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Zen And The Art Of A Motorcycle Documentary

in collaboration with Vimeo Festival + Awards

Each day this week, we are sharing one of the five documentary finalists in Vimeo's first-annual video contest, along with commentary from the program directors and judges. To follow yesterday's tear-jerker, we are taking a look at Henrik Hansen's plainly titled shinya kimura @ chabott engineering, a beautifully made film about a man's passion for building and riding motorcycles. It is a visceral ride along the edge between raw power and serenity.

Here's what Vimeo Festival co-director Blake Whitman has to say about it:

Punchy and raw, yet intimate and revealing, this short documentary is a beautiful vignette of a man and his trade: motorcycles. ... These bikes are as much works of art as they are functional machinery.

The director, Henrick Hansen, presents the man's craft with intimately framed cinematography, sketching a portrait of a man whose passion is almost tactile. ... What is revealed is a man and a machine as unique as the film itself.

Here's a tip: Wear headphones while watching this one. The sound is amazing.

This coming weekend, the Vimeo Festival and Awards will take place in New York City. A panel of 27 judges — including Vincent Laforet, M.I.A. and David Lynch — has narrowed more than 6,500 submissions down to five finalists in each of nine categories, such as "narrative" and "experimental." Winners will be announced Oct. 9. There will also be one overall winner, who will receive a $25,000 grant to make a new film.

Who do you think should win? Check back for more videos and commentary.

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