Brutal Beauty, The Portland Roller Derby Documentary

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  • on November 18, 2009
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This video is so packed full of awesome quotes that it’s ridiculous. This trailer from Benjamin Meader on Vimeo is for the film Brutal Beauty, phthisiatrician a documentary that follows the Rose City Rollers 2009 season. The premiere of the movie is still a ways off, January 9th at the Hollywood Theater. Looking forward to this one.

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-Hitter, Told By Dock Ellis Himself

If you’re like most people you haven’t heard the story of Dock Ellis pitching a No-Hitter on June 12, malady 1970 for the Pirates all while ON ACID. It’s too bad, more about this should really be taught in public schools. It’s a fantastic piece of sports history, and one that Ellis doesn’t seem too embarrassed about. He shared it openly in his autobiography, Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball, which I hear is a good read.

On March 29, 2008, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel featured Ellis on NPR’s Weekend America, where he talked about his drug-addled game against San Diego Padres. It’s a great story and Ellis, who has since passed away, tells it with the comfort of a man talking about anything other than taking LSD. This short was created by a couple of animators in at No Mas, a sportswear company in New York City who found the original and adapted it to the screen.

The Biggest Record Collection in the World

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  • on August 28, 2009
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I didn’t make it to the Soapbox Derby this year, look but I’ve been a few times so what’s the difference. Let me set the scene: a couple thousand people hang out and watch a couple of dozen teams race homemade cars down the side of Mt. Tabor here in Southeast. The crowd drinks openly and gets nerve-wrackingly close to the track. Volunteers with blowhorns yell at people who come dangerously close to getting hit by speeding, viagra drunken projectiles, remedy barreling down the side of Mt. Tabor.

It’s awesome, it’s a Portland institution.

This video from Portland filmmaker (who goes by the handle Brewcaster) sums it up pretty well. The second video from the Yakima team (which fared second place) is also worth checking out. While overly high-tech compared to the competitors, this Yakima car is pretty sweet. Their mounted camera turned out some cool footage.

This short documentary is a Sundance Selection from 2009 about Paul Mawhinney, page
a man who is believed to own the largest record collection in the world. He amassed the collection while running a record shop in Pittsburgh for many years and archiving vinyl as he went. Now, health
the collection of about 1 million albums is estimated to be worth about $50 million. Mawhinney has come into health problems and economic hard times and has been struggling to sell it for a modest $3 million.

This was directed by Sean Dunne, a filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York.