HONOLULU SURF FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASES NEW MOVIES AND ’70S CLASSIC ʻPACIFIC VIBRATIONS’
Other highlights include documentary on India’s first woman surfer, a remote British swell, and surfing in Iran
WHAT: Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2015 WHEN: July 11-Aug. 1, 2015 WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre, 901 Kinau St., between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street (at rear of museum) TICKETS: Regular screenings: $10, $8 museum members.
Opening- and closing-night receptions: $25, $20 museum members.
Flash pass: $95, $75 museum members (10 screenings, excluding opening- and closing- night receptions). INFO: 532-8701, www.honolulumuseum.org (publishable)
HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I (June 26, 2015)—For the eighth year, the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre gathers the best of surf cinema—new and old—for its Honolulu Surf Film Festival.
The three-week event, presented by Nordstrom, highlights surfing’s ever-widening influence, as seen in the opening-night film Beyond the Surface, by North Shore–based husband-and-wife team Crystal Thornburg Homcy and Dave Homcy, about India’s first woman surfer, as well as revives two classics that are not available on DVD.
Film curator Abbie Algar went on a film scavenger hunt to be able to screen John Severson’s 1970 film Pacific Vibrations. She learned that MGM holds the rights to the film’s license. The filmʻs distributor gave Algar permission to book the film—if she could find a copy. While MGM hold’s the film’s license, it does not have a print or a DVD. Trim magazine editor Matt Luttrell introduced Algar to Nathan Howe, John Severson’s son in law and publisher and editor of the acclaimed 2014 book John Severson’s Surf. Howe in turn asked his father in law if he had a copy of the film. He does—a 16mm print and a single DVD. Severson has graciously loaned his DVD to the museum for a July 18 screening.
The lineup includes 20 features and 40 shorts, taking audiences from Panama to Mozambique—with lots of Hawai‘i and Australia in between.
The film festival starts with an opening-night reception on July 11. In keeping with Beyond the Surface’s Indian theme, the evening includes a Bollywood dance performance by the troupe Aaja Nachle and pūpū by India Cafe, as well as the band Crimson Apple and cold brews from Kona Brewing Co. Tickets are $25, and $20 for museum members.
It has become a tradition for the festival to close with an old classic and a post-screening discussion with O‘ahu big-wave legends. This year the festival’s last night features Bud Browne’s 1964 Locked In! and panelists Peter Cole, Mark Cunningham, Kimo Hollinger, Anna Trent Moore, and Jock Sutherland.
The closing-night reception also features vintage surf music and pūpū by Da Spot and brews from Kona Brewing Co. Tickets are $25, and $20 for museum members.
Regular ticket prices for films are $10 and $8 for museum members. Festival passes are $95, and $75 for museum members. The pass allows guests to attend 10 screenings, excluding the opening- and closing-night receptions. Flash pass purchasers will be automatically entered in a drawing to win an Eric Walden hand-shaped board.
• Crystal Thornburg Homcy + Dave Homcy, directors, Beyond the Surface, July 11, 7:30pm
• John Severson, director, Pacific Vibrations, July 18, 4pm
• Matt Luttrell, director, Surf Town, editor, Trim, July 19, 7:30pm
• Chris Bertish + Nadia Tarlow, co-directors, co-directors, Ocean Driven, July 28, 7:30pm
• Peter Cole, Mark Cunningham, Kimo Hollinger, Anna Trent Moore, Jock Sutherland, Aug. 1, 7:30pm
THE FULL SCHEDULE:
Opening-night reception: July 11 • 6–7:30pm
Enjoy live music from Crimson Apple, a Bollywood performance by Aaja Nachle, pūpū by India Cafe, and brews by Kona Brewing Co. Ticket includes food and a beer or soft drink, plus the screening of Beyond the Surface at 7:30pm. $25, $20 museum members.
Beyond the Surface
Directed by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Dave Homcy. USA/India. 46 mins.
July 11 at 7:30pm (opening night)
July 18 at 1pm
July 30 at 1pm
The museum presents one of the most beautiful and moving surf documentaries of the decade back to Hawai‘i after an incredible festival run across the globe. Set against the rich hues of India, Beyond The Surface follows Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer, and fellow wave riders Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. While on their journey through southern India, the women surfers and the people they meet share experiences and stories related to surfing, yoga, and ecological awareness, resulting in mutual feelings of hope, a fuel for change, and the empowerment of women. Malaviya and her group of talented women search for the perfect waves as they forge with the people of India an unshakable determination to make the world a better place. Award-winning cinematographer Dave Homcy shot Beyond the Surface entirely on 16mm film. Homcy, best known for critically acclaimed work in such films asSliding Liberia and Surfwise, and his wife and co-director Crystal Thornburg-Homcy call the North Shore home.
