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2011 Film Award Winners

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE VOTES ARE IN: NEW YORK SURF FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BARBADOS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2011 AWARDS

New York, NY, October 13, 2011 – The 2011 New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF) presented by Barbados is pleased to present our Official Jury 2011 NYSFF Film Awards for outstanding work in both feature and short form film, cinematography, and soundtrack, as well as the viewer’s choice selection. With three days of sold out screenings, over 2,500 people in attendance and numerous premieres and parties, the 4th annual NYSFF welcomed international filmmakers, surfers, friends, and media to Cinema Village, NYC on September 15th  – 17th , 2011 for an unprecedented arrangement of 40 films from around the world, intimate Q&A sessions and a lively party at STAND4 with libations courtesy of Brugal Rum and Goose Island Beer.

The 2011 NYSFF Screening Panel Proudly Awards the following films:

2011 BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER; Directed by Keith Malloy; With Scott Soens, Dave Homcy, Thomas Campbell, Jeff Hornbaker, Cyrus Sutton Mark Cunningham, Mike Stewart, Dan Malloy, Chris Kalima, Thomas Melum, Crystal Thornber-Homcy; Duration : 40 minutes; Website: woodshed.com;  Synopsis : Keith Malloy’s debut film, Come Hell or High Water, shot primarily on 16mm focuses on the simplicity and beauty of bodysurfing. Keith explores the history and progression of the sport through its many unique characters. “It’s about taking a breath, and kicking your feet, in the big blue sea.”

2011 BEST NOT SO SHORT SHORT FILM AWARD: CHASING THE SWELL; Directed by Sachi Cunningham; With Grant Baker, Chris Bertish, Carlos Burle, Shane Dorian, Mark Healey, Greg Long, Ramon Navarro, James Taylor, Mike Schlebach; Synopsis: The film chronicles the exploits of a handful of big wave hunters last winter as they traveled to Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu, Mavericks off Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, and Isla Todos Santos, a small island off Baja California.

2011 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: LUNCHBREAK; Directed by Clare Plueckhahn & Fran Derham;  With Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, Serena Brooke, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Felicity Palmateer, Kirby Wright, Codie Klein, Dru Adler, Cahill Bell Warren, Jason, Jameson, Noah Lane, Brent Savage, Ty Watson, Kai Hing & Alyssa Lock;  Synopsis: ‘Lunchbreak’ is a short surfing film that combines high performance surfing action with a cheeky twist on a North Shore legend.  A group of male surfers are out surfing when the local ‘Wolf Pack’ comes and calls ‘lunch break’ kicking them out of the water. The ‘Wolf Pack’s’ session doesn’t last long though, a group of groms are hot on their tales, determined to teach them a lesson.

2011 BEST SOUNDTRACK AWARD: THIRTY THOUSAND; Directed by Richard James and Andrew James; With Richard James andAndrew James; Duration : 48 minutes; Website: thirtythousand.com.au; Synopsis: Thirty Thousand follows twin brothers Richard and Andrew James as they travel 30,000 kilometers down the west coast of Africa on a 9-month surfing odyssey from Casablanca to Cape Town. Along the way they surf in Morocco, Western Sahara, Senegal, Liberia, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The film documents the waves, cultures and landscapes of this long and diverse coastline.

2011 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER; Directed by Keith Malloy;With Scott Soens, Dave Homcy, Thomas Campbell, Jeff Hornbaker, Cyrus Sutton Mark Cunningham, Mike Stewart, Dan Malloy, Chris Kalima, Thomas Melum, Crystal Thornber-Homcy; Duration : 40 minutes; Website: woodshed.com;  Synopsis : Keith Malloy’s debut film, Come Hell or High Water, shot primarily on 16mm focuses on the simplicity and beauty of bodysurfing. Keith explores the history and progression of the sport through its many unique characters. “It’s about taking a breath, and kicking your feet, in the big blue sea.”

2011 VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD; LOST & FOUND; Directed by Doug Walker; With Aaron Chang, Dan Merkel, Bob Barbour, Gerry Lopez, Rory Russell, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Bobby Owens, Larry Bertlemann, Jock Sutherland, Greg Weaver, Bernie Baker, Randy Rarrick, Herbie Fletcher, Candy Moore; Duration: 65 minutes; Synopsis: Lost & Found is a documentary based on the discovery of 30,000 b&w negatives found at a flea market in Pasadena, Ca. It’s a journey over 3 plus years of reuniting and sharing the images capturing stories if not told will be lost.

The New York Surf Film Festival is also pleased to announce the continuing support of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) for our 5 year anniversary festival in September 2012.  The BTA has pledged alongside the NYSFF over $15,000 in charitable contributions through our digital screening program initiative – bringing online film screenings year round to benefit NYSFF 501c(3) partners.  Charitable organizations, filmmakers, and corporate partners can learn how to participate in this new initiative by emailing morgan@nysurffilm.com for more information.

The New York Surf Film Festival brought together avid surfers, legendary surf photographers, film buffs and New York City audiences fascinated by the sport. It was a celebration of both the East Coast surf community but also the artistic integrity of the surf film genre.  Be sure to continue to check in at http://newyorksurffilmfestival.com/ for images, highlight & filmmaker Q&A video clips, and 2012 festival and updates.

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About the 2011 NYSFF Sponsors

The New York Surf Film Festival is proud to have the continued support of the Barbados Tourism Authority as our 2011 & 2012 Presenting sponsor.

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes.  Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers.  Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is an ideal stage for world-class events and in collaboration with American Express Publishing Corporation, Barbados has hosted its first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November 2010.  The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via Jet Blue and American Airlines, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.221.9831.

NYSFF is stoked to have NIKE 6.0 and Skullcandy as the Official 2011 Supporting Sponsors.

NYSFF welcomes our 2011 media partner Surfing Magazine.

NYSFF welcomes Brugal Rum as our official 2011 Liquor sponsor

NYSFF welcomes Saturdays NYC as our official retail shop.

NYSFF is honored to have support from our friends of the festival Twenty@, Sticky Bumps, NYSurfingBuddies, Vita Coco, Surfers Village, Whiskey Militia, Rick Maulwitz Surfboards and Hive Surf.

NYSFF is proud to support the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Waves for Development, Stoked Mentoring, Waves of Health, and Surfrider Foundation.

About New York Surf Film Festival:
Founded in 2007, the New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf films. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The New York Surf Film Festival’s aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC.

For media inquiries:

Morgan Rae Berk

morgan@nysurffilm.com

347.987.4273

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