Philly videographer Mike Cessario just wrapped on the pilot of a proposed documentary series that follows local electronic dance music (EDM) pioneer and Actual Records founder Aaron Ruxbin.
Cessario tells me he decided to shoot a film that focuses on Ruxbin because of the DJs unlikely story. He was a Drexel University business grad who “ditched the cubicle to create a grimey underground dance music empire in Philadelphia,” he says. “EDM has exploded and DJs are the new rockstars, but I want to show the less-glamorous side of the business—the side that actually powers 90 percent of [the Philly EDM scene].”
These days, Cessario says, Ruxbin basically lives out of his car while putting on sold-out shows at TLA and, for a little side money, a strip club called Purple Orchid. All that’s captured in pilot, with commentary by local MC Buddy Leezle and DJ Jack Deezl.
Cessario hopes this short film will attract investors who may be interested in backing a more-blown-out documentary. If not, this could be the only episode we’ll see. “This will remain a conceptual pilot for a series until we find more support. If we don’t, it will die and go to the pilot graveyard.”
Check it out above.
Your favorite pair of Nikes might already be ranked in the top 10 when it comes to your list of can’t-live-without possessions, but after seeing all the insane science and hard work that goes into designing them, they’ll seem even more precious. The video above gives an inside look at how Nike athletic shoes come to life in the Nike Explore Team Research Lab. And let me tell you, it is pretty freakin’ awesome.
Channing Tatum and Philly-bred DJ Diplo have collaborated on a ridiculous—albeit hilarious–song and video that recalls Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s “Dick in a Box.”
“Dick Graze” is all about dudes greeting each other with a soft pat on the groin area—something we absolutely don’t recommend trying at home. Tatum’s 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell also makes what could be an even funnier appearance, introducing the female version of a “Dick Graze,” the “Booby Meeting.” (Definitely don’t try that at home, either).
Check it out above.
Philly Redditors came across this YouTube video of Taney Dragons pitcher Erik Lipson singing Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” The kid can belt out a tune, but some commenters took offense to the video, claiming he’s the victim of greedy stage parents:
About a couple weeks ago on this sub, there was a girl asking for help making a highlight video of one of the little leaguer’s for his father to give to talent agencies (it was clearly about Erik, because she pointed out his personality over his playing performance).
Now his parents are pushing this.
Pretty fucked up to watch parents try to force their children into stardom at this age. Those kids already had too much spotlight and pressure put on them during the LLWS. Just let him be a kid.
I haven’t seen any evidence of his parents forcing him to do the video. Maybe he just wants to be the next Justin Bieber, or, as the title of the video reads, “Justin Berber.” There have been several singing videos posted on his YouTube page over the last eight months, which you can find here.
Yes, I know you’re tired of this whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing, but I couldn’t let the hype die without sharing this new and adorable contribution from Tina Fey.
The Upper Darby-bred 30 Rock star was challenged by Kermit the Frog. There’s a cute twist that involves Fey’s adorable daughter Alice. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say the little girl gets the short end of the stick. Check it out above.
Chances are you’ve heard all about Betsy Alexander’s virtuoso kitty, Nora The Piano Cat, but this week it’s not her whiskered key-tickler that’s getting the spotlight treatment, it’s her home.
Philadelphia videographer Cory Popp just released a new short film that showcases Alexander’s Fitler Square abode that gives new meaning to the “one man’s trash” adage. She has collected what Popp estimates to be around 5,000 items that fill her home from top to bottom—everything from tin robots and wind-up toys to Legos, paintings and sculptures. It’s a veritable museum, but not one you can buy a ticket to get inside.
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She’s 99 years old, 4 feet 6 inches, 83 pounds, and Ida Keeling has endurance that defies the ages. The great-great grandmother from the Bronx competed in the Gay Games last week, finishing the 100-meter race in 59.8 seconds—a time that her coach and daughter Shelly says is the fastest that’s ever been recorded in a internationally certified race by someone her age.
Huffington Post reports that this is Keeling’s first Gay Games, and she took up running after two of her sons were killed 30 years ago in drug-related instances.
Her secret to staying in shape?
“Do what you need to do, not what you want to do and don’t leave out your daily exercise. Love yourself.”
See her in action in the video above.
Philly “eight-piece absurdist soul outfit” Johnny Showcase just released the video for its hilarious new tune “Hit It From the Back.” Directed by Adrienne Mackey and channeling one of the sexier Bee Gees’ tunes (without too much of the cheesy falsetto), the video looks like it was shot all around South Philly. Check it out below.
On Saturday, June 21st, Kimmel Center celebrated the first day of summer with Solstice in the City. This extravaganza from 8 p.m. till 2 a.m., and featured performances by indie bands Beverly, San Fermin and Real Estate in Verizon Hall. Jazz residency artists Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate, Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra, and Bobby Zankel, Raphael Xavier, and Francois Zayas performed in the SEI Innovation Studio to packed houses.
We were there Saturday night to kick off summer with The Kimmel. Check out the video above for a chat with organizer Zach Blackwood, and scenes from some of the aforementioned performances.
Philly dance company BalletX has put together a hyper-local video to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” that features members of the dance company, and even a few random locals — like a guy in a food truck with particularly good rhythm, and a couple adorable kids break-dancing down at Love Park. The best moment starts at about 1:20, when three of the company dancers do a synchronized dance on the steps of the Bellevue.
Check out the video above. Sure, they’re a little late to the game here, but is it really ever too late to hear this song?