Winner: Best Documentary, San Diego Surf Film Festival; Audience Award, Carolina Surf Film Festival.
Saturday 6:27am (short)
Directed by Josh & Rhiannon Rufford. Australia. 2014. 3 min.
A collection of animated happenings (including a surfing bear with an ‘ukulele) that could be taking place at any given break on any given day. Winner: Best Short Film, San Diego Surf Film Festival.
A Rising Tide: The India Surf Story (short)
Directed by Ishita Malaviya, Krish Makhija and Tushar Pathiyan. India. 2014. 13 min.
The first documentary surf film to come out of India explores the journey of some of India’s pioneer surfers, their humble surf beginnings and their deep connection with the ocean.
Special guests: Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Dave Homcy will be in attendance on July 11 at 7:30pm
The Search for Freedom
Directed by Jon Long, Canada. 2014. 92 mins.
July 12 at 7:30pm
July 16 at 1pm
July 22 at 1pm The Search For Freedom is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. Discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in (in the good sense.). Told through the eyes some of the brightest pioneers, legends, visionaries and champions of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more, The Search of Freedom is a treat for the mind and the soul. Don’t miss insights from an incredible lineup of trailblazers and luminaries including Bruce Browne, Bob McKnight, Kelly Slater, Tony Hawk, alongside Hawai‘i watermen Kai Lenny and Robby Naish, and O‘ahu’s two-time world champion longboarder Kelia Moniz.
The Northern Sky (short)
Directed by Britton Caillouette & August Thurmer. USA/Japan. 2015. 10 min. Japanese with English subtitles
Two board sports legends, Pipeline master Gerry Lopez and snowsurf pioneer Taro Tamai, have spent a lifetime practicing the art of flow. The Northern Sky digs down to the roots of that shared sensation, as experienced in the mountains above Niskeo, Japan.
Edges of Sanity (short)
Directed by Chris McClean. UK. 2014. 8 min.
Charles Dance (Lord Tywin in Game of Thrones) reads a poem by Dan Crockett in the latest cold-water short by UK filmmaker Chris McClean. Shot on location off Scotland’s northwest coast. Brrrr.
iON the Barrel Vol. 2
Directed by Tony Harrington. Australia. 2014. 65 min.
July 13 at 7:30pm
July 19 at 4pm
Filmmaker Tony Harrington continues his quest to capture surfing’s holy grail—the barrel. Join Harro and the crew on a massive surf adventure, from 60-foot waves in Hawai‘i to chilled tubes in Indonesia, across the deserts of Australia and to Mavericks off California. See big waves, jaw-dropping barrel footage and insightful interviews from some of the best surfers in the world. Featuring Jamie Mitchell, Jamie O’Brien, Jacob Willcox, Reef McIntosh, Tai Graham, Jon Pyzel, Mitchell Rae, Sonny Perussel, Dave Macaulay, Bronte Macaulay, Lauren Macaulay, Laird Hamilton, and Peter Hayes, plus cameos from Kelly Slater and John John Florence.
North to Noosa (short)
Directed by Dustin Humphrey. Australia. 2015. 20 min.
Written and narrated by Harrison Roach, North to Noosa showcases the East Coast of Australia’s most iconic surf destinations. Watch as Harrison, Matt Cuddihy, and Husni Ridwan experience the highs and lows of a great Australian road trip. Also featuring Dave Rastovich, Zye Norris, Jared Mell, Thomas Bexon, and more.
Behind the Seen (short)
Directed by Francesco Campello. Micronesia. 2013. 7min.
Surfing is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle that expands way beyond those brief moments of wave riding. Shot on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Behind the Seen showcases surfing in a different way—photographer Matt Shepherd and filmmaker Francesco Campello joined forces to show what surfing is like from below the surface.
The Beaten Track (short)
Directed by Damon Meade. New Zealand. 2015. 7 min.
