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.
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.
Viewers 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.
And 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.
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,”
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