Good friend of MYB, Orlando von Einsiedel has dedicated the last 2 years of his life to make this incredible film documenting the Virguna National Park and the daily struggle to protect it. In his words, "It nearly killed me 10 times". This is a must watch.

VIRUNGA:

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a carer of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect.

  • "If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are “crying for the moon.” We have no such assurance. The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end"Alan Watts on living with presence.
               

    "If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are “crying for the moon.” We have no such assurance. The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end"

    Alan Watts on living with presence.

  • Jason Lee getting back to his roots.
               

    Jason Lee getting back to his roots.

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    With brands worldwide humping the shit out of "stories" to cunningly vie for our attention.  Some of them fail miserably, while others, like this Leica campaign, do a better job at telling more credible stories whilst plugging their wares. Here’s the latest Arto Saari ‘Let us Roam’ episode.  

  • The Beast from the East, Damon Bradshaw.  This dude kicked a lot of arse in the early 90s when he burst into the pro moto scene. Business up front, party in the back…
               

    The Beast from the East, Damon Bradshaw.  This dude kicked a lot of arse in the early 90s when he burst into the pro moto scene. Business up front, party in the back…

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    We don’t know anything about this band other than they are friends of a friend and this song should have 2 million + listens instead of 2000. Crank up the volume and get this treat down your ear holes.

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    As a filmmaker, ex-BMXer and occasional bystander to some incredible riding, the most interesting part for me now is the phycology, camaraderie, and banter that happens before, after and around the physical act of the “trick”.

    I appreciate BMX (or skateboarding) is a tough, judgemental audience riddled with A.D.D, but I think its a shame so much of this good stuff goes undocumented within the rigid “trick porn” framework. 



    With that in mind, I found this extended version of Jimmy Levan's classic Church Gap an interesting breath of fresh air - even if it did happen over 10 years ago.

    Guess thats why I’m a sucker for Epic Laterd too. Patrick and the crew do a great job telling the stories of the skaters and the their epic video parts. A good example is the vid below, where a shrink gets to the bottom of Andrew Reynolds amusing pre-trick madness and OCD…

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