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The Magnetist

The inexorable march of time has confronted us at some point or another in our lifetime. Most of us adapt, bending and conforming to change, but it takes a certain something to stand still or even wade against the current. The Magnetist by Filibuster Productions dives into the anachronistic and oftentimes solitary life of Micke, a man who manages to incorporate the digital cassette into every aspect of his day-to-day life.

Beautiful Misery

Spirits of Ásgarðr

Pictures and film -- as much as we love them -- can sometimes have a hard time expressing things: the vastness of the Grand Canyon, the height of Dikembe Mutombo and the misery of climbing mountains. Look at any picture of Sir Edmund Hillary on Everest and you'll probably think "boy, that looks like a good time". This short film by Arcteryx doesn't do that.

Spinning the big ring

Experiments in Speed

Inspired by the land-speed record arms race on the Bonneville salt flats that paralleled the global arms race in the 1960s, Tom Donhou decided to build a bike with no objective other than going as fast as possible. The result, captured by Spindle Productions, is a purpose-built fixed-gear bike capable of breaking 100 miles per hour on flat ground.

Nurturing Cycling in an Unlikely Place

Rising From Ashes

Jonathan "Jock" Boyer was the first American to ride in the Tour de France and later left the the U.S. to create a cycling program in war-torn Rwanda. What he found there was a group of young men with incredible pasts and immense talent. Rising From Ashes follows the formation and growth of Team Rwanda all the way from an idea to a continental powerhouse.

Blue Water, White Death

The Greatest Shark Movie You’ve Never Seen

The history of shark movies is littered with some good, some bad and some very ugly films. Before Sharknado, before Open Water, even before Jaws, there was Blue Water, White Death, which may just be the greatest shark movie ever made.

It's all in the hands

Nissan GT-R – Takumi: The Master Craftsmen Behind Nissan

Though the supremely capable Nissan GT-R is a feat of automotive technology, the craftsmanship behind the monstrous VR38 twin-turbo V8 engines by the "Takumi" is nothing short of impressive. Only four men can boast this level of skill for Nissan and each one prides himself on handbuilding each heavy-breathing beast beneath the hood of the current Japanese supercar. There's no shortage of skill or humility in these four "samurai of the streets", and our latest Viewfinder shows you their handcraft in an age of burgeoning technology.

Trial by tire

Under the Sun

There is something of Reza Baluchi in all runners, we suspect. The runner takes part in a battle occasionally with his fellow man, often with the elements, but always with himself. Running is a tool for self-exploration -- it demands it, and the longer the distance, the deeper the journey inward.

Stitch by stitch

A Day in the Life of a British Clothing Factory

If you’re interested in savings the money, Sunspel’s $50 boxers and $200 sweatpants appear wasteful bordering on offensive. But a wise man once said that all value is perceived value; after all, what is “true” value anyway?

A Rocky Romance

Alizée Dufraisse: Giving it All

We wish Alizée Dufraisse would talk about us the way she talks about a rock face. The French professional climber acknowledges the focus and discipline required on a difficult ascent, but she finds romance where her peers find only challenge and exhilaration. This perspective gives her climbing a fluidity that, even to a layman’s eye, appears uniquely effortless. Someone who knows what they're seeing could call it poetic.

The Birth of a legend

Faster. Farther.

When the Porsche 917 debuted at the 1970 Le Mans, it quite literally blew away the competition. Housed in an ultra-lightweight (93-pound) chassis, its 12-cylinder engine and state-of-the-art materials made it both the most formidable and most dangerous car on the road. It would supply Porsche with its first victory at Le Mans and help grow the brand into an icon of automotive excellence. This short documentary pays tribute to the car and its makers.

Well do ya, punk?

Supercut: The Pre-Mortem One-Liner

This is pretty radical. Yes, we said radical, because that outdated gem of a word is the only one to accurately describe the glorious combination of righteous nostalgia and sheer badassery that this video evokes. The Pre-Mortem One-Liner (who even knew it had a name?) is a staple of the 90s action movie, and let’s be honest: the 90s action movie is the pinnacle of 20th century cinema.

l'allure de l'amour

Speed of Love

Watch guy? Rolex Single Red Submariner 1680. Car Guy? Late '60s Porsche 912. Legs Guy? Well... we won't give too much away. What we will tell you is that this three minute short written and directed by fast-rising photographer Nicholas Maggio oozes style with every well-framed shot.

