We are so stinking stoked to announce that our book Slow is Fast is finished! Starting on
August 2nd, Kanoa, Kellen and myself will tour our new book (and the moving
pictures DVD that comes with it) from Mill Valley to San Diego. Please join us if
you have time. There will be good music (The John Stewards up north and Todd
Hannigan down south), we will screen the movie, talk about the trip, answer
your questions and drink free beer. The book will also be for sale. We haven’t
figured out a price yet so just bring your whole piggy bank.
A huge thank you to all of the Patagonia folks
in japan who made our recent tour over there so much fun, especially Lisa Iida!
[Above: Slow is Fast book trailer. Video by Woodshed Films. Hit the jump for some DVD outtakes, production photos and the book tour details. All photos courtesy of Dan Malloy. Update 7/29: added new book tour dates and photos from each event at the bottom of this post. Update: 10/21: the book and DVD are now available to order. Details at the bottom of this post.]
Look close at Kellen on the left. He had the worst case of food poisoning I had ever seen. It lasted the entire last week of our trip. This is the photo of us right after we decided to pull the plug. Day 57 or 58. Ventura.
Not long after we started the book edit I realized once again that my brain is wired the old fashioned way. We did tons of work on the computer but found that this wall proved invaluable to the process. It forces me to work and excludes the possibility of watching You Tube videos of Derek Hynd finless at J-bay (go for it, it's totally worth it!) for the 800th time.
Thanks to Jeff Canham, Mariko, Kellen, Steve Barilotti and Steve Sprinkle (of Sprinkle Media in SF not the farmer in Ojai, but he did help too), Kanoa picked up a box of books from the printer two days before our flight to premiere the project in Japan. We are really proud to say that every last bit of the production of this project took place in California.
The video, "Moving pictures and extra features from the book," is also finished. We decided early on that we would not waste any time filming boring shots of us riding our bikes. That did force us to fill in a few gaps when we got home. Thanks to Tiffany Morgan Campbell and her green screen expertise you won't be able to tell what is real and what is not, just like the photo above. Movie magic!
After many years on the road I have contracted a bit of the Cockney rhyming slang that is ever-present in Australia. When in Australia, saying, ‘Let's hit the frog and toad,’ is just a nice way of saying, ‘Let's hit the f#cking road.’ During our slow bicycle trip down the California coast ‘frog and toad’ became our daily mantra. Within a week of our departure, while simultaneously staving off boredom and pacifying our minds from the decent chance that we would be hit by a passing car, we adapted a newer application by adding the melody to Willie Nelson's timeless American classic ‘On the Road Again.’ We spent countless hours singing, ‘Frog and toad again, I just can’t wait to frog and toad again…’ while heading south. Thanks to Brotheryn Studios for recording this new version. I’ll be sure to thank them and Tiffany Morgan Campbell again when I win a Grammy for this one. Video: Frog and Toad
Jason Frazier of Ventura taking his harmonica amp to Brotheryn Studios to work on the soundtrack. If we are lucky, he might join us on a few stops to play music during the California tour.
Todd Hannigan and Jason Mariani at Brotheryn Studios have been an integral part of Woodshed Films for over 13 years. It was no different for Slow is Fast. I heavily leaned on the duo along with Xocoyotzin Moraza, Fernando Apodaca and Jonathan McEuen Jr. to take our 30-minute home movie and turn it into a presentable little collection of moving pictures and extra features from the book. After many years of being on the periphery of film projects, I am as convinced as ever that the soundscape of a film is more important than the visuals. Because of the Brotheryn team effort I am proud to say that 60% of the music in our short film was recorded specifically for Slow is Fast. Most importantly, on top of their creativity and tech capabilities, they are as funny as hell and a total blast to work with. A huge thanks also goes to Slaid Cleaves for granting us permission to use his amazing music. That is real country music if you ask me! Hannigan and the crew will be joining us to play live music for the southern part of our California book tour in early August. Hope to see you there. Video: Brotheryn Studios Extra Footage.
We made it to Japan safely with a box of books in hand. The Patagonia crew always takes amazing care of us over there. They also make sure I get my dose of Japanese culture. When in Rome…
In Japan, seeing an upper middle class mom riding her bike with two kids comfortably in tow is the norm (in beautifully designed bike seats, one in front, one in back). Between trains, bikes and cars, Japan seems to have the most balanced transit system I have ever seen. I was a little worried that Slow is Fast would come across as redundant over there, like, "Yeah, we already know that dummy!"
Kanoa was asked to show a collection of photos from our book at the Slope art gallery in Tokyo.
Proud as punch at the farmers market next door to Patagonia headquarters in Japan. Look close at his shirt. In an effort to promote the farmers market a local artist made a screen print of his favorite farmer.
While in Kamakura, any free time we had was spent at Paradise Baking & Company. I have a good feeling that the "company" in their title has a lot more to do with prioritizing good vibes than profit margins. They have mastered the art of switching midday from locally roasted coffee to locally brewed beer. Please visit them if you ever happen to visit Kamakura. Just be prepared for your day to disappear, in a good way.
Naomi and friends showed us slow food Japan-style. Get small or get out. We hope to see you on the California leg of our book tour (details below).
Slow is Fast Book Tour 2013
Proof Lab Station – Friday, 8/2 254 Shoreline Hwy Mill Valley CA 94941 Tel. (415) 888.2553 Event start time @ 6pm Live music: The John Stewards
is a Patagonia ambassador and one of most respected figures in
professional surfing. He lives with his wife near Lompoc and is a
believer in the self-sufficient, well-rounded life, with farming and
ranching keeping his hands busy between surf sessions.
Still not sure what Slow is Fast is all about? Check out Dan's dispatches from the road: Part 1 & Part 2.
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