MFF: Raw and genuine, Richie Pan’s America the Series was first started in collaboration with the late Richie Panarra, tattooist, motorcyclist and artist. Can you tell us a bit about how you first became involved in this project?
PM: I make a living working in reality TV. Once or twice a year, I’d end up in South Jersey and go visit Richie, and sometimes get tattooed. As we became friends, we often talked about making a real motorcycle or tattoo show. One focused on the true characters that shape both cultures everyday, not manipulated drama. In April 2015, we decided to try something and see where it led.
MFF: What did you learn about Richie’s impact on the motorcycling community and the tattoo industry?
PM: It was very personal. Richie touched the lives of a lot of people in both communities. He was also somewhat of a historian for both. He had an immense respect for the people who came before him.
MFF: And what did you learn about his love of his panhead, Viola?
PM: He frequently said that Viola was the coolest bike in the world. And she might be. There are details for days on that panhead. Mixed matched parts, missing bolts, and seemingly random customizations. It may be his best work of art.
MFF: Anything new you learned from a production or direction standpoint?
PM: This was a really small project; just me and the person I was interviewing for most of it. I feel like that intimacy made it easy for the guys to open up. They lost awareness of the camera and just talked. The challenge of this was letting go of the way things are normally done. I recorded audio straight to the cameras, didn’t use monitors, or crew members to manage either. For safety, I ran 2 cameras, a wide and a tight, right next to each other. Each camera had separate audio. For the most part it worked out, but I would definitely make sure I could monitor audio next time.
MFF: Favorite memories filming on location?
PM: Shooting Tommy Granger at “The Church of What’s Happening.” Richie loaned me his Street Glide so I could ride over with him, Cindy, and Joe Fessman. Tommy and Richie’s dynamic was perfect, they had us laughing the whole day. We drank beer and ate hot dogs while we shot. It was the last interview Richie did and a day I’ll never forget. Richie left behind countless friends and contemporaries. It was incredible hearing people’s memories about him in Richie Pan Forever. Do you have any favorite sound bites or shots from the film? Fat Bob didn’t want to go on camera. I had asked early on and he wasn’t into it. He stopped by while I was interviewing Von Rothinfink. After a couple of drinks, he agreed to tell a couple of stories, and I got a little more out of him. Including the last clip of the film. That clip gets a tear from me every time.
MFF: Any production or direction challenges you’d like to cite?
PM: The huge one was losing my co-producer. Richie was not only on-camera talent, but a creative partner in the project. His passing not only changed the trajectory of the project, but the impact it would have. No doubt it would be an even better series if he were here to put his fingerprints on it.
MFF: What inspires you? What keeps you creating?
PM: Watching people do their own thing is super inspiring to me. For this project, The Motorcycle Film Festival was hugely inspirational.
MFF: Do you ride yourself? If so, what are your earliest memories of motorcycles?
PM: Yes. I ride pretty much everyday. When I was a pretty young kid, I had a neighbor who was a biker. He’d kick his bike over and the whole complex would shake. I couldn’t get enough of it.
MFF: And what do you ride these days?
PM: My everyday ride is an ’86 Softail with a narrow glide front end. It’s gotten me from coast to coast as well as all over LA for work. I also have a 1980 Shovelhead stroker in a jammer frame that was built by Alex Lopez and company at Born Free Cycles in Burbank, CA.
MFF: What are some of your favorite motorcycle films?
PM: Choppertown: The Sinners, the El Diablo Run movie, and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.
MFF: Favorite annual moto events?
PM: Annual: Hazzard County. Biannual: El Diablo Run
MFF: Will you be attending this year’s Motorcycle Film Festival?
PM: I never know where I’m going to be. My professional life is a little crazy that way but I would really like to.
MFF: What’s to come from Pete McGill?
PM: Only time will tell. I have a few other ideas and things I’ve spoken to people about. My business as a lighting designer and flying coast to coast to spend time with my children keep me pretty busy, but I hope there will be time.
MFF: Any MFF exclusive you’d like to share with us? Something that folks don’t know about your work or process?
PM: I try to let people finish their thoughts. It makes it harder to get concise sound bites, but being genuine is more important to me. Sometimes that means the final edit has a lot more of my voice in it than it should.
Join us Thursday, July 14th 2016 at the Coney Island Brewery for the NY Premier of the film Richie Pan Forever.
