We need your help to finish this full-length documentary about the inventor of the backflip on a bicycle and a motorcycle entitled Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary. Directed by Jason Ryan, this film will reveal what kind of person came out of nowhere and invented a trick that all the BMX pros of the time had been thinking about, but never thought possible. Then 7 years later, Jose invented the motorcycle backflip, for which he has yet to receive credit.
We have raised $3582.90 with our Indiegogo campaign which ran from mid-June to late July of 2018. We also raised $800 in a GoFundMe campaign that ran from December 2019 to September 2020. We did not meet our original goal of $43,433, so we are holding this GoFundMe campaign to help raise the funds to finish the film.
Bicycles, skateboards, motorcycles, jet skis, snowmobiles and cars. All have been successfully backflipped, and the guy that started and inspired it all is Jose Yanez. In 1985, Jose Yanez came from completely outside the loop and invented the backflip on a bicycle, changing action sports forever. Then in 1991 he invented the backflip on a motorcycle, flipping an 80cc motorcycle on a giant wooden box jump.
How did Jose get the original idea to backflip a bicycle when he didn't even ride BMX at the time? How did he practice for the flip? What was it like to try such a scary stunt that had never been done before in the history of the world? How cool was it performing the flips in the Hollywood movie RAD and touring the world with Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus? And what possessed him to try a backflip on a motorcycle 7 years after learning it on a bicycle?
Your generous contribution will enable us to document for all of posterity where, why, when and how Jose made these monumental achievements in action and motor sports. It will also enable us to give audiences an in-depth look into his uniquely interesting life. You will go down in history for helping to bring his story to the people, and collect some valuable rewards in the process!
Sharpie Drawing Poster
For your generous donation of $35, we will send you this Limited Edition Sharpie Drawing Poster by White Bear. Only 100 prints have been made, and no more will be printed. Each poster is signed and hand-numbered by Jose Yanez, and will be shipped in a heavy-duty cardboard tube to ensure it won't get damaged. (Cost of shipping included in continental US only, otherwise please contact jasonatpsychicflyingmonkey.com (substitute @ for at) and we'll calculate the total cost with shipping.)
For your generous donation of $35, we will send you this first-run Out of the Loop t-shirt. Available in gold or super soft sueded cream. We've been wanting to offer t-shirts for some time now, and here they are! Please note what size and color you'd like in the comment section when you donate. (Cost of shipping included in continental US only, otherwise please contact jasonatpsychicflyingmonkey.com (substitute @ for at) and we'll calculate the total cost with shipping.)
For your generous donation of $30, we will send you this Jose Yanez Inventor of the Backflip Poster, and will be shipped in a heavy-duty cardboard tube to ensure it won't get damaged. (Cost of shipping included in continental US only, otherwise please contact jasonatpsychicflyingmonkey.com (substitute @ for at) and we'll calculate the total cost with shipping.)
For your generous donation of $75, you'll get:
• Limited Edition Sharpie Drawing Poster by White Bear
• Jose Inventor of Backflip Poster
• Out of the Loop t-shirt (gold or cream)
• Plus a Psychicflyingmonkey Productions patch!
Package will be shipped in a heavy-duty cardboard tube to ensure it won't get damaged. Please note what size and color of shirt you'd like in the comment section when you donate.
(Cost of shipping included in continental US only, otherwise please contact jasonatpsychicflyingmonkey.com (substitute @ for at) and we'll calculate the total cost with shipping.)
and many more pioneers, badasses and innovators of BMX and freestyle motocross...
WHERE THE FUNDS GO
I (Jason Ryan) started production on Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary four years ago but it's very slow going to make a full-length documentary while keeping the high quality production values I desire, and it would take me 10 years to finish it if I didn't get some kind of funding. The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we'll have this documentary completed.
WHAT YOUR SUPPORT MEANS TO US, BMX FREESTYLE, AND FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS HISTORY
Your support of this documentary will mean the world to both Jose and myself. As I mentioned in the above video, Jose got credit for inventing the backflip on a bicycle, but he never received proper credit for inventing the backflip on a motorcycle. In fact, most of the freestyle motocross riders who can backflip have never heard the name Jose Yanez.
Sadly, most BMX freestyle riders under 35 have never heard the name Jose Yanez, either. This is because the BMX media have always been so narrowly focused on what's currently going on with freestyle riding that they have completely failed to pass on the history of BMX freestyle to subsequent generations.
I was discussing this fact with BMX freestyle pioneer Eddie Fiola at the recording of the behind-the-scenes commentary on the movie RAD. He made the point that you could not find a basketball player 12 years old or older that doesn't know who Michael Jordan is, and yet you can't find a 12 year old BMX freestyle rider who knows who Jose is, or Bob Haro is, or for that matter, who any of the pioneers of BMX freestyle are.
This is a sad state of affairs, but with your help we will change it. This film will show every kid who Jose Yanez is and why his invention deserves respect. And after this project, I aim to create many more films revealing the history of BMX freestyle and the legends and pioneers without whom we would not have this creative outlet about which we are so passionate. I have multiple films planned, both documentary and narrative (with script, actors and such), short and feature length.
AN ARIZONA STORY
This is a uniquely Arizona story. Jose practiced the bicycle backflip into the Salt River, and performed his first public backflip on a ramp at Chandler BMX Track in Chandler, Arizona. Jose also practiced his motorcycle flip into the Salt River before trying it on a giant wooden box jump in Colorado.
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MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Jason Ryan- Director
Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary
Director of Psychicflyingmonkey Productions, Jason Ryan won Best Short Film in 2011 at the world's largest action sports film festival, X-Dance, for his BMX film, "Solo". He was nominated for a Best Cinematography award from the IAWTV in 2013 for his work on the web series Western X. In 2009 Jason's music video for Sarah Darling's "Whenever it Rains" reached #2 on CMT's Hot 20 Music Video Countdown. His BMX films The Carnie and Trailer Trash Show, The Impetus of Cletus and "Solo" are distributed in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and his work has aired on PBS, SPIKE, NBCSN, OLN, FSN, CMT, GAC, OXYGEN, FOOD and FUEL. Psychicflyingmonkey Productions is an Arizona-based film production company specializing in producing BMX and other action sports films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, pieces for television, and short and feature films.
Jason has been riding BMX since 1985 and still rides several times a week, preferring to ride concrete parks over anything else. He is president of The Bike, Blade and Board Coalition, which advocates for the needs of all users of public bmx/skateparks to cities and towns throughout Arizona.
Glenn Slusher- Executive Producer
Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary
Glenn Slusher is a worldwide BMX ambassador, promoting and producing BMX and MTB events throughout the United States and beyond. Glenn rides BMX and has a deep and enduring respect for all action sports pioneers.
Toni Ross- Producer
Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary
Founder and director of the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival, Toni Ross is an ardent supporter of independent film. She has produced commercials, promos and music videos, and Out of the Loop: The Jose Yanez Documentary will be the first feature-length film she's produced.
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