21.10.16 by Jeff

“Spirit Quest” Skateboard Film Will Melt Your Mind

Colin Read (Mandible Claw) has made quite a name for himself over the past few years as one of skateboarding’s most exciting filmmakers. His film Tengu: God of Mischief was burnt into the retinas of every skater on the planet when it came out – specifically the subway section of the film where Koki Loaiza ollies across the train tracks (towards the third rail) at the 145th St stop (watch it here). Shout out to our bud photographer Allen Ying of 43 Magazine who snapped the infamous photo (which you can see here).



Read’s newest film “Spirit Quest” has the energy of his previous films with a heavy dose of mind-melting editing and camera tricks. I watched the trailer above roughly a million times to analyze what I was actually looking at. Love the multi-cam stuff and the sequence at 0:33 is a thing of beauty. Creativity like this makes me want to go make stuff. I was so excited about the film I had to toss a few questions at the Claw himself. Enjoy a short interview below!

Booooooom: Gonna assume your alias Mandible Claw comes from a deep love of the wrestler, Mankind. Where were you when his Hell in a Cell with Undertaker went down?

Colin Read: I’m actually not really a big wrestling fan, the nickname sort of came by accident. But I’ve since watched that match and it was insane–Mankind getting tossed from the top of the cage. I feel like him, my body just destroyed.

Booooooom: There was an energy in it that’s in your films for sure. Can you speak a little bit about the importance of putting your head down and working on your own project versus constantly looking at what others are making?

Colin Read: I actually barely watched any skate videos, or any skate media for that matter, for the last few years while I was working on SQ. I was a bit hyper-focused on what I was doing. I think it’s important to shut yourself off a bit and hone your own vision.

Booooooom: I can’t remember the last time I was as excited to watch a skate video as I was after watching the trailer for Spirit Quest. I get the sense you really enjoy the process of editing and planning a trippy effect.

Colin Read: It kept skateboarding interesting for me. How many skate videos have we seen that follow the same formulas? Skating doesn’t need another one.

Booooooom: Who or what have been the biggest influences on your filming/editing style? There’s sort of a Gondry-ness to it.

Colin Read: Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Takahiro Morita, Joseph Perrin, Gondry too.

Booooooom: Do you have plans for other non-skate projects? A surreal adventure film?

Colin Read: I’d like to work on animal documentaries. Not sure how to get into that, though.

Booooooom: Can’t wait for Planet Earth II, love that series. Who are some filmmakers (skateboarding or otherwise) that are making cool things that people may not be aware of?

Colin Read: Nikola Raçan, in Croatia. He just made a great skate video called Solsticij that is the culmination of five years of work. It is unique in a lot of ways and shows a different skate scene than we’ve ever seen. It also ends with the most beautiful 8mm sequence I’ve seen in years, showing his love for his home.


Grab a copy of Spirit Quest here.



Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

24.05.17 by Jeff

Director Jordan Peele’s Alternate Ending to “Get Out” (Leaked Video Clip)

Spoiler Alert: Do not click below if you haven’t seen “Get Out” yet! I wasn’t completely mind-blown by this movie but I really enjoyed it and I’m excited to see what director Jordan Peele makes next (apparently his next “social thriller” is slated for 2019). I don’t want to say too much but I thought the end of the film was unexpected and satisfying. Now an alternate version has leaked and it’s interesting because it’s also not what I thought was going to happen. Watch the full clip below.

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24.05.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Carlo Cane

A selection of new work by Italian artist Carlo Cane (previously featured here). See more images below. Read More

24.05.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Jeroen Erosie

Recent work by Dutch artist Jeroen Erosie (previously featured here). See more images below.

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24.05.17 by Jeff

Ticket Giveaway: Canal180’s 8-Day Creative Camp in Portugal

180 Creative Camp is an 8-day media arts academy hosted by Canal180 in Abrantes, Portugal, from July 2nd to 9th. The event provides a unique environment for participants and invited artists to exchange experiences, learn and create together. I’ll be headed out there to do a talk at the camp and more importantly hang with the participants. It’ll be my first time to Portugal so I’m looking forward to exploring Abrantes as well.

Tickets are still available! Also if you happen to live in Abrantes I believe there are special terms for you to participate. Head over to 180.camp for more info and to see the list of speakers and workshops announced so far (more on the way).

Now for the really good news, we have a full package ticket (350 € value) to give away to one of you, which includes participation in the 8-day camp, accommodations and food. All you have to do is share a link to your website or Instagram in the comments below. Click the link below and scroll down to the bottom of this post and use the Disqus comment widget. We’ll pick a winner in two weeks! Good luck.




24.05.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Noel Badges Pugh

Love the line work in these drawings by artist Noel Badges Pugh. See more images below.

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