Event sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178993532151856/
Film Premier: Richie Pan Forever
Thursday July 14, 2016
Coney Island Brewery
1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Event sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1178993532151856/
Richie Pan Forever: A collection of interviews with bikers, hippies, and tattooed freaks. Started as a collaboration with the late Richie Pan, finished as a tribute. Richie was a New Jersey based husband, father, grandfather, tattooer, artist, occasional writer, and friend to many, many people. His art was published monthly in The Horse Backstreet Choppers (thehorsebc.com). Cycle Source Magazine named him Motorcycle Artist of the year in 2014 and Man of the Year in 2015 (cyclesource.com). You can see some of his art on his blog http://darkstartattoos.blogspot.com and his tattoo work athttp://darkstartattoos.com/
Come out and enjoy a few while you watch the story of an amazing artist under the stars. Parking out front. Coney Island Brewery beer on tap. and exciting give aways courtesy of the Indian Larry Motorcycles and the Motorcycle Film Festival!
See you at the flicks,
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Richie Pan’s America is a web series of longer format interviews with Richie’s friends. YOu can buy all episodes here:
Join us Friday April 22nd, for a very special NYC Screening Party for the film 21 Day’s Under The Sky, presented by Cine Meccanica, La Motocyclette & the film’s writer, poet and journalist Kate O’Connor Morris.
The film will be released online for purchase in May. So, all attending this exclusive NYC premier screening will see the film before it’s full project release and receive a special gift, a collector’s addition La Motocyclette zine made to commemorate the film and this longstanding collaboration. The film will be followed by a Q&A and two killer bands. All tickets will be held for pickup at the venue day of. Please save your email confirmation of your ticket purchase. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE TODAY!
Friday, April 22nd
Nihil Gallery , 251 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
ABOUT THE FILM
21 DAYS UNDER THE SKY is an unconventional true story about those who don’t conform. Four guys meet in San Francisco to start a 3,800 mile ride down the Lincoln Highway – the oldest coast to coast route connecting the east to the west. They are riding vintage “choppers”; bikes prone to break down or run out of gas. Through the highs and lows of a long journey, this story examines the timeless American love affair with the motorcycle and an even greater American tradition: the road trip.
It’s not a biker movie about crime, drugs, and women, though these are obvious byproducts of a life lived full. This is a side of motorcycle living that isn’t often told. Their journey becomes less about getting anywhere and more about going back to where things started; about the vast heavenly landscapes, the proud people they encounter, and the small towns they rest in. It is a contemporary look at the American Dream, and the fearless few that have the guts to go without a plan. A reminder of what real adventure feels like.
Beautifully directed and filmed through the lens of famed motorcycle lifestyle photographer, Michael Schmidt, and written by poet and journalist Kate O’Connor Morris, this widescreen cinematic experience is the first of its kind, and is recognized as the seminal “chopper” film of this generation. Narrated by actor Robert Patrick, he delivers the deep ominous voice of the bikers’ internal thought, the words we wish could attain to describe our feelings for what it’s like to be on old Harley chopper; racing through deserts and forest roads, salt flats, and two lane blacktops, camping on the rain-soaked ground, and emerging grease-stained from underneath your broken-down bike on the side of the road. 21 DAYS UNDER THE SKY is the one time the words EPIC and ADVENTURE can actually be used without the normal trappings of how these words are tossed about in social media.
Watch The Trailer: https://vimeo.com/157336355
Instagram: @21daysunderthesky #21daysunderthesky
For news & updates go to: http://www.21DaysUnderThe Sky.com
Hey mister, do you know ‘Rock ‘n Roll’?
Cine Meccanica is thrilled to support Pizza & Movie night, presented Saturday January 9th at 6pm by Kickstart Cycle Supply. so, slip into your leathers, grab your shades (and earplugs) and hop on over to the Bergen Brick Oven Bar and Grill for a screening of the 1999 classic Wild Zero starring Guitar Wolf, followed by heavy metal karaoke. Yea, it’s gonna be one hell of a night!
See you at the flicks…and stick around after for heavy metal karaoke.
Rock ‘n Roll is NOT over, baby! Rock ‘n Roll NEVER DIES!
Wild Zero is a 1999 Japanese “Jet rock ‘n’ roll” zombie horror comedy cult classic directed by Tetsuro Takeuchi, and starring the Japanese garage punk band Guitar Wolf. It borrows many elements from other popular B-movies such as Psychomania and Evil Dead II.