Maz Quinn knows a thing or two about finding surf. Often clocking hundreds of miles along vast stretches of the New Zealand coastline, Maz has made it his profession to put himself where the waves are best. On any given week within a 500-kilometer radius, chances are he’ll find something well worth a paddle.
Strange Rumblings in Shangri La
Directed by Joe G. Australia. 2014. 60 min.
July 14 at 7:30pm
July 25 at 1pm
July 29 at 7:30pm Strange Rumblings in Shangri La is a mix of high-performance surfing and stunning cinematography that documents an unforgettable worldwide journey. The film takes you from the frigid waters of Iceland to the tropical beauty of Mozambique, from dreamy French beach breaks to exotic islands off the coast of Brazil. Shot on 16mm film and created in the spirit of the classics by Bruce Brown and Jacques Cousteau, Strange Rumblings in Shangri La is an adventure you won’t soon forget.
Winner: Surfer Poll Awards Movie of the Year; Best Cinematography, Florida Surf Film Festival.
The Hunt For Hipmasama
Directed by Oli Adams. UK. 2014. 30 min.
When British pro surfer Oli Adams stumbled across a grainy picture of a mysterious wave on a remote British island—unsurfed and unnamed—the image haunted him, and sparked an eight-year odyssey. This film follows him as he embarks on a final journey to track down this mythical wave that has evaded him for so long.
Winner: Best British Film, London Surf Film Festival.
Arctic Swell: Surfing the Ends of the Earth (short)
Directed by Chris Burkard. USA. 2014. 8 min.
Photographer Chris Burkard and pro surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley, and Chadd Konig brave sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic Circle to capture moments of raw beauty in conditions that rank among the harshest in the natural world.
The Winter Surf (short)
Directed and produced by Donggi Kim & Seong Eun Kim. South Korea. 2014. 6 mins
It’s not exactly a top-of-mind surf destination, but South Korea is one of the most beautiful places on earth…and there are waves to boot.
California Dreaming (short)
Directed by Simon Cotter. UK. 2014. 5 min.
In the midst of one of Britain’s stormiest winters, surfer James Parry escapes to the dreamier side of the pond.
Unpredictable Happiness (short)
Directed by James Skerritt. Ireland. 2014. 4 min.
Spend a winter on the west coast of Ireland with big wave surfer Ollie O’Flaherty.
Into the Sea
Directed by Marion Poizeau. France. 2014.52 min.
July 16 at 7:30pm
July 21 at 1pm
Follow three women, Irish surfer Easkey, Iranian snowboarder Mona and Iranian diver Shalha, as they introduce surfing to Iran. All three share a belief in the power of sport, especially surfing, as a way to break down barriers and connect with others. The film shows how these young women are encouraging more people to join them, bridging cultural and gender divides in a remote part of Iran. Together they are planting the seed for new opportunities and making history, becoming the first women to surf in Iran.
Winner: Audience Award. San Diego Surf Film Festival
Directed by Hayley Gordon. USA. 2015. 5 min.
Worm features Erin Ashley (aka Worm), one of the most stylish female longboarders around, sliding on some perfect California points.
Brianna Cope (short)
Directed by Keith Ketchum. Hawaii. 2014. 3min.
Kaua‘i pro surfer Brianna Cope rips!
Directed by Morgan Maassen. USA. 2014. 3 min
Malibu teen surfer Frankie Harrer takes on one of the heaviest waves in the word at Teahupo‘o.
Directed by Leah Dawson. USA. 2014. 5 min.
Join musician, filmmaker and two-time Pipeline Women’s Pro Longboard champion Leah Dawson as she dives into her lifelong dream of spending a summer in Indonesia.
Girl Go Big (short)
Directed by Theresa Strack. Switzerland. 2015. 10 min.
After training with Basque big wave legend Ibon Amatriain, Alena Ehrenbold becomes the first Swiss woman to tow-in, catching her first big wave at Roca Puta in Basque Country.
Breaking the Wave • Rompiendo La Ola
Directed by Annie Caravaggio. Panama/Brazil. 2014. 70 min. Spanish with English subtitles. 74 min.
