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Film, Skate

i was a skate rat.

November 25, 2014

i was a skate rat.

The sun drenched, cascade of sub and ex-urban cul-de-sacs crawl across the state of Florida, much like its creeping kudzu brethren to the north. A constant source of derision among urban planning futurists, architects, and environmentalists alike, the vague banality of suburban life has been excoriated for years by the culture class for representing the life draining, and waste producing by-product of our civilization’s greatest advances. Skateboarding, like life, as is so menacingly projected in 1993’s Jurassic Park, will find a way. It is in these island-like colonies, without the music scenes, without advantageous architectural density, and without the crews of peers that drove skating to new heights in urban environments, that some of skateboarding’s most pivotal moments transpired.

I was a Skate Rat, is a brief meditation on the nature of how suburban nomadic skateboarders find each other, build communities – and as is often the case in adversarial environments – use every inch of their limitations and blank canvas, to breed ideas that influence the life of skateboarders every day. From the kick flip, to the kick tail, Floridians are responsible for scores of technical and cultural advancements – and they are all skate rats.

words from Trey Edwards

In conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s traveling exhibition INNOSKATE 2014, presented in Florida by The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation & The Polk Museum of Art.

Film by Drew Miller.


Morning Coffee, Afternoon Tea

May 24, 2013

New by Drew. Morning Coffee, Afternoon Tea features one full day of beach-combing in Florida with Justin Quintal and Joe Pulido.

Music: Nina Simone and Rodriguez
Images: Drew Miller

Film, Interviews, Surf, Surf Interviews

What’s What: Drew Miller

July 6, 2012

Drew Miller is a 24 year old filmmaker, currently living in the Sunshine State. His most recent work is ‘What’s What’ (featured above). I was turned on to Drew’s work when I approached his collaborator, Eric Hires, for an interview. You can check out our interview with Eric here, and watch me pick Drew’s brain below.

When and where did you learn to surf?
I grew up in central Florida, in the small citrus town of Lake Wales. I made trips with neighborhood friends to Ft. Pierce Florida and surfed the North Jetty. The North Jetty is a great all around wave. In 2007 I moved to St. Augustine, and released my inner log demon.

What was your first board?
My first board was a 70’s style single fin, that I found in a friend’s basement. That kind of set the tone for the rest of my surfing career. I still love riding boards like that.

You’re a Florida boy…have you ever ventured up to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest?
Ocean Beach in SF is as far North as I’ve surfed on the west coast. I paddled out in my 3.2 and froze my butt off….but the waves were great!

What’s unique about surfing in Florida?
The people. I rarely paddle out and encounter negativity. The water stays warm most of the year. We may not have the best waves in the world, but we spend a lot of time in the water.

When did you first get involved with film?
I’ve been shooting video since middle school. Its always been a passion of mine. I went to Flagler College in St. Augustine Florida, and studied Production. That’s when I started making movies that really got me excited. I was hooked from the beginning, and love it.

What’s it like working with Eric?
Eric is a man’s man. When I grow up I want to be more like him. He’s always down to get’r done.

Yeah I just said that…Because its true!

Tell us about working with Justin Quintal and Chad Doyle, on What’s What.
Justin is a freak. The waves were so crappy and he just went nuts. We’ve been collaborating on surfing shorts a lot lately and we both agree that we just want to document these sessions and create rad stuff.  Chad Doyle is my favorite surfer. He’s such a rad dude, and has one of the best styles on the east coast. Chad and his goony compadres are the guys behind the Peninsula Holding Company. They make really unique boards in Daytona Beach, FL. They’re some of the first guys I started shooting with, after moving to St. Augustine in 2007.

Outside of film & surfing, what are your other interests?
I really like watching movies. I usually watch at least one movie a day. Some might say I’m wasting my time, but I say I’m doing research.  I love thrifting and finding worthless treasures with my girlfriend, Lisa. That being said…surfing and video are pretty central to who I am. Hanging with Dustin Miller and Eric is always inspiring. We make a rad team.

What’s are your plans for 2012?
I just want to create. There are so many talented people in Florida, and I think video is a great platform for showing the world what the Florida kids are up to. Shooting is just too damn fun to stop.

