Sherlock Jr (1924)
Friday, October 7th
Top Tier Of The Paddock, Tram stop #5 (at the Vanson booth)
The history of motorcycles in film begins with the invention of…you guessed it…motorcycles and film. Right from the start, cars and bikes are prominent in film as a means of transport. Stunt men and slapstick comedians were quick to jump on the wagon (literally) to poke fun at the fast paced mayhem of modern times. The best early examples of this are Mabel Behind The Wheel (1914), Get Out And Get Under (1920), Taken For A Ride (1923), the Keystone Cops series, and of course Sherlock JR (1924) the Buster Keaton classic where he does his own stunts on a 1923 Harley Davidson J Model Twin.
Please join us for a special, Friday night screening under the stars, at Barber Vintage Festival.
Huge thank you to Vanson for making this event possible…and we’ll see you at the flicks!
We are lost! He is sending for the world’s greatest detective – Sherlock Jr.!
The plot: A movie theater projectionist and janitor (Buster Keaton) is in love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire). However, he has a rival, the “local sheik” (Ward Crane). Neither has much money. The projectionist buys a $1 box of chocolates, all he can afford, and changes the price to $4 before giving it and a ring to her. The sheik steals and pawns the girl’s father’s pocket watch for $4. With the money, he buys a $3 box of chocolates for the girl. When the father notices his watch is missing, the sheik slips the pawn ticket into the projectionist’s pocket unnoticed. The projectionist, studying to be a detective, offers to solve the crime, but when the pawn ticket is found, is banished from the girl’s home.
While showing a film about the theft of a pearl necklace, he falls asleep and dreams that he enters the movie as a detective. The other actors are replaced by the projectionist’s “real” acquaintances. When he awakens, the girl shows up to tell him that she learned the identity of the real thief. As a reconciliation is playing on the screen, he mimics the actor’s behavior. – wikipedia
There is an old proverb which says: Don’t try to do two things at once and expect to do justice to both. This is the story of a boy who tried it. While employed as a moving picture operator in a small town theater he was also studying to be a detective.
every inch of footage holds such a laugh!
Not only did Buster perform all of his own stunts, at times he performed stunts for other cast-members as well. One famous example is from Sherlock Jr.
After Buster accepts a ride on the handlebars of a motorcycle, a bump in the road knocks the driver to the ground, leaving Buster to ride on alone, unaware that no one is steering the bike. Buster dressed as the driver and took the fall for the shot, landing with his legs characteristically spread eagle. – silent locations
The Film (with a great score)
The Making Of:
Welcome to the very first Biker Movie Sunday, presented by Choppertown!
Way back in 2005, an independent film called ‘Choppertown:The Sinners‘ was released. A great film that fit just at the right time. In many ways it changed the industry in how it was promoted and distributed, and it was one of the first films that got me thinking about a little idea I had, to bring the motorcycle community closer through film through live screenings and a film festival.
The film, of course screened at Cine Meccanica, and All these years later, in a true testament to the power of film and the closeness of our community, Choppertown and I are reunited. I am honored that they invited me to be a part of this new project Biker Movie Sunday, a weekly exploration of the world of two wheeled cinema, including an introduction by myself, and live Q&A with the filmmaker.
The First episode brings us a short film that I’m very proud to present. A heart wrenching look at the connection between a motorcycle and it’s rider, by Paolo Asuncion and the Handsome Asians Motorcycle Club. Compelling and witty, always pushing the envelope, and blurring the lines between filmmaker and subject. . Stories for the motorcycle community by the community. We recommend you follow their projects closely, including: Dirtbag Challenge, Dirtbag II: Return Of The Rattler, and The Delivery , where they explore and develop these techniques, though never with such a heavy subject as now. Keep on eye on these guys, we now we will be.
So, stay tuned, and we’ll see you at the Facebook Live flicks each and every Sunday at 11am PST on Choppertown!
– Corinna Mantlo
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,
Follow the film on Facebook: facebook https://www.facebook.com/ElectricTelevision/photos/?tab=album&album_id=919170214830749
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