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Renan Ozturk’s 2013 Reel

Renan Ozturk of Camp 4 Collective is (just like everyone involved in Camp 4 Collective) a beast. What’s he a beast at? Adventure, for one, but mainly in capturing the epic: The epic actions — rock climbing without ropes, skiing mountains that should definitely not be skied, flying over ice fields so large they seem to defy the horizon — that his team undertakes; The epic and often terrifying extreme landscapes they explore; The epic people they meet. All together, the highlights make for a pretty stunning three minutes of footage. Stop reading this and watch it.

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Never Enough Alfa

The automotive video wunderkind Petrolicious have struck auto nostalgia gold once again with their latest short dubbed Never Enough Alfa. As a few of you sleuths might have inferred, the video centers on a brand that’s close to more than a few team members’ hearts: Alfa Romeo. But any soft spot we have for the brand pales in comparison to collector Manuel Leon Minassian, who eventually started buying rides like people “buy tacos”. Though he’s got more vintage whips than he cares to share, one car in particular holds a special place in his heart — a customized 1972 Alfa Romeo Berlina.

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Trans-mongolian: A Long Train Journey

Often, the simplest things are the best. Not so often, though, do those simple, excellent things involve a journey of over 4,500 miles. Trans-mongolian: A long train journey is a singular short film; its only accompaniment is a Mongolian throat-singing soundtrack mixed with the rhythmic click-clack of the train; many of its rapid-fire scenes are shot in tilt-shift, adding to a mystic quality.

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Watch closely now

Espresso, Intelligentsia

If you need proof of coffee practiced as an obsession, art form and science, this quick video — a “how-to” on making a cup of espresso — is exhibit A. Intellegentsia Coffee in Venice, California can come off as a little pretentious at first; but what you’re really seeing is an unabashed expertise in truly great coffee. “We take every single step in the chain, from seed to cup, as seriously as possible”, Kyle Glanville extols. We believe him.

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Heart of glass

The Birth of a NIKKOR Lens

A good lens will burn your bank account faster than a real housewife after a bottle of chardonnay — but there’s a reason this precious glass costs so much. Dust-free production is an exacting process that requires plenty of human interaction to do right. But don’t just take our word for it. Watch this brief Nikon film created in celebration of the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses that highlights how their tubular bundles of photographic joy are brought into this world, and you’ll see what we mean. And while you’re at it — have the missus watch too before showing her your latest receipts.

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Be Safe, Live Wild

Strong

On April 6th, 2011, veteran backcountry skier (and former crab boat captain of Deadliest Catch fame) Roger Strong was caught in an avalanche in Snoqualmie Pass, WA. Roger and his two friends managed to survive the disaster, but two others were killed. The freight train of snow swept the group through hundreds of feet of steep trees — and a collision with one tore both of Rogers tibias away from their femurs and destroyed most of his knee’s critical tendons and ligaments, leaving him in a wheel chair for three months. In “Strong”, produced by Arc’Teryx, Roger revisits the site of the tragedy exactly one year after it happened, reflecting on the choices that brought him there. Is it irresponsible to satiate an inner love for adventure as a family man? Should one dare to test fate again? These are the central questions of “Strong”.

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Chasing Waterfalls

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Just when you think you’ve grown a decent pair of cojones — you know, conjured up enough bravado to hit the next level rapid — out comes Cascada, an adventure film that blends bold cinematography and gut-wrenching paddling. Cascada follows seven audacious paddlers as they make their way through the Mexican jungle in search of the perfect waterfall (from where we’re sitting, they achieve it) with ultra high definition cameras in tow. It’s unbelievable stuff; we’re not surprised, because the film is the latest from the mavens at Forge Motion Pictures.

