cecilia majzoub

photographer and artist from san francisco currently residing in new york city
contact me at ceciliamajzoub@gmail.com

drowners opening for AHJ, nyc 2014
shot for the zine is dead issue 6
photos by cecilia majzoub

an interview with Joey Sinko by Cecilia Majzoubfor The Zine Is Dead

Introduce yourself!
My name is Joey Sinko and I grew up skateboarding. I started making skate videos at age 14. I hate labels. I like to shoot, edit, act, write, direct, whatever, it’s all good as long I’m working with cool people. I enjoy the process of filmmaking. Anything! Short films, music videos, whatever! I do it under my mom and pop production company Broken TV Pictures. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching Columbo, and doing nothing.
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Tell us about your series Now Now John.
Not Now John is a series and I’m proud of it. It was one of the most important creative endeavors I’ve ever embarked on. It started with a short film “A Letter to Marty (Scorsese)” and bloomed into it’s own series. The show wasn’t for the faint of heart and this even included some close friends, which sort of stung. The series dives deep into human condition. We explore various emotions, dreams and questions about life. It’s real! It’s sad, it’s funny, and we did it all on Youtube, which is a terrible medium for important work. Great for cat videos though. Then to boot, the web-series medium is frowned upon by serious film makers. I just wanted to try something different. Something that felt like a novel in film form for the internet, that’s what I thought of when I first heard the term ‘web-series.’ On the plus side, we took a chance and risked everything to express it all. We (cast & crew) made something honest… not perfect, but honest. We gained a fierce audience of people who aren’t afraid to step away from their corner and watch something that might be uncomfortably relatable. That’s what’s great about Not Now John, it goes beyond entertainment, it’s something you can actually respond to. I plan on doing more when the time is right. It’s just hard to release work when you know people reduce art to thumbs ups and likes, then measure people’s work by a demographic, rather than heart.
Tell us about your skate edits.
I make these Documentary style edits under the title of “Skate Career Heaven” These edits honor and capture the highlighted work of skateboarders that have had an impact on my life. I’ve done “Heath Kirchart: The Final Cut ” (2011) Ed Templeton: Jump off a Memory, Ali (An Ode to Ali Boulala) (2013), and Jeremy Klein: At The End of the Day (2014), just to name a few. I make those independently, but I have released them through rad websites like Jenkem.com and SkateTalkLive.com. Recently, I got involved in a separate project with Greco’s Houseofhammers.com for a feature titled “Hammer Hall Of Fame”. It’s a similar concept, more hession in a lot of ways and it’s fun to create in the spirit of HAMMERS! So far we have released edits on Jeremy Wray, Andrew Reynolds,Sean Sheffey and Danny Sargent. 
What are your thoughts on skateboarding today?
It sucks because Heath Kirchart and Jeremy Klein retired. I’m glad Greco is still in the mix though, Josh Harmony and of course Geoff Rowley… all passionate skateboarders. And of course I kid, skateboarding obviously doesn’t suck. I’m in awe of it actually. When I was younger I couldn’t imagine how progressive it would become. It’s insane! I think it’s a little too focused on virtuosity though, which is fine. I’d personally like to see more artistic sensitivity while doing a trick, more “style.” It’s there, but I want more! That’s tough, because if you do focus on style, and you don’t watch it, you can start showing off. Ray Barbee never showed off, Barbee was unaware of his great style, that’s what made it so good. It wasn’t indulgent. I see a lot of self-indulgent skateboarders sometimes. 
Are you currently working on any projects?
#SomethingDifferent is short film I wrote and directed. Also, “Spaghetti and Meatballs” is a skate video I’m making. I’m excited about them both! 
You’ve worked with Mechachief, a featured band in this issue. what has that been like?
Amazing! On stage they let it all go and that is exciting! Most bands in LA do what they think they’re supposed to do. Mechachief does what it wants to do. Their music inspires me, it’s soulful, it’s hostile, it’s complex in all the right ways, and it provokes me to let it all go too. What I’m trying to say with that is, I literally want to take their sound, their emotion, that energy, and expand on it with an idea of my own through film, and just create. Carefree of what others will think about it. That’s why I had to use some of their music in Not Now John and of course make a video with them.
Tell us about “Blueberry”, your parody of supremes cherry. How did that come about?
After I watched ‘Cherry’ the Supreme skate video, I thought it would be cool to do a parody on it and allow it to stand as music video for Mechachief. Allow Mechachief to be the ‘product’ we’re selling in our video, instead of the supreme brand which was sold in ‘Cherry’ the supreme skate video. That was actually the driving concept. Let’s just “sell” the crap out of this, but be really cool about it. Mechachief was down! I even warned them, people might take it the wrong way. Chris told me he didn’t give a you-know-what, and ‘blueberry’ was born. I let Chris and Kevin dress as Mechachief would, and only act out the Supreme vibe. Where as, Bob and the gang actually were Supreme, I mean they became those skateboarders from ‘cherry’ the supreme skate video.  It was wild! It was fun to make, and people should know we all had  nice things to say about ‘cherry’ the supreme skate video. It really was all in good humor, and even if it wasn’t, who cares? Everyone likes Supreme, it’s not like the company is a golden retriever that needs approval from everyone.  We’re just a bunch of piles. Thanks for the interview Cecilia, I’m going to clean my 2002 Nissan Altima, it’s super dirty.

Joey is on instagram, twitter, youtube, vimeo, and here’s his site.

an interview with Joey Sinko by Cecilia Majzoub
for The Zine Is Dead

Introduce yourself!

My name is Joey Sinko and I grew up skateboarding. I started making skate videos at age 14. I hate labels. I like to shoot, edit, act, write, direct, whatever, it’s all good as long I’m working with cool people. I enjoy the process of filmmaking. Anything! Short films, music videos, whatever! I do it under my mom and pop production company Broken TV Pictures. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy drinking coffee, watching Columbo, and doing nothing.

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thezineisdeaduk:

IT’S HERE! ISSUE 6 OF THE ZINE IS DEAD!! Featuring interviews with UK Shoegaze band Gum, director Joey Sinko, Mechachief, gigs from POND, Peace, Parquet Courts, DROWNERS, and a feature on that latest releases from newly formed label, Spinning Top Music with GUM, Shiny Joe Ryan and Mink Mussel Creek!
Thank you to all those who contributed (Matt, Nadia, Cece, Clara, and Sam, you guys are awesome!)
READ IT HERE —> http://issuu.com/znbhssn/docs/tzid_issue_6
And don’t forget to share it with everyone!

hey guys, take a look at the new issue of the zine is dead! i’ve got some unseen photographs and 2 interviews in the mix! there’s a lot of killer content in this issue, it’s my favorite yet.

thezineisdeaduk:

IT’S HERE! ISSUE 6 OF THE ZINE IS DEAD!! Featuring interviews with UK Shoegaze band Gum, director Joey SinkoMechachief, gigs from PONDPeaceParquet CourtsDROWNERS, and a feature on that latest releases from newly formed label, Spinning Top Music with GUMShiny Joe Ryan and Mink Mussel Creek!

Thank you to all those who contributed (Matt, Nadia, Cece, Clara, and Sam, you guys are awesome!)

READ IT HERE —> http://issuu.com/znbhssn/docs/tzid_issue_6

And don’t forget to share it with everyone!

hey guys, take a look at the new issue of the zine is dead! i’ve got some unseen photographs and 2 interviews in the mix! there’s a lot of killer content in this issue, it’s my favorite yet.

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks, mercury lounge, nyc may 2014
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nycby cecilia majzoub

twin peaks in nyc
by cecilia majzoub