After the underground success of their first film, the super 8mm skateboard classic ‘Fruit of the Vine’ (1999), Coan "Buddy" Nichols and Rick Charnoski founded the independent production company Six Stair, which operates under the same DIY ethics of the subculture that raised them: skateboarding and punk. Since 1999 Nichols and Charnoski have charted an unorthodox path, making a broad range of films that consistently illuminate deeper truths.
After catching the eye of renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle for their Super 8mm and 16mm filmmaking, he tapped Charnoski and Nichols to shoot the dream sequences for Gus Van Sant’s ‘Paranoid Park’ (2007). They have since worked with a wide range of respected artists and filmmakers including Cameron Crowe, Richard Serra, Peter Beard, Julian Schnabel and NeckFace and musicians as diverse as Lightning Bolt, Neil Young, Mike Watt and Pearl Jam.
“Create your own scene. Do it yourself. Trespass & break the law. Shoot Kodachrome. No Rules. Don’t Die. Ask questions. Smash your phone. Help a friend. Do it wrong. Fail. Cut School. Make mistakes, Call it a look. Listen up. Don’t listen. $$$$$$$ is nothing. MAKE MOVIES.” - Six Stair