of passion and persistence was shared among all motorcyclists, young and old, male and female, competitive racer and leisure rider alike. This film wasn’t going to be about the “who”, “what”, or “where”, it was going to be about the “WE” — and hence it was fitting the title of this evolving cinematic journey be WHY WE RIDE.

Why We Ride is a story about who we are. Individuals with a desire to dream, discover and explore. From a kid’s dream come true, to a retiree’s return to freedom. From a family riding together on the sand dunes, to hundreds of choppers carving through the canyons – the bond is the same. It’s about the passion of the riders and the soul of their machines.

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The Vintagent Selects: 1928 Brough Superior SS80 Deluxe: An Oily-Rag Survivor

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1928 Brough Superior SS80 Deluxe: An Oily-Rag Survivor (2021)

Run Time: 7:56
Producer: Baikudokan Productions, Van Loom Films
A Film By: Greg O'Keefe
Writer: Greg O'Keefe, Humphrey
Key Cast: Humphrey, 1928 Brough Superior SS80 Deluxe

FILM MAKERS

The video was produced, directed and edited by Greg O’Keefe of Baikudo™ (Japanese for The Way of the Motorcycle™) Productions and shot by Joel Van Loon of Van Loon Films. Greg is a university professor and a single dad to his 8 year old daughter since losing his beloved wife to cancer in early 2020. He hopes to further his passion for producing motorcycle-orientated videos when not riding. As well as making videos, Joel is a full-time dad and jewelry designer.

SUMMARY

A Brough Superior SS80 Deluxe - one of just 19 manufactured in 1928 - is the oily-rag star of this video. Three years in the making, the project ran into many difficulties that needed to be overcome before production could proceed to conclusion. One such "curve ball" was when the current custodian, Humphrey, experienced a major accident on the bike not long after we had started shooting in the spring of 2018! Getting the bike back on the road whilst maintaining the sacred originality proved to be a daunting task... Despite this featuring in the story, the goal of the video is to take a peek at a chapter in the life of a venerable old banger. Every Brough, that has survived thus far, has its own story and this is just one of them.

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The Vintagent Classics: The Thrill Is On

https://vimeo.com/652085935

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THE THRILL IS ON (1971)

Run Time: 0:41:52 (plus extras)
A Film By: David Aldana & Don Daniel
Key Cast: David Aldana, Bart Markel, and a cast of thousands.

FILM MAKERS

A long overlooked indy, student film captures the love of a sport, and becomes an unearthed gem for flat track fanatics.

SUMMARY

Filmed the year after Bruce Brown Made On Any Sunday. It was set around David Aldana and the Summer Grand National races, but the cameras just happened to get Bart Markel's 28th and last national win at Columbus, Ohio. This seldom seen movie shot over 50 years ago includes great footage of Dick Mann, Gene Romero, Jim Rice, Don Castro, Eddie Mulder, Mark Brelsford, Cal Rayborn, Chuck Palmgren, Keith Mashburn, and many more great riders of the day. The Movie includes original Narration by Roxy Rockwood, and a special introduction by Dave Despain. The Film has been digitally remastered from the original 16mm format. American Flat Track at it's best!

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The Vintagent Classics: The Mouse And The Motorcycle

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THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE (TV 1986)

Run Time: 41:04
Producer: Churchill Films
Director: Ron Underwood
Writer: Beverly Cleary (novel), Jim Carlson & Terrence McDonnell (screenplay)
Key Cast: Phillip Waller, Mimi Kennedy, Thom Sharp

FILM MAKERS

The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a children's novel written by Beverly Cleary and published in 1965. It is the first in a trilogy featuring Ralph S. Mouse, a house mouse who can speak to humans (though typically only children), goes on adventures riding his miniature motorcycle, and who longs for excitement and independence while living with his family in a run-down hotel.

The story and characters were inspired both by Cleary's son, who while recovering from a fever played with miniature cars and motorcycles, and by a neighbor who had shown Cleary a small mouse that had been trapped in a bucket.[2]

The book was released as a selection of the Weekly Reader Children's Book Club (Intermediate Division) and won the William Allen White Children's Book Award in 1968. Cleary went on to write two more books featuring the Ralph S. Mouse character in the following decade, and a film adaptation of The Mouse and The Motorcycle was produced in 1986.

SUMMARY

Ralph is a mouse who lives in the run-down Mountain View Inn, a battered resort hotel in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. Ralph longs for a life of danger and speed, wishing to get away from his relatives, who worry about the mice colony being discovered. One day a boy named Keith Gridley and his family visit the hotel on their way through California. Keith leaves a toy motorcycle on his bedside table. While Keith is away, Ralph attempts to ride it, but cannot figure out how to start it. Startled by a telephone ring, both Ralph and the motorcycle fall into a metal wastebasket.

Keith discovers his missing motorcycle in the wastebasket. Although Ralph's mother worries that he is in contact with humans, Keith shows Ralph how to start the motorcycle—make an engine-like noise—and lets Ralph ride it at night. While Keith and his family explore California, Ralph recklessly rides the motorcycle through the depths of the hotel. One night he is spotted by Keith's mother, who initially thinks she is imagining things, but later is sure that she saw a mouse riding a motorcycle. Ralph and the motorcycle are almost sucked up by a maid's vacuum cleaner, but Ralph escapes, riding into a pile of linen and dirty bed sheets. He escapes by chewing holes in the sheets, forced to leave the precious vehicle behind.

