Inside a Workshop for Custom-Built Motorcycles

Designer Maxwell Hazan describes his passion for building unusual bikes.

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/.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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