Van Gogh? VAN GO!

5 films in this block (66 minutes)

Van Gogh? VAN GO!

This isn’t anything artsy fartsy: Hop on in, and let’s go for a road trip! The majority of the films feature vans or campers (“Scamp Life”), we endorse any mode of transportation for getting out there & enjoying life. Let’s travel on over to Isle Royale (“The Center of Superior”) and towards the Great Lakes and France for surfing (“Radical Rust Belt” and “La Torche”). Also, let’s not forget the gritty history of vanning either (“Sleeze Lake”). Buckle up!


The Films

Radical Rust Belt

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Pat Noyes

This was a fun little collaborative project. In October of 2017 surfers and filmmakers Pat Noyes and Rusty Malkemes circumnavigated Lake Michigan in the Grey Potato (Rustys’ Van) with a half dozen surfboards, a tent, a few cans of soup, some veggies, and a dozen eggs. Setting out from St Joeseph, MI and driving up the state of Michigan and across the Bridge, they camped and surfed on the Garden Peninsula for two days as well before surfing in front of the historic Seul Choix lighthouse where Pat interviewed Rusty about his unique Midwestern Surfing roots. After that they slowly made their way back to The Southend of Lake Michigan through Wisconsin, stopping in Milwaukee to surf with friends along the Illinois/Wisonsin state line, and eventually through Illinois, and Indiana, where they met up with Ryan Gerard to surf in front of a newly reopened Mt Baldy, and then finally back to Rusty and Ryan’s hometown of St Joeseph, MI just in time for one of the best swells of 2017. Surfing the Great Lakes is incredibly fun. So we hope you have as much fun watching.

The Center of Superior

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 17 min
  • Director Jake Youngman

A Superior Island is a personal travel documentary with stunning nature cinematography sequences that tells the story of when two diabetics set off to the Upper Peninsula into the remote wilderness of Isle Royale National Park, with five pounds of medical supplies, eleven pounds of food, and twenty two pounds of camera gear.

Scamp Life

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Sam Needham

A glimpse into the life of Salsa riders Eszter Horanyi and Scott Morris as they travel the country by way of their home, the Scamp.

La Torche

  • Year 2017
  • Country France
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Hugo Manhes

La Torche shows two crazy French surfers, surfing by night the famous spot of La Torche, one of the best in France.

Sleeze Lake - "Life at its Lowest and Best" - Work in Progress

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 30 min
  • Director Nick Nummerdor & Andrew J. Morgan

The year is 1977 and the custom van movement was at full-tilt-boogie. Midwest Vans Ltd. was a club at the center of everything. Over 500 members strong and with multiple chapters, Midwest Vans set out to throw a truck-in to best all truck-ins. At a small campground in Monticello, Indiana, they set about building a ramshackle resort town around a small pond they christened “Sleeze Lake”. They expected a few thousand people and a good time. When over 6000 vans and upwards of 20,000 people showed up that’s when the sh*t hit the fan! Sleeze Lake: the greatest party you’ve never heard of. Coming in 2019 from Little Cabin Films.