13/11/2013 | by Alex Dick-Read
The London Surf / Film Festival, Presented by Reef, is stoked to announce the official selection of International features for the 2013 event. Hitting the capital 31st October to the 3rd November, and hosted at the iconic Riverside Studios, The London Surf/Film Festival is the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary surf culture showcasing work from waveriding’s most exciting creative’s, bringing to the capital four nights of international surfing’s hottest releases, independent films and award-winning features.
“The feature programme showcases the very pinnacle of surf filmmaking on a global scale. It delivers a full range of perspectives on waveriding from cutting edge performances in films like Innersection Black and Almost Cut My Hair to thought provoking documentaries like Learning To Breathe which explores the darker side of our subculture and highly anticipated features like Bella Vita that celebrate the broad nature of surfing,” says London Surf / Film Festival Director Chris Nelson. “I’m hugely excited about the line up which includes 1 massive World Premiere, 2 huge European Premieres and 11 UK Premieres. We’ve curated a diverse and exciting programme of award winning films from across the globe including the USA, Australia, Japan, UK, Canada and Chile. One constant is the quality – the cinematography is stunning, the sound tracks are epic while the surfing pushes things to a whole new level – I can’t wait to see the films played out on the big screen in this cultural capital to an amped and knowledgeable UK audience.’ The full line up includes The Shorties short film competition presented by Reef, created to support and promote homegrown filmmaking talents on the world stage. The weekend’s celebration will be accompanied by a gallery show plus talks with filmmakers of note including multi-award winning director Mark Waters. For full schedule details and information about the festival head to: www.londonsurffilmfestival.com.
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LINE UP INCLUDES:
World Premiere: The Salt Trail, Dir. Mark Waters, UK
From award-winning filmmaker Mark Waters this visual gem is a cinematic masterpiece that takes us on a voyage and delves into the true meaning of surf travel. Journeying through Indonesia from the crowded points of Bali to the isolation of The Mentawai islands, this film captures the joys and the pains of exploration, and the rewards that will stay with you long after the journey is over.
European Premiere: Innersection Black, Dir. Taylor Steele and Nathan Myers, USA
Innersection is back bigger and better than ever with progressive surfers charging the globe from tropical paradises to frigid Canadian reefs. Includes Albee Layer, Pete Devries, Josh Mulcoy, Alex Chacon, Raph Bruhwiler, Noah Cohen, Kaikea Elias, Gilbert Brown, Carlos Munoz, Leif Engstrom, Brett Burcher, Nic Von Rupp and Asher Pacey.
European Premiere: Hangs Upon Nothing, Dir. Jeremy Rumas, USA
Jeremy Rumas has produced an aesthetic masterpiece, lovingly captured on16mil. Six years in the making, this is a serene ode to Indonesia, channelling the pastel beauty of Morning of the Earth and mixing it with raw essence of Litmus – fusing together sublime surfing and an original score by Turbo Zenith Fire, this is a must see for our generation.
UK Premiere: Bella Vita, Dir. Jason Baffa, USA
A much anticipated feature from renowned film-maker Jason Baffa, chronicling the journey of surfer Chris Del Moro and friends as they explore the burgeoning surf culture blossoming among one the Mediterranean’s oldest civilisations. A visual epic and tavelogue captured in sumptuous 35mm.
UK Premiere: This Time Tomorrow Dir. Taylor Steele, USA
Surfing the same wave twice is every surfer’s dream. Dave Rastovich and Craig Anderson, follow a single storm cell from Tahiti to Alaska making that dream reality. Featuring Kelly Slater, Chris Del Moro et al and combining epic cinematography and a rousing soundtrack this is a modern classic from a game changing filmmaker.
UK Premiere: Learning to Breathe, Dir. Rocky Romano, USA
Award-winning documentary exploring the troubled and changing life of professional surfer and legend Anthony Ruffo. Ruffo is a surfer, but he is also an addict, a dealer and a community leader. An exploration into the oft-overlooked, darker side of surfing.
UK Premiere: Good Morning Miyazaki Dir. Matt Wescott, CAN
A high-paced and aesthetically spectacular film showcasing a unique corner of Japan. From single-fin cruisin’ to heavy typhoon-produced beach-break barrels and featuring Japan’s most stylish + accomplished surfers it is guaranteed to get you stoked while delivering fresh perspectives on the Land of the Rising Sun.
