Cuba Skate team up with YMG Films…
553062_154600608076876_1950149472_n

Miles Jackson from Cuba Skate has to be one of the hardest working guys I know. He never f#@king gives up and this is why he is one of the most amazing guys in the international skateboarding community. This time he has teamed up with the legends from YMG Films to create some amazing footage with Cuba’s street-skating freaks. Check out this preview of their work…

Surfing The Embargo – Alexa Van Sickle
10534515_702236019859241_3304164223820628998_n

“I had my fears about landing in Havana with a surfboard. The things aren’t illegal, per se, but the Cuban government—until its recent moves to make traveling out of the country simpler for Cubans—had been sensitive about any flotation devices that could aid would-be defectors. And there was that 2011 report in state-run media that the CIA tried to bring in surveillance equipment disguised as surfboards in a fake surfing contest.” – Alexa Van Sickle, roadsandkingdoms.com Check out this honest and amazing look into the lives of Cuba’s small surfing community and the struggles they face just to get into the water. Surfing The Embargo – Alexa Van Sickle  

Patinas Sin Fronteras En Cuba Trailer
Patinas Sin Fronteras En Cuba

PATINAS SIN FRONTERAS (SKATE WITHOUT BORDERS) Check out this 6 minute trailer by film buff and street artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham. He recently created this while visiting the island of Cuba with the guys from Amigo Skate Cuba. I traveled to Cuba this month with some close friends to donate skateboards to skateboarders on the island. During our stay I shot a film titled “Patinas Sin Fronteras.” The film documents current conditions of skateboarders in Cuba. In Cuba there are no skate shops of any kind and no ways of getting skateboards or any of the necessary equipment needed to skate. The only way for skateboarders to continue to skate in Cuba is if people continue to share boards, wheels, trucks, etc with each other. This is the trailer for the film shot in Cuba. The title of the film translates to “Skate Without Borders” or “You Skate Without Borers” Cinematografía Chris Miller Y Spencer Keeton Cunningham Special Thanks: Amigo Skate Cuba, Rene Lecour, Matt Eversole, Roberto Gomez, George Lorenzo, Anthony Perez, Mike Freeman, Rodney, Jimi, Gordito,Will Sprott, Jose Rojo, Carlos and Jen at ES7, El Che, Jonathon Hexner, and 23 G

Maestra The Film – A Must See…
MAESTRA Photo by Liborio Noval Untitled December 22, 1961

Cuba 1961 – 250,000 volunteer teachers join the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same. The Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 dramatically changed the nation’s literacy levels within one year by organizing over 100,000 volunteers — over half of who were women — to teach classes in the rural areas of the country. In 2005, our documentary crew began collecting testimonies of women literacy teachers, exploring how this experience influenced their lives & sense of self, as well as the future of their nation. This film brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. It is beautiful. Alice Walker Writer and Peacemaker Pulitzer Prize Winner Author of “The Color Purple” Check out this amazing documentary by Catherine Murphy at www.maestrathefilm.org  

Cuban Punk Invasion is heading to Canada…
10309218_773608379330053_7819378424113529882_n

SUNDAY JUNE 15 SOLIDARITY ROCK PRESENTS SLATES – ARRABIO – ADICTOX – VIKING FELL – BOOK OF CAVERNS – BACK TO THE BLANKET BARBER HA $12 at door SLATES – New Damage recording artists ARRABIO – CUBAN HARDCORE HEROS ADICTOX – SANTA CLARA STREET PUNX VIKING FELL – Melancholy Dance Rock BOOK OF CAVERNS – DIY true believers BACK TO THE BLANKET – Hip Hop breakouts from Eden Valley, AB Solidarity Rock is back with a history bending Cuban punk invasion. June 15, Edmonton heavies SLATES will take the stage with their Cuban brethren for the first time in 4 years. Trinidad, Cuba’s Hardcore heros ARRABIO return to Edmonton, their second home. This time, they will travel with ADICTOX from Santa Clara, the punkest band in the world (not joking). This will be ADICTOX’s first show out side of Cuba. VIKING FELL is the latest Canadian band to make the journey and tour across Cuba. They are sportin new dance jams and can’t be stopped. BOOK OF CAVERNS are a DIY tour de force. Building and crashing, singing songs with heart and a pile of emotion, this is straight outta 1998. BACK TO THE BLANKET are a young hip hop act from Eden Valley, AB and will be playing with ARRABIO and Adictox in towns across treaty 7 territory later in the month. Cash bar, early start, Don’t miss it. THIS IS SOLIDARITY ROCK. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER – ESTAMOS JUNTOS EN ESTO  

