Portland. A city where all the cool kids ride fixies, all the hot girls wear glasses, no one ever buys shorts, but just cuts them, and more strip clubs per capita than any major city in the United States (and they’re all complete nude). Jealous you don’t live here yet? Well additionally, Portland is also home to many major players in the snowboarding industry, Salomon, Airblaster, Poler Stuff, while also playing host to the annual Videograss world premiere, which took place last week.
How many hipsters can you count? At least most were many hipsters, not emo hipsters.
I didn’t feel hipster enough to do some writing til I got some essentials together. Don’t worry though, no Wes Anderson references, and only one from Portlandia. I don’t even like Wes Anderson, “Captain Ron” is my favorite movie ever.
I was pretty pumped for this event which was taking place at the legendary Bagdad Theater (where One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was premiered), plus it’s a bar. Not sure if you’ve ever heard about these premiers in the past but they have the reputation of getting pretty rowdy. Fights with homeless folk, stage diving, strippers with Mohawks (I’m assuming Sassy’s), and once…even Dirks showed up. Unfortunately that didn’t really happen, maybe the heat took it out of people, maybe it was that it took place on a Monday. Either way, unlike most movie premieres, there weren’t any bros (or brahs), or people with chinstrap beards at the Portland premiere, which was extremely exciting.
So…Monday afternoon, I hopped on my brakeless fixie and did the 10 minute ride to the Bagdad. Parking was such a bitch with fixies as far as I could see. I got in the theater pretty easy, no line, until I got to the bar. I was planning on double fisting, but just got my own pitcher of PBR instead, and I was not alone on that regard. Yobeats intern was on the same kick as myself.
After the first I decided a second pitcher would make things better, then the movies started. As you may or may not know, there are three movies Videograss is doing this year. A lot of people are really excited about Holy Smokes, the “AM” film…It wasn’t finished enough to show at the time of this premiere. So they showed the teaser for Jed In Full instead. Which is going to be an online part and it looks sick! It’s Jed, I wouldn’t really expect anything else.
Then there was Enlighten, the “powder” Videograss flick…It wasn’t done either. It was half done, so they showed us that. Lights dimmed and the first sponsor on the screen…Monster Energy. It got booed. Cause we drink water in Oregon bitch. Matt Belize had a good opener and Frank April had a good “ender.” Danny Larson had a pretty good part too, good to see him in ‘Merica more. The standout of the parts we were shown were definitely Jake Kuzyk and Will Jackways. The last two shots are absolutely huge for Jackways, on top of solid backcountry freestyle. We didn’t get to see several riders who must have good parts, Merrill, Fox, Jacques, and Bode. Overall the video looks super solid with its mix of street and backcountry.
Then the lights came back on, and there was a product toss. Let’s just say, neither Sexton or Gus, have “upper balcony” strength.
Then they showed “The Darkside.” I got to see a lot more of some of the riders than I really wanted too? More nipple shots than that classic ski film, Hot Dog…The Movie. The opener went to Jake OE, his best part I’ve seen, great song to boot! If this were Legends of the Hidden Temple, he just kicked the shrine of the silver monkeys ass. Biggest cheers were for PDX locals Dirks and Mathes, both of whom may have had their best parts (except for maybe Love/Hate’s opener…classic).
Everyone else had good parts, but like I’ve heard others say, I’ve seen this before. The last 10 minutes of this weren’t nearly as good as the last 10 of Hot Dog, no offense to Joey Sexton who makes a triumphant return to Videograss.
I think they stole this in Airborne, that inline skating movie from the early 90’s…with Jack Black? Probably another you should see though.
Speaking of things you should see…Goon, best hockey movie since Slapshot (it’s on Netflix). You thought I was going to say Videograss. Well you should see those too. If you liked the ones before, you’ll like these too. Overall, good movies, though it did seem to hurt that Jed, Marben, and Jonas only had a couple of cameo shots.