July 17 at 1pm
July 22 at 7:30pm
July 26 at 7:30pm
No, this is not a sequel to the Lars von Trier movie set in the north of Scotland, but rather one of the first surf documentaries to come out of Panama. Set at Santa Catalina, a point break on Panama’s Pacific coast, Breaking the Wave recounts three stories, all turning on Santa Catalina locals: Alejandro “El Cholito” Alfonso, 34, who wins a world championship, has nine children, lives from one job to the next, was too wild to land a brand deal; Deivis Godoy, a top competitor but poor and black, who also fails to attract sponsors; Juan Carlos “Oli” Gonzalez, just 18, Santa Catalina’s big hope, surfing since a child. In the vein of 2011’s Splinters, which looked at the evolution of indigenous surfing in Papua New Guinea, Breaking the Wave features some stunning surf photography but it also focuses on the struggles and triumphs of its three protagonists and the community they grew up in.
The Fisherman’s Son: The Spirit of Ramón Navarro
Directed by Chris Malloy. USA/Chile. 2015. 29 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
When a visiting surfer gave his broken board to a young boy in Punta de Lobos, Chile, he had no idea what he’d started. Young Ramón Navarro, the son of a subsistence fisherman, would rise to the top of the big wave surfing world. Traveling the globe in search of gigantic waves, Navarro lived much of his life on the road—an exploratory trip to Antarctica, a perfect 100 at the Eddie at Waimea Bay, an impossible barrel on the biggest day ever at Cloudbreak. He was everywhere. But when his home break came under threat of development, Navarro couldn’t pass through his village tossing young unknowns his broken boards. He would preserve the waves so they might have them to ride.
Déjà Vu (short)
Directed by Eugenio Barcelloni. Spain. 2014. 4 min.
A journey made of images, frenzied, through woods, across beaches and cities along the Basque coast.
Rail To Rail (short)
Directed by Joel Sharpe. Australia/Guatemala. 2014. 4 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
Zancudo grew up using borrowed bodyboards—but he didn’t ride them quite like everybody else. Shot in a small village in El Salvador, Rail to Rail is the story of one surfer equipped with little more than a bodyboard and his own ingenuity, surfing the way he always wanted.
Winner: Best Short Film, Portuguese International Surf Film Festival; Viewers’ Choice, Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival.
Expencive Porno Movie
Director Tin Ojeda. USA. 2014. 45 min
July 17 at 7:30pm
July 27 at 7:30pm
Surf-auteur Tin Ojeda (Daughter) returns with his latest piece, shot entirely on 16mm and taking its cues from ’70s Blaxploitation flicks by way of Quentin Tarantino. Surf porn? Absolutely. Featuring some of the world’s most stylish surfers—Dane Peterson, Kassia Meador, Alex Knost, JJ Wessels, Mikey DeTemple, Trevor Gordon, Kyle Albers, Devon Howard, Justin Adams, Scotty Stopnik, Jared Mell, and Ryan Burch—this highly anticipated movie from one of surfing’s most interesting filmmakers is not to be missed.
Winner: Yeeeeew! Factor Award, London Surf Film Festival
The Fortune Wild
Directed by Ben Gulliver. Canada. 2014. 22 min
One-third documentary, one-third surf and adventure film and one-third storybook wander into the unknown, The Fortune Wild is a beautiful Wes Anderson–inspired look at what makes the far-flung shores of Haida Gwaii, a chain of waveswept, lushly forested islands off the British Columbia mainland, so important to protect.
De Passage • Just Passing Through
Directed by Russell Brownley & Mark Tesi. USA. 2014. 23 min.
De Passage is described by The Inertia as “basically the punchline to the joke ‘Jean-Luc Godard, Wes Anderson, and Sebastien Tellier walk into a bar…’ But it’s not a joke. And it’s f*cking good.” Rock star surfers Taylor Knox, Alana Blanchard, Shane Dorian, Tia Blanco, Paige Maddison, Rob Machado, Kai Otton, Luke Davis, Nick Rozsa, Mick Fanning, and Mikala Jones travel from French Polynesia to Bali, Australia and South Africa in this Jacques Cousteau–inspired travelogue.
Invasion: The Right Point Break Safi (short)
Directed by Fred Berho,Thomas Larocca. France. 2014. 6 min.
Big-wave surfers Jerome Sahyoun and Axi Muniain take on night surf in Morocco in this semi sci-fi surf adventure.
Winner: Best Short Film, International Surf Film Festival Anglet; Viewers’ Choice, Florida Surf Film Festival
If In Doubt Paddle Out (short)
Directed by Andrew R. Blackman. New Zealand/Denmark/Portugal. 2014. 8 min.
