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October 26, 2007

skating & me w/ a hint of spike jonze.


so last saturday was quite the day.

i was on an adventure to shareen's vintage in the warehouse district in los angeles to find some sweet on sale vintage dresses. as i was stepping outside of my car i looked over to my right... and was impressed. a skate video was being shot! i had never witnessed a skate video being shot before especially using 35mm equipment. i freaked out! but then didn't really think much of it as i wanted to get the deals in the store.

as i was checking out i over heard the owner of the store saying that another lady was a documentary filmmaker. it's really not every day that you meet other female documentary filmmakers. one was doing a documentary about autism and the other did a skate documentary called "stoked: the rise & fall of gator". i talked all of them for a bit explaining what i was going to be doing this coming year w/ the outreaches & stuff. i then remembered that the owner of the store does art shows and talked to her about what i was doing. we exchanged numbers and whatnot to see if she would be able to help me out at all with anything.

that was awesome! i was so excited and on cloud 9 w/ the $3 dresses i purchased and meeting fellow documentary filmmakers... and the possible rebirth of The Jenefit: A benefit for relief work aboard. i have been thinking about it for weeks how amazing it would be to put together a skate, music, & art show, but really didn't have the courage at the time to tell my friends that i really wanted to do it. yes, i've planned out music & art shows before, but to add skating into the mix... hmmmm.

so at this point i needed to go and watch what was happening out back.... more skating! so me and my two friends went out back and watched. [[lets preface this with... i had no idea what i was shooting at all. i know nothing about skating or that world in general. i can ride on a skateboard... but tricks and whatnot... not my forte at all.]]

so i took pictures of what was happening...

then i got this crazy idea in my head.... man this is an AWESOME location. it's huge, concrete, and would be pretty sweet for a benefit concert! i saw the security guard walk outside of the fence and starting talking t him. i pretty much asked him if he knew who owned the property & whatnot. he was really helpful and gave me some numbers to call at city hall and whatnot.

i was so excited! this really gave me the encouragement to pursue "the jenefit".... right now i'm working on everything & trying to get it all put together. i got the name of the property management company that owns it and putting it together in a very small proposal. i know there are so many odds against me right now since this is in LA... but man i'm gonna try and/or have a backup location if this one doesn't work.

so i went back on monday with a friend of mine to see what the location looks like with all the gear and everything moved out...

i then showed him my pictures that i took of the skate video that was being shot... and little did I know it was spike jonze shooting the new intro for a new skateboarding video for lakai called Fully Flared!!!

there's spike jonze is in the hat...

and also i had no idea of all the professional skateboarders that i took pictures of. one was eric kosten... i got that info from the skate kids that were standing around... and there were a ton of other skaters there that my friends down in long beach mentioned that were there from my pics. also i think one of them was mike carroll.

what a crazy day last saturday! i can't believe it. here's video that my friend karen took...

i then watched the documentary stoked on wed night... and man learned so much about the skateboarding industry. i had no idea everything behind it. it's really been a week of learning....

but this marks the beginning of birth of the jenefit in LA & the beginning of my trip around the world!!

i can't believe the week i've had.

Posted by jennifer at 3:32 PM | Comments (4)

October 25, 2007

just a hippie at heart

on my way back from our road trip i stopped by berkeley once again for one last hurrah before heading back to the big city of LA.

a friend of mine was in berekley about a week after i was.... he says there were no protests. well there was one between the school & the oak trees!

the school wants to build a huge new sports facitlity that costs mucho dinero where there are giant oak trees and a fault line... so it's unstable ground anyways. i really wanted to see this and the "berkeley tree people" so my friend brian and i went to check it out.

the source of the dilemma...

the people living in the trees...

money vs nature

come on berkeley get smart! the trees need to be saved... build on top of a fault line?? not a smart move i say....

also you can read about it more here.

Posted by jennifer at 12:05 PM | Comments (3)

October 11, 2007

where i'm from

really?? did this happen. hahaha.

Posted by jennifer at 3:09 AM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2007

road trip 101

it's been over a week & i haven't even blogged once about our feminine road trip all the way up to portland.

i loved going up the 1 & 101... all the way through the redwoods. san francisco/berkeley was amazing! i had such an awesome time. i saw 2 friends of mine that i went to high school with and me, steph, and carolyn created a fantastic dinner that we all shared with bacony and his compadres.

we all bought blue blocker sunglasses so we could experience the road magically.

i could NOT get over the redwoods we encountered.

portland was cool. i had some awesome rideshare people i drove back to various places on my 12 hour trek to the bay area.

now though it's time for me to get my butt in gear about this whole world trip thing in january. focus is the name of the game! there is money to be raised and sadness to be encountered while really saying goodbye to everyone.

BUT i am not gonna think about that yet.

yet...

Posted by jennifer at 1:17 AM | Comments (1)