Russell Houghten’s 'Urban Isolation' Video Imagines Skateboarding During a Pandemic

Cruising through a completely desolate Los Angeles.

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In 2014, filmmaker Russell Houghton was given a Red camera as part of The Berrics REDirect video series. In one original edit titled Urban Isolation, Houghton imagined Los Angeles completely devoid of life except for one, free-roaming skateboarder.

The eerie, three-minute clip features the lone skater cruising on highways and streets throughout the City of Angels. Houghton’s short film somewhat mirrors today’s emptied out public spaces following the coronavirus outbreak — with most of the world’s major cities in lockdown including New York City, Tokyo, and Venice.

Watch Urban Isolation in the video above.

Elsewhere, check out Carhartt WIP’s 2019 roller skating documentary Soul Skate.

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