Last Paradise Film – A Must See
Official-picture-Car-only-W

Back in early 2009, my partner and I travelled to Gisborne, New Zealand to interview kiwi surfing legend Allan Byrne. I was hoping for 10 minutes of his time for a few words and thoughts about New Zealand’s surfing past. But what I actually got were three hours of beers, laughs, inspiring thoughts and an education on everything from board designs to star consolations. It was a time when I was only thinking about working with the Cuban surfers and I had nothing set in stone, only a few concerns about the whole idea. Allan changed all that on this one single night, inspiring me to throw everything I had behind helping and supporting Cuba’s surfing community without a second thought. Allan Byrne was one of the worlds greatest surfing heroes, shapers and inspirations. A true legend… This is a short extract from the film “Last Paradise” which was about to release before Allan’s tragic passing. The original adventure pioneers tell the story of a 45 year global quest for adventure and paradise in stunning original footage. Cinema screenings of Last Paradise will be held in 2014. See www.lastparadisefilm.com for movie screenings.

Living Off The Wall – CubaSkate
SONY DSC

One of Cuba’s most creative skaters and surfers, Yojani Pérez Rivera reflects on how he and his amigos are #livingoffthewall to make the most of the little they have. Mamerto, as he’s known around the island, is among the most active local skaters advancing Cuba Skate’s mission. Cuba Skate, an NGO created by American skater Miles Jackson, is in the process of creating a documentary feature following the lives of Mamerto and his scrappy crew, 23yG, to rally the international skate community around its goals: 1. provide much needed skate materials to the Cuban youth 2. renovate the only, dilapidated skateparks in Havana 3. establish the first skate shop in Cuba and foster a bilateral educational exchange between Cuban and American skaters Winning Vans’ #LIVINGOFFTHEWALL Contest would help us make the Cuba Skate documentary a reality and share Mamerto and 23yG’s story with the world. Thanks for your consideration!  

Threads, Art and Cuba – Roark
images-2

This is a must see… Nothing else to say! TRUTH, LOYALTY, ROOTS AND ROARK. Roark Clothing. Truth, Loyalty, Roots and Roark. Affectionately known as Roark. A return to bold adventurism through the eyes of an idealized figure.   check out more at www.roarkrevival.com

Cuban Fidelity – Red Bull Skateboarding
Cuban fidelity

Cuban Fidelity – Red Bull take to the streets of Cuba. Time stands still in Cuba, as the old US cars and vast colonial mansions vie for your attention. If you’re on the lookout for a beautiful background for your skateboarding, there’s no place like this Carribean Island. Even though the Castro brothers are becoming older and Cuban society is now on the verge of transformation, things change slowly in Havana. Videographer Patrik Wallner and skateboarders Walker Ryan and Michael Mackrodt took what may prove to be their last chance to visit the ‘untouched’ Cuba. Enjoy! Check out the teaser here : http://www.redbull.com/en/skateboarding/holy-shit-video/1331647244702/cuban-fidelity-skating-through-the-past-teaser http://www.redbull.com/skateboarding  

Cuba’s Rock’n’Roll and Hardcore Gods…
Arrabio

ARRABIO hail from the Trinidad, Cuba, the 500 year old jewel of the nation’s Caribbean coast. After years in isolation The band has distilled its unique sound, carving their spot in the international hardcore community. It was once illegal in Cuba to play rock n roll, now this 4-piece has been at the forefront of creating a DIY rock n roll revolution in Cuba, a country hungry for something new.

Surfboards and Cuba’s first steps…
resin

“You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf” – Jon Kabat-Zinn This may not be one of the worlds greatest surfboards but it is one of Cuba’s first hand-shaped glass surfboards. Shaped with recycled foam from old freezers/refrigerators with a cheese grater, this board was then finished with glass and resin sourced on Cuba’s black market from boat builders in Havana. A first step for Cuba’s surf culture and future in true Cuban style.

Black and Cuba
283469560_640

Black and Cuba follows street-smart students, who are outcasts at an elite Ivy League university, as they band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. While filming their poignant encounters with AfroCuban youth, breathtaking sites and moving hip-hop performances, the travelers confront realities behind myths of color-blindness and social mobility. This edgy and artful documentary of their journey uncovers renewed hope for equality and human rights. Featuring Angela Davis, Fidel Castro, Fred Hampton, Ché Guevara, Malcolm X and Assata Shakur in rarely seen footage.