Two wheels, friends, and a whole lotta gear

Wilderness Collective Adventure WC-001

We spoke with Steve Dubbeldam, founder and leader of Wilderness Collective, just a few weeks ago. Since then, we accompanied WC on adventure their #002 -- sailing to the Channel Islands (more on that soon) -- and learned a great deal more on what the company's all about. This video is from the first official trip, a dual-sport motorcycle voyage through the Sierra National Forest and Yosemite Valley, a journey of hundreds miles of looming Sequoias, bold, sunny terrain, burbling streams, muddy mires and a terrific amount of good old fashioned outdoor living (but way better).

Prepare for the profound

The Sagan Series

Carl Sagan could read a cookbook (apple pie recipe?) and it would sound profound. Hearing that inimitable voice recite his own writing, rich with musings on the nature of the cosmos and humanity, one cannot help but well up with wonder and zeal for the awe-inspiring majesty of our universe. Reid Gower’s Sagan Series, which consists of little more than Sagan’s dictated writings cut with sweeping imagery and music, was created with the sole purpose of inspiring scientific literacy and appreciation.

A world of infinite perception

The Runaway

What if our attention were undirected? What if our curiosity were undying and our perceptive capacity far broader? What might the world look like? How many stories could be told? This witty Spanish language short by writer/director Victor Carrey presents such a world –- a world of infinite perception.

Building a Machine

The Perfect Athlete

Even in the data-obsessed collective of Type A personalities that is the world of endurance sports, cyclists exist in a league of their own. For many reasons, they are increasingly regarded as finely tuned machines -- defined in the aggregate by a collection of numbers that would baffle a non-athlete. This clip, produced by Kirk Docker for Australian television, provides a glimpse into the life and training of Olympic track cyclist Shane Perkins.

Nature's (scary) beauty

A Supercell Near Booker, Texas

However fearsome and destructive their power, tornadoes and hurricanes possess a rare and striking beauty that commands our attention. Photographer Mike Olbinski understands and embraces this beauty, devoting his career to seeking out and recording those massive storm systems while everyone else gets the hell out of the way.

A contented craftsman

Michael Swift: Horologist

Few people are even aware of what a horologist is, let alone the unfathomable patience and care required of such a craftsman. Michael Swift has humbly practiced that expansive profession, encompassing everything from watch repair to the study of timekeeping, for nearly four decades. This micro-documentary from Big Baby Productions sheds light on Swift’s lifework and allows him to reflect on the trade.

Did he just do that? He just did that

MacAskill’s Imaginate

The Imaginate project has been in development for two years, which is entirely believable considering this video is so unbelievable that, short of a Faustian pact or magic lamp involvement, only after years of practice could even a seasoned pro execute these kind of maneuvers. Ladies and gentlemen... Danny MacAskill.

A visit to fly fishing paradise

Off the Grid

This video, a special cut of "Off the Grid", a full-length fishing documentary about finding and fishing in places that are untouched or simply outside the norm, pretty much has it all. There's a quick summary of the epic trip that makes up the entire film, full of monster fish doing their best jaws impressions on happily bobbing flies; then we get to meet two young trout bums living the dream in northeast Ohio.

Take cover, so no one catches you watching it

Killzone: Intercept

Videogame fans get a bad rap. For all their insistence about the artistry and sophistication of the medium, gamers exist in the minds of other creative artists as….well, something like this guy. "Killzone: Intercept", a lavishly produced live-action short based on the popular game franchise, does substantial damage to that conception.

Life on the water

Walk on Water

Walk on Water opens with a powerful kayaker tearing through daunting rapids with astonishing ease. The film waits a long while to reveal that its subject, Greg Mallory, is paralyzed from the waist down. Mallory, who lost the use of his legs after a skiing accident, has found in kayaking a warrant for living life normally, a source of joy in the wake of a terrible tragedy.

