Viktor Kozhuharov collaborated with his friend Azim Jameel for this short documentary-style video about Azim’s yoyo career, and it’s a great watch. Always nice to hear someone talk about their motivations as a yoyo player. Great work, you guys!
THROW Wins Emmy Award!
We’re thrilled to announce that the documentary THROW, featuring Coffin Nachtmahr, has won a regional Emmy award! Huge congratulations to Coffin and the Early Light Media team for this well-deserved win! (Skip to 48:28 to see them accept their award)
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Vote for THROW in the Webby Awards!
Yoyo documentary THROW has been nominated for a Webby Award! Head over now and cast your vote for this award-winning documentary featuring Coffin Nachtmahr and his friends as they use yoyos to elevate themselves beyond their place and circumstances. It’s a truly powerful work, and it represents some of the best of our scene. Please click the link below and cast your vote…THROW is currently in Third Place and we can definitely bump it up!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THROW
Instinct: A YoYo Adventure
Follow three professional yoyo players, Zafran Aqil, Dimi Nur, and Ewin Ee around Malaysia as they share their love for the craft and the ups and downs of their journey. Directed & edited by Kelvin Goh.
Yup. That synopsis does the job. Settle in with a sandwich and enjoy this one!
Throw ft. Coffin Nachtmahr
The “Throw” documentary that we blogged about previously is now available for public viewing! The full 10-minute film is now available to watch online, and it’s a beautiful look at the power of our ridiculous passion and some strong insight into Coffin Nachtmahr, one of our own.
Throw tells the story of an outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr found acceptance among a subculture of “throwers” and it turns out, he’s a virtuoso. He now helps others find a creative and social outlet by sharing the very toy that inspired him.
David Larson, the co-director of the film, was walking through Patterson Park when he discovered Coffin playing with a yo-yo. Coffin is hard not to notice with his gothic appearance, eye makeup, and prodigy-like throwing moves. After a brief conversation we decided to learn more and now we’re proud to finally debut the film later this month. Please stay tuned to watch the full version that will soon be available on our website and social media channels.
This was an exciting and humbling project for us to undertake. Thank you Coffin for letting a couple of awkward dudes with cameras tag along with you for a little while, and of course thank you for having the courage to share your inspirational story.
We Are Throwers – Trailer #3
Piotrek Smietana has released a third trailer for his documentary, We Are Throwers. Unfortunately the film will no longer be ready for a premiere at the 2016 World YoYo Contest, but it has a new release date of December 2016.
Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for more updates.
We Are Throwers – Trailer #2
Filmmaker Piotrek Smietana has released the second trailer for his in-progress documentary about yoyoing, We Are Throwers. Looks like Piotrek has been having fun with his drone!
Piotrek and I are working on a proper cinematic premiere of the film at the 2016 World YoYo Contest…we’ll announce details once they are confirmed!
We Are Throwers Teaser – A Beautiful Mind
National Grand Master Dale Oliver makes an appearance in this new teaser for We Are Throwers, the documentary on modern yoyoing currently being filmed by Piotrek Smietana.
Dale Oliver is the 1992 World YoYo Champion, and the founder of the modern World YoYo Contest. He was an instrumental part in the creation of the modern yoyo scene, and I’m personally really glad that Piotrek was able to get some time with him on camera. It speaks well to the depth that we can expect from We Are Thrower when the film is finished and released.
Part 5 – Yuji
Moscow-based filmmakersIvan Shmelev & Marina Smetanina invited Russian yoyo player Yuji to take part in their P.art documentary series – a multi-season documentary about the city, people and their lifestyle around a particular artistic pursuit or ideology. The result is a beautiful and haunting portrait of a yoyo player who represents all of us; singularly focused, almost to the exclusion of all else, on that next trick or concept.
Subtitled in English.
2014 World YoYo Contest Documentary
With excitement at an all-time high for the 2015 World YoYo Contest happening soon in Tokyo, we have a great documentary that takes a look back at last year’s event in Prague.
The 2014 World YoYo Contest was the first one to be held outside of the United States since 1932, and was a huge “level up” for the event. The previous organizer, Greg Cohen, took the event as far as he could, but once it was handed over to the IYYF and allowed to move around the world we saw a massive jump in production value.
The 2014 event in Prague was the best-produced World YoYo Contest to date…and we can’t wait to see what Tokyo brings!
Noel Kunz – The Bind
2015 Florida State 5A Champion Noel Kunz is the subject of this documentary by Chris Lemus, a mass communications major and multimedia freelancer at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Check out the director’s description below, and enjoy this in-depth look at a mid-level yoyo player struggling for his first win.
This documentary follows Kunz’s preparation and shares candid thoughts about his previous competitions and how he manages his personal struggles with his professional career. It also includes interviews with people such as 7-time Philippine National Champion Sean Perez, world record holder John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, and even Kunz’s fiancee about him, his yo-yoing, and projections about what he needs to do to win leading up to the event.