When he relocated from London to Manhattan, Marc Singer was struck by the number of homeless people he had seen throughout the city. Singer had befriended a good number of New York’s homeless and later, after hearing of people living underground in abandoned tunnel systems, he met and became close to a group of people living in The Freedom Tunnel community stretching north from Penn Station past Harlem. After living with them for a number of months, he decided to create a documentary in order to help them financially. Singer had never been a filmmaker before, and saw the production of Dark Days as a means of gaining better accommodation for the residents of the tunnel.
The film’s crew consisted of the subjects themselves, who rigged up makeshift lighting and steadicam dollies, and learned to use a 16mm camera with black-and-white Kodak film. The post-production process took years, as financial difficulties created delays, as did Singer’s insistence of creative control to protect the tunnel residents.
During filming, Amtrak announced they would be forcibly evicting the homeless living in the tunnels. This announcement, plus the police presence backing the decision, prompted Singer and photographer Margaret Morton to go to the Coalition for the Homeless for help. Eventually, Singer and Morton managed to secure housing vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the film’s subjects, which enabled them to move out of the tunnels and into their own apartments.
The film features music by DJ Shadow, including excerpts from Endtroducing… as well as his album with U.N.K.L.E. Melissa Neidich was the editor of the film. Cinevision, a New York City camera shop, supplied Singer with cameras for the two-and-a-half years of filming. When Singer ran out of money for film, Kodak supplied free damaged film for the project.
Fox has just released the trailer for Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. This trailer introduces us to the new world that Gordon Gekko is entering, some 23 years after he went to prison at the end of Wall Street. The film’s plot mainly centers around Gekko acting as more of an anti-hero rather than a villain and follows his attempts to help Wall Street before its soon-to-be stock market crash as well as trying to repair his relationship with his daughter Winnie with the help of Jacob, Winnie’s fiance. In return, Gekko helps Jacob get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor’s death. The film will also star Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Ferlito and Frank Langella in supporting roles. Charlie Sheen is also in the movie which is awesome, I just hope LaBeouf doesn’t mess this movie up and go all studdering Transformers mode.
We have been keeping you all updated on everything Ken Block for the past few months. Its hard to ignore this guy. First he creates DC, then releases a string of DC MTN Lab snowboard videos (some of our favorite), and then gets himself involved in rally car. We have to say, his videos are impossible not to like, and his cars are even more eye catching. This is his new whip, a 2011 Ford Fiesta. Block has been pushing a Subaru for his whole rally car career, and Im not too sure why he is all of a sudden rockin the Ford, but who cares. This thing is mean as hell looking, and Im sure his driving is going to be just as gnarly. Enjoy the pics and video!
Lacoste’s Mythologies collection is dope! they feature a tribute to crocodile mythologies of the US and South Africa. The Missouri’s inspiration is by the Albino alligator which is known as the god of fertility within the Venda people of South Africa. The Sneakers combine a collection of premium materials with all-white tonal uppers accented. The other two pairs of Revans follow myths based around New York City with a tribute to both the NYPD uniforms and the cities yellow taxi cabs.
7. Mustang Pool Table
The Mustang pool table is molded from a 1965 Mustang and can be ordered in any paint color. Complete with working lights, alloy rims and wheels and chrome decals, bumpers and hardware, this high-end Mustang replica looks like the real thing. The pool table can be ordered online at www.mustangpooltable.com, it costs $14,995.
6. Predator Pool Table
Your average pool table isn’t going to intimidate an opponent, but the Predator Pool Table ($40,500) is anything but average. With striking, agressive looks, the Predator features an 8-foot table, an aluminum and maple vaneer frame with stainless steel cable sets, multi-bladed sabre pockets, polished glass rails, black speed felt surface, and integrated ball return.
This edition of 4 Jams You Should DL has a bit of punk/metal/garage rock theme but it’s not about that. It’s about thrashing, but these aren’t thrasher metal jams either. If you already have these songs, they need to go on a playlist together. A playlist you only listen to when you want to go fast and touch on being completely wreckless. Each song is up tempo, loud and sure to get you going. Great jams for shredding the slopes but try not to hit the 4 year old learning to ski when your doing Mach 3 through the bunny slope.
Eagles of Death Metal – I Only Want You
Misfits – Astro Zombies
While it’s a well known fact that each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are named after influential artists (no, they aren’t named after random dead Italian guys,) it’s become difficult for some people to place the name with their respected art pieces, lazy as art education as become. These awesome drawings pose the iconic turtles as pieces of art by their respected namesakes. As an additional bonus there are additional artist renditions of the turtles including Salvador Dali, Monet, and Picasso’s style to recreate our green friends, cowabunga dude.
I know we rag on annoying and ridiculous Facebook users a lot, but this list of “How to Suck at Face” via the Oatmeal was too accurate not too share. Not to mention the simplistic art work that accompanies the info is pretty funny. Let’s just say we are trying to spread the word of people’s outrageous behavior on the book, to make it a better and safer place for all users, enjoy.
Omiros One Architecture, O1A, designed this five bedroom luxury residence that commands endless ocean views form atop a steeply inclined site on Hamilton Islands in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Ala Moana house, that takes its name form the Hawaiian term “ocean pathways”, combines a relaxed tropical resort ambiance with luxury, sophistication, privacy and tranquility.
The Valedictorians is a book that very much encompasses the Zoot Lifestyle. Based in Boston, a freshly graduated 20-something year old struggles with adjusting to cube life as his College glory days become a distant past. The book is filled with chapters of hilarious memories and awkward moments, while the protagonist takes on a deeper internal struggle with life, loss, career and where he sees his future. If you are one of those people that struggles daily with the meaning of life or what your true calling is, this book could be the thing that finally compels you to GET OFF YOUR ASS.
Even if you are perfectly satisfied with your measly existence, it is easy to find common ground. Whether you have slept with a colleague, enjoy playing hoops, made some great tales in college or dealt with a serious hangover in the corporate world. I know I felt for him.