Oct 052009
 

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The boys are back and this time around they are showcasing a build of their own.  Scott DiLalla and Zack Coffman, the directors of the award-winning biker documentaries “Choppertown: the Sinners” and “Brittown” bring you a new film that has taken two years to complete.  “Harbortown Bobber” follows the build of Scott’s ’69 bobber from the ground up.  Well known and well respected builders like Irish Rich, Earl Kane, J-Bird, Jonathan Smith, Dennis Goodson, and the folks of both U.S. Customs and Todd’s Cycles get in on the action and share their personal stories.

I am anxiously awaiting the release of this one and you can pre-order on the Choppertown Nation site (www.choppertownnation.com).  For any of you in the SoCal area, this weekend is the premiere party. The event will take place October 15, 2009 at 7:30pm to 1am 
at the Laemmle 4-plex in Santa Monica! Get there early because seating is limited. Dickies sent work shirts for the first 500 people and they are being offered with free silk-screenings before the show. The After-party is at Ye Olde King’s Head, right next door, so you can really make a night of it.

If you can make it out, please shake the hands of both Scott and Zack for me, enjoy the show, and toss down one extra brew on my behalf.

Love, Respect, and Biker Films!

ArtBiker

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Movie Monday: the best in indy chopper flicks!

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Sep 012009
 

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The true heroes that keep it all going will one day receive glory in heaven –Rico

Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman of One World Studios bring us what is perhaps the best of the best in home grown biker documentaries.  Choppertown, The Sinners was produced in 2005 and focuses on the build of Kutty Noteboom’s Evo, the Sinners’ Special.  Along the way, we are introduced to the men that make up the elite group of bikers who are bestowed the privilege of wearing the Sinners patch on their backs.  And we, as a tremendous pool of citizens, get to wish and dream that we could someday be accepted into the fold.

ChoppertownPosterViewers are immediately pulled into the timeless look of the video.  American Cars and bikes from the 40’s and 50’s are met with British imports from the 60’s and 70’s in a mishmash of color, black and white, and low contrast sepia toned footage.  Camera angle and points of view through car windows, at ground level, and from unexpected perspectives keep the scenes flowing along and keep the viewer interested in the camera work as well as the action being captured.

Interviews are engaging and allow us a little insight into this group of young men who have come together in such a way as to rival any family or brotherhood.  Wives and girlfriends may or may not understand entirely the love these guys feel for one another, but they sure do throw their support into the ring… as if they really had much choice in the matter.

Members of the club come from all walks of life and are bonded by a love of bikes, cars, and music.  Many of the members are musicians and their flavor of punk rock and rockabilly can be heard throughout the film.  We even have the opportunity to see some of them perform as the group gets together to see a brother play in a show, or the band sets up at the garage for a get together.

DVD_choppertown3And the garage is where it’s at.  The theme of the film is the build of Noteboom’s bike and we get to hear a bit of the life and love philosophy of some of the members as they explore the build of a timeless machine that is infused with the soul of parts older than the man who will ride it.  Oh, and there is beer… a bit of beer… lots of beer… you can’t build a bike without it.

Choppertown is a film I have lived with for a while and it still excites me as much as the first time I watched.  I bought my first copy in 2005 after it was released.  There was a lot of buzz on the message boards like the Jockey Journal about the debut, and then all you saw for months were posts from people around the country and world who desperately wanted to join up and be included… of course, that’s not the way it works, but I think that the documentary was a tremendous success simply based on this reaction.

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About six months ago, I was sent a second copy of the film (I had since lent my original to a brother who lent it to a brother who… you get the idea).  I popped it in and was just as entranced as the first time I saw it.  I again wanted to get to know everyone on a personal level.  Luckily for me, this time around I was able to throw in the companion disk, Choppertown From The Vault.  This DVD goes right along with the first film and lets us see a little more.  Shot at the same time, the second film does not feel like sloppy seconds.  In fact, it does a nice job of letting us see more of what goes on in the garage, hear more of the music the members are responsible for, and lets us into their lives for a couple more hours.

So, what to do??  Order yourself both of these DVDs and get some of the boys over to watch with you… just be sure that you leave some time to get out into the garage or hop on the bikes and blow around town together.  You will be inspired.

Love, Respect, and, in the words of Scott and Zack, “Stay Independent,”

ArtBiker

— Be sure to check out the social networking site, www.ChoppertownNation.com.  Here you will be able to connect with like-minded individuals and shop for the very best in chopper, biker, and kustom kulture flicks… the store here rocks!  After doing a little shopping, look me up and send me a friend request!  See you on the board.

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Fine Art Fridays: Opening for Zack and Scott

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Aug 212009
 

harbortownbobberTomorrow night there will be a fantastic event happening at the Warschaw Gallery.  For those that don’t know about Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla, you need to check out Choppertown and Choppertown Nation (their networking site for bikers).  I have been meaning to write about both for a long time now (soooo sorry guys!  I apologize).  They have a new film coming out that you MUST check ASAP and if you have not yet seen Choppertown or Choppertown FTV, get on their site and order them.

