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Son of Animal Style hits San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 3

If you missed my Animal Style/Son of Animal Style program of indie skate shorts by friends in Chicago or Honolulu, you have one more chance. It’s showing as part of the San Diego Asian Film Festival on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00. From noir to pop, documentary to music, skateboarding to comedy, it’s pretty rad. And the skaters? The Working Man Tad Suzuki, SGV’s John Lee, Jesse Neuhaus, Stevie Dread, Eric Murphy, Ray Barbee, Mario Rubalcaba, Willy Santos, and Honolulu’s own APB crew are there, in order. Don’t blink or you might miss cameos by Salman Agah and Jef Hartsel, as well. Check out the program, buy tickets at the festival webpage, and see you there. Pass this on to...

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See the Animal Style skateboard video program at FAAIM in Chicago this weekend!

One of the best things about working on Giant Robot magazine during its 16-year run was providing a showcase for rad work by talented friends. This weekend I get to do it in a different setting–a film festival. With the encouragement of FAAIM director Tim Hugh, I put together Animal Style. The first part collects indie skate videos by Asian Americans, while the second section cherry picks pieces from Asia itself.

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Animal Style skateboard film program to premiere at FAAIM’s Asian American Showcase in Chicago

Sometime last year, an artful and amazing indie skate short was rejected by the International Skateboard Film Festival. My friends who made it were philosophical, but I was pissed. What was the point of calling for–and charging for–entries to such an event if it was just going to screen industry-backed skate vids (which receive big-budget premieres anyway)? So I was motivated to hit up my friend Tim, who programs the Asian American Showcase for FAAIM in Chicago. He liked the piece a lot, and suggested that I assemble an entire program of skate videos. I thought about it and realized that I had other friends with works that had not been seen, realized, or shown in the U.S. This was...

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