Ace, a wannabe rock star, is on his way to a concert of the band Guitar Wolf when space aliens invade the Earth. As a result the dead rise to their feet in the countryside setting of Asahi, Chiba, with an appetite for flesh. Enlisting the help of his rock ‘n roll blood brother Guitar Wolf, Ace and the members of the band get entangled in many misadventures with crazy rock managers in very tight shorts, transsexuals, naked women shooting guns in the shower, and bloodthirsty zombies ready to tear them apart.
Don’t get shitty!
Leather jackets, loud over-modulated music, laser guitar picks, motorcycles, guns, muscle cars, and fire abound. Guitar Wolf, a Japanese trio signed to Matador Records in the US—and self-proclaimed coolest rock band in the world—star as the well-coiffed heroes. It is also a love story, between Ace and Tobio, a trans woman.
Love has no borders, nationalities, or genders!
The music, in a garage punk vein, plays an important role in the film. It features music from Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound and The Oblivians. His 1997 song “Twice as Deep” by Greg Oblivian & the Tip Tops is featured.
ROCK N’ ROLL!
This film is similar to another movie by a Spanish punk group, La matanza caníbal de los garrulos lisérgicos, produced by Siniestro Total (a punk band from Vigo, Spain). –Wikipedia
Watch the trailer
Listen to the Soundtrack (earplugs recommended)
Wednesday, September 16th
Hand & Detail, 280 Meeker Ave, Bklyn, NY 11211
7:30pm – Hot Rod, Classic Car Parking available. First come first serve.
8:30pm – The Outsiders (1983)
It was your bright idea, smarty.
Cine Meccanica is thrilled to present a very special screening of the classic greaser flick The Outsiders. This classic tale of greasers and socs, has always been a dark favorite of mine. Genius cast, a beautiful adaptation of the novel by S. E. Hinton, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, what else could you want?
Well I’m glad you asked. We think you want to see it at a DRIVE-IN…and urban DRIVE-IN in the wilds of Brooklyn, under the smoggy stars, surrounded by hot rods, classic cars, and vintage motorcycles. because…DRIVE-IN!
With the help of Bobby Redd (and after over a decade of plotting and fighting for this) we have put together the first DRIVE-IN in NYC in god knows how long. So, cuff those jeans like you’re “waitin on a floodin”, roll a pack of smokes into that greasy white tee sleeve, lace those cons, and throw the kiddies in the rumble seat to head on over to Hand & Detail.
We’ll have the concession stand hoppin’ with drinks, popcorn…and even a mobile wood fired pizza oven courtesy of Park Luncheonette.
Be there or be square, cause this don’t happen often. See you at the flicks!
They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian atLone Star Elementary School in Fresno, California, and her students were responsible for inspiring Coppola to make the film.
The film is noted for its cast of up-and-coming stars, including , C. Thomas Howell (who garnered a Young Artist Award), Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The film helped spark the Brat Pack genre of the 1980s. Both Lane and Dillon went on to appear in Coppola’s related film Rumble Fish. Emilio Estevez went on to be in ‘That Was Then… This Is Now, the only S.E. Hinton film adaptation not to star Matt Dillon.
I gotta cut smoking or I’ll never make track next year.
In 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income working-class teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Sodapop (Lowe) and Darrel (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dallas Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced /ˈsoʊʃɪz/ soh-shiz), a gang of wealthier kids from the other side of town.
I’m sorry. I didn’t know you had this problem with yelling in my face.
Two Socs, Bob Sheldon (Garrett) and Randy Adderson (Dalton), confront Johnny, Ponyboy, and Two-Bit, who are talking to the Socs’ girlfriends, Cherry (Lane) and Marcia (Meyrink), at a drive-in theater. The girls defuse the situation by going home with the Socs. Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny are attacked in a park by Bob, Randy, and three other Socs. They begin dunking Ponyboy in a fountain, but Johnny pulls out his switchblade and stabs Bob, accidentally killing him.
Man that was one tough car. Mustangs, they’re tough.
On the advice of Dallas, Ponyboy and Johnny leave town, and hide out in an abandoned church in Windrixville. Ponyboy bleaches his hair with peroxide in case anybody spots him. He reads Gone with the Wind and quotes the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay“. Dallas arrives with news that Cherry has offered to support the boys in court, that he told the police that Johnny and Pony were in Texas, and gives Pony a note from Sodapop. They go out for food, then return to find the church on fire with children trapped inside.
