‘Video Diays’ is an ongoing video project by Francisco Saco. With a decidedly avant-garde approach to presenting the medium of skateboarding, ‘Video Diays’ is not your “typical” skate video.
Produced between Costa Rica and Berlin, the feature length project was in the making for four years, bridging the scenes between European and Latin American skateboarding through the lens of colonialism, post-colonialism and the revival of analog technology. The film was shot entirely on Hi-8 video and Super 8mm film, in the aim of keeping skateboarding dirty and raw, while harnessing the power of nostalgia in referencing the classics of early 90’s videos.
Synopsis: Europe is in vast disarray. Like their forefathers, the Explorers in our film decide to head out west, to leave the bleakness of the Old World in search of new horizons. Soon, enthusiasm turns to paranoia and fear. To their dismay, they encounter only the primitive aspects of the New World, of the jungle and its inhabitants. Costa Rican skateboarding is presented as raw, rough, and jagged. But halfway through the film there is a spark of hope: a report from back across the pond comes in, presenting the optimism of what is occurring in Europe at that moment. The bridge has been gapped. But at what cost? What is travel and exploration? Do the Explorers leave their traces and footprints or do they return home unscathed? Is theirs a broken technology or a progressive model?