Capturing California

Portrait of a Photographer

Say "Northern California" to most people and their minds jump to San Francisco. For 25 years, though, photographer Marty Knapp has shifted perceptions with his stunning images of Point Reyes and its surrounding areas. This beautifully shot exposé from Vertical Online dives into the history of the storied photographer: how he ended up devoting his career to such a stunning place, what inspires him, and his own personal lens on the art he creates.

The Elements of Cinematic Style

The View

The folks at Plot Point Productions have returned with another ode to the grammar of cinema. Their latest montage, set to a rapturous Moby track, focuses on a staple of epic filmmaking: the aptly named “back-to-the-camera shot”.

Beauty in Conflict

The Impossible Image

Artist and photographer Richard Mosse's new project, "The Enclave", uses infrared film to document ongoing atrocities in the Congo. The surreal, almost fairy-tale look of the images forces the viewer into conflict, making the story more poignant, memorable, and real.

Jaw-Dropping Film of Freerider Andi Wittmann

Framed

Intended to be the first in a series, this gorgeous profile of German freerider Andi Wittmann will be all we get -- tragically, the full set of videos didn't pan out. Watching this jaw-dropping pilot, we can't imagine why.

How the Legendary Denim Came to Be

The Story of the 501 Jean

Fashion trends are as capricious and dispensable as the blasé hipsters who sport them. Enduring appeal, on the other hand, is hard to come by. That’s what makes the both Levi’s and its 501 Jean such icons; it’s why we keep a framed poster of the 501’s history on the wall here at the GP offices. In a masterstroke of marketing, Levi’s put together this energetic film, which reminds us just how rich the 501’s history is.

A Soaring Film on Mt. Chimborazo's Ice Merchants

The Last Ice Merchant

We are in no rush to slow the pace of progress; after all, we stake our livelihoods on the new, the fashionable and the high-tech. Still, there remains a soft spot in our web-hardened, computerized hearts for the simple dignity of a life in nature, and that soft spot melts to mush (get it?!) before stories like that of Balthazar Ushca, the last remaining ice merchant on Ecuador’s Mt. Chimborazo.

The sights and sounds of two-weeks in Spain

A Spanish Roadtrip

It's got to be slog (a once-in-a-lifetime slog) to travel through an entire country in just two weeks. But to pare your footage from those two weeks into a three-minute video? Monumentally more difficult. Fortunately, this clever three-minute video employs split screen formats, so your eyes can multitask and take in more than three minutes worth of visuals. Good thing, too, because there's a lot to take in.

Helmuth Bott's Porsche 959

You Cannot Do It Alone

In this video by eGarage, Peter Schutz, former CEO of Porsche AG, opines that the 959 may have had more affect on the automotive world than any car since its introduction. You'd be hard-pressed to find many counterarguments. Here, Porsche endurance racing legend Hurley Haywood both narrates and pilots as he cruises around in a prototype (one of six) originally owned by Helmuth Bott.

Big Waves Keep on Crashin'

Big Wave Skiing

Summer means slapping a coat of wax on your skis and sending them to the back of the gear closet. That is, unless you’re really stubborn (and somewhat deranged), like pro skiers Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend. Sick of waiting for the powder to start falling again, they took matters into their own hands. After...

Meet Phipps, A Flyfisherman Through and Through

By The Lake, Tasmania

In this calm, three-minute video, we're treated to a supreme visual experience by the aptly named Red Epic camera, a DSLR-sized rig capable of 5K resolution in every frame. We meet Phipps, a man who has lived in Tasmania his whole life, spending his time at a fishing shack that has housed his family for decades. The cabin sits on a quiet, trout-filled lake, and Phipps, genuine and wise, seems to be meant to inhabit that shack, to fish in that lake.

Beautiful things made out of beautiful leather

The Ghurka Story

Toward the end of this quick film Walker Macwilliam, creative director of Ghurka and narrator of the video, says Ghurka's purpose is "making beautiful things out of beautiful leather". We say that about sums it up perfectly.

