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Rowing The Mighty Hudson

Sep 30th, 2013 | Categories: New York City, Randy Goldberg, Video | by Randy Goldberg

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As you may or may not know, Pop Up Flea London (PUFLDN) touches down in St. James on the weekend of October 11th. Same great Pop Up Flea taste, different island. In the process of planning the first ever international Pop Up Flea, we’ve come to know several characters, hustlers and ne’er-do-wells who have been cushioning our arrival in London.

One such character is James Bowthorpe: artist, builder, editor of The Rig Out, and official Master Of Interiors for PUFLDN. Over the last two years, while we’ve been thinking about heading to London, James has been working on a project here in New York. It’s called the Hudson River Project.

In James’s words:

At the core of Hudson River Project is a simple idea: Build a boat out of Manhattan’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson River – Lake Tear of the Clouds, high in the Adirondack Mountains – and row the boat back to Manhattan.





The Need for Tweed.

Apr 10th, 2013 | Categories: Menswear, Video | by Michael Williams

I feel the need, the need for Tweed.

Films of people in the Outer Hebrides making Harris Tweed never get old. I’ve actually considered going to Harris or to the Isle of Lewis to see tweed being made first hand, but have not ever actually made the journey because it’s just so far damn away. Luckily filmmaker Sal Taylor made the trip and documented the place and the people who make this great fabric.

The Harris Tweed Authority (protector of the Orb!) has interestingly taken to the digital channels to actively market and promote Harris Tweed. They’ve launched the Need for Tweed Tumblr and an amusing Instagram account which only posts different patterns of the famed Scottish fabric. The kids must really like this stuff. And since Tweed has been so fully socially networked, all it really needs at this point is its own official day. Opps too late, Tweed Day was last week. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Made in Brooklyn Since 1945.

Mar 30th, 2013 | Categories: Brooklyn, Video | by Michael Williams

The Made in Brooklyn series from filmmaker Dustin Cohen won’t stop telling good stories. The subject this time is Frank Catalfumo of F&C Shoe Rebuilding in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who’s been making and fixing footwear out of his little shop since 1945. Despite being 91 years old (or ninety and a half as he says), Frank is still going strong working five days a week alongside his son Michael. It’s really interesting to hear about how the neighborhood has changed in the nearly seventy years since he’s been there. While Bensonhurst may not have stayed the same, Frank with his sunny outlook has persevered.

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Compelling Characters | A Tellason Series.

Mar 16th, 2013 | Categories: Denim, Made in the USA, Video | by Michael Williams

The best endorsement of a product is through the people who use it everyday. That is the philosophy of Tellason and its founders Tony Patella and Pete Searson, so they set out to highlight the most interesting people who wear their jeans. The stories of these intriguing end users eventually became a series of mini-documentaries that illustrates the mindset of not only Tellason, but also the compelling characters that back the brand.

The first film in the series shines a light on photographer, artist, graphic designer and motorcycle builder Todd Blubaugh, “who loves to document two-wheeled adventures with a camera” all while wearing Tellason’s jeans. Not only is it an entertaining story, it’s also an interesting perspective on what Tellason is all about.





Custom Bikes from North Philadelphia.

Feb 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Bicycles, Made in the USA, Philadelphia, Video | by Michael Williams

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Stephen Bilenky has been making bicycles in North Philly for the past 30 years. His company Bilenky Cycle Works started out as a repair shop, and then soon after morphed into a custom manufacturer of great looking and highly functional bicycles.  The operation was recently the focus of a mini-documentary which beautifully illustrates the commitment of American small batch bicycle fabricators. The film illustrates the commitment and skills that it takes to make high quality bikes like these. And while a Bilenky bike carries a significant price tag, one can easily see that these people are not exactly in this to get rich. Things like these bicycles take time, effort and know-how — money seems like it is the last thing Stephen Bilenky is interested in.





Discovering Those Who Make.

Sep 12th, 2012 | Categories: Food, Video | by Michael Williams

Short videos of people making things is nothing new around these internets. How many factory videos have I posted on this site? Answer: a lot. Does it mean that all of the attention to craftsmanship is slowing —not so much. And it is not dissipating because it is still interesting. People are also becoming more and more interested in actually making things —be it leather goods or food items. Small batch goods from small batch makers in towns all over the world.

The discovery of the tumblr Those Who Make came as a very welcome surprise. The site is sort of a catch all for interesting maker films — sort of like a regionally unspecific version of my Fuck Yeah Made in USA, but with a more open concept for food, consumer goods and all sorts of other interesting stuff. After looking through, I found some of the food / spirits films most intriguing and original. Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, but the culinary film aspect hasn’t been as front and center. With the exception of the Mast Brothers who must have had thirty shorts focus on them. I pulled out a few of my favorites, and added in a few other recent film discoveries that seemed to fit the same bill.

I should add that far and away my favorite film of this sort was made by The Smith (discovered via Devour) who profiled hunter / gatherer /cook Rohan Anderson —who could be the most badass man on the internets since Aaron Draplin crushed the world one slice of illustrator at a time. Watch as Rohan builds himself a smokehouse by hand, all with bacon in mind. It is a gloriously representative film for a mesmerizing movement that I hope continues to flourish.





One of the Missing.

Aug 22nd, 2012 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

One of the Missing is the late Tony Scott’s first film about a Confederate soldier on a scouting mission during the Civil War. The story was written by Ambrose Bierce (an equally adventurous and talented man) in 1888 and is an incredibly powerful piece of American fiction that led to a stunning (and now, a rather uncomfortable) directorial début by Tony Scott.

While the motivations and circumstances surrounding his death aren’t abundantly clear, Tony Scott was an incredibly gifted artist and storyteller. While the style of One of the Missing differs greatly from the style that made him a one of the most successful directors of all time, it is easy to see the man’s brilliance here.

Via Alexander Olch, a talented director in his own right.