The Naked Bike Ride – Scrapple TV

Alex the Russian loves America.

Alex the Russian loves America.

By Kenneth Lipp

On Saturday the 6th annual Naked Bike Ride snaked (sorry) its way through the streets of Philly. Scrapple TV, a production studio in Northern Liberties, was along for the duration with a whole ensemble of hosts, and the video they produced (starring Nikki Allen Poe, Lefty Grimes, Nikki Black, Emily Yates, Steve Miller-Miller, and Alex the Russian Guy) is hilarious. There’s nobody else in town doing new media like Scrapple.


I asked Marc Brodzik, owner of Scrapple, how the studio manages such a high quality output, with no production budget and with unpaid talent and staff.

“It’s about heart,” said Brodzik. “At least at this point it’s just a bunch of people coming in covering what they want to cover with autonomy. I’ve got the ship, I’ve filled it with stuff, bought a new sail and mast – we’ve got a crew of riggers and swabs and navigators who all have an independent desire to get to the same place.” Brodzik is currently exploring funding to take the studio’s production and distribution further. “We’ve built an excellent boat. Now we need our Ferdinand and Isabella to get us to the New World.”

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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