After Ralph loses the motorcycle, Keith loses trust in him, though he still brings the mice colony food. One night Keith becomes very sick, because his parents don't have any more aspirin and are unable to obtain one until morning. To regain Keith's trust, Ralph searches the hotel for an aspirin tablet, at risk to himself, for the medicine could prove fatal to a small mouse if ingested (in fact, Ralph's father was taken down with a bad cold and died in spite of all they could do). Ralph is able to find an aspirin tablet and borrows Keith's toy ambulance to retrieve it. When Ralph is successful, Keith's health is restored, one of the hotel's housekeepers had even found his motorcycle among the linens from which Ralph escaped. In gratitude, Keith gives Ralph the motorcycle to keep, Ralph uses the space under the TV set in the lobby as a garage.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Wheels Up In New York City

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WHEELS UP IN NEW YORK CITY (2021)

Run Time: 31:24
Producer: johnnypuetz Productions
A Film By: Johnny Pierre Kathoefer & Melanie Sallier
Key Cast: @its_k3nny, @wheelie_wannabe, @benadon_benmore

FILM MAKERS

On any given day, drivers and pedestrians in New York City may encounter a wild group of motorcyclists popping wheelies as they tear through the streets of the Big Apple. The police are losing patience, and some citizens lodge complaints, but the movement can’t be stopped—who are the people behind the helmets, and what keeps them coming back to the streets for their notorious daily rides? This question is the central theme of WHEELS UP IN NEW YORK CITY, the latest documentary by Brooklyn-based production company johnnypuetz Productions. As a New York production company full of avid motorcyclists, founder Jean Pierre Kathoefer and his team had always been intrigued by these lawless one-wheeled renegades. For WHEELS UP, they go straight to the source—by interviewing various members of the New York stunt-riding community, johnnypuetz is able to dig into the raw, human stories behind why these bikers ride and what it means to them.“I don’t have therapy in my life that I can spend money on and talk to someone,” says one rider who goes by the name of X. “Motorcycling and stunt riding were the only way I could focus that madness, the only calm that told me to shut up and focus.” Officially, the movement is known as Bike Life. Independently or in groups, riders pop wheelies and perform other stunts on dirt bikes, motorized bikes, and even ATVs.

SUMMARY

Some do it for the thrill, some for the friendships, and some riders are even starting to do it for money—by documenting their stunts on social media, skilled stunt riders can score lucrative sponsorships and brand partnerships. Most of these bikers practice their stunts in vacant lots where they can hone their craft in peace, but the streets are where they put their moves to the test. However,this can lead to accidents, injuries, and even trouble with the law—some stunt riders get ticketed for blowing red lights, and many are pulled over for reckless or negligent driving. Those interviewed in WHEELS UP insist that most stunt riders follow traffic laws, wear the appropriate safety gear, and do their best to minimize any disruption or inconvenience for other people on the road.In fact, by and large the documentary paints an incredibly sympathetic portrait of these riders, depicting them as a tight-knit community of misfits and adventurers rather than a gang of reckless adrenaline junkies.This sense of camaraderie is never more present than at Bikelife Sports,a stunt-riding event where bikers can practice their craft in the safety of a private racetrack. “We don’t have to worry about being chased by cops, we don’t have to worry about other people hitting us,” said one rider. “It’s just safety.” Without the constant looming threat of law enforcement or traffic collisions, riders can focus on what matters most: their stunts and their community. johnnypuetz’s ties to the motorcycle community give them unique access to this otherwise insular group, allowing for honest, often heartwarming interviews with some of New York’s most notorious motorists.For many of these bikers, stunt riding introduced them to life long friends, partners, and a greater community of like-minded people who have their back through thick and thin. Combine that with a one-of-a-kind adrenaline rush, and it’s no wonder these bikers risk it all day after day to take to the streets on one wheel.

WHEELS UP IN NEW YORK will begin streaming exclusively on Youtube on December 1st, 2021. For more information on johnnypuetz Productions, and updates on the film's release, check out the website and follow on IG (links below).

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The Vintagent Classics: Hex

https://youtu.be/ng1Waj46RKo

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

HEX AKA THE SHRIEKING (1973)

Run Time: 1:32:00
Producer: Max L Raab Productions, Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Leo Garen
Writer: Doran William Cannon (Story), Leo Garen, Stephen Katz
Key Cast: Keith Carradine, Cristina Raines, Scott Glenn

FILM MAKERS

A group of friends who were World War I flyers ride their motorcycles across America in search of what they believe their generation lost during the war.

Hex is one of a very short list of films set in the early 20th century, a time when motorized vehicles (and their rebel riders) first appeared on the sleepy streets of the Wild West. Western Hot Rod Biker Flicks?! This sub genre of Motorized Cinema has yet to be named... Stay tuned for more!

SUMMARY

Set in 1919, a gang of bikers (including Gary Busey, and Keith Carradine in his first roll) on new fangled machines roll into the rural prairie town of Bingo, Nebraska. Instantly surrounded by curious locals, a snot nosed kid dares them to a drag race his brother’s oh so 70’s, flame job hot rod. Not willing to be called chicken, the gang gives the Jalopy a run for its money, but things get messy and they flee town.

The gang hides out on a remote farm run by two stoic, dope smoking sisters who welcome them in reluctantly. It doesn’t take long before their concerns are validated by one of the bikers getting a bit too feely, and the outraged sisters call upon the dark spirit of their shaman father to teach them a lesson…

The film, shot entirely on the desolate Cheyenne River Reservation, is plotless, hokey, and painfully dull at times. It does, however, pose an interesting question as to what it was like to live in this strange moment in time. A crossroads in history, when the future in the form of a combustion engine came barreling into sleepy Edwardian towns in a terrifyingly loud black cloud of angry smoke.