With the remake of Point Break on the horizon, surfer and filmmaker Andrew Blackman’s deadpan Scandinavian take on the cult classic is a serendipitous comic tale.
Directed by John Severson. USA. 1970. 92 mins
July 18 at 4pm.
Directed by John Severson—Hall-of-Fame surfer, filmmaker, artist and founder of Surfer Magazine—Pacific Vibrations is easily one of surfingʻs classic films. Often referred to as “Woodstock on a wave,” the film takes the audience from California to Hawai‘i with surfing legends Bill Hamilton and Corky Carroll—along with Severson—as they continue their endless search for the perfect wave. Also starring: Jock Sutherland, Rolf Aurness, David Nuuhiwa, Merv Larson, Jeff Hakman, Mike Tabeling, Rick Griffin, Angie Reno, Brad McCaul, Spyder Wills, Mickey Dora, Chuck Dent and Steve Bigler. Rarely seen on the big or small screen, Pacific Vibrations is a visual feast with a killer ’70s soundtrack featuring Cream; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Steve Miller and more.
Special guest: John Severson will introduce the film and be present to sign copies of his book John Severson’s Surffollowing the screening.
John Severson revolutionized pop culture’s vision of surfing and surf culture through art, publishing and film. He began his career as a painter, selling his canvases at Long Beach State College. These first works consisted of oil paintings, photographs, drawings and prints relating to Hawaiian and Californian surf culture. In 1958, Severson expanded his repertoire to film, creating such popular works as Surf Safari, Big Wednesday and Pacific Vibrations. In 1960 he founded pioneering Surfer magazine. Seversonʻs photographs appeared in Life, Sports Illustrated, Paris Match and other print venues. His recent book John Severson’s Surf explores Severson’s surf odyssey through painting, photography, film and publishing.
70 E Tal • 70 Something
Directed by Rafael Mellin. Brazil. 2014. 70 min. Portuguese with English subtitles
July 18 at 7:30pm
July 24 At 1pm 70 e tal taps into the revival of surfing and beach culture of Brazil during the 1970s. Mixing archival footage, interviews and the best modern surfers ripping on classic boards 70 e tal tells the story of how surfing and youth culture found its feet under the noses of a repressive military dictatorship. Set to the perfect soundtrack, 70 e tal is an ode to the surfing, music, fashion, and the counterculture scene of a romantic period in Brazilian surf history.
Winner: Best Film, Madeira Island Surf Film Festival: Best Film, International Surf Film Festival Anglet
See the trailer.
Surf’s Up in The Algarve (short)
Directed by Karsten Boysen. Portugal. 2014. 5 min.
Bringing to light a lesser-known, growing surf region within Europe, Surf’s Up in The Algarve dives into what makes Portugal’s Algarve coast so unique, and why it’s becoming a popular European surf hub.
Endless Ocean • Mar Sem Fim (short)
Directed by Sachi Cunningham. USA. 2014. 24 min. Portuguese with English subtitles Endless Ocean tells the story of the first Azorean surfer and his grandson, Diogo Medeiros, who continues the family passion for surfing with a quest to find the mythical, yet undiscovered, waves rumored to be off the Azorean coast.
What the Sea Gives Me
Directed Pierce M Kavanagh. USA. 2014. 63 min.
July 19 at 7:30pm
July 29 at 1pm
Petra and Pierce Kavanagh, the duo behind Manufacturing Stoke and founders of the San Diego Surf Film Festival, give a stunning portrayal of the relationship between man and sea through the eyes of 12 people—waveriders, shapers, surf photographers, great white shark researchers, and those diving to depths never before reached or capturing waves on the frigid fringes of the planet. Join Andre Barbieri, Matt Beard, Chris Burkard, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Dave Homcy, Don King, Nicole Levinson, Ryan Levinson, Dave Marciano, Brett McBride, Dr. Walter Munk and Angela Oschmann on a personal journey that will open the eyes and awaken the senses.
Winner: Best Cinematography, London Surf Film Festival.
Special guest: Matt Luttrell, director of short film Surf Town and editor of Trim magazine will be in attendance at the July 19, 7:30pm screening.
Todd Pinder surfboard giveaway: Attendees at the July 19, 7:30pm screening can enter a lucky number draw for the Todd Pinder board that appears in Surf Town. Proceeds support the museumʻs Soundshop music education program. For more information on the surfboard giveaway, contact Abbie Algar at 532-8794.
