Fired Up is a short animated film that depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant. On a rainy day in June of 2007, President Obama found himself speaking to a subdued crowd in the tiny town of Greenwood, SC. He was exhausted, soaking wet, and beginning to doubt the whole campaign when a voice called out from the back, “Fired up, ready to go!”. The chant, started by one unassuming woman in a church hat, transformed the audience and went on to become a rallying cry in every corner of America. With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 12 artists from around the world. Directed and Produced by Dan Fipphen and Elyse Kelly.
Last Thursday night was a really, really good time. In an event that capped off a year long project, the 27 Frames art show and silent auction celebrated the work of 30 different photographers who we sent disposable cameras to, and featured the best images in their rolls of film. That is definitely an over-simplification of the show and the project though. All those little disposable cameras we sent out covered a lot of ground — they went everywhere. From Hawaii, New York, all over California, Canada, Iceland, Russia, South America, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Tahiti, the Caribbean, Australia, Greece, Fiji, the Northeast, Pacific Northwest to the Colorado Rockies. They saw the world and it was no easy task to get all the cameras back to us. Some were lost along the way, but every time one of the cameras found it’s way back to our studio in Los Angeles it was like getting a present in the mail and we couldn’t wait to see where it had been. That said, we had a blast curating what we considered to be the best 88 images of the project. Last Thursday night, those images filled the walls of Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles and were auctioned off with 100% of sales donated to Surfrider Foundation. On top of that, there was a full bar featuring Zico Coconut Water cocktails, live music by DJ Osamu then Morgan Delt, good times were had by all. Big thanks to all the photographers who participated in the project, Zico, Dexter’s Camera and everyone who attended the show. In case you missed the show, check out this little video recap by Brent Miller and party pics by Alex Taman. And if you missed the 27 Frames series, check it out here:27 Frames
As we approach inauguration day and usher in an administration that represents a new dark age of human indecency, idiocracy and an overall neglect for our planet and environment, it is also important to take a step back and realize how very small we all are. We’re not special, the universe doesn’t really care about any of us — even president whoever. It doesn’t even notice us. So take a deep breath, meditate, and watch this six minutes and fifty seconds of awesomeness that will make you feel like you just ate ten drops of acid. Now contemplate your place in the universe and ponder existence itself. Namaste.
Trevor Gordon is a laid-back surfer version of Peter Pan. Though instead of Never Never Land, he lives on his nautical adventure-mobile (AKA sailboat) named Brisa with his wife, Maddie, in another magical land called Santa Barbara. With the Channel Islands in sight just miles to shore, Trevor finds himself drawn to their raw natural beauty on a regular basis. When he’s not sailing his vessel up and down the coast, exploring all the nooks and crannies that may have waves, you can find Trevor in the lineup at Rincon on a solid winter swell, somehow finding any damn wave he wants.FULL STORY
Meet eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today in the new Netflix original documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design. Journey through their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives. Abstract: The Art of Design streams only on Netflix in February.
Having third-degree heart block doesn’t stop surfer Mikey DeTemple from hitting the snowy, winter waves. This is a short film I directed documenting his productive Saturday morning for Furthermore.furthermore.equinox.com
Karina’s home in the Bahamas is truly dreamlike. It is a place where even Hemingway would feel right at home. Between the Cuban tile floor, the extensive sea glass bottle collection (arranged by color mind you), and the lush, tropical indoor / outdoor vibe, the place has a colorful character that feels authentically Bahamian. In case you’ve never heard of her, Karina is former pro surfer turned model & adventurer. Originally hailing from Florida, she moved to the Bahamas seven years ago after falling in love with her husband on a visit to the island. She now spends her days living the dream in paradise; traveling abroad, exploring their local island chain with all of it’s hidden gems via their sea plane, and hosting travelers on their property, showing them all the unique experiences that the Bahamas have to offer.FULL STORY
Join us this Thursday, 1/12/2017, 6pm-12am (6-7pm reception, 7-9pm silent auction, 9pm-12am after party) at Think Tank Gallery in downtown LA for our Indoek 27 Frames art show sponsored by ZICO Coconut Water and benefiting Surfrider Foundation. Beer, wine, liquor (with ZICO cocktails) and live music! In case you are new to the 27 Frames series, we sent disposable cameras to our favorite photographers, developed all the film and published the full rolls on our site. This show curates the best of the online series and features 30 different photographers. Here is a sneak peek at what photos will be featured and auctioned off.FULL STORY
Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Grant Ellis.FULL STORY
In episode three of Lone Wolfs’ hit web series, Everything’s Not Working, host Zach Williams gets some shaping pointers from Eden Saul of Dead Kooks and they give a hoagie to a hobo with nipple rings. We’ve been enjoying this irreverent, DIY surf talk show so much, we decided to sit down with the creators / shop owners, Alex Kemp & Scott Brown to learn some of the method behind their madness.FULL STORY
Here’s your latest four and a half minutes of feel good vibes from filmmaker, Stefan Hunt. This is the inspiring true story of a grommet named Winter and how he made a difference raising money for water filters in Indonesia. Learn more about the Surf To School project with Waves For Water here:wavesforwater.org/surftoschool
Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Read McKendree.FULL STORY