Released repeatedly over the years under multiple titles, Hex managed to remain in complete obscurity, making it unexpected biker horror flick gold. - Corinna Mantlo, for Jalopnik

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The Vintagent Classics: Werewolves On Wheels

https://youtu.be/yU0-oGaEGDo

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WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS (1971)

Run Time: 1:19:49
Director:
Michel Levesque
Writer:
David M. Kaufman, Michel Levesque
Key Cast:
Stephen Oliver, D.J. Anderson, and Deuce Barry

FILM MAKERS

"We know how we’ll die, we’re gonna crash and burn, baby!"

Werewolves on Wheels is a 1971 American exploitation film directed by Michel Levesque and starring Stephen Oliver, D.J. Anderson, and Deuce Barry. It blends two genres: the outlaw biker film and the traditional horror film.

SUMMARY

"Heavy, someone’s controlling the vibes."

A biker gang, The Devil’s Advocates, is off on a routine, hell raising romp when Taro suggests they visit a Satanic monastery, after an ominous reading of one of the girl friend’s (Helen) taro cards. On arriving, a bunch of robed monks give them bread and wine, and when the gang passes out on their front lawn, they sacrifice a cat, and nab Helen for a ritual.

Luckily the gang wakes in time to rescue poor Helen, and they split the scene. Unfortunately for them, it seems the cult’s ritual has left the mark of Satan on the gang, and Helen isn’t quite the same. Make out sessions turn to bikers becoming werewolves and killing other members. Movie (named for his voice impressions) gets it bad, and Taro leaves the gang because of the bad vibes.

"One foot in heaven and the other in hell. One eye on the bible, one eye on the gin."

All in all this film should be cheap, low budget fun, but The cinematography and original soundtrack make it great. The opening scenes reminds you of easy rider, and the score is by Don Gere, is obsession worthy. Thankfully, the soundtrack is available on Vinyl. Enjoy!

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The Vintagent Selects: Home Made Wall Of Death

https://vimeo.com/635594907

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Home Made Wall Of Death (TV 1979)

Run Time: 3:57
A Film By: P.M. Magazine, RTÉ ONE
Key Cast: Michael Donoghue, Connie Kiernan, Pat Kenny

FILM MAKERS

P.M. was a magazine series reporting on aspects of Irish life with interludes for music from Irish performers. P.M. first began on Tuesday, 20 September, 1977 and ran until Thursday, 12 April, 1979. This episode of P.M. was broadcast on 27 March 1979.

SUMMARY

Two motor cycle enthusiasts have built a wall of death in Granard, Co Longford.

Having your own personal wall of death may seem unusual, but not for these two men from Granard who became the inspiration for the film ‘Eat the Peach’.

Reporter Pat Kenny talks to Michael Donoghue and Connie Kiernan about how the wall of death came about, and what it’s like to live next to it. The ‘Wall of Death’ inspired the film ‘Eat the Peach’ (1986). The film tells the story of two young Irish men transfixed by an Elvis Presley film in which a carnival cyclist performs an act on the wall of death and decide to put together their own wall of death. Pat Kenny went on to star as a reporter in the film.

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The Vintagent Classics: Chrome & Hot Leather

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tbB3aTEcbU

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

CHROME & HOT LEATHER (1971)

Run Time: 1:31:00
Producer: American International Pictures (AIP)
Director: Lee Frost
Key Cast: William Smith, Tony Young, Michael Haynes

FILM MAKERS

Lee Frost rates highly as one of the best, most talented and versatile filmmakers in the annals of exploitation cinema. Frost was born on August 14, 1935, in Globe, Arizona. He grew up in Glendale, California, and Oahu, Hawaii. He eventually wound up in Hollywood, where he started his career making TV commercials for the studio Telepics. Frost made his film debut with the early 1960s nudie cutie Surftide 77 (1962). He went on to make a slew of films in many different genres: tongue-in-cheek horror comedy (House on Bare Mountain (1962), mondo shock documentaries (Hollywood's World of Flesh (1963), Mondo Bizarro (1966), Mondo Freudo (1966), perverse softcore roughies (The Defilers (1965), The Animal (1968), crime drama (The Pick-Up (1968)), westerns (Hot Spur (1968), The Scavengers (1969) and even Nazisploitation (Love Camp 7 (1969), which has been widely cited as the prototype for the notorious Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975).

A majority of Frost's 1960s features were made for legendary trash flick producer Bob Cresse. Moreover, Lee added sex inserts into such foreign films as London in the Raw (1964), Night Women (1964) and Witchcraft '70 (1969). Frost continued cranking out entertainingly sleazy drive-in items throughout the 1970s; they include the startling psycho sniper outing Zero in and Scream (1971), the passable biker opus Chrome and Hot Leather (1971), the gritty Chain Gang Women (1971), the hilariously campy The Thing with Two Heads (1972), the immensely enjoyable Policewomen (1974), the gnarly blaxploitation winner The Black Gestapo (1975), the rowdy redneck romp Dixie Dynamite (1976) and the jolting roughie porno shocker A Climax of Blue Power (1974). Frost frequently collaborated with producer/screenwriter Wes Bishop in addition to their own pictures, Frost and Bishop wrote the script for Jack Starrett's terrific Race with the Devil (1975), which Frost was originally supposed to direct as well. Both Frost and Bishop often appear as actors, usually in small parts, in Frost's films. Lee worked as an editor on industrial movies for a film laboratory throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. His last feature was the straight-to-video Shannon Whirry erotic thriller Private Obsession (1995). Lee Frost died at age 71 on May 25, 2007.

SUMMARY

Don’t muck around with a Green Beret’s Mama! He’ll take his chopper and ram it down your throat!

Chrome & Hot Leather is a 1971 American action revenge film about Green Berets vs. bikers with touches of comedy. It is one of two films to feature singer Marvin Gaye in an acting role, the other being the 1969 film The Ballad of Andy Crocker.