Surf Town (short)
Directed by Matt Luttrell. Hawaii. 2015. 7 min.
This short film by the editor of O‘ahu-based magazine trim is an homage to Honolulu’s history as the original surf town. Focused around a handcrafted surfboard made by Todd Pinder, the piece features Pinder and friends surfing at a few of the city’s most iconic waves.
Into the Mind of Greg Long (short)
Directed by Patrick Trefz. USA. 2010. 5 min.
Greg Long is one of the most decorated big wave surfers in the sport today. Into the Mind of Greg Long dives deep into Greg’s unique philosophy on the pursuit of big wave adventure.
The Coast (short)
Directed by Skip Armstrong. USA. 2015. 7 min. The Coast is a stunning and poignant short by Oregon-based filmmaker Skip Armstrong that tells the story of surfer Hayden Peters, who embraces the ocean as he awaits a doctor’s diagnosis concerning a hereditary condition that could cut his life short.
ICON: Mike Coots on Loving the Tiger Shark that Took His Leg (short)
Directed by Alex Smolowe. USA. 2014. 5 mins.
Most would be grateful to simply survive. Many would graciously move forward appreciating the small moments that make the day-to-day. Mike Coots? He wanted more. And not only for himself, but for sharks, including the tiger shark that took his leg.
Ode to California (short)
Directed by Patrick Trefz. USA. 2010. 8 min.
Anyone who has ever been in the sea understands that the ocean is a vast wilderness, and the northern California ocean reality is not always what it seems. Timeless and provocative, Ode is a glimpse into the heart of the ocean and those that live in accordance with it.
Behind the Tide
Directed by Romain Juchereau. France, UK, Australia. 2014. 66 min.
July 20 at 7:30pm
Aug. 1 at 1pm
Filmed in Australia; Cornwall, England; and France, Behind The Tide provides an insight into creative individuals who have forged a living through their passion for surfing. From shapers to photographers, the film documents how art and a love of riding waves transcend geographical and cultural boundaries. Featuring great surfers such as Neal Purchase, Jr., Dane Peterson, Thomas Bexon, James Parry, Joe Davies, Nathan Oldfield and many more. Behind the Tide explores surfing’s nostalgia with the renaissance of longboarding, single fins, alaias, hand planing and tandem surfing. Filmmaker Romain Juchereau was on the road for two years, meeting artists, shapers, photographers and surfers. Behind the Tideis the story of that journey.
Fiore de Maggio • The Flower of May (short)
Directed by Luca Merli. Italy. 2015. 3 min
Meet Sebastiano Concas, a Mediterranean surfer who lives by the sea in his houseboat.
El Chino (short)
Directed by Max Esposito and Jonathan Wong. USA. 2015. 15 min.
Jonathan Wong would be next up in the four-generation Chinese lineage of Sun Sun Co., the oldest grocery store and wholesaler in Boston’s Chinatown. A lifetime of endlessly stacking boxes and loading and unloading trucks while doing deliveries around New England has worn on him and he looks to break away from the family business to pursue a rather unusual career in the Northeast. El Chino is a window into an unlikely divergence of tradition and passion, an unexpectedly inspiring story of chasing dreams and chasing waves.
Winner: Spirit of the Festival Award, San Diego Surf Film Festival.
Against the Grain: Shaping an Alaia (short)
Directed by Alessandro Rodrigues. USA. 2014. 6 min.
A short film exploring the craftsmanship of using simple tools to create an alaia surfboard from Paulownia wood.
The Involvement Dream (short)
Directed by Nathan Oldfield. Australia. 2014. 5 min.
Belinda Baggs rides a surfboard designed in 1968 by fellow Patagonia Ambassador Wayne Lynch. This design came to Wayne in a dream and he called it the Involvement Model. It became the one-board quiver that he rode around the world. Nearly 45 years later, Belinda explores what riding that surfboard feels like.
Oney Anwar: Chasing the Dream
Directed by Karen Donald. Australia/UK/Indonesia. 2014. 41 min.
July 21 at 7:30pm
July 26 at 4pm
Follow the inspiring story of Indonesian pro surfer Oney Anwar and his relentless pursuit to become Indonesia’s most respected surfer. Going from Oney’s humble beginnings as the youngest in a family of 12 children in the village of Sumbawa, all the way to his debut on the World Championship Tour, Oney Anwar: Chasing the Dream, is an epic tale of hope, determination and passion.
