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Thousands of years of philosophy be damned

The Beauty of the Irrational

“Try, try again” is easier said than done when you’re racing against a massive, imposing canyon. That’s why we love watching South African ultra-marathoner Ryan Sandes attempt to master Namibia’s harsh 84-kilometer Fish River Canyon trail. In The Beauty of the Irrational, Sandes poignantly reflects on his unsuccessful record attempts in 2009 and 2010 before…

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A cementer of friendships

This is Made By Hand: The Cigar Shop

Cigar smokers were shunned by many even before the pervasive smoking ban was instituted. Though probably good for the common health, cigar aficionados still weep over the loss. Some shops still keep the candle stogie burning — and then there is the rare shop that rolls its own odiferous sticks. Such is the case with…

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The Depth of Speed: Something from Nothing

With our love of cars and well-shot short films, it’s easy to get why Jason Clason and his mission to travel around the good ol’ US of A filming serious motor-heads gets us revving. In The Depth of Speed, Jason meets up with Tim Bradham in his NC-based shop TBC Hot Rods and Bikes and…

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Wunderkind

40 Years of BMW Motorsport

BMW Motorsport is the hand that’s pushed BMW harder and faster for 40 years now. Responsible for BMW’s racing programs, including automobiles and motorcycles, BMW Motorsport GmbH (or BMW M-Technik or just BMW M) has delivered to the world legends like the E30 M3 and the legendary M1 supercar and continues to produce M-badged cars…

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Searching for West

Teeming with soul-searching narrative and impossibly rich cinematography, Searching for West chronicles Mark Seacat, a Montana hunter, and his interconnection with hunting. Balancing Seacat’s duties as a husband and father — his son, West, was born mere days before elk season — and his hunting responsibilities, director Christopher Murphy and cinematographer Logan Triplett weave scene…

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Big Little World

Forget tourism videos, this is the kind of travel fare we want to sink our teeth (and daydreams) into. If you’ve ever wanted to get away to an island paradise, put Seychelles atop your list. An archipelago in the Indian Ocean, it’s main source of income is as you’d imagine, tourism. It makes up for…

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Ghosts of Speed

Windsurfers can shred across the water or languidly coast with not a care in the world. It appears Dutch windsurfers prefer the former. Ghosts of Speed is a new documentary focused on a select group of speedsurfers tearing up the water at a place known as “The Brace” off the coast near Bierdijk, Oosterland in…

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BMX Ballet

40 Years in Paris

In the film short “40 Years in Paris” shot and directed by J.C. Pieri, Frenchman Alain Massabova pirouettes through the City of Light in a visual tribute to both flatland BMXing and one of the world’s greatest cities. Massabova, a 40-year-old father, dances easily atop his orange bike, using skills gained over 27 years of…

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Sea Bites

In the coastal region of Galicia, Spain a few brave fisherman set out everyday to repel off of little inlets for precious gooseneck barnacles. The barnacles themselves are extremely expensive despite their small size due to their sweet and salty flavor. “They taste like the sea,” says Serxo, and demand for their unique flavor is…

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Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

A Jacket for Life

There’s an ancient proverb that says “Man fears Time, but Time fears the Pyramids.” Based on the video A Jacket for Life, Time can’t be too fond of Barbour jackets either. This documentary showcases the 30-year love affairs that several Barbour owners have with their jackets — showing us why those relationships last longer than…

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On your marks, get ready, watch!

10 Videos To Get You Fired Up for the Olympics

This Friday as London becomes the stage for the 2012 Olympic games, it’s hard to grasp just how much has happened. New arenas have been built, unfathomable amounts of technology have been put into place and scores of athletes have arrived, each ready to unleash every last ounce of honed-to-perfection competitive energy. As countries beam…

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The Dream Team Documentary

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the “Dream Team.” Loaded with established legends from an earlier era like Bird & Magic, as well as a rocketing star in Michael Jordan — and let’s not forget about college boy Laettner — they became one of, if not the greatest teams ever assembled in the history…

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The History of the Formula 1 Car

The Formula 1 Car has always been the pinnacle of automotive engineering. Currently in its sixty-third season, the best and brightest in motorsport continue to find ways around rules and regulations with their motorized manipulations of physics on the track. Rufus Blacklock has painstakingly produced an animated history of the evolution of these open-wheeled interpretations…

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Discovering Local Frontiers

Drafting It | George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers

Uncovering inspired products and far-flung adventures are why we get up in the morning. It’s a terrible job — but hey, somebody’s got to do it, right? All of these things start somewhere, though, and often boil down to one decision from a certain type of individual. The type of person who feels the best…

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Made in America: KA-BAR Knives

KA-BAR has been churning out incredible knife after knife since its founding in 1898. The latest film from Common Machine Prod. displays the history of the famous knife company — and done a fine job at that. First founded by two brothers, KA-BAR was originally known as the Tidioute Cutlery Co. in Tidioute, PA. —…

