SIMPLE SESSION 12 FILM FESTIVAL
IN SOLARIS CINEMA (Solaris Centre, Estonia pst. 9 / Location on Google Maps)
Tickets to Simple Session film screenings cost 2 EUR and are available in Solaris Kino and website www.solariskino.ee
All films are in original languages or with English subtitles.
17:30 IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS + RULKER / SKATE
17:00 THE MANDALAY EXPRESS + FORMAT PERSPECTIVE / SKATE
19:00 MACHOTAILDROP / SKATE
19:00 DEFGRIP: JOSH HARRINGTON + PROPS "OWNED" / BMX
20:15 SIMPLE DREAM + BSD "ANY WHICH WAY" WORLD PREMIERE! / BMX
"IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS"
SWEDEN 2011, 60 min
DIR: Pontus Alv
It has been five years since Pontus Alv’s film "The Strongest of the Strange" came out. Hard work behind and in front of the camera, the unconditional love for skateboarding, his scene and the DIY culture has now formed into yet another masterpiece. "In Search of the Miraculous" takes place around Scania, the southern part of Sweden, where Pontus and his friends reside. When most skaters go to Barcelona and other thirteen-spots-to-the-dozen-cities to film their parts in an environment far from their natural habitat, Pontus, Johan Linö-Waad and Danijel Todorovic has stayed on their turf to do the most of what is theirs, their hometown Malmö. The aim has been to show that it is possible to make things happen anywhere and that lack of spots breeds creativity.
ESTONIA 2011, 17 min
DIR: Lauri Täht
A debut film by an Estonian skater-filmmaker Lauri Täht. “RULKER” surprised the Estonian skate scene last year with a bit of a different perspective and angle on looking at life, skateboarding and the city. It is not what one would typically expect from a skate film - no narrative has been divided into rider segments and the spot plays a bigger role than the trick. Inspired by science fiction director Tarkovsky's "Stalker" (filmed partly in Tallinn, by the way, the film shows a more poetic and peaceful side of skateboarding.
"THE MANDALAY EXPRESS"
2011, 30 min
DIR: Patrik Wallner
After completing a 10,000 Kilometer journey from Moscow to Hong Kong, Patrik Wallner is proud to present the continuation of the trail around the Asian peninsula with 'The Mandalay Express'. The route from south Vietnam to northern Myanmar is followed by Casey Rigney, Geng Jakkarin, Dan Zvereff, Kenny Reed, John Tanner, Laurence Keefe and Denny Pham. This skateumenatry style shot film displays the skateboarding and adventures of an one month journey through the exotic Southeast Asia.
IRELAND 2011, 63 min
DIR: Philip Evans
Format Perspective is a film that explores the work, lives and opinions of six European skate photographers. The film showcases the photography of Nils Svensson (Malmö), Stuart Robinson (Belfast), Alex Irvine (London), Richard Gilligan (Dublin), Bertrand Trichet (Barcelona/Tokyo) and Sergej Vutuc (Heilbronn), while also giving us an insight into the different approaches used by this diverse line-up of photographers. Filmed completely on super 8 film, this project gives a behind-the-scenes look at the skating that these guys like to shoot, as well as the resulting photos that emerge from these sessions.
*Winner: Best Editing at the International Skate Film Festival Los Angeles*
*Nominated: Best Documentary at the International Skate Film Festival Los Angeles*
USA 2009, 91 min
DIR: Corey Adams & Alex Craig
Winners of Fuel TV's million dollar short film contest, Corey Adams and Alex Craig have created a satirical indictment of our logo-laden, consumerist culture which is equal parts comedy and fable, and 100% just plain weird. Take the 1971 Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, set it at the enigmatic headquarters of the world's most famous skateboard conglomerate, imbue it with the off-kilter humour of Wes Anderson and the fantastical surrealism of Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry, and you have Machotaildrop.
"DEFGRIP: JOSH HARRINGTON AT THE SIMPLE SESSION"
USA 2011, 11 min
DIR: Harrison Boyce & Andrew McMullen
In this short film documenting Oakley's Josh Harrington on a trip to the seemingly cold and desolate northern european state of Estonia for the Simpel Session contest, we experience in his own words the solidarity of self-awareness of traveling to a foreign country, unable to adjust to your surroundings while still having to focus on putting himself in the mindset of riding in front of thousands of people on a BMX bike.
USA 2011, 30 min
DIR: Stew Johnson, Will Evans, Terrell Gordy
Owned is a new annual video series from Props Visual, the creators of Road Fools, Megatour, and Props Video Magazine. The concept behind Owned is simple. A DVD with a bunch of top notch, absolutely killer sections from some of today’s best riders, produced by some of today’s best filmers and editors. The film features three riders from Simple Session 12: Jason Phelan, Dan Foley and Drew Bezanson.
ESTONIA 2011, 13 min
DIR: Roman Neimann & Andzei Matsukevits
Following the dream-come-true story of an aspiring local BMX-rider Kristjan Aasmäe, the short film brings out the contrasts between the world famous wintertime BMX- and skateboarding event Simpel Session in Estonia and the country’s own BMX-scene.The film was selected for the program of 2011 Bicycle Film Festival. This year the BFF will be going on in 26 cities worldwide. Last years BFF events was visited by more than 300.000 bike lovers. Simpel Dream premiered at the Bicycle Film Festival in New York on the 25th of June 2011.
"BSD: ANY WHICH WAY" PREMIERE!
SCOTLAND 2012, 30 min
DIR: Dave Sowerby
World premiere of BSD's new film!
"Any Which Way" was filmed over the winter during trips with the team and features sections from France, Barcelona, California and Arizona. Featuring riding by Kriss Kyle, David Grant, Tony Malouf, Alex Donnachie, Jason Teet, Dan Paley, Reed Stark, Antony Lille, Chris Brown and more... The film is filmed and edited by Dave Sowerby with additional filming by Tony Malouf and Alex Donnachie.