Directed by Nathan Oldfield. Australia. 2014. 20 min.
Meet enigmatic and free-thinking Dave Rastovich at home in the sacred playgrounds of the Far North Coast of New South Wales. Gathering is a candid look into the community that Rasta is a part of, as well as a document of his happy adventures on a range of surfcraft.
Still Swell at 85 (short)
Directed by Dean Saffron. Australia. 2014. 4 min.
Barry “Magoo” McGuigan is a lovable spirit and Australia’s oldest competitive surfer. Magoo has been involved with surfing since the advent of the sport and it has shaped his philosophy to life.
Winner: Best International Short, London Surf Film Festival
Chasing Unicorns (short)
Directed by Alessio Saraifoger & Tai Graham. Indonesia. 2014. 7 min.
This stunning short documents the travels of Maori-Australian-Indonesian surfer Tai “Buddha” Graham, as he chases swells, or sometimes unicorns, throughout the archipelago.
Black + Blue (short)
Directed by Eugenio Barcelloni. Indonesia. 2014. 10 min.
Experience the contrast between nature, pollution, culture and surf on the island of Bali.
Winner: Best Short Film, Best Photography, Best Surf Shot, Recco International Surf Film Festival
Directed by Dan Norkunas & Albee Layer. Hawaii. 2014. 62 min.
July 24 at 7:30pm
July 30 at 7:30pm
Twelve of the most progressive young surfers today embark on a journey from their hometowns to Maui, Hawai‘i; Portugal; New Zealand; Mentawais Islands, Indonesia; South Australia and West Australia. Featuring Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Kai Barger, Clay Marzo, Nic Von Rupp, Jon Jon Florence, Ricardo Christie, Chippa Wilson, Ryan Hipwood, Dege O’Connell, Torrey Meister and Tayler Larronde.
Winner: Viewers’ Choice, Florida Surf Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Carolina Surf Film Festival
Bird Is the Word (short)
Directed by Keala Naihe and Kyle Watai. Hawai‘i. 2014. 8 min.
Haven’t you heard? BIRD IS THE WORD! Enjoy this super sweet collection of surfing clips filmed on Hawai‘i Island and on O‘ahu’s North Shore and featuring the fearless Keala Naihe.
The Brothers Carvalho (short)
Directed by Keith Ketchum. Hawai‘i. 2014. 3 min.
Meet Kaua‘i brothers Nathan and Roy Carvalho. They like to surf!
Spring Brk (short)
Directed by Kyle Watai. Hawai‘i. 2015, 3 min
Hawai‘i Island’s Keala Naihe takes a spring break in Hawai‘i and the South Pacific.
Kama the Surfing Pig: Paradise (short)
Directed by Tim Steinmeier. Produced by Nicole Namdar. Hawai‘i. 2015. 7 min.
Meet an extraordinary pig that followed in his father’s hoofprints to become an incredible surfer. Heir to Kai Holt’s surfboard and the surfing adventures that come along with it, Kama II finds himself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean surfing a secret island that no pig has ever surfed before, surrounded by beautiful mermaids and a canoe surfing dog. Featuring Kai Holt, Kama and baby Kama II.
Special guests: Kai Holt and Kama II, stars of the short film Kama the Surfing Pig: Paradise, will be in attendance on July 24, 7:30pm.
Wake Unto Blue Free screening presented by Anna Trent Moore
Directed by Bud Browne & Anna Trent Moore. USA, 2009, 45 mins.
July 28 at 5pm • Free
Anna Trent Moore, curator of the Bud Browne Film Archives, used archival footage from surf-film pioneer Bud Browne to create this poetic, moving film about early 1950s and ’60s surfing. Weaving together vintage black-and-white scenes of Mākaha Bowl surfing, surfers in California, Gerry Lopez at his Pipeline zenith and other precious footage that hasn’t been seen in years, Trent Moore takes the viewer from the birth of big-wave surfing in the early 1950s through the short board evolution and more.
Special guest: Filmmaker, curator and author Anna Trent Moore speaks about the making of Wake Unto Blue and the birth of surf filmmaking.