A Green Beret returns home from the Vietnam war to find that a gang of murderous bikers has killed his fiancee. He calls on several of his Green Beret buddies to come and help him take revenge on the gang.

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The Vintagent Classics: Ghost Squad 'High Wire'

https://vimeo.com/617316979

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GHOST SQUAD: 'HIGH WIRE' (TV, EPISODE #5, 1961)

Run Time: 1:00:00
Producer: Associated Television (UK)
Director: Norman Harrison
Writer: John Gosling(book), Lewis Davidson (screenplay)
Key Cast: Donald Wolfit, Michael Quinn, Angela Browne

FILM MAKERS

Ghost Squad was a crime drama series that ran between 1961 and 1964, about an elite division of Scotland Yard. In each episode the Ghost Squad would investigate cases that fell outside the scope of normal police work. Despite the show and characters being fictional, an actual division did exist within the Metropolitan Police at the time.

Inspiration for the series was taken from a book of the same title written by John Gosling, a retired police officer and former member of the real-life squad it is based on. This squad operated only in London, but the members of the fictional team travel all over Europe, sometimes to fictitious countries.

SUMMARY

The adventures of the agents of Scotland Yard's secret undercover crime unit, dubbed "The Ghost Squad".

In Episode 5 'High Wire", Craig dons the disguise of a Wall of Death motorcycle rider to infiltrate a gang responsible for a series of audacious robberies. His ability to ride the machines leads to him being offered the role of lookout on the gang's next job.

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The Vintagent Trailers: Pozzis, Samarcanda

https://vimeo.com/524201744

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

POZZIS, SAMARCANDA (2021)

Run Time: 1:28:00
A Film By: Stefano Giacomuzzi
Key Cast: Alfeo Carnelutti, Stefano Giacomuzzi

FILM MAKERS

Documentary film by Stefano Giacomuzzi. The young Friulian director tells of the adventurous journey from Pozzis, a remote location in Val d’Arzino, to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, together with Coconut, alias Alfeo Carnelutti, the hermit of the fraction of Verzegnis. In August, the film won the Best Film Award at the Ivy Film Festival.

SUMMARY

A 73-year-old motorcyclist with a troubled past, a young director, a 1939 Harley Davidson, a quixotic journey towards the heart of Asia and their own dreams.

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The Vintagent Selects: Ride

https://vimeo.com/572113578

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

RIDE (2018)

Run Time: 5:46
A Film By: Paul Bush
Producer: Paul Bush, Abi Feijó
Executive Producer: Phil Davies
Key Cast: several hundred motorcycles

FILM MAKERS

'What is so extraordinary about this body of work is the passionate clarity of the ideas that fuel it and the formal precision of the narrative and cinematographic structures which allow the viewer in.’ - Leslie Dick

Paul Bush’s films challenge the boundaries that separate fiction, documentary and animation. His background in Fine Art is an influence on all his work and this is reflected in its inclusion in art collections and exhibitions as well as cinema distribution and television broadcast.

SUMMARY

A five minute animated film photographed at a private collection of motorcycles situated in North Portugal. ‘Ride’ is a homage to 1950s motorcycle design in which hundreds of real motorbikes are animated frame by frame, as a rider departs on an idealized journey into the countryside.

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The Vintagent Classics: The Hot Angel (1958)

https://vimeo.com/652911478

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THE HOT ANGEL (1958)

Run Time: 1:13:00
Producer: Paramount Pictures
Director: Joe Parker
Writer: Stanley Kallis
Key Cast: Jackie Loughery, Ed Kemmer, Mason Alan Dinehart

FILM MAKERS

Hot rod hot-shots and their tailgate babes! Teenage gangs rip highways and skies with thrills and terror.

SUMMARY

Mandy Wilson runs a small air strip near the Grand Canyon. She and brother Joe are glad to see pilot Chuck Lawson, who hasn't been here in five years. Their brother Tom heroically saved Chuck's life during the Korean War.

Joe has fallen in with a motorcycle gang, so Chuck is asked by Mandy to help straighten him out. Chuck is hired by uranium miner Van Richards to maintain surveillance from the air and find out who's been stealing valuable mineral deposits. He meets the bikers in Joe's gang, particularly the leaders, Judd and Mick Pfeiffer, and demonstrates his own skill on a bike while also giving flying lessons to Joe.

When the thieves realize Chuck's on to them, his plane is rigged to crash. Chuck manages to land it in the Grand Canyon, but is in such a precarious place that he warns Joe not to attempt a rescue. Joe gets to him safely anyway, saving the day, and it's clear that Chuck and Mandy are now in love.

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The Vintagent Classics: Blonde In Black Leather

https://vimeo.com/585913937

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

BLONDE IN BLACK LEATHER (1975)

Run Time:1:40:00
Director: Carlo Di Palma
Writer: Barbara Alberti, Carlo Di Palma, Amedeo Pagani
Key Cast: Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Ninetto Davoli

FILM MAKERS

Carlo Di Palma was born into a poor Roman family; his mother was a flower seller on the Spanish Steps, while his father was a camera operator for a number of Italian film studios. In an interview shortly before his death, Di Palma recounted his childhood memories of observing his father in action: "I'd run to the studio or the location, and watch my father work. I was fascinated by the whole experience. I would stand on a crate sometimes and watch. All of the people that were on the location were pleasant to me. I was very quiet and observant, so with that they let me stay on set. I would watch many different directors over and over."

SUMMARY

Two racy women decide to chuck their mundane lives and go on a wild adventure.