Teton Gravity Research's Aerial Reel

The Bay Area in 4K

There is so much epic mega-ness in Teton Gravity Research's aerial reel that it's difficult to contain our bladders (too much information? Too much information): cornea-melting 4K ultra-HD footage, shot using a RED Epic-equipped gyro-stabilized camera platform mounted on a helicopter that is most surely badass; a grandiose soundtrack that seems right out of the latest action-thriller; oh, and then there's the Bay Area.

A time-stopping piece of automotive history: '74 E-Type

The Last of the Breed

Only 59 more E-Types were made after Dave Paddison's V12 Series 3 convertible rolled off the Coventry assembly line in 1974. "Last of the Breed", indeed -- nearly the last entirely. And what a specimen for a guy like Dave to own.

Hypnotizingly Beautiful Visual Tour of Paris in Winter

The Quiet City

Camera jockey Andrew Julian has an immense talent for spotting and capturing beauty. Apropos, then, that he journeyed to Paris, which happens to be brimming with beauty at every turn. Most everyone is familiar with Paris in the summertime, whether via the myriad movies set there or by dint of commendable vacation planning. However, Julian...

J. Crew on Film – “Holy Jackets”

In Biella, Italy, is situated a textile mill that first opened in 1663, where 3 generations of workers still strive to make the best fabrics in the world. It's fitting (tailoring pun!) then that J. Crew sources material for its Ludlow suits from Vitale Barberis Cononico, where 7 million meters of hand-inspected fabric are produced each year.

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona

Poor Bill Hammerstein. He and his wife had so few guests coming by his SoCal home that he knocked down the guest house out back entirely. In its place, he built a three-stall garage that houses a red Shelby Cobra, a red Mercedes 300 SL convertible and a -- you guessed it -- red V12 1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona coupe. Yeah, that Daytona.

Battleship Island via Sony Action Cam

We want to hate this Sony Action cam mounted on an RC multi-copter. It's a drone. Those are the scary things that the government uses to spy on you as you go about your vital covert actions (picking your toenails, or watching Bravo channel). But this Sony creation -- it's kind of... cute. And also freaking awesome, mind you. This little bugger zooms around Battleship Island (you know it from Skyfall).

The Art of the Steadicam

You're following Tom Cruise through a hotel room, or better yet, Brad Pitt through a shoddy, packed bar. You are carrying a very large video camera, attached to a huge counterbalanced device (which happens to be attached to you), and you have to carefully move in a choreographed path around the actor as he delivers his lines. You have one, two, maybe three takes to nail the shot. Feeling the pressure yet? These are just the topical difficulties of the steadicam shot, a gem of the Hollywood industry that produces some of the most spectacular scenes in some of your favorite movies.

X Games Detroit Trailer

Detroit is trashed worse than Ke$ha on a Tuesday morning. Everybody knows it, and that's why we love that the city's in the hunt to host the X Games for the next three years. If you're going to have a rundown slum of wasted buildings, why not use said buildings as dramatic backdrop for awesome 360s and Fakie kick flips?

Click, Print, Gun

We're far from ready to step into the ring on gun control. Still, like any national issue, we hope to stay informed. Vice's Click, Print, Gun is a 25-minute documentary on how 3D printing -- an amazing and highly useful technology -- is affecting the gun control debate.

Viewfinder: Bottled History

Ships in a bottle have all the wonder of a parlor trick without the gimmickry. Modeling combines with magic to turn wood and glass into a beautifully crafted enigma. Somewhere around the 1:10 minute mark, when Ray Gascoigne discusses switching from American Yellow Pine to Western Red Cedar, you'll realize that you want to take the time to meet this man, see him work his craft, listen to him tell his time-worn stories.

Wide Web World

Enabling couch potatoes everywhere to say they're still "world travelers", Paul Wex's mashup of Nokia 3D Maps footage provides oh-so-realistic shots of beautiful cities across the world. Originally stymied by a sub-par (a.k.a. not ridiculously good) graphics card, Wex upgraded, then shot helicopter-esque scenes of New York, Toronto, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, Boston, London, Vienna, Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne skylines. Soaring electronica music (also crafted by Wex) adds to the already grand scale of things. After all that tough sightseeing, you may need to take a break to browse the internet.