August 4, 2017
Q: Please tell us what your inspiration was behind this year’s Motorcycle Film Festival Poster.
A: My brain is always thinking about art, motorbike art and what I can create. When asked to do the poster, I instantly had ideas, but needed to know which direction the MFF wanted to go. My inspiration comes from the years of filing ideas in my head, motorbike parts and what makes them work. Then combining the mechanics of motorbikes, the MFF and anything culturally related to both…
Q: What are your earliest memories of motorcycles? How does your passion for Motorcycles influence your artwork?
A: My earliest memories are when I was maybe 5 years of age (1972), maybe earlier. My Dad would set me on the tank of his 1965 Panhead and we would go for a ride. Eventually he added a sidecar to the bike and I found myself growing up in this. As a kid, I spent time on the neighbor’s minibikes, dirt bikes and three-wheelers. At a very early age, the art of David Mann affected me profoundly and my life has been influenced by art and motorbikes ever since.
Q: Walk us through a typical day.
A: My day usually starts between 5 and 6 a.m. I do my morning chores of opening up the house, making coffee, tending to our bulldog Royce’s needs, watering the garden, etc. I move to our dining room table, which is and has always been my drawing table. It is completely covered with pens, pencils, paper, tracing paper, light table, etc… I usually create one or two morning sketches, dedicated to the world of motorbikes and or hot rods. By the time the hour of 8 a.m., I spend some time with my wife, visiting, discussing the day and having more coffee. From here, I will move to my paint studio downstairs and work on current projects until about 10 a.m. I then head into my tattoo studio, where I tattoo from usually 11 am until 5 pm. I then return home, where I spend more time with my wife, before returning to my basement studio to paint. I typically surface from the basement around 10 pm, where I try to knock out another pencil sketch for the day. Depending on the day, I try to close my eyes around the midnight our. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later.
Q: What would you say your “style” of art is?
A: If I had to label my style of art, I would say it is a warped perspective of traditional art, based on perspective, culture and history.
Q: What is your personal favorite motorcycle film? Why?
A: Oh that’s so not a fair question…ha-ha…I like several movies for several reasons. “The Wild Angels” for wanting their freedom to ride their machine. “The Rebel Rousers” for the culture and style, “Every which way but Loose” and “Any which way you Can” for the vintage bikes of The Black Widows and for how goofy they were, to “Beyond the Law”, “The Babysitter” and many more for little detailed reasons.
Q: Tell us about your bikes, and which one is your favorite?
A: I. Have several motorbikes. All of them are Harley based. Choppers, bobbers, flat track racers and stock. I’ve been collecting original parts for my 1950 panhead for about 3 years. I share a stock 1967 Harley with my Dad. It’s most likely my favorite, as that is the year I was born and I bought that for him as a Father’s Day gift a few years back, the year he turned 67.
Q: What’s your favorite annual motorcycle event?
A: I enjoy Sturgis, simply for the fact that my wife and I get to see friends from all over the globe that we haven’t seen in a year’s time. That being said, the smaller motorcycle events are probably my favorite, as they are tucked away in beautiful little spot all over the globe, that know one knows about. After many years, that event gets bigger, too many people show up and we focus on another small event that is just coming up.
Q: What inspires you and keeps you creating?
A: My brain is always thinking, even when I sleep, I am memorizing ideas that I want to create. My wife inspires me and is the reason I keep pushing myself everyday to become a better artist and person.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote about motorcycles or riding?
A: “We just want to be free, free to ride our machines and not be hassled by the man.”
Q: Words you live by?
A: “Stay True”
Q: What’s to come for Darren McKeag?
August 5, 2016
A: Hopefully, accepting bigger art projects for more people, while navigating the globe with my wife Missy.
The international Motorcycle Film Festival (MFF), recognized as one of the world’s most important motorcycling events, joins Pure & Crafted to screen two nights of film, August 12-13 2016 in Berlin. The lineup will include short and feature length films, all Official Selections of the MFF in New York. The Motorcycle Film Festival brings together established and up-and-coming filmmakers, riders, builders, enthusiasts, and industry executives. Past participants and entrants have received international recognition, secured commercial distribution and funding, and have captivated worldwide audiences. Corinna Mantlo (Founder, New York) and Irene Kotnik (2016 Judge, Berlin) will be in attendance at Pure & Crafted to introduce the films and discuss the 4th annual MFF set to take place September 14-17 in New York City.
Corinna Mantlo: The Motorcycle Film Festival was founded in 2013 by Corinna Mantlo. With 15 years of riding experience, Mantlo has spent almost as much time working in and for the motorcycle community. What started as local outreach in New York City grew into the well-respected Cine Meccanica movie nights; one of the largest and active women’s motorcycle clubs in the United States, The Miss-Fires; and the international Motorcycle Film Festival. A published authority on two-wheeled cinema, Mantlo currently owns and operates Via Meccanica, a leatherwork and restoration company that specializes in custom motorcycle seats.