Sometimes it's not possible to defend or rationalize our fondness for mindless friends. It's the same with movies. This one has two beauties, Claudia Cardinele and Monica Vitti, and they ride around on a motorcycle. Never mind the rest, you will only sound ridiculous if you attempt to describe the plot. But the company is good, except neither actress does her own dubbing (Vitti's sexy throaty voice is sadly missing here). - IMDB

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The Vintagent Selects: NYC Norton - Pulse

https://vimeo.com/579082337

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NYC NORTON - PULSE (2021)

Run Time: 1:39
Director: Alex Zyuzikov
Director Of Photography: Matthew Canada
Key Cast: Kenny Cummings

FILM MAKERS

Alex Zyuzikov is a Ukrainian-born film director and photographer based in New York City. He has worked on a variety of commercial advertising campaigns, films projects, and editorial assignments alike, telling stories of his subjects with warmth, sympathy, and authenticity. Alex’s passion is storytelling. His style of work is inspired by his curiosity for different cultures, professions, and ways of living. Alex captures the essence of his subjects and their environments in a way that is creative and imaginative. His work is atmospheric, tonally rich, and thoughtfully sophisticated with profound humanness.

SUMMARY

Build. Race. Repeat.

That’s what Kenny Cummings of NYC Norton does, and he knows his way around a racetrack and a vintage British Norton equally well. Having come from an art and music background, he takes the same approach to building his motorcycles as he did to programming synthesizers for Elvis Costello and Aretha Franklin back in the day. His creations are equal parts art, music, and old British iron, working in perfect harmony.

As a filmmaker, I’ve always loved people who are passionate about what they do. People who don’t draw the line between their professional life and life in general since it’s one and the same. I saw that in Kenny and was immediately drawn to his story. We met at his shop several times before anything was story boarded and talked about life, what drives him, and I began to understand his background, values, and how he got to where he is today. He is just as much of an artist today as he was back in his music days, except now he expresses himself through being a precision craftsman.

I assembled a team, and we pulled an all-nighter at Kenny’s shop, getting the shots we needed to tell his story. Tired but happy, I couldn’t wait to go through the footage since it looked even better than I imagined it in my head. We met once more and shot some incredible-looking stuff of Kenny riding a Norton Commando through NYC’s tunnels and over the Brooklyn Bridge. The last piece of the puzzle was getting some racing footage, which Kenny was able to do at an AHRMA race at Laguna Seca.

“Yes, this is my life,” said Kenny when I first showed him the finished video, which is the biggest compliment I could ever hope for. I’m glad I captured a bit of his captivating story in this short film; I hope you enjoy it as well."

- Alex Zyuzikov

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The Vintagent Selects: The Ice Knights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiUx1X3Gml0

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

THE ICE KNIGHTS (2021)

Run Time: 9:34
Director: Sergey Roy
Photography: Michael Shegulin
Editor: Vito Rubtsov
Key Cast: Peter Tyushkevich, Egor Stepanizhov, Mikhail Kholodov

FILM MAKERS

“Life should be a journey to the grave, not with the intention of arriving safe and in a beautiful, well-preserved body, but rather to drive in with a skid, in clouds of smoke, completely exhausted and worn out, loudly proclaiming - This is a trip! ” Hunter S. Thompson

THE ICE KNIGHTS is a long-awaited video about a trip to Lake Baikal last spring. Three knights, three motorcycles, three last days of ice on a magical lake. Many thanks to everyone who supported the team!

SUMMARY

"We always had love for the motorcycles. Building bikes, traveling, doing MX, but flat track was a real game-changer for us. We built three flat trackers: a Soviet-era IZH Planet Sport, a Triumph T120R, and a KX450 DTX, and found an old speedway track 300kms away from Moscow. As the Summer season is only about three months in Russia, we also discovered Winter ice track racing, which is a great fun actually. So that’s how we got to Lake Baikal. The world's biggest and deepest fresh water lake, in East Siberia near Mongolia, with a perfect flat ice in Winter, where they hold a motorcycle mile festival (something like Bonnevile Salt Flats but ice!).  Lake Baikal is one of the top 10 must-see destinations in Russia, we always wanted to get there but for various reasons it didn’t come to the point. This time everything worked out perfectly.

We had a flat track event in Moscow with Motul, “In Dust We Trust”. The only flat track in Russia. So we loaded all 3 bikes to our Sprinter and drove 800kms from Saint Petersburg to the capital. The fun thing that our mechanics Rodion and Alexander are brothers and were born in the small place - Tarasa, 2 hours drive from Irkutsk (big city two hours drive from the Baikal), and due to the Covid situation here they haven’t been home for a while. A 5100kms trip from Moscow to Baikal wasn’t a big deal for those two.

Got couple of first places and the next day after the event Rodion and Alex headed east. Peter, Mikhail and Me (Egor), Video and Photo guys decided to take a worst you can imagine (six hour flight with non-folding seats and no meal) to meet our mechanics on the spot. Just before the flight my buddy sent me a video of 2 heavy trucks drowned under the ice on Baikal but it didn’t change my attitude much as the trip to Baikal was postponed couple of times and we decided to go.

We landed in Irkutsk rented a car and drove down to the lake. It is a middle of a spring and the whole way down the road we were watching the fast, clean river on the right and we laughing that it would be a great swim and a long flight home) later locals told us that even when its -50 the river looks the same way) But there was sense in our joke when we got to the place Listvyanka (small village on the bank of the Lake) where we decided to stay. We passed the place where trucks drowned, that’s kind of a scary thing you don’t want to see when you are planning to have fun on the track. Ice wasn’t that crystal blue and wasn’t easy to slide. It was about +10C and it was melting. Still conditions were good, but the time was against us as the ice was already soft.

