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Triple Ollie Big 3 at the abandoned school (screenshot)

Back in late September 2014, the rated gnaR crew (Casey Schultz, Ryan Cambage, and myself) did some hanging out, skating, and filming in Philadelphia, PA. Casey was competing in the U.S. Freestyle Skateboarding Championship held at Paine’s Skatepark so we ventured down to meet Ryan and have a good time. Casey won 1st place in the amateur division back in 2011, and after a really solid first run, took the gold that year (2014) as well.

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Casey Ray Schultz taking 1st place in the Amateur division (photo by Chris Brown)

I finally got around to uploading a short recap of the competition featuring Casey’s runs as well as runs and clips from other amateurs and professionals. Some competitors even came from outside the U.S. like Canada, Sweden, and Germany. There were some insane lines and tricks thrown down, and the video doesn’t even cover half of it, but it’s a cool watch.

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Derek Elliot’s one-handed television stand attempt for best trick (screenshot)


After the comp we hit the streets of Philly and visited FDR park (which is so insanely gnarly you have to witness it in person to realize how hard it is to skate), a DIY skate spot under a bridge somewhere, and an abandoned school (now torn down I believe). With the help of Rebecca Getman (Casey’s girlfriend  who came along for the trip) we filmed some clips using our phones and I (finally) put together a video of that skate experience as well.

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Casey “threading the needle” with a broken basketball hoop on this long 2 set at the school (screenshot)

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Chris Ollie Big 3 at the school (Photo by Ryan Cambage)

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Happy New Year!
Well another year wraps up, and another interesting one at that. Many great things went on and were accomplished in 2013, and some very not so great things… but it seems that everything is OK and thats a good enough reason to push forward and hope for a good 2014. There are some things in the works and I hope I can stay ambitious with them and be a little more creative and productive than I have been recently.

Expect new music, new shows, new videos, and hopefully a new era in Super Dark Collective, mainly Super Dark HomeVideo… stay tuned.

In the meantime here are my Facebook photo albums of the past year: Shows and Miscellaneous.

Shows 2013

Misc 2013

Peace.

There are 2 events going on in 2014 that encourage free film submissions of varying styles, genres, ect. for local filmmakers in Upstate and Eastern, NY and beyond.

1st:
Lake George Arts Project: People’s Pixel Project
Deadline: January 7, 2014
This is the fourth year of their film fest which offer a bunch of different categories (and a bunch of different winners) from music video, short film, experimental, documentary, animation, and more.
Open for free submission by anyone within 100 mile radius of Lake George.
Check out the details and entry form at http://www.lakegeorgearts.org
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2nd:
WMHT: TvFilm Season 6
Deadline: March 3, 2014
WMHT is the only full-service public broadcasting station located in the capital region focusing on education and sharing media. TvFilm is a show that exposes regional filmmaking and discusses purpose, inspiration, and media today with the directors.
Check out more info, the requirements, and online submission form at http://www.wmht.org/topics/arts-entertainment/tvfilm/
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Here’s a link to a video promo for the TvFilm call for films:
http://video.wmht.org/video/2365123795/

I will hopefully be submitting My 2013 Skateboarding Adventure Documentary “Skate Hike” to both events and maybe another film, we’ll see what happens.