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2016 Films

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FRIDAY, OCT. 7th

early show: 6-8 pm   

FEATURE: It ain't pretty

SHORTS

IT AIN'T PRETTY

Director: Dayla Soul

Running time: 1 hour 10 mins

A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of a female big wave surfer who contends with sexism in the water, in competition and in the surf industry with the support of a closely-knit local community of like-minded women. This film takes you inside a growing movement of women that believe media portrayal of body image is is over sexualized and gives the youth a false image to live up to. This film documents a movement that is creating the new role models that will empower girls to face their fears and over come their own challenges. Filmed in the icy waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, CA.

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

Director: Nathan Myers

Running time: 27 mins

Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974. The fabled Balinese wave was pristine, magical and empty. Gerry returns to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it becoming overwhelmed by development. Delving deep into a lifetime of wisdom accumulated through his surfing and practice of yoga, Gerry shares with us a spirit of the place that can change our lives -- wherever we are.

OF VIKING MINDS Director: Chris Case Running time: 5 mins Facing the Atlantic Ocean, deep in the Northern hemisphere, lay Islands steeped in history.  Explore these wind battered, weather beaten coastlines, molded in the might of Northern storms and the men who brave their force. Their stories, myths and legends will take you into the depths of Viking minds.

OF VIKING MINDS

Director: Chris Case

Running time: 5 mins

Facing the Atlantic Ocean, deep in the Northern hemisphere, lay Islands steeped in history. 

Explore these wind battered, weather beaten coastlines, molded in the might of Northern storms and the men who brave their force. Their stories, myths and legends will take you into the depths of Viking minds.


friday, Oct. 7th

late show: 8:30-10:30 PM  

feature: fire and water

FIRE AND WATER

Director: Thomas Brookins

Running time: 1 hour 14 mins

For centuries, firefighters have acted as society's heroes. For one NY Firefighter, Don Eichin, water has not only acted as his weapon of safety, but also a source of recreation. In New York, a strong community of surfers dwells underneath the ashes and uniforms. These warriors have risen above sea level to conquer fire as well as submerged themselves to dominate water. The only element stronger than their honor and skill is the bond of their brotherhood.

SHORTS

THE ACCORD

Director: RC Cone

Running time: 20 mins

The reality of growing up a surfer in Iceland is different from anywhere else in the world. It’s a harsh place. There are no surf shops, guidebooks or webcams. But being so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the known surf world hardens Iceland’s surfers to confront the issue they all must face: the North Atlantic wind.
Follow Heiðar Logi Elíasson on his journey through Iceland searching for that rare, yet significant, compromise that brings both Icelandic surfers and the North Atlantic wind to the table.

THE MAN & THE SEA

Director: Andrew Kaineder

Running time: 3 mins

Free one's board from fins, and free one's self - the philosophy of one of Australia's great authentic surfers. Presenting a stripped back portrait of Derek Hynd, shot in the fall of 2015 over 2 weeks at Jefferey's Bay.

  BRUHWILER COUNTRY Running time: 7 mins Follow Canadian surfing legend Raph Bruwhiler on a trip into the wilds of Vancouver Island where he and his family have staked a claim to the waves and woods for generations.

 

BRUHWILER COUNTRY

Running time: 7 mins

Follow Canadian surfing legend Raph Bruwhiler on a trip into the wilds of Vancouver Island where he and his family have staked a claim to the waves and woods for generations.


SATURday, Oct. 8th

EARLY SHOW: 6 - 8 PM  

DOUBLE FEATURE: LAS OLAS &
SALTWATER BUDDHA

LAS OLAS

Director: Joel Sharpe

Running time: 44 mins

Las Olas explores what it means to be a surfer. Through the telling of six stories from local surfers, we journey through Central America and discover the joy of surfing. For such a simple act of sliding over a wave, whole lives and landscapes change. Is surfing more than just a sport? [Note: some scenes in Spanish with English subtitles.]

SALTWATER BUDDHA

Director: Lara Popyack

Running time: 58 mins

Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. Now an author and father, Jaimal recounts his journey from jungle communes to zen monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Based on the internationally-acclaimed memoir, this is a chronicle of finding focus in the barrel of a wave and truth in the great salty blue.


SATURDAY, OCT. 8TH

LATE SHOW: 8:30 - 10:30 PM  

FEATURE: DIRTY OLD WEDGE

SHORTS

DIRTY OLD WEDGE

Director: Tim Burnham

Running time: 1 hour 8 mins

Dirty Old Wedge chronicles the history of Southern California's most infamous and dangerous wave and the group of bodysurfers who became known a world over as the Wedge Crew. A story ripe with compassion, brutality, territorial losses and gains, nostalgia, and new generations, Dirty Old Wedge leaves you with a truly unique story of a legendary crew of wave riders who forged their own path in the surfing world.

ICEBREAKERS

Director: Mayi Rudik

Running time: 15 mins

Episode I, "Norway", consists of 3 short stories about 3 different people who live and surf in Norway:  Joel Stevensson - surfboard shaper and surfer. He moved to Norway from Australia several years ago and decided to start making boards. He found a remote secret spot with only one wave -- and of course he keeps it a secret.
Mads Jonsson - professional snowboarder from the Burton team. He finished his professional career and started to surf to be able to get a sense of excitement again.
Jeffrey Michael Roussel - longboard surfer. Moved from California and with a past addiction to heroin but was able to stop using drugs. 
For all these characters, surfing is a really important part of life. They're not professional surfers but have a need to follow their dreams, no matter where they are.

THE FRIENDLY PIRATE Director: Jaime Gonzalez Running time: 10 mins "The Friendly Pirate “ digs down into the inspiring life story of Ash Keillah, a young Australian surfer who saw his career and his passion in jeopardy after suffering a horrific accident that would change his life forever. With the help of his best mates, his strong optimistic approach to life and a boundless passion for the waves, Ash managed to re-direct his path towards success, becoming an example to people who find themselves in harsh situations. Because life "is what you make it.”

THE FRIENDLY PIRATE

Director: Jaime Gonzalez

Running time: 10 mins

"The Friendly Pirate “ digs down into the inspiring life story of Ash Keillah, a young Australian surfer who saw his career and his passion in jeopardy after suffering a horrific accident that would change his life forever. With the help of his best mates, his strong optimistic approach to life and a boundless passion for the waves, Ash managed to re-direct his path towards success, becoming an example to people who find themselves in harsh situations. Because life "is what you make it.”

  

ADDICTED TO THE GLIDE Director: Ryan Struck Running time: 3 mins Reilly Stone is a longboarder from Pleasure Point, California. We explore Reilly's love of the glide as he guides us through a tour of Santa Cruz as we've never seen it before.

ADDICTED TO THE GLIDE

Director: Ryan Struck

Running time: 3 mins

Reilly Stone is a longboarder from Pleasure Point, California. We explore Reilly's love of the glide as he guides us through a tour of Santa Cruz as we've never seen it before.

  BRUCE GOLD: LAST OF THE GREAT SURFING HIPPIES Director: Anders Melchior Running time: 9 mins Bruce Gold has managed to survive for almost 50 years in Jeffreys Bay without having a job. He is among the last of a dying breed of surfers who have dedicated their entire lives to riding waves.

 

BRUCE GOLD: LAST OF THE GREAT SURFING HIPPIES

Director: Anders Melchior

Running time: 9 mins

Bruce Gold has managed to survive for almost 50 years in Jeffreys Bay without having a job. He is among the last of a dying breed of surfers who have dedicated their entire lives to riding waves.