Irene Kotnik: Co-founder of Video Art Channel, a platform for curating and exhibiting video art. In 2014, Kotnik co-founded The Curves Motorcycle Club and is currently organizing a Petrolettes event in Berlin which will feature races, live concerts, film screenings, and more. With a passion for the positive and supportive motorcycle community, Kotnik strives to connect women in gasoline culture to pursue courage and self-expression.
Friday, August 12th
First Floor, Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin
Django Django – WOR
MFF 2014 Winner, Experimental
Director: Jim Demuth
Mercury Music Prize nominees Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, naturally, they asked Noisey if we’d be up for travelling over to India and standing right in the middle of large lumps of precariously speeding metal for a day, to film a video for their track “Wor”. We happily obliged, getting our shoes stolen in the process, but it was worth it to meet a bunch of guys with the most rock solid testicles we’ve ever come across.
My Mom’s Motorcycle
MFF 2015 Official Selection, Short Narrative
Director: Douglas Gautrad
This is a short film about how my mom became the owner of a motorcycle for the My Rode Reel competition. More deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people.
Coast to Coast Trial
MFF 2015 Winner, Short Documentary
Director: Greg Villalobos
What would happen if you tried to ride a totally inappropriate vehicle from one side of the country to the other?
What if that vehicle was a 15-year-old trials motorbike, a Montesa Cota 315, with no seat, a tiny 3 litre fuel tank and top speed of 30 mph? Would man and machine make it…? That’s just what Greg Villalobos and Noel Thom set out to find out.
Somewhere Else Tomorrow
MFF 2014 Winner, Best Of Festival
Director: Daniel Rintz
A day-dreamer rides around the world on a motorcycle, surviving only on money he makes along the way, until he finds what he wasn’t even looking for.
Traveling by motorbike, Daniel and Lars set out on an exhilarating journey to circumnavigate the globe. Aiming to finance their trip by working as they go, they want to experience local cultures more immediately than any tourist could.
Saturday, August 13th
First Floor, Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin
Vincent Black Lightning
MFF 2015 Winner, Short Narrative
Director: Cat Bruce
We follow the heartwarming yet tragic love story of Red Molly and James, in this short animated film. A film about love, motorbikes, and a redheaded girl.
MFF 2015 Winner, Experimental
Director: Andrea Livio
Depart from Stelvio Pass and return only after finishing an around the world journey.
MFF 2013 Official Selection, Short Documentary
Director: Mark Macinnis
Rick Monahan has dedicated his life to vintage BMW motorcycles. He didn’t watch Easy Rider, he lived it. Rick’s passion for these bikes sustained him from bad ass teen shooting down Route 66 to opening his own indie garage in order to “pollinate Western L.A. with as many BMW’s as possible.
Faster Son: Shinya Kimura
MFF 2015, Official Selection, Short Documentary
Director: Oliver Defilippo
Legendary motorcycle builder Shinya Kimura shares his design philosophy while revealing his newest custom build for Yamaha. This launched the campaign for Yamaha’s new custom build division.
1 Map For 2
MFF 2014 Official Selection Feature Documentary
Director: Roberto Montanari
1 MAP FOR 2 is a documentary about the extraordinary motorcycle world tour by Tartarini and Monetti in 1957.A trip through five continents, 35 countries and 4 revolutions. The story of the world of the past through two guys with two motorcycles, a 16mm camera and a pocket map.
MFF 2014 Official Selection, Feature Documentary
MotorCircus: Christoph Köhler, Marko Kramer, Martin Lemcke, Tim Adler
4 Beemers, 8 Wheels, 16 Valves. A documentary about a journey from Berlin to the Isle of Man Classic TT. The story of four ‘MotorCircus’ Berlin boys on vintage custom BMW motorcycles, taking a 4,000 kilometre road trip from the German capital to the Isle of Man, via Belgium, France and London.
The mission of the Motorcycle Film Festival is to provide a home for motorcycle films from around the world, and to give motorcycle and film enthusiasts a reason to gather, discuss, and celebrate their favorite subject at great length every fall. Members of the motorcycling community are in the midst of the biggest creative boom centered on motorcycles since the 1970s. The massive, youthful rise of motorcycle mania has excited big motorcycle factories to collaborate with rising garage artists, and has inspired professional filmmakers to produce that long-dreamt two-wheel feature film. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2016 Motorcycle Film Festival, please visit motorcyclefilmfestival.com. You can also follow MotorcycleFilmFestival on Facebook and @motofilmfest on Instagram.