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Rising beauty

Moonwalk

MJ’s moonwalk was mesmerizing, as was Neil Armstrong’s; Dean Potter joins their ranks in this stunning video. Shot from over a mile away, “Moonwalk” captures the climber and tightrope walker racing against a rising moon that seems unnaturally propelled into the night sky. There’s a single moment, after finishing his first crossing and starting back…

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The tragedy of shell shock in WWI

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War is the ultimate human drama. Unfortunately, that drama is nearly always a terrible tragedy. So goes “Coward”, a short film by Stephen Murphy, Dave Komaroni and David Roddham. The 25-minute film, a staff pick on Vimeo, weaves the shocking front line realities of World War I with the mental debilitation caused by shell shock…

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Gear Patrol makes the big game

Vizio 2013 Rose Bowl Game

Vizio has officially presented the Rose Bowl for several years now and often uses their accompanying commercial time to tease the gadget-loving public with new products. The commercial that kicked off halftime this year was no exception, showing glimpses of a few unreleased devices we’re certainly excited to learn more about at CES. These include what looks like a Windows 8 tablet, a next generation Android tablet and of course, sleek-looking, new TVs. If you haven’t seen the spot already, we’ve embedded it above to study at your leisure. Look out for it on the air over the coming weeks as well. Pay close enough attention (*cough* — 8 seconds in) and you might even catch a glimpse of your favorite site, a.k.a. us. Special thanks to the fine people at Vizio for choosing GP for such a cool cameo. We are truly honored and can’t wait to learn more about what’s in store from the great American electronics company in 2013. With a resume credential like this, our dreams of landing a part in Rudy 2 are now that much closer.

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For the love of the grill

American Craftsmanship from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

What separates the store bought grill in your backyard from the $10,000+ meatcraft carriers made by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet? The fine folks at Gizmodo brought this video to our attention that addresses this exact question. Watch, drool and learn the key points well — because you’ll need some help convincing your better half to unlock the door after blowing junior’s first semester tuition on 500+ glorious square inches of meat-searing goodness.

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Something's Fishy

The Farmer and The Bluefin

Tuna fishing — and farming — is a bitterly divisive topic. Food documentary blog The Perennial Plate and Intrepid Travel tackle the issue in a way most on either side of the argument can’t: peacefully. “The Farmer and The Bluefin” features the only fish farm in the world to spawn Bluefin Tuna, a species that is being decimated by overfishing, especially in Japan.

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Southern Revival

If you owned a fully restored drop-top vintage Porsche 356, our guess is that it would see the light of Sundays only: to be washed, paraded around afterwards and stared at lustfully by onlookers. Southern Revival documents the simple story of Ken Sirlin and his 1962 Porsche 356 Cabriolet. Purchased in 1985, while living in…

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American Tintype

Finding a muse, a real object on which to spend our time and thoughts, is an unparalleled joy. Harry Taylor, a man who stumbled upon his passion for tintype photography through a personal tragedy, shares his story in “American Tintype”. This Vimeo Staff Pick deserves a watch, whether it’s for Taylor’s obsessive insight or finding…

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May the Best Bond Win

James Bond 007: Movie Deathmatch

We’ve all argued it vehemently while playing License to Kill, Slappers Only mode: which Bond wins in a Battle Royal? It’s a complicated issue. Certainly, we have our favorite and least favorite Bonds (cough, Moore, cough), but beyond cheesy storylines and awful Tarzan vine-swinging moments, pure and utter deadliness is tough to rank. While we’re…

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Raw. Primeval. Tartare.

MoB: Jack O’Shea’s Steak Tartare

We’re no tartare noobs: Under the guidance of chef Wes Whitsell, we concocted a spicy steak tartare that would send even the most elite of dinner party snobs into a beef tailspin. But in the beef pecking order, the butcher always pulls rank. Need further proof? See above, one of a series of videos produced…

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Lock, Stock and Barrel

The Birth of a Barrel

Building a barrel? Sounds lame, especially when there’s a million more K-Pop stars waiting to be discovered singing about their hood. Wrong. Hold off on “Gangham Style Dubstep remix” for a few minutes and watch something that really matters for once, you sap. You owe these barrels. After all, this special breed made at Jack…

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(A) man takes his last great leap

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong

As the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong showed every child and this nation that big dreams and big goals can be as real as you make them. NASA gives tribute to the passing of a humble, reserved professional in a program that attracted type “A” personalities. Armstrong was well-liked and…

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Long Live the Kings

Few things in life pull at a man’s heartstrings like the open road and the promise of adventure. Long Live The Kings is a short documentary by Clement Beauvais shot solely on super 16mm film (which can still stand up to digital any day). The doc showcases some fine rides courtesy of Blitz Motorcycles along…

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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…