Drew has over 50 short films on his Vimeo page. Get your ass over there, and check them out!  Hopefully we can get the Flagler Lions up to Washington sometime soon, to shoot some cold Northwest stoke. ;)

Film, Interviews, Surf, Surf Interviews

What’s What: Eric Hires

July 4, 2012

I contacted Eric for an interview, after running across his short film; What’s What. I cruised over to his Vimeo page, and realized that I’d seen his work before. California Haze, and Saturday San O are both 9 Plus mini-films, with a unique feel and original soundtracks. What’s What shares the same qualities.

Get to know Eric in our interview below…and check back later this week for What’s What: Part Deux…our follow up interview with Eric’s partner in creative crime; Drew Miller.

When and where did you learn to surf?
I dabbled with surfing in high school, but grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida where the waves are super inconsistent. I really started surfing when I moved to Saint Augustine to go to Flagler College in 2004. I think I surfed every day my first semester.

What was your first board?
A crappy 6’2 thruster I bought for $100.

You’re a Florida boy…have you ever ventured up to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest?
Yes. I actually lived in Bend, Oregon for a few months at the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012. I was doing a lot of rock climbing up there at Smith Rock but made it out to the Oregon coast for some waves at Cape Lookout and Pacific City. This was in February and it was like 10 feet at 15 seconds. There was no one in the water at Cape Lookout and just my girlfriend on the beach. It was pretty sketchy being the only one out in giant surf at a place I’d never been. Not to mention the water was effing cold! I caught two waves and the current ripped me way down the beach, but it was pretty fun. Props to y’all that surf in that cold water year round.

What’s unique about surfing in Florida?
The waves are pretty hit or miss here, but you hardly ever have to wear rubber or deal with crowds. It is rarely agro in Saint Augustine and you know almost everyone in the line up. I spent a year and a half in San Diego and decided I like surfing in Florida WAY better. The vibe is super mellow.

When did you first get involved with film?
My senior year at Flagler College I started assisting my good friend Dustin Miller on shoots. Dustin shot and edited “Picaresque” and recently worked with Dane Reynolds to make “Thrills, Spills, and What Not”. He taught me everything I know (I studied Business in college) and gave me my first big break when he asked me to go Costa Rica to shoot water for “Picaresque”.

How did you and Drew meet, and start working together?
Drew and I met in school when we played on the same intramural soccer team (Flagler College intramural soccer champions 2008!). He interned for Dustin and I when he was a senior but then I moved out west for a couple years. Since I’ve been back this year we’ve just been hangin’ and making fun surf edits when we have nothing else going on.

Your most recent project is What’s What. Can you tell us a bit about it?
We had shot with Chad and Justin a couple weeks before when the waves were pretty good and made a short called “No Swimming or Surfing”. Justin lives and hour north in Jacksonville and Chad an hour south in Daytona, but they are dredging sand at Saint Augustine Beach and it has been making the waves really fun here so the dudes have been coming to town to surf and hang.

It was a Wednesday afternoon and they were both coming in town and the waves were pretty fun. I wanted to go surfing and have a bro sesh, but Drew suggested we shoot. So we did and scored some rad little moments.

That session made Justin and I late for the Wilco show that night, but it was worth it.

Outside of film & surfing, what are your other interests?
Climbing rocks. Traveling. Riding bikes. Music. Throwing horseshoes in the yard. Sandlot baseball. Building shit.

What’s on the menu for each of you in 2012?
I got to go on a trip to Chile with Dustin to shoot water for Craig Anderson’s new film at the end of 2011. We shot all super 16mm film, which is the best. It looks like I may go on a couple more trips for that film this year.

I also just shot my friends wedding on 16mm, so hoping to do some more of that to pay the bills. I’d love to keep making stuff with Drew and get paid for it…that’d be nice! How about a Stoke Harvester film? We’ve got ideas.

You can enjoy more of Eric’s work on his Vimeo Page. Eric & Drew are set to direct Stoke Harvester’s first feature film. In regards to the script…we’ve decided to go with Francis Ford Coppola. There was original talk of working with Woody Allen…but Francis promised we can use the logs from Apocalypse Now.

…Well that, and Eric & Drew love the smell of napalm in the morning.