Ever see Hearts of Darkness? The documentary Coppola’s wife made about the nightmare that was the making of Apocolypse Now? Well, I’m hoping my wife makes one for me about the horror of making my silly little porn show, Skinema, for VBS. I’ll play the fat Brando character.
Read the rest at Vice Magazine: MEET THE NIERATKOS - SKINEMA: YEAR 3 - Viceland Today
SWANSEA LOVE STORY
VBS befriends a gang of young addicts caught up in South Wales largely ignored heroin epidemic. Our intimate look into their lives shows how economic depression, family breakdown, and addiction create unbreakable cycles for the people in their grip.
We’re really excited about this one and hope you are too! Look out for it on February 12th on VBS.
POWDER AND RAILS SEASON 2 - DAVE SEOANE
Dave Seoane’s takes us for a tour of his basement live/work space in Portland, OR. Dave’s home office constitutes world headquarters for renowned Nemo Design. With Dave, we talk about the good old days of the early Tahoe scene and his transition from snowboarder to filmmaker. Dave’s turn behind the camera is well known among snowboarders: his oeuvre includes some of the most creative snowboarding movies ever made like Roadkill, Subjekt: Haakonsen, and The White Album.
From filmmaker Pierre Wikberg:
When I saw Subjekt: Haakonsen for the first time a new world opened up. I guess the film was quite different from other videos at the time as far as intro, parts, etc were concerned. A lot of it was filmed in Riksgränsen, which was my neck of the woods. Dave Seoane, Terje Haakonsen, and company made that place look like the best place on Earth: creative jumps, lines and some very fun, organic, uncontrived riding.
Check out previous episodes of Power and Rails here.
ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSING PARK
The Mexican town of El Alberto lies 800 miles south of the US border in the state of Hidalgo. It’s pretty much like any other town of 3,000 people, except in El Alberto they offer tourists the chance to participate in a simulated illegal border crossing. It all happens at a standard recreational park with swimming pools, river trips, zip lines, and the other typical fare. We took a few cameras and headed for the EcoAlberto Park to spend some late-nights running through underground tunnels on the heels of our personal “Coyote” while being chased by border patrol. While we were there, we crashed a quinceñera party and saw El Alberto from the perspective of the locals. We find that when Mexicans cross the border to pursue the “American Dream,” their real aim is to bring a slice of the pie back home to Mexico. And so they do, provided they can run fast enough.
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Some horn ball science writer is trying to convince everyone to get naked. From bottom to top, every article of clothing we humans wear is comes under scrutiny. Were you not wearing shoes right now, you could be taking steps to prevent Alzheimer’s later in life. By directing stimulating the soles of you feet, you excite the brain to make new, more efficient neural connections.
“What about my pants and shirt,” you ask? “How are those garments destroying my health?” Well, they’re teeming with bad bacteria and fungi that cause yeast infections, rotting toenails, and other delights. Not to mention the fact that they restrict your range of motion which is no good for brain or body…
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We were so busy talking about our new Vice Guide to Liberia series that we totally forgot to mention we have a brand new issue out! Or, newish! The Seeing Trails Issue has lots of great features that you can read and laugh and talk to your besties about: a fishing trip with half of Ween, a photo shoot of dudes with boners, an Icelandic skin-disease mushroom fashion fiasco, and so much more. Please believe us. Listing everything else would take up time, so just click here to see for yourself!
THE VICE GUIDE TO LIBERIA - PART 1
The first video in the eight part series about our trip to Liberia! In Part 1, Vice’s own Shane Smith provides a brief history lesson and some essential context for understanding what caused Liberia’s civil war and how things got so bad. Liberia was originally planned and founded as a homeland for former slaves back in 1821. But fast forward a bunch of years and a military coup and you find the First Liberian Civil War in 1989: yet another third-world regime change in which the US-backed opposition, led by Charles Taylor, overthrows a government unfriendly to US interests. Once in power, Taylor’s corrupt, dysfunctional government quickly finds itself under attack by local warlords, leading to the Second Liberian Civil War ten years later. From there things go from bad to total shit.
Check out VBS each week as we release more videos from the series.
THE VICE GUIDE TO LIBERIA
In The Vice Guide To Liberia, VBS travels to the capital city Monrovia to meet three men who participated in the 14 years of civil war that ravaged the West African country.
Former warlords General Rambo, General Bin Laden and General Butt Naked give us guided tours of some of the most dangerous, impoverished areas including jails, brothels, and heroin dens. Despite the UN’s intervention in the country, the majority of Liberia’s young people live in desperate poverty. Surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution, the ex child soldiers who were forced into war struggle to fend for themselves by any means necessary. As the former President Charles Taylor fights accusations of mass war crimes in The Hague, the people strive for positive change against all odds. America’s one and only foray into African colonialism is keeping a very uneasy peace indeed.
COMING SOON TO VBS!
POWDER & RAILS - CHRIS ROACH
Chris Roach, aka the “Grasser,” feels more like he’s been paid to party than to snowboard professionally. Not bad! With an incomparable style, Chris is as talented on both a skateboard and motorcycle as he is on a snowboard. In this episode of Powder & Rails, VBS roams Roach’s backyard motocross track to talk about the role skating played in his early snowboarding career and to get the definitive story behind his lifetime ban from both Japan and the World Cup Tour.
Check out more episodes here.