Slide America got reviewed by IGN… and I am blown away by their thoughts. The totally saw my vision and intent behind the documentary. From the feel of a skate video, to no generic techno music, right down to the absence of the typical “drifting started in the mountains of Japan” preface that accompanies nearly every drift video. This review is simply AMAZING.Click to read the review on IGN.
The Slide America Premiere got featured on the official Formula Drift podcast: The DriftZone!Take a look:rn
Antonio Alvendia shot some pictures of us for his Drifting Book follow-up about drifting lifestyle & culture. We will be featured in his second drifting book for shooting and making Slide America. It’s definitely an honor to be recognized for making this crazy digital film. We had fun hanging out and eating Cracker Barrel with Antonio while he was in town.Here is one of the shots he e-mailed me. It turned out SICK!rn
The red carpet world-premiere for Slide America could not have gone better. Being the night before Round 2 of Formula Drift here in Atlanta… we had a large segment of the drift industry right here in town. We were WAY over-booked on seating, but a huge part of Team Falken got stuck at the track performing emergency repairs all night. It was a hectic night for me… I wanted to stop and talk to everyone, but was constantly pulled in a million different directions. It was crazy.My favorite part of the night, was just sitting back and listening to the theatre’s response to different parts of the documentary. I’ve easily seen each section thousands of times… so it was definitely a treat to hear the entire theatre yell, cheer, laugh and roar. No matter how much you pour your heart into something… there’s always that grey area of uncertainty about how receptive people would be. I think Slide America passed the test.I nearly killed myself making this documentary (literally). I worked harder on this thing than I have ever worked on anything in my life. I never thought I would see this project come to fruition… let alone completed, and in front of the eyes of my closest friends, family and colleagues within the drift industry. This premiere really was a magical night for me… one that I will never EVER forget.My familyDriftZone InterviewDriftMechaniks are always making moves. AlwaysAngie Romasanta interviewing Antonio Alvendia. DGTrials’ Eugene Chou to the leftDrift Alliance’s Ryan Tuerck, Chris Forsberg, Tony Angelo, and Vaughn Gittin, JrThe theatreShout to Collective EffortsI’m on the big screenCheck out the full gallery here.