Erik Otto from Monolithic
for sending the dvd!
written on it: « The Brotherhood » and that name fits
the video perfectly, the concept is quite simple : It’s
merely a contest, nothing more, nothing less. We can even precise:
a modest contest (not to compare with some big one like the worlds
or the flatground of course...) but still with a sympatic level.
soon as it begins, the definition is displayed :
Broth-er-hood : noun, defined as :
1.The state or relationship of being brothers.
3.An association of men, such as a fraternity or union, united
for common purposes.
If this definition was still to be proved concerning Flatland : it is
like the pared-down side of this video, different from some others
that would use lots of effects, for exemple slow motions, enhancing
the form, here we don’t find such work but a really honored
content: more centered on the essence of Flatland, one of its
princips being underlined (see intro hehe) : the contact between
riders (which is sometimes unfortunately forgotten on the bigest
contests). The obvious pleasure they all have to be there to ride
together, the pleasant feeling that each of them is more present
to enjoy the moment and spend some good time with the others than
to walk off with the price-money, beating everybody. Even Terry
Adams, whose level was obviously higher than every rider there
seems to be at the contest more to enjoy it than to win. An Intimist
contest, far away from professionnalist riding!
So through it’s simplistic form, this video gives a good
view of the atmosphere of the event, the “contest ambiance”
is really well shown. You watch it like you were sitting on the
floor of a gymnasium, watching other’s riding.
hope that, with our first DVD, we have captured the spirit of
the riders that make Flatland the incredible art form that it
is today.” Erik Otto
indeed undestand after having watched “the brotherhood”
that if you want to understand the riding, you’ll have to
understand the spirit of the riders first. Moreover, while watching
it, it gives us the feeling to be be able to succeed in this attempt.
course that “simplicity” I like, firtst, might
not be appreciated by some others (each of us knows what
he likes concerning videos), second, I disliked some aspect
of it, for instance the fact that they kept the original
music of the contest (sometimes irritating) as for the
speaker who yells all along the event.
But anyway, no video can be perfect : if it is simplicity
you seek in a contest video report, that annoying side
is inevitable, simply because a contest means also some
I’ll give you some more detail about this production
No surprise there, simple and efficient, a menu with bonus
including amateur class, and in the video itself you can
find the expert and pro class, in short : the whole contest.
Let’s add that each winner is presented before his
class qualifications, through some longer footage, the
finals follow the qualifs...
Before seing the expert class, you can find the “rookies
and veterans” section including promising riding
along with interesting old school vibes. Each rider, from
the beginner to Terry Adams is granted a part in the vid.
Once again, that witnesses to the brotherhood of riders
Baldwin, the expert winner is quite angry on his bike!
Or sometimes on his un-bike, if you don’t know what
an unbike is : front wheel fork stem and bars only. The
man can pull some nice kickflip, among lots of other stuff...
having seen each rider of the Expert comp (one by one) Here
comes the Pro part, beginning with Terry Adams. Since I don’t
really know how to tell you let’s do it simple : “pedaling
deathtruck jump to backpacker caboose”.... yes! I assure
Terry seems to have won easily, he isn’t the only rider
whose riding is interesting at all! I discovered in this DVD
a scene that I hadn’t but heard about : the one of Texas
and its area, and quite a few riders impressed me with their
First, Scott Ditchfield who opens the pro-riders section with
his old school flavoured riding, which, well mastered is at
least very nice! Rolling and brakeless lovers will apreciate
Will Redd’s style!! As for Mr. Art Thomason, who does
not steal his 2nd place shows us a nice smoothistic riding!
I stop before
I told too much about it, now you have to see for yourself!
make it simple :
+ Pleasant, simplistic concept
Contest ambiance well rendered
of a scene which isn’t given so much attention by the
- Level not as high as in some other vids
- Music is sometimes irritating
of October 2005 - Ilan Giguel