Locals were talking stories of people falling in thawed patches and seriously warned us not to ride out. In winter there Is a highway on ice and about 600 cars drown each year. But we had bikes locked and loaded and nothing could stop us. 2 days of sliding nonstop. The ice situation got worse every hour and after I almost got caught in the huge crack we decided to stop!  It was scary like hell hearing all the breaking noises under the wheels but it was worth it.

We made some shooting, got really good images and definitely had some fun. Some breakdowns that we managed to fix right on the ice thanks to Rodion and Alex, but that’s what you always have when you deal with old bikes) The last day we decided to spent with guys parents’ house they were super kind to shelter our squad and we felt the full power of Russian hospitality and national dishes)

Baikal has its own energy. Don’t know how to describe it, but when you see it you can feel its mighty power. These expanses, snow-capped mountains in the horizon. I think that’s why this place is full of legends and spiritual things, it’s a real mecca of Shamans and Buddhists (official religions in this place). We plan to get back here next winter to slide its hard and cold ice."

- Egor Stepanizhov

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The Vintagent Selects: The Poster Maker

https://vimeo.com/560195513

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

THE POSTER MAKER (2021)

Run Time: 6:19
Director: John Christenson
Director Of Photography: Eric Schleicher
Editor: Joseph Mcmahon
Key Cast: Lorenzo Eroticolor

FILM MAKERS

John Christenson is a photographer and director who's exhibited his own work in both solo and group shows in the US and Europe.  He is also the founder and curator of the traveling art show Oil&Ink which brings together some of the best artists working in 2D art with a focus on the motorcycle scene.  John's passion for motorcycles, film and art has brought him all over the world meeting and making some lifelong friends.

SUMMARY

One of those friends is Lorenzo Eroticolor who is the artist featured in this short film titled 'The Poster Maker'.  Lorenzo has been a part of the Oil&Ink show from the beginning and has become a great friend.  I had the idea to shoot a short film based on the life of an artist and it only seemed natural to feature Lorenzo in the first film.

The film was shot in and around Paris documenting the life and art of Lorenzo.  His life and art are completely intertwined which shows through in the posters he creates.  Lorenzo prints his work with Nicolas Draeger, a 6th generation master printer in his shop Anthese Lithographie in Paris.  The story I set out to tell in this film was to give a glimpse into Lorenzo's life and his passion for not only the artwork he creates but also his family, friends and of course motorcycles. - John Christenson

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The The Vintagent Premier: Earned: The Story Of Keith Hale's Ducati 750SS

https://vimeo.com/559597864

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EARNED: THE STORY OF KEITH HALE'S DUCATI 750SS (2021)

Run Time: 27:32
Producer: Moto Borgotaro
A Film By: Roberto Serrini
Key Cast: Keith Hale, Peter Boggia, Tim Parker

FILM MAKERS

'Earned' is a collaboration between two long time friends. Serrini, a filmmaker "reinventing the genre of motorcycle films, with people who are truly lovely", and Boggia, a professional mechanic specializing in rare and European motorcycles, and owner of Moto Borgotaro. Read more about the duo HERE, watch their 2015 film Moto Borgotaro HERE, and keep an eye on Italy In Bocca... because there's always a motorcycle.

SUMMARY

Director Roberto Serrini’s documentary about Keith Hale and his singular, continuous ownership 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport.

The Ducati 750 Super Sport was the first of it’s kind. A factory race bike that the public could buy. Only 401 examples were produced and every one built was personally supervised by Fabio Taglioni. When Keith Hale first heard the sound of the 750 SS in 1974, he knew he had to own one at all costs. Although only 22 years old at the time, even then he knew it was not just another motorcycle. After taking out a bank loan and begging the Fresno, CA dealership to sell him their only 750 SS in 1975, he went on to use this race bike like no other before him, or since.

The prices have skyrocketed in the last 15 years for these incredible motorcycles, and are often kept in garages never to be used again. Keith’s bike represents the unmatched excellence of a period in motoring history, unto itself. This was the era that gave birth to the modern sportbike — more robust high revving engine, open exhaust, better braking, and looks that rival any Lamborghini or Ferrari.

This is the story of the 100,000 mile race bike that has been in continuous ownership for 47 years.

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Roberto Serrini

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The Vintagent Selects: All The Pretty Things

https://vimeo.com/547803591

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

ALL THE PRETTY THINGS (2021)

Run Time: 6:23
A Film By: Roberto Serrini
Producer: Moto Borgotaro
Key Cast: Oliver Rassinoux, Scarlet Capella, Keith Hale's Ducati 750SS

FILM MAKERS

Consider this an experimental teaser for the documentary 'Earned: The Story Of Keith Hale And His Ducati 750SS'. Like two sides of a coin, these films are worlds apart, but joined as one. Enjoy!

SUMMARY

We must not forget one thing about Keith Hale’s 750ss… it’s a motorcycle. While his story is poignant, soulful and singular, we wanted to celebrate this bike for the very same reasons he dedicated his life to it; because it’s cool as hell.

While we had the philosophical origin story of this amazing machine we were missing the passionate fun it inspires when you are around it, so I wanted to capture that bon-vivant attitude in a little bright film filled with all our favorite things. Inside you’ll find handmade helmets, vintage drink caddies, and rare, whimsical watches. All objects like Keith’s bike that generate smiles and wonder. These objects are as much characters as the wonderful people in the film, all of which have dynamic, interesting stories, none of which acting is considered part of their repertoire. These are just all very pretty things, hence the title.

Ever story has two sides to it. For this bike there is rich and wonderful human connection along with a pure and simple joy of being around it. Sometimes you need two stories to tell such a gigantic, wonderful tale.

