Shortlisted for the best documentary in 2012 Vimeo Awards.
A little film I've been wanting to make, since I saw them when I was a small boy.
The Ken Fox Troupe.
One of the last remaining traditional family of daredevil wall riders to travel europe and the British Isles.
For the last two years I have been taking still photographs for a personal project entitled 'It's Better In The Wind,' all the while collecting video footage from each ride as we traveled around the Western United States together.
I have been slowly editing the footage into a visual scrapbook of sorts for those who partook, and those who followed us via the web. No preaching the triumphs and failures of the motorcycle industry, no divisive commentary between manufacturers and styles...just a collection of imagery that will hopefully inspire more people to take to the road and discover what there is outside of our respective communities.
Chuck Ragan was kind enough to collaborate with me to write an original soundtrack for the film, to give me some anthemic tunes to edit with, and I can't thank him enough for the kind gesture towards a fellow traveler.
Please, enjoy the film, everybody who took part in it is family, we are all grateful for your support these past two years while we tried to build a concept around the positive nature of motorcycling.
The doors officially opened at 7pm but people had already been showing up early to check out Ray’s photography as well as ten custom motorcycles on display. Ray’s huge macho prints were a collection of photos from the past decade of bikes, hot rods, hot girls, and partied out dudes. These are all the subject matter of “Throttled”. Nearly all of the photos are shot in the Pacific Northwest and Ray’s hometown of Portland, OR.
What draws people to Ray’s photos is that he captures people from all walks of life interested in bikes, cars, and the lifestyle that accompanies them. Ray has a passion for all things petroleum-combustion-engine related. Since he grew up in that culture he doesn’t feel like he has to document one scene or another regardless of trends. He digs it all, and has a deep respect and admiration for anyone who tinkers, cruises, or tears up the road.
Apparently Ray knows a lot of people because the place was packed to capacity. We grilled up some hot dogs and thanks to PBR we had enough cold beer to quench everyone’s thirst. At the end of the photography show Kiyo ripped a burnout inside the gallery leaving circular skidmarks around the Throttled floor logo. The burnt rubber, smoke, and wild applause meant it was only time for the after-party!
We cleared everyone out of the gallery and went next door to Medusa Lounge where a dance party and chaos ensued. COMUNE/Drop City contributors Plague Vendor performed at midnight and tore the roof off the place. After that it’s a little blurry but girls were kissing, people were dancing, and I definitely wasn’t going to be driving.
Throttled LA was hands down the best COMUNE event to date. Thanks Ray Gordon, PLG/VNDR, Pabst Blue Ribbon, all the bike builders, and all the homies at the Holding Company for helping out.
Filmed and edited by Jordan Minardi.
Bike builders included:
Cro Customs Inc.
Boyle Custom Motorcycles