Even after an almost fatal accident in 2001 that left him without legs, Alex Zanardi’s outlook remained bright. He returned to motorsports and won a fair share of races at the World Touring Car Championship, then won two medals at the 2012 London Paralympics; this October, he’s taking on the Ironman World Championship triathlon. Tim Hahne’s short for BMW, “Touch the Sky”, is a peek into a day in Zanardi’s life.
even the greatest defeat can be turned into your greatest victory
Jump from a 500-foot cliff and you’ll free-fall for five or six seconds. It’s a very short moment, but as one yet-anonymous thrill-seeker explains in this short clip, “Your mind becomes so focused on the exact moment that all your senses become amplified. You’re able to hear things, and feel things, and see things that you probably wouldn’t if you weren’t in free fall.”
No Glory in Being a Maverick
Warbird pilots have an innate passion for flying. When other kids dreamed of hitting the ball out of the park, these guys fantasized about racing down the chute at Reno. The short film Warbird Pilot: Behind the Visor focuses on decorated Reno Air Race Pilot John-Curtiss Paul as he balances aviation and family life.
From Trigger to Table
Put a rifle in the hands of a chef, set him up in sight of an unassuming whitetail deer, and see what happens. That’s the premise of the latest Salt, Fresh & Field, a show that connects, quite literally, food and table.
Follow Your Fears
A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.
A Stranger Collaboration
Seven creatives — filmmakers, photographers and musicians — who had never met traveled to Iceland in 2011 with one purpose: to document beauty. Outliers, Vol. 1: Iceland is the amorphous, unfocused, and impressive culmination of the landscapes, people and traditions they encountered.
220 Miles a Day, Seven Days a Week
Battling his way from a hospital bed to a bike saddle, James Golding sets out to break a distance world record that has stood for 74 years.
Out of this world
One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L’Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.
Out Of The Limelight, Into The Sun
Dane Reynolds sparked controversy in 2012 when he dropped out of competitive surfing. This short film follows him as he seeks to rediscover his inspiration.
A look at Porsche's journey to Le Mans
The biggest story behind this year’s running of Le Mans was no doubt the return of Porsche, who have been absent from the race’s top class for 16 years. The storied automaker teamed up with Michelin to create “We Are Racers”, a series of short films documenting the company’s 2014 journey to Le Mans.
An afternoon with a surfer, winemaker, and philosopher
“Why do I surf, why do I make wine?” Johan Reyneke says, laughing to himself. “I don’t know. It just happened. It’s just meant to be.” In this short film by The Perennial Plate, Reyneke surfs in False Bay and explains the way he makes wine. They’re two disciplines that may seem quite different but are actually quite similar through the lens of his life’s philosophy.
60 hours, 100 miles, 62,680 feet of climb
While the ultramarathon circuit flourishes with more competitors and stars who are (almost) household names, the Barkley Marathons remains an eccentricity — and that’s saying a lot for a sport that’s already at the fringes. This 2014 film documents the race.
Grit, Gravel and Rubber
The Almonzo 100 is a gravel bike race that takes place each year over 100 miles of the gently rolling gravel roads of Fillmore County in Southeastern Minnesota. Pretty standard — except for the lack of entry fee, aid station, or support team. The only things the racers have are themselves, two tires and 100 miles of gravel to crush.
Capturing the entire scene
Award-winning Norwegian nature photographer Asgeir Helgestad shows a typical day in his office, among the cold and the wild, in this video short.
Coming to the Dark Side
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional is such an icon — it’s nearly a perfect watch, really — that it’s hard to imagine that OMEGA could ever follow it up. Then last year the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon set the watch world abuzz. This video from Omega shows how it’s crafted, in all its black ceramic glory.
The Watchmaker's Art
When people ask what’s so special about mechanical watches, we go on about the miracle of keeping time with gears and springs, the artisanal tradition and the importance timepieces have played in great historical events. If anyone listening hasn’t walked away by then, eyes are usually glazed and the subject quickly changed. Now we can just point those people to this video.
Ditch The Civic and Don Some Leather
What would a modern interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde look like? Nicholas Maggio (who we’ve already seen is pretty good at the babes, crime, cars equation) has taken a stab, and the results are about as killer as you’d expect. If you don’t hit eBay in search of a leather jacket and an E28 M5 afterwards, you might need to watch it again.
Salomon's Running TV on the Western States 100
Salomon’s Running TV reaches back to the history of the 20th Annual Western States 100 in “The Original”. The year was 1974, and the Western States (also known as The Tevis Cup) was a 100-mile endurance horse ride in Placer County, CA. Colfax-native Gordy Ainsleigh had been competing for several years. “When my horse went lame in ’73, [race organizer] Drucilla invited me to do it the next year on foot”, he says. “I said, ‘well maybe’, and I was thinking: I’ll have a better horse by then. I didn’t get around to it, so in ’74, as the spring rolled on, I ran.”
