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Monday, August 30, 2010

Neil Blender’s early video + Clockwork Orange = Machotaildrop

Machotaildrop (Roll with the gods), a movie portraying the journey of one skateboarder from the streets to the high life, premieres in LA Tuesday August 31st. The film follows lead character and amateur skateboarder Walter Rhum on his journey to go pro for the “world’s greatest skateboard company”. Beginning with an invite to Machotaildrop's headquarters, the tale unfolds as he uncovers the dark underbelly of what initially seems a benign operation. Walter's fantasy life dissolves into a dizzying nightmare as he uncovers the company's owner The Baron's exploitative schemes and delusional antics, forcing him to ultimately face the reality of the company's downfall—all with plenty of skating. Starring long time skate legend Steve Olson, the movie has been highly anticipated by both the film and skate community.
The name Machotaildrop come from one of the old G&S video, "Footage" were Neil Blender is standing on top of a big fence and says, "This is called 'macho taildrop.' When girls come around, this is what you want to do to get 'em."
Written and directed by filmmaking team Corey Adams and Alex Craig, "Machotaildrop" is positioning skateboarding not just as merely a trivial pastime of the young, but rather as a noble pursuit worthy of the highest cultural recognition. If you know about movies, you will recognize the quality of Machotaildrop just by the influences Corey and Alex had during the production. In a recent interview they said: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was always talked about(…). It definitely became an inspiration (…) “A Clockwork Orange”, (…) the early films of Werner Hertzog and the Hungarian director, Bela Tarr and his film "Werckmeister harmóniák" were a huge inspiration; it's one of the reasons we went to Eastern Europe to shoot the movie. “ Alex adds: “I was also hugely influenced by the first Alien Workshop video "Memory Screen." That's why I wanted film Super 8.”

Steve Olson in Machotraildrop
Winners of Fuel TV's two-year competition "The Fuel Experiment" for their short film "Harvey Spannos," the duo used the one million in prize money to produce the feature-length farce in Budapest.
Machotaildrop is now playing in selected cities across North America, Machotaildrop premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fuel TV and the L.A. Skate Film Festival present the L.A. Premiere of Machotaildrop, sponsored by éS Skateboarding, at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. There will be a public screening on Tuesday, August 31st at 4:40 PM and a private screening to follow on Wednesday, September 1st at 8:30 PM. You definitely need to get tickets for this one.


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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, August 30, 2010 


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