Please help one of the best guys I know in the b-boy community -- Ervin Arana -- who has hit some bad luck while travelling through Europe.
Gamblerz vs Last For One -- the battle that could have taken place in Planet B-boy
I am so sad to inform that my close friend Vasco Lucas Nunes who I first met as my director of photography on Planet B-boy, passed away yesterday. Vasco was one of the best documentary DP's out there and a great human being. He will be missed by everyone who had the honor to work with him. RIP Vasco, your spirit and love will continue to be shared through all the movies you ever lensed.
I was one of those kids in the 80's who was mesmerized from the moment I saw breakin. When I rediscovered it in the late 90's, I was blown away by how it spread worldwide and continued to grow. This is when I realized what makes this dance so unique is who it's meant for -- anyone. Personally, I believe hip hop, jazz, and rock & roll are the the most important contributions that the United States ever made to the world because it represents what our democracy is about -- the ...freedom to express yourself -- an integral part of the never ending journey of self discovery. But what I especially love about hip hop is that you can do it wherever you want. You don't need an instrument, nor do you need a stage or audience. All you need is a voice, beat, floor, and a community to share that cypher with.
It's been 10 years since I started Planet B-boy the documentary, and when I watched this clip today, I re-lived the power, energy and love that I had the honor to experience through the people I met in my documentary. Respect to the pioneers who created it and sacrificed their lives to share this dance for the next generation, and respect to the new generation who are keeping it alive and continue to spread it to the rest of the world.
By posting this I DO NOT recommend that you try this!