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Claycat’s Rendition of THE RAID

ArtsComments ⋅ May 15, 2012
Expertly helmed by Gareth Evans, the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid made a huge splash at every international film festival it played in. While it’s highly unlikely that claymation savant Lee Hardcastle’s own Claycat rendition...

Merce Death – STILL IN THE SKY Video

ArtsComments ⋅ May 14, 2012
Some people use airline flights to spend as much time as humanly possible sleeping. If you’re Shingo Ohno of one-man band Merce Death however, you spend it making music on your iPhone. Ohno used his in-seat time from over 50 flights to compose...

Vans Presents Pass the Bucket Season 2 with Danny Simmons

ArtsComments ⋅ May 8, 2012
With the rapid decline of art programs being offered in inner city public schools, New York native and visual artist Danny Simmons stepped up to help fill that rapidly widening void. In this installment of Pass the Bucket from Vans Off the Wall, we g...

Yohji Yamamoto to Create First Feature Film

ArtsComments ⋅ May 4, 2012
Award-winning Japanese fashion design extraordinaire Yohji Yamamoto, fresh of his appearance on the cover of the most recent issue of Surface, is set to take a small departure from the world of fashion with the creation of his first feature film. Hav...

No Room for Rock Stars – The Vans Warped Tour

ArtsComments ⋅ May 4, 2012
For many, the Vans Warped Tour is a road trip staple of every summer. For others, it’s an introduction to the traveling circus that is a music festival. And for many of the bands that play it, it’s either a dream come true, or a make-or-b...

Spirit and Skill Film Series by Zibasan Hyogo

ArtsComments ⋅ May 3, 2012
The first in a series aptly dubbed Spirit and Skill, this short film by Zibasan Hyogo captures the crafting of a handmade knife in the tradition of Miki City blacksmiths. Staying true to age-old metal hardware techniques, Miki Hardware celebrates the...

Vitra FICTION “Remind Me” by Florian Bohm Short Film

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 30, 2012
Showcasing pieces from Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra is this short film from German artist and photographer Florian Bohm. Entitled “Remind Me,” the film sees many of Vitra’s most popular products in a domestic setting and explo...

Lernert & Sander for Wallpaper* 2012 Handmade Film

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 26, 2012
Contemporary lifestyle editorial Wallpaper* recently held its 2012 Handmade exhibit in Milan bringing together some of the world’s leading designers, craftsmen and manufacturers to produce unique furniture, fashion and more. For the event, Dutch arti...

Kanye West To Debut Film at Cannes Film Festival

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 24, 2012
With the Cannes Film Festival set to open next month, Kanye West is readying his debut film for an unveiling at the prestigious cinema event. While the 30-minute film unveil sounds good in theory, sources close to West point out that he has yet to sh...

Vans Presents Pass the Bucket Season 2 with Tess Dunn

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 23, 2012
The latest edition of Vans’s Pass the Bucket features transcendent 17-year-old singer-songwriter Tess Dunn. Having been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, the Santa Cruz native has faced the progressive lung damage, epilepsy and diabetes brought a...

Tanner Goods by Ryan Bush Short Film

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 20, 2012
In this short film, Ryan Bush explores the process behind the creation of Tanner Goods’ finely crafted leather belts. Creative Director of the Portland-based manufacturer, Sam Huff, further discusses the durability of their preferred natural hi...

Brain Farm’s Breathtaking 2012 Digital Cinema Reel

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 19, 2012
You may not have directly heard of Brain Farm Digital Cinema, but if you were one of the 10 or so million who viewed the viral trailer for the Red Bull film “The Art of Flight,” then you are already indirectly familiar with their spectacu...

Actor and Ex-Black Flag Singer Henry Rollins Tackles Social Injustice

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 17, 2012
Well into its second season, Vans’ Off the Wall TV presents its third episode of Pass the Bucket, this week featuring Henry Rollins of Black Flag fame. Rollins is less about rock ‘n’ roll these days, instead using a more traditional...

Furniture Maker Sebastian Cox Short Film

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 17, 2012
UK furniture maker Sebastian Cox is a specialist in his craft, but not only for his woodworking designs. Cox is also dedicated to sourcing his production from environmentally sustainable Coppiced Hazel woodlands – plants which are capable of gr...

Craig Tomlinson Harpsichord Maker Short Film

ArtsComments ⋅ Apr 11, 2012
First introduced in the Middle Ages, the harpsichord has sustained a life into the 21st century thanks to craftsmen like Vancouver, British Columbia’s Craig Tomlinson. Captured on film by videographer Morgan Inglis, Tomlinson explains how he fi...