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Roberto Serrini

Moto Borgotaro


 


The Vintagent Classics: Angel Unchained

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ANGEL UNCHAINED AKA HELL'S ANGEL UNCHAINED (1970)

Run Time: 1:26:00
Director: Lee Madden
Key Cast: Don Stroud, Luke Askew, Larry Bishop, Bud Ekins

FILM MAKERS

Just remember man. Speed kills.

Catch motorcycle stunt man Bud Ekins himself, as 'Speed' in this oddball biker flick classic.

SUMMARY

I’d ask you what a good pacifist would do, but I don’t care

The film opens in an amusement park. Bikers riding teacups… classic. Until it of course spirals into a brawl. Angel, the VP is tired of gang life. He leaves his colors at the park, for Shotgun to take on, and hits the road. At a small town gas station, the local cop is hassling some hippies. Angel takes their side and the cop backs off. One of the girls, Merilee, offers him food at their commune nearby, in trade for a ride on his bike. He obliges. Angel likes the commune… and Merilee. He chops wood, works the crops, skinny dips, and even learns to pot. It seems like paradise. Until all of a sudden, the commune is overrun with rednecks on dune buggies! They give the group one week to get out of town. Angel tries to talk to the locals, but it doesn’t go so well, so he heads back to the one place he didn’t want to go… his old biker bar haunt, looking for backup.

He invites the boys up to the country. He tells them of the cowboys vs hippies dilemma. After a bit of friendly ribbing, the boys agree to help out and everyone hits the road to the commune. The bikers settle in and all seems groovy… until they get into the special stash of hallucinogens that is. They get greedy of course, and want the recipe for Whamo (special cookies) but the hippies refuse. Shotgun’s got Angels ex old lady as a mamma now, but that doesn’t stop him from making the moves on Angels new old lady Merilee. He doesn’t get far and the biker on biker feuding starts to build tensions. They want out but they’re not leaving without those ‘special cookies’.

But when the Dune buggy riding, lasso looping cow-pokes send a message to the commune by roughing up one of the girls, a plan is devised to give the bike gang the Whamo if and only if they stick around long enough to fight the cowboys. Cut to dune buggies vs scrambler dirt bikes in the desert… and the fight is on! In the end, the hippies wins the war against the rednecks. The bikers are paid in Whamo and Angel is free to stay on at the commune to learn the art of pacifism with his old lady. - Corinna Mantlo for Cine Meccanica

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The Vintagent Selects: Stanley Woods The Movie

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

STANLEY WOODS THE MOVIE (1992)

Run Time: 49:12
A Film By: Alistair Spence for the BBC NI
Narrator: Robert Hardy
Cast: Stanley Woods

FILM MAKERS

Aired on the BBC in 1992.

SUMMARY

A look at the life of the legendary Isle Of Man TT, 10 time winnerStanley Woods.

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Stanley Woods & Patricia


 


The Vintagent Selects: Halcyon #110 "At close of day..."

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HALCYON #110 "AT CLOSE OF DAY..." (2021)

Run Time: 2:34
Read By: Dan M. | Halcyon 250 #110
Creative Director: Grant Longenbaugh
Cinematography: Ryan Blaske, Jordan Swartzendruber
Editor: Ryan Blaske

FILM MAKERS

At Janus Motorcycles, we make simple, beautiful machines that are a joy to own and ride. We draw on the Northern Indiana spirit of manufacturing to create a personal, unique, and relatable product. We utilize our global marketplace to source reliable, tried-and-true components. We build to order and sell directly to our riders, cultivating a connection with each and every owner.

SUMMARY

Dan is a dear friend, Halcyon owner, Vietnam Vet, widower, and an all-around badass. In this Janus feature, listen to him read "Do Not Go Gentle" by Dylan Thomas.

Special thanks to the Dylan Thomas Trust

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The Vintagent Classics: Born Losers

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BORN LOSERS (1967)

Run Time: 1:53:00
Director: Tom Laughlin
Writer: Elizabeth James
Key Cast: Tom Laughlin, Elizabeth James, Jeremy Slate

FILM MAKERS

Born Losers introduced Tom Laughlin as the half-Indian Green Beret Vietnam veteran Billy Jack. Since 1954, Laughlin had been trying to produce his Billy Jack script about discrimination toward American Indians. In the 1960s he decided to introduce the character of Billy Jack in a quickly written script designed to capitalize on the then-popular trend in motorcycle gang movies. The story was based on a real incident from 1964 where members of the Hell's Angels were arrested for raping two teenage girls in Monterey, California.

SUMMARY

Billy Jack is introduced as an enigmatic, half-Indian Vietnam veteran who shuns society, taking refuge in the peaceful solitude of the California Central Coast mountains. His troubles begin when he descends from this unspoiled setting and drives into a small beach town named Big Rock (Morro Bay). A minor traffic accident in which a motorist hits a motorcyclist results in a savage beating by members of the Born Losers Motorcycle Club. The horrified bystanders (including Laughlin's wife, Delores Taylor, and their two children in cameo roles) are too afraid to help or be involved in any way. Billy Jack jumps into the fray and rescues the man by himself. At this point the police arrive and arrest Billy for using a rifle to stop the fight.

The police throw Billy in jail and the judge fines him heavily for discharging a rifle in public. He is treated with suspicion and hostility by the police. Meanwhile, the marauding bikers terrorize the town, rape four teenage girls (Jane Russell plays the mother of one of the girls), and threaten anyone slated to testify against them. One of the girls, played by Susan Foster, later recants, saying she willingly gave herself to the biker gang. (Foster would go on to play a larger supporting role in Billy Jack.)