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El Mar, Mi Alma

In Chile, the sea is the great provider for many of its inhabitants. It is also a place to unwind and enjoy life. The new trailer for El Mar, Mi Alma, made by Rebel Waltz Films, is a documentary that is split into 2 parts. The first is a surf film which details the rich…

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Peter Brings the Shadows to Life

You’ve probably come across a skateboarding video before while wondering the internet. We’ve even shared a few before in the past. Taking a cue from Peter Pan, this video only shows the skater’s shadow. Filmed by Joe Pease and Predatory Bird, it’s a clever showcase of how your dark doppelganger can be just as cool…

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Ken Burns On Story

Ken Burns has churned out some spectacular documentaries on historical subjects — subjects that changed how we think as a society. Call him old school, but there’s no denying his mastery of the genre. Hell, the man even has a visual technique named after him. This time around Ken is tackling one the most devastating…

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Ole!

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

Our interest in people who choose to create things by hand knows no bounds. Whether it’s surfboards, clothing, or in this case: Flamenco guitars. The latest film in Dimitris Ladopoulos’ series “The Art of Making“, Ladopoulos showcases guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides, a master of his craft, and all the processes and hours it takes to…

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Harris Tweed: From Shearing to Stamping

Few things in the fashion world have stood the test of time like that of Harris Tweed. A dense wool cloth made on islands off the Scottish coast known as “Hebrides”, the tweed is completely hand sheared from local livestock by Shepards and sent to a factory to be dyed and then finally woven by…

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The builder of dreams

Urban Outlaw

Take one part Brit, one part Porsche enthusiast, one part artist and one part Rastafarian, and you get Magnus Walker. You certainly wouldn’t call him conventional, by any means, but you might just call him an artful genius, based largely on the man’s remarkable ability to bring custom vintage Porsche 911s to life. Having come…

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RocTrip China 2011

In 2011 Petzl gathered over 600 climbers from all over the world to bring to China to climb the Great Arch of Getu He located in the Guizhou province. This film was put together by Baraka Films and tells its story unlike a traditional narrative. The film follows the beat of music and sounds gathered…

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Kilian Martin: Altered Route

Skateboarding has always been seen as more of sport than an expressive art form. In Brett Novak’s new short film Kilian Martin: Altered Route the Spanish skater displays his incredible prowess on the deck. Starting as a gymnast, turned surfer, turned skateboarder Martin practically dances on the board as a way of expressing himself through…

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Summertime, and the shredding's easy

Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight

Wondering what to do with all that leftover footage from a recent project? Well you could follow in the footsteps of Matt Kleiner and piece together a stunning video from whatever’s left on the cutting room floor. Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight is the result of Matt’s leftover footage fom shooting a feature…

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Shutter Ísland

Iwan Bigler and Raphael Nussbaum, the visual raconteurs of Team Nine, bring the greens, greys and sometimes blues of Iceland to you in the beautifully composed Shutter Ísland. In their first effort, the Switzerland-based duo artfully choreographed an August 2011 couch-surfing trip to Iceland, with vistas near and far that capture the detail and grandeur…

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Yosemite Range of Light

When he was just 18, Shawn Reeder serendipitously won a trip to Yosemite National Park whose breathtakingly majestic beauty has won his heart ever since. With a knack for time-lapse shooting and the help of some sponsors, Reeder set out to capture footage of Yosemite’s Range of Light and compile it into the epic tribute…

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Revisiting the Sinking of the Titanic

Does the world need another take on Titanic? When the response involves James Cameron and National Geographic, the answer is always yes, as long as charcoal drawings aren’t involved. This latest installment of Viewfinder combines James Cameron’s fascination with the ocean, and state of the art computer animation to reproduce, arguably, the most famous shipwreck of…

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The Concorde Story

Think about this – commercial airlines traveled faster 35 years ago than they do today. Technological advances seem to be limitless, yet we no longer travel at super sonic speeds as we did from 1976-2003. How did we flout the sound barrier at the end of the 21 Century? The Concorde. It was the result…

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A Strat is Born

The Fender Stratocaster is the definition of an American classic. The instrument has been produced continuously since it was introduced in 1954 and has since become a mainstay of players across all genres of music for its timeless design and distinctive sound. Legends such as Hendrix, Gilmour, Clapton and Jeff Beck have solidified the Stratocaster…

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The Inverted Bike Shop

Brooklyn’s 718 Cyclery traces its roots to a backyard shed. Several years ago, founder Joe Nocella, a reformed bicycle messenger and current architect, combated the indignity of a stolen bike by building a new one himself. He liked the hands-on approach so much that he built more, eventually building bikes for friends and neighbors and,…