In the meantime, come hang out, drink some wine and enjoy some photos by Choppertown directors Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla. Earl Kane will be there with his awesome bikes and we’ll be displaying the Harbortown Bobber bike as well.

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Time: August 22, 2009 from 5pm to 10pm
Location: Warschaw Gallery, 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731

Jun 222009
 

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Free To Wander… it is the second or third in a rather large selection of films that are being reviewed here at ArtBiker World.  I have had this one in my DVD player for a while and have been watching snippets whenever the opportunity arises.  I have also sat with the film, watching it from beginning to end a few times and I do enjoy it.

First off, this has been directed and produced by Richard Grabbe and it is his first feature film venture.  It has a pretty groovy little soundtrack that is somewhat trance inspiring.  There are some really nice still photos included in the body of the film and some great moving shots that have been slowed down to let the viewer check out the action and the bikes.  When this effect is paired with the droning soundtrack, you cannot help but compare it to the drug induced graveyard scene from Easyrider.  If you didn’t care for that sequence, you may have the same response from portions of FTW.  I recommend cutting the sound if this is the case, put your own soundtrack on and the film begins to change a bit.  I threw on a little Agent Orange and suddenly I am taken back to the old Powel Peralta videos I grew up with in the 80’s.

In fact, one could argue that those old skateboarding videos have really influenced the making of this film.  Straight up from the beginning we see that there is a connection between the bikers in this film and the old punk rock, skate, and surf culture of the late 70’s through early 90’s.  These Gen X and Y kids have moved on to cooler toys but still have the same individualized attitudes that define these generations.  One of the reasons I have had this movie in the player for so long is that it is great to let play in the background while hanging out with the boys, wrenching, having a beer, or even playing with the kids… just kill the audio and enjoy the visuals as you go through your daily life.

Keep in mind, however, that you will want to spend a little time with this film listening to the audio.  There are a few really stellar interviews included.  But before I jump ahead, I must mention that the linear quality of the voiceovers and interviews may not really make sense.  There is a brief intro to the idea of the film, a short history of the Sturgis rally with a mention of the plight of our Native Brothers, then some goofing off before talk about the Country Mile 2008.  The run is followed with little explanation, but we gather that a group of kool kids on killer bikes are out having one hell of a time.  I for one got jazzed to ride and wished I could call up some of the cats from the film to join them for a spin.

For a short while the film concerns itself with the ride.  There are a couple voiceovers that talk about what is happening, but again, most of the action is visual as we see the fearless pack continue on their journey.  We do get a couple introductions as to who these riders are and an occasional name pops up on the screen, but we are left to decide who they are in the biker world by our own knowledge from magazines and events.  It might be nice to know more about these guys, how they got together and what they are doing together in the film.

As the movie progresses we start to get a little more info.  There are interviews with Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Choppers, Richard Grabbe of Rich Phillips Cycles, Crazy Kevin, Keino Sasaki of Keino Cycles, and Paul Cox of Paul Cox Industries.  Here is where we really get to the meat of the film.  We learn a little about each builder, get to see some of their work and hear their stories in their own words.

What can I say; Richard Grabbe has put together a pretty nice film for his first time out of the gate.  Free to Wander is a DVD that will live in the garage with me where it can run in the background while the boys and I wrench on the Panhead and customize the sidecar rig.  It inspires me to get out on the road and makes me want to surround myself with guys with similar taste in style and bikes.  Hey, for $20 it is worth adding this to your collection.  Just know what it is, an indie production from someone within the industry instead of a high-end film by a professional filmmaker.  Hey, if it was anything else it might just lose its charm.  I am really interested to see what comes next from Rich now that he has this experience under his belt.

Love, Respect, and Ride Choppers!

ArtBiker

Upcoming DVD Sure to be a Hit!

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Jun 032009
 

 

From the directors of the award-winning motorcycle movies “Choppertown: the Sinners” and “Brittown” comes a new motorcycle fabrication documentary.
Two years in the making, The Harbortown Bobber follows the ground-up build of Scott DiLalla’s ’69 bobber as various back yard masters put their hands on it creating a unique custom motorcycle and telling their own personal stories as they work.
Featuring: Irish Rich (Sinner Nomad), Earl Kane (Earl’s Bikes), J-Bird (Japanese Jay), Jonathan Smith, Todd’s Cycles, U.S. Customs, Dennis Goodson. 

 

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From the directors of the award-winning motorcycle movies “Choppertown: the Sinners” and “Brittown” comes a new motorcycle fabrication documentary.

Two years in the making, The Harbortown Bobber follows the ground-up build of Scott DiLalla’s ’69 bobber as various back yard masters put their hands on it creating a unique custom motorcycle and telling their own personal stories as they work.

HarbortownBobberFeaturing: Irish Rich (Sinner Nomad), Earl Kane (Earl’s Bikes), J-Bird (Japanese Jay), Jonathan Smith, Todd’s Cycles, U.S. Customs, Dennis Goodson. 

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