Co-scriptwriter Elizabeth James plays Vicky Barrington, a bikini-clad damsel-in-distress who is twice abducted and abused by the gang. The second time, she and Billy are kidnapped together. After Billy is brutally beaten, Vicky agrees to become the gang's sexually compliant "biker mama" if they release Billy. At the police station, Billy is unable to get help from the police or the local residents and must return to the gang's lair to rescue Vicky by himself.

Billy, armed with a bolt-action rifle, captures the gang, shoots the leader (Jeremy Slate) between the eyes in cold blood, and forces some of the others to take Vicky, who's been badly beaten, to the hospital. As the police finally arrive, Billy abruptly rides away on one of the gang's motorcycles.

The anti-authority sentiment continues up to the end when a police deputy accidentally shoots Billy in the back, mistaking him for a fleeing gang member. He is later found, nearly dead, lying by the shore of a lake. He is placed on a stretcher and is flown to the hospital in a helicopter as Vicky and the sheriff give him a salute.

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The Vintagent Classics: No Limit

https://vimeo.com/542857697

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NO LIMIT (1935)

Run Time: 1:20:00
Director: Monty Banks
Writer: Walter Greenwood
Key Cast: George Formby, Florence Desmond, Howard Douglas

FILM MAKERS

No Limit is a British musical comedy starring George Formby and Florence Desmond. The film, which was directed by Monty Banks, was made on location at the TT motorcycle race on the Isle of Man. It was the first of eleven films that Formby made with Associated Talking Pictures.

Although Formby had already made two moderately successful films (Boots! Boots! and Off the Dole), No Limit was the film that put him on the road to stardom. It is still regarded as one of his best and funniest, featuring good songs, humorous scenes and numerous stunts.

SUMMARY

George Shuttleworth is convinced that he has the talent to win the Isle of Man TT races, despite what his neighbours back home in Wigan may think. During the trials, the brakes go on George's bike, 'The Shuttleworth Snap', which he made himself. As a result, he breaks the TT lap record, becoming an instant motor-cycling star. As the big race approaches, George soon realises that other jealous riders will stop at nothing to make sure he does not take part in the race. An early George Formby film and probably his best.

Bikes: Real motorcycle manufacturers are not referenced in the film, and instead contemporary motorcycles were customized and given fictitious names. For example, Formby rode for the "Rainbow Motorcycle Company" on a 1928 AJS H5 that had been modified and 'streamlined' by his character to become the Shuttleworth Snap. Other bikes that were used include a 350cc Ariel that had been flown to the Isle of Man, partly dismantled, in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.

Stunts: Many of the racing scenes in the film were performed by motorcycling riders from the Isle of Man such as brothers Bertie and Harold Rowell. They were paid £75 per day for their appearances. Members of the Peveril Motor Cycle Club also carried out some of the stunts, including Cyril Standen who crashed into the front-door of the Ballacraine Hotel and the crash into the river at Sulby. Jack Cannell also featured as a stunt rider wearing bib number 15.

Harold Rowell ended up performing more of the rider scenes than any other member of the Peveril Motorcycle and Light Car Club. At one stage members of the club, engaged in the stunts, staged a walkout in order to gain a better financial deal. They were originally offered £2 per day, but they subsequently discovered that the two professionals and a number of less experienced riders were being paid £20 per week, plus accommodation at the Majestic Hotel.

Formby did perform some stunts himself including the scene where his character weaves in and out of his rival's machines on the Cronk-y-Voddy Straight. At the climax of the film, Formby needs to win the race by pushing his bike the final 500 yards to the winning line. In the scene used in the film, Formby is seen collapsing. This was real; after doing 15 takes in hot weather, he fell down and a doctor was requested.

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The Vintagent Classics: Spare A Copper

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SPARE A COPPER (1940)

Run Time: 1:17:00
Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Key Cast: George Formby, Dorothy Hyson, George Merritt

FILM MAKERS

“Lucrative... convoluted... unwieldy and overly complex... squandered”, says Vic Pratt of the British Film Institute“Everything percolating as it should,” says ‘Alliwell.

This film was definitely lost to history as far as motorcycle movies goes...and we're thrilled to have finally tracked it down. While there is no trailer available, we've compiled the best of the motorcycle cop, Hell Rider, Wall of Death bits in the clip above. Sideways police chase in the Motordrome... yes please!

SUMMARY

A right bleedin’ berk in the War Reserve police force struggles along to make the grade, meets a girl, fails the flying squad motorcycle test spectacularly, gets utilized by saboteurs, goes on the run, saves the day (and the Wall Of Death), and gets the girl, as well as the motorcycle (with sidecar).

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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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IG: @stephanegautronneau

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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

https://vimeo.com/507636348

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX7_R70NC7o

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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

https://vimeo.com/485718903

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

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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Watch the Wall of Death / Hell Driver carnival scene at Cine Meccanica



The Vintagent Selects: 1500

https://vimeo.com/492481412

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

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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About the Rally: WWW.MALLELONDON.COM/RALLY

Wolli Films: WWW.WOLLIFILMS.COM



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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB6t4WkNygM&feature=youtu.be

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

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

https://vimeo.com/459080305

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

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

https://vimeo.com/487792187

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

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

https://youtu.be/eq0xrQjRVdY

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

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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Instagram: @StoriesOfBike

Instagram: @Ryan_Handt



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

The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us. 

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

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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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Watch on Tubi for FREE



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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Stanley Woods and 'Patricia'



The Vintagent Selects: Ducati Imola 750 Riding The Legend

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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

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bethemovie/411077380

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)

https://vimeo.com/249737487

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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In These difficult times, the filmmakers would like to suggest making a donation to the SF Marin Foodbank. Stay Safe.



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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Quarantine Cinema: Part 2

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

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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.

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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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