Anna Trent Moore is the daughter of big wave surfing pioneer Buzzy Trent. She was born and raised in Mākaha, Hawai‘I, where Bud Browne filmed much of Big Mākaha Point surf. Although she will always call Hawai‘i home, she now lives on the Central Coast of California, where she writes about her father’s and Bud’s people.
Directed by Nadia Tarlow, Adrian Charles, Sean Dewil and Chris Bertish. South Africa. 2015. 56 min.
July 28 at 7:30pm
July 31 at 1pm
This thrilling profile of South African big-wave surfing champion Chris Bertish is a story about passion and resilience. Bertish has inspired the world with his 15-year journey from South Africa’s coast to surf breaks around the world. Ocean Driven is jam-packed with footage shot during the start of a new era in surfing and leading up to 2010, when minutes after nearly drowning, Bertish took on the biggest waves ever paddled into at the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational Event in Half Moon Bay, California. Exploring the raw, rugged coastline of South Africa and its unique influence on the people who live there, Ocean Driven exposes viewers to the wonders of the ocean, showcasing a mix of geographic locations and seascapes, from South Africa to Hawai‘i and from Fiji to Mexico.
Much Better Now (short)
Directed by Simon Griesser and Philipp Comarella. Portual/Austria. 2011. 6 min.
A forgotten book is knocked over by wind and a bookmark stuck in the pages enjoys the ride of its life.
Special guests: Surfer and co-director Chris Bertish and co-director Nadia Tarlow will be in attendance on July 28 at 7:30pm
Chris Bertish is an ocean pioneer and motivational speaker who was the first person to paddle in at Jaws, Peahi, off Maui, in 2001. Bertish has spoken at TEDx and FEAT, and is working on a new book.
Nadia Tarlow is a painter, photographer, and videographer. Most recently she directed an eco-art and activism gallery that exhibited film, photography, and fine art. Nadia grew up on the Atlantic, surfs the Pacific, and has a great appreciation for the beauty and power of the sea.
Closing-night reception: Aug. 1 • 6–7:30pm
Enjoy live music, plus pūpū from Da Spot and brews by Kona Brewing Co. Your ticket includes food and a beer or soft drink, plus the screening of Bud Browne’s 1964 classic Locked In! at 7:30pm, followed by a panel discussion. $25 • $20 museum members.
Directed by Bud Browne. USA. 1964. 83 min.
Aug. 1 at 7:30pm (closing night)
In 1987 Bud Browne’s Locked In was voted by Surfer Magazine as one of the best surf films ever made. Featuring Greg Noll famously wiping out on a 25-foot wall at Outside Pipeline, a sketch that spoofs Adventures of Superman, and appearances from Phil Edwards, Dewey Weber, Buzzy Trent and Peter Cole, Mike Doyle, Mickey Muñoz, David Nuuhiwa, Ricky Grigg, Fred Hemmings, Greg Abbott, Bobby August, Linda Benson, Peter Bergen and many more.
Side note: the film screened for the first time in Hawai‘i at nearby McKinley High School auditorium 50 years ago on July 15, 1965.
Special guests: Anna Trent Moore, curator of the Bud Browne Film Archives, will lead a panel discussion following the screening.
Panelists Peter Cole is one of the most respected watermen in the history of big wave surfing. He won the Makaha International title in 1958 and then went on to charge the big waves of O‘ahu’s North Shore for well over 40 years. In 2011, he was inducted into the Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame. Peter continues to live on the North Shore at Rocky Point.
Kimo Hollinger is known as one of the best Hawai‘i-born surfers at Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. He was invited to the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational in 1965, and for three years served as a judge for the contest. A charger of big waves while working as a Honolulu city and county fireman, he continues to live on O‘ahu’s North Shore.
Jock Sutherland is recognized as one of the North Shore’s most fearless big wave surfers. The winner of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational in 1967, he’s a veteran of North Shore’s famed breaks (Jockoʻs is even named after him). He continues to live and surf on the North Shore of O‘ahu.
Mark Cunningham is the most renowned bodysurfer in the world. Perfecting his skills at Pipeline, where he was a lifeguard for 18 years, he is an ambassador of the wave-riding form of bodysurfing, and has been featured in numerous films, including Keith Malloy’s Come Hell or High Water.
Anna Trent Moore was born and raised in Mākaha. She is the daughter of big-wave surfing pioneer Buzzy Trent. She is the also the owner and curator of the Bud Browne Film Archives. She has written two books and published numerous articles on surf history and its people.