Colonoscopy of a Glacier
Due to warming climates, the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska has retreated by more than a mile during the past few decades. As it slides along the uneven valley floor, its underside buckles into caves and irregular ice patterns. Wind and flowing water continually carve and enlarge the caves, making them a dynamic but remote tourist attraction. Recently, a Los Angeles based film crew visited the glacier and, by attaching a GoPro camera to a flyable droid, recorded the carving force of the glacial meltwater as it winds through Mendenhall’s underside.
Have you got the time?
Next time you wind and set your humble wristwatch against the time on your MacBook, remember that behind those digits are oscillations of Cesium atoms at the US Naval Observatory.
Adapting, Exploring, Living
In Endless Abilities, paraplegic Zachary Bastian and his friends travel across the country to document the stories of other physically disabled individuals who have found ways to live athletic lives in spite of their conditions. Get goosebumps; count your blessings; realize unforeseen possibilities These are this video’s gifts.
Portrait of a Surf Photographer's Life
Mickey Smith lives behind the camera, treading water and capturing extreme surfers while avoiding waves, sharks and loose surfboards. This is the story of his passionate pursuit of the perfect surfing moment.
Jungle, Coast, Cave, Reef
The story of Belize is one of layers, as evidenced by the experience of GP editor and adventurer, Jason Heaton, who explored the country’s Caribbean coastline and inland jungles, diving underwater, caving underground, and — at least for a short while — relaxing under coconut trees.
Nanometers from the future
In the past, researchers working with graphene faced incredibly high production costs — somewhere in the range of $100,000,000 per cubic centimer. The price isn’t particularly surprising, considering that the leading method involved hand-peeling layers of graphite with scotch tape and placing it on silicone wafers. In this video, Ric Kaner, a chemist at UCLA, explains how he set out to find a better production method…and ended up making a discovery that could change the way we interact with electronics.
Do You Wanna Go to the Moon?
When the doors open on the annual SIHH watch fair in Geneva, there’s a stampede of journalists to the A. Lange & Söhne booth to see what new timepiece miracles the Glashütte brand has introduced. The German brand never disappoints, and this year is no exception: the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna ($215,100+) is a spectacular timepiece, yet another tour de force from Glashutte. In this video Lange’s Technical Director, Anthony de Haas, explains the masterpiece.
Sculpting the Mountain
Now in its seventh season, the Salomon Freeski TV channel has covered the sport exhaustively. In “The Architect”, Vice President of Resort Design at Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners, Ryley Thiessen, explains how resort development has changed from the 1960s to today, bringing us from mom-and-pop mountains (now all but extinct) to four-season resorts in China.
How It's Made
Apple’s Mac Pro, released in the fall of last year, is the kind of provocative machine that makes even luddites turn their heads. Its design is reminiscent, in some ways, of Da Vinci’s plans for a flying machine: an impressive idea, a maelstrom of creativity, a game-changer that inspires curiosity and awe. It’s not anywhere near as ground-breaking as Leonardo’s plans — but then again, Apple is able to execute. Apple’s short film captures that execution.
Outdoor adventure in Kyrgyzstan
Combine partial nudity and breathtaking landscapes and you’ve got a recipe for a pretty good movie; throw in world-class alpinist Kyle Dempster, a bicycle and the Kyrgyzstan wilderness, well, then you get an unexpected and touching adventure film. Dempster set out in 2011 for a six-week trip in the Central Asian country, armed with a bicycle for transportation and a bag of climbing gear for soloing unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. The result is an award-winning film, The Road from Karakol, that’s raw, funny and insightful.
For a genre that was probably started by someone with a Handycam saying “I bet you can’t do that”, outdoor action films tend to have incredible cinematography. Teton Gravity Research has been a long-time player in the action-sports film game, and it absolutely shows in the trailer for the latest film “Way of Life”. Though the skiing in the movie from the likes of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi and Sammy Carlson among others is absolutely jaw-dropping, the helicopter-mounted tech behind the film is equally impressive.
Plunging into Parody
We laud the rise of American manufactured goods, especially the ones that speak to individualism, quality and good old fashion craftsmanship. We also love a good laugh. That’s why The Re Made American Master Plunger is 100% unclogged goodness. A Faux-artisan and video comedian who is clearly not Best Made Co’s Peter Smith-Buchanan spends three minutes and eighteen seconds focused on a corner hardware store bottom-rung toilet plunger and proceeds to extol the wonders it “unleashes”.