Minutes to Midnight

Ghosts in the London night, welcome to the Midnight Half

The Midnight Half, was a first of its kind race in the UK. It was a checkpoint style ‘scratch’ running race with no set route, starting at midnight in on Halloween.

Unconventional in many ways, secretive, unauthorised, and starting in the ghosting hour. The exact starting location and checkpoints unknown till the evening of the race.  At HQ, a warehouse in Hackney Wick, East London, the 100+ entrants are huddling around the map and route projections on the wall trying to figuring out ways to navigate running 13 miles through the winding streets in the darkness that will follow, for some in unfamiliar territory. A handful of hardcore entrants travelled from USA, where the race concept itself was brought in from, into Uk by founder Joe DiNoto and David Trimble, known for the Red Hook Crit bike racing scene which started out in New York City.

Credits

Matt Ben Stone

www.mattbenstone.com
IG @mattbenstone

August 19, 2020


Lost in Carranza

The story of a skater and his battle against years of addiction

In the night of October 12th 2015, Pablo Carranza falls back into hard drugs despite his sobriety and battle against years of addiction. Alone in his apartment, filled with regret and guilt, he decides to confess by leaving a final voice message for his first love.

“This film, true to life, depicts the story of Pablo Carranza, a young skater from the ghetto, lost and cut off from a system where everything goes too fast for the most vulnerable of us. Struggling in life and prisoner of his own environment, we follow him finding refuge in solitude, religion and hard drugs, anything that could give him the strength to face the harshness of a relentless daily struggle. Through this story of addiction, we wanted to talk about how drugs can affect our dreams, hopes, career and our relationship with others”, says the film editor Marin Troude.

“Today, Pablo is sober and now the time has come to let go of the film. If this film can help some people stop doing drugs, that would be our first victory”. 

Credits

Directed by Marin Troude
IG @marintroude

Starring Pablo Carranza
Produced by Hell It’s Paradise, Born Wild Agency, AV Superfly SF
Distributed by Enibas Distribution
Country France, USA


Romanza Gym: spartan and winning

Visual journey to the mecca of Mexican boxing

Romanza Gym is a boxing Mecca in Mexico City where Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain has held court since 1992.

Now 80 years old, Nacho has managed more than 30 world champions, including Juan Manuel Marquez who knocked out Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as the Fight of the Decade.

The gym is a spartan space, gritty and stripped down to the essential training equipment. Every morning, professionals and amateurs pack in, filling the small space with the steady slap of speed bags and flurries of sparring.

Some fighters come with dreams of being Nacho’s next start. Others just need a fresh start.

Credits

Alec Jacobson

www.alecjacobsonphoto.com 
IG @alec_jacobson