I hope I never see Dallas Winston again. If I do I’d… probably fall in love with him.
The Greasers turn into heroes as they rescue the kids from the burning church. It doesn’t take long for Ponyboy and Dally to heal up. Johnny, on the other hand, ends up with a broken back and severe burns. The boys are praised for their heroism, but Johnny is charged with manslaughter for killing Bob, while Ponyboy may be sent to a boys’ home.
We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let’s do it for Johnny, man. We’ll do it for Johnny!
Bob’s death has sparked calls from the Socs for “a rumble,” which the Greasers win. Dallas drives Ponyboy to the hospital to visit Johnny. Johnny is unimpressed by the victory, and dies after telling Ponyboy to “stay gold,” referring to the Frost poem. Unable to bear Johnny’s death, Dallas wanders through the hospital, pretending to shoot a doctor with his unloaded gun, which clicks harmlessly. He then robs a grocery store with the same gun, but he is shot and wounded by the owner as he flees. Pursued by the police, Dallas is surrounded in a park and the police kill him after he repeatedly refuses to drop his unloaded gun. Ponyboy is eventually cleared of wrongdoing in Bob’s death and allowed to stay with his brothers.
WHY DO YOU BOTHER HELPING PEOPLE, HUH? It doesen’t do any good.
Turning the pages of Johnny’s copy of Gone with the Wind, Ponyboy finds a letter from Johnny saying that saving the children was worth sacrificing his own life. The story ends as it began, with Ponyboy writing a school report about his experiences. – IMDB
Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
251 Douglass Street, Brooklyn 11217
Film starts at 8pm
As always, free popcorn, and $2 Vehicular Bingo for prizes!
In the early morning light, after a night of trippy, existential dreams, Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull) sneaks out of her bed in Alsace, France where her stable, school teacher husband, Raymond (Roger Mutton) sleeps.
Zipping herself into a black leather jumpsuit, she climbs onto her Harley and heads for Heidelberg, Germany to her dark, dangerous, ex motorcycle racing lover, Daniel (played by Alain Delon, referred to as the French James Dean, and the male Brigitte Bardot).
Riding through the European countryside, Rebecca is free and alone on the open road, full of excitement and anticipation in seeing her Daniel.
Flashbacks tell the story of how they first met. While working at her father’s bookshop, Daniel looking for a rare book, takes her out for a ride on his Norton Atlas. The affair begins.
Daniel, to whom the affair is clearly nothing more than an affair, makes a rather posturing, inappropriate wedding gift to Rebecca of the Harley. Delivered to her father’s shop, Raymond is confused and hurt, but tells her to keep it if it will make her happy.
Finally arriving in Heidelberg, Rebecca is ecstatic. She throws herself into Daniels arms in an exhausted frenzy. The rendevouz is short lived however, as the moment she sees Daniel, her thoughts switch to longing for Raymond.
We see a now more complex Raymond. He’s Very similar to Daniel we discover, and dark in his own way. They both teach, they both smoke pipes, and in many ways they are both very much like her father.
Weeping in a café, she tries to write a letter to end it with Daniel but is unable. It seems clear nothing will change. Wadding up the tear stained letter, she storms out. Full of love and defiant conviction that she has done nothing wrong and that she should have them both.
Now her thoughts are of nothing but the Harley and the road. She speeds towards home and Raymond, knowing she will soon once again be in Heidelberg with Daniel. Laughing, weeping, pushing the bike faster and faster. Weaving in and out of traffic, she is at peace. She is happy alone on the road. Racing towards the future and with no regard for the past.
WHAM! Head on, into a truck. A huge ball of flames and a slow pan out to show the pileup and spectators running towards the scene.
Full album of screen shots HERE
Alain Delon on Marianne Faithfull: “She is a happening all to herself. She is the type of girl men fought dragons for in mythology, the type that duels have been fought over.”
(from an interview with the actors on the making of Girl on a Motorcycle in the October 1968 issue of ABC Film Review, by Philip Bradford)
American Graffiti (1973)
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
251 Douglass Street, Brooklyn 11217
Film starts at 8pm
complimentary popcorn and $2 bingo for prizes!
And be sure to visit the concession stand for snacks and libations!
Hey, hey, hey, baby. What do you say?
– Justin Melkmann
The Band: WWIX
This is a super fine machine.
A double Chubby-Chuck, a chili-barb, two orders of French fries and…