Inside a Workshop for Custom-Built Motorcycles

Designer Maxwell Hazan describes his passion for building unusual bikes.

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Cinema Mercantile, a documentary film collective, makes short, intimate portrait documentaries about people who build and make things, from an old-fashioned letter press to custom musical instruments. Their latest documentary goes inside the studio of Maxwell Hazan, a designer-turned-bike builder in Brooklyn. He describes how, over time, his interest in motorcycles became his full-time gig. "These bikes that I'm building now, I build them for myself and then I'll sell them on," Hazan says. "I don't actually build them for customers ... I can really let my artistic freedom go." 

For more work by Cinema Mercantile, visit http://cinemamercantilefilms.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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