American Valhalla tells the story of an extraordinary musical collaboration between two mavericks of American rock: Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age front-man, Joshua Homme, who along with Andreas Neumann co-directed the film. The result was one of the best albums of 2016: Iggy’s "Post Pop Depression". The film takes you on a journey from the conception of this musical partnership and the first demos recorded in Californian desert by - what became - the Post Pop Depression band that included Dean Fertita (QOTSA) and drummer Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), and onto the release of the album, proceeded by a sold-out American and European Tour that featured the epic performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. American Valhalla is a crown jewel of this once-in-a-life-time kind of a project. Featuring stunning cinematography, insightful interviews and access all areas footage, the film reveals just what is means to know that if you risk nothing, you gain nothing, no matter who you are.
Lucha: A Tribute
Lucha: A Tribute is a visually stunning photographic journey into the world of the Luchador as it’s never been seen before, thanks to renowned photographer Andreas Neumann and editor Paola González Vargas.
In partnership with LUCHA Triple AAA, rarely has such open access to the Luchadores been given. Under Neumann’s searing eye, we witness for the first time the life and legacy that is their calling: mythical, magical, poignant, sometimes harsh and deeply human.
The Luchadores themselves have opened their hearts to tell their stories in their own words. Interspersed with the imagery, these raw, honest and often heartbreaking narratives step behind the mask to reveal the high price they pay emotionally and physically to be part of Lucha Libre, the sacrifices they must make and the tremendous impact it has on their families.
In the hands of award-winning Blok Design, who designed and curated the hand-bound Spanish/English publication, the content follows this emotional arc, shifting from moments of greatness to moments of loneliness and loss. Materiality and colors draw from the many visual vocabularies that exist in the lucha culture but are given a fresh and highly contemporary spin, from the use of blues and coppers to incorporating vintage street posters from Blok’s own library and historical photographs printed as they would have been in old trade magazines.
The result is a fascinating book that in its many dimensions elevates lucha libre from being simply a sport or a folkloric aspect of Mexican culture, and that truly celebrates and honors the indomitable spirit of hope, endurance, courage and passion that prevails in the men and women for whom lucha is their destiny.