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Harry Bryant Misses Flights, Flogs Rental Car, Eventually Delivered Subterranean South American Funnels

El motel del infierno.

cinema // Jul 3, 2024
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

“We basically went to Florianopolis for a premiere of Motel Hell at a film festival, and we figured that it was a long way to go just to blow ourselves apart for a film premiere and come home, so we jumped over to the West Coast” Harry Bryant tells me, back at home after his Japanese venture. “We didn’t really go for a swell forecast or anything like that, it was kind of out of season for this zone. Winter hadn’t really kicked in yet. It was a fairly spontaneous trip, and we actually missed the best day of waves,” he chuckles. 

“I missed my flight in Brazil and got stuck there. Our flight got delayed and I ended up checking my shoes and passport into my board bag and loaded it onto the plane. Then, they didn’t let me on the plane because obviously my passport was underneath the plane in my broad bag. I got stuck in Brazil for a couple of extra days and then we kind of missed the best couple of days of swell. I was so strung out and it cost so much fucking money,” he laughs. 

As you’ll see, part of the above 8-minute South American hominy features Haz and his crew tearing through some backroads in an electric blue rental car. 

“That thing was an absolute pile. We heard you kind of need a 4wd down there, but this traction control setting got stuck on and it had absolutely no go in it. We got stuck trying to go up this hill for hours and all had to get out and push the car. Surprisingly, we returned the car and there were no issues, even though we absolutely flogged the living shit out of it.”

According to Harry, this clip will be the beginning of a string of YouTube releases on the back of Motel Hell, featuring unseen sessions and BTS goodies.

“Me and Dav have got a bunch of B-sides that we’re going to start rolling out through the back end of the year,” he says. “We’ll probably break it into two or three videos, but it’ll just be all the things that went down while we were filming for that video, just try to show people what goes on when working on a full length project. I don’t know, trying to cram three years into 50 minutes, there’s so much stuff and footage that we haven’t used that it’d be a shame for it to go to waste.”


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