UK Premiere: Almost Cut My Hair Dir. Ryan Lovelace, USA
Award-winning film reignites a culture in surfing based on fun, experimentation, hand-built boards with a stripped down, open-minded approach. Cutting edge artisans of the glide style their way from single-fin mid lengths to high performance fish variations, 5′ nuggets all the way to the finless freedom of the Rabbits Foot experiment, all set to an original sound track.
UK Premiere: Done, Dir. Blake Kueny, USA
John John Florence takes it to another level, Blake Kueny is there to capture the action.
Many call him the future of surfing, the heir apparent. One thing is for sure, he’s core and he charges, and he will blow you away with this film. Also featuring his brothers Nathan and Ivan, as well as Matt Meola, Albee Layer and Kiron Jabour.
UK Premiere: Russia Dir. Chris Burkhard, USA
A film that jumps in at the deep end of surfing’s exploratory boundaries when Keith Malloy, Dane Gudauskas, Trevor Gordon, and Cyrus Sutton journey to the shores of remote Kamchatka on Russia’s Pacific rim, where the only way to scour remote breaks is by Soviet era truck or rickety helicopter. Surfing back to basics, beautifully captured by one of the world’s leading lensemen Chris Burkhard.
UK Premiere: Daughter Dir. Tin Ojeda, USA
New York is a place steeped in culture and history. Renowned NY surfer/artist/filmmaker Tin Ojeda delivers a slice of visual shot on Super 8 and 16mm set to a sublime soundtrack. Featuring the wave sliding talents of leading lights including Rob Kulisek, Derek Hynd, Scotty Stopnik, Mikey DeTemple, Andy Findlay, Robin Kegel, Kassia Meador, Marshall Brothers, Erin Wormtown, Billy Death, JJ Wessels, Kyle Lightner, and many more. Filmed on location in New York, California, Mexico and Australia.
UK Premiere: Compassing Dir. Cyrus Sutton, USA
From EMMY award-winning filmmaker, a follow up to the celebrated ‘Stoked & Broke’ Cyrus transforms his van into a unique camper to traverse the west coast of North America with friends including Kepa Acero and Rob Machado.
UK Premiere: The Fortune Wild Dir. Ben Gulliver, CAN
A small group of surfers set out to seek their own kind of riches on some of the most remote beaches of the Canadian coast. Starring Peter Devries plus Reid and Arran Jackson, this is an expedition to the far-flung shores of Haida Gwaii, a chain of wave-swept, lushly forested islands off the British Columbia mainland. Surfing, camping and foraging for food on the area’s unspoiled beaches, the three surfers step away from the modern world and into a quieter, more attuned and more self-sufficient existence.
UK Premiere: Remind Me To Forget, Dir. Jeremy Asher Lynch, USA
A poetic narrative from award winning filmmaker and ‘What Youth’ friend Jeremy Asher Lynch laid down on mixed media, including 16mm, Super 8 and HD formats, Featuring the radical styling’s of some of waveriding’s most exciting names including Messers Andrew Doheny, Ford Archbold, Kyle Kennelly, Alex Knost, and guest Dane Reynolds set against an awesome soundtrack.
UK Premiere: Serendipity Dir. Simon Lamb, AUS
This documentary shines a light on one of surfing’s fairytales. Tony Hussein Hinde was a 20 year old Australian who went on a surfing adventure at a time when many of the world’s best surf breaks where yet to be discovered. What he found was perfect surf on a chain of tropical coral attols, an eastern Islamic culture and a new personal identity.
UK Premiere: Tierras Lejanas: Cristian Merello, CHILE
Big waves, barrels, endless reeling points and mind-blowing surfing, this visual epic and journey of discovery will have you packing your bags for South America. Both a charming delight and a radical shred fest from distant lands grow big dreams.
Feature: The Heart & The Sea: Nathan Oldfield, AUS
Filmed in Australia, New Zealand, France & Spain, and featuring Kassia Medaor, Alex Knost, Ryan Burch et al this is an enchanting film from a highly regarded filmmaker. This film explories the joy that lies at the very centre of a surfing life: family, friends & a shared intimacy with the sea.