Vans has released five new features from its ambitious–and awesome–documentary project, “Living Off the Wall.” Available to watch now on its scrolling website, the films are full of inspirational content that embraces creative self-expression.
“Are you really accomplishing your dreams?” That’s a question posed in Han Su Kim’s documentary, “The Hard Way,” which explores the tenacity of three Los Angeles-based creatives (Dallas Clayton, District Millworks and Penny Bird Rabbit) and the discouragement, fear, rejection and ridicule that fuel their endeavors. “Hustlin” by Jared Eberhardt follows graphic designer Aaron Draplin who, among other things, has a massive collection of matchbooks and old tape measures; creative director/artist/silent investor/bar and restaurant co-founder Cory Hudson who likes the process of painting more than he likes the finished result; and singer/songwriter Nikki Lane who makes coffee, buys and sells vintage clothing and does “just about any honest form of making money.”
There’s also “Seoul City” by Joni Els, “Shoot Me Now” by Tobin Yelland and “Mind Over Matter” by Vincent Skoglund. While no one talks about their shoes, each interview subject embodies the Vans state of mind of thinking differently and being creative, whether through a surfboard, a microphone, a paintbrush or any other tool of the creative trade. Worth a watch.