Director Scott Carthy has created this 7 minute gem documenting New York City’s renowned subway car performers. The subculture itself is in danger of extinction thanks to a trebling of arrests in a move to clean up the city. 1050.6(c) is the section of the New York Transit code that states panhandling and performing on trains is prohibited. There have been 256 convictions under the code since mid-March. Carthy spent two days befriending and documenting these subway performers, experiencing first-hand the perspective of both performer and audience – unexpectedly witnessing the remarkable cultural resonance they have in crafting the character of New York City. For me, this is street culture in its purest, most unadulterated form. We live in a fast culture where street movements no longer get to go unnoticed and grow organically. Rather, due largely to the internet and social media, they are unearthed and co-opted in a heartbeat by brands who try to sell them back to us. Watching Carthy’s documentary you see true hustle. Watch it now before Nike slap a swoosh on it and try to sell you sneakers.
If you like what you see, you can back Carthy’s Kickstarter campaign to make a full-length documentary.
Director Alex Nicholson shot this darkly innovative short film featuring Duncan X, a tattoo artist from South London reminiscing about his life and work. It is visually arresting thanks to MPC Advertising‘s Motion Design Studio. Duncan begins the film reflectively discussing his experiences of life, drugs and existential views on the parallels between the human condition and tattooing. As his tattoos materialise and come to life, the subject matter becomes lighter and the viewer warms to him – his tattoos become part of his story, rather than the usual vehicle for judgment. It is beautiful – watch it below.
So, as the title suggests, here is a mash up of movies from 2013 condensed into 6 minutes and 45 seconds of viewing pleasure. See something that takes your fancy? Check out the full list of movies.
In the highly anticipated follow up collaboration to Infinite (released earlier this year), Australian graff artist Sofles has dropped his new vid, Limitless. Filmed and edited by Selina Miles and featuring music from DJ Butcher, the video is a jaw-dropping, hyperkinetic and artful time lapse through a warehouse in which Sofles gets up. If you don’t like graff mixed with some EDM, then EAD. Because this is amazing.