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New York, NY – August 26, 2011
– The 2011 New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF), presented by Barbados, has put the final touches on this year’s official selections including 17 Feature films and 21 Short Film from all corners of the globe. This premier showcase of surf films will be screened Thursday, September 15th through Saturday, September 17th 2011.

This year’s group of filmmakers exhibit a wide range of cinematic viewpoints touching on documentary, dramatic, and educational genres.

We present the 2011 New York Surf Film Festival Official Selections:

2011 New York Surf Film Festival Official Features Program
BoardHeads, by Davo Weiss: The inspiring documentary “BoardHeads” defines the worldwide community of BoardRiders, and shows their impact in unique and empowering ways. Individually and collectively, the global tribe of riders make the world a cooler place. Narrator Michael Madsen’s final voice over sums things up perfectly: “We’re all just BoardHeads at heart.

Bono, by Maxence Peyras: During one year Antony Colas have worked on an unknown tidal bore in sumatra Forest. For millenias, this wave breaks along 40 kilometers in the National Park. In September 2010, 4 french surfers, Antony Colas and his brother Fabrice, Patrick Audoy and Eduardo Bagé and one cameraman, Maxence Peyras decide to go in this deeps lands. The goal: surfing for the first time ever this incredible wave. “Bono” is the story of this expedition, and talks about the best discovery for a surfer: an endless wave.

Caught Inside, by Adam Blaiklock: A`dream surfari’ becomes a nightmare of survival on an isolated yacht, when the psychotically violent Alpha male takes the helm and sets new rules: ‘This is a ship, not a democracy’.

Come Hell or Highwater, by Keith Malloy: The film will be studying the unique personalities of the sport and how these individuals translate their experience in the ocean. The film will capture everything from the 80-year-old ocean swimmers in Portugal, to children on the shores of New Zealand, to the best Bodysurfers in the sport to some of the world’s best waves. From the tropical reefs of Indonesia, to crystal clear waters of Fiji, onto the powerful beach breaks of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Underwater and point of view imagery will put the viewer in a virtual perspective. With bodysurfing being the soul interest of our film we will capture the sport like it’s never been seen before.”

First Love, by Claire Gorman: First Love is about love, friendship and following your dreams. This feature length film follows the lives of three passionate young girls from Phillip Island and documents their trip to Hawaii – the first step on their journey to making a career out of surfing. Starring Jess Laing, Nikki van Dijk, India Payne, Steph Gilmore, Alana Blanchard, Coco Ho, Georgia Fish & Cahill Bell-Warren.

La Ruta Del Mojado, by Jose Guillermo Morales Ferulli: “La Ruta Del Mojado” is a result from a video documentation made on a surf exploration trip around Guatemalan coasts.  A small group of surfers from Guatemala City made a surf trip to explore Guatemalan surf breaks, from the border of Mexico through the border of El Salvador. They also made a trip to surf the Caribbean, to explore calm waters from the North shore. The path from the border of Mexico through the border of El Salvador, which they were exploring, made them realize they were going through the path the migrants from Central America took to go to The United States. Here is where the name of the movie came out.
Last Paradise, by Clive Neeson: In the remote wilderness of New Zealand, when necessity was the mother of invention, a maverick bunch of kids had a dream which they would one day share with the world. Through 45 years of stunning original footage we relive their search for adrenaline on the roads less travelled, to paradises which have long since gone. But for one…

Lost Atlas, by Kai Neville the director of 2009’s game-changing surf film Modern Collective. Starring the sport’s six most innovative surfers, the film was like a series of machine gun blasts across the bow of contemporary surfing. This August, Kai Neville released Lost Atlas, featuring the original six from Mod Coll and introducing surfing’s newest guns.With its emphasis on performance and struck to a soundtrack that veers across all genres, Lost Atlas is the must-see surf film of 2011

Lost and Found, by Doug Walker: Lost and 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.

Manufacturing Stoke, by Pierce Michael Kavanagh: Manufacturing Stoke is an introspective look into the surfing culture’s struggle to be beneficial unto itself, a tapestry of both influential and eclectic members of the surfing community that are constantly striving for positive change amid one of surfing’s greatest paradox: no other sport is as intrinsically linked to nature, surfers are indeed directly connected to the earth’s pulse and yet a majority of the materials used are environmentally toxic.

Rumors, by Mark Kronemeyer: RUMORS is a cinematic journey into the deepest Mexico ever seen on film—the product of a two year operation to find, surf and document the most perfect waves this coastline offers.

Runman 69, by Raymond Kleiman: A Visual Odyssey of American sin, The sick insane & dumb surfers bums and scum poser vato fast rasta holy punk funk with no mind blocks. Total secret spots. Psycho comedy. Suicidal sandbar surfers live sharks. No jive Tootsie roll disco skate Blood love arching the wood understood. Made for laughter not for glamour.

Sofia, by Peter Goetz: Sofia is a one-hour documentary film that uncovers the spirit of surfer Sofia Mulanovich, the first female World Champion athlete from Peru. Sofia tells the story of how an unlikely heroine has inspired a new energy within her developing nation. It demonstrates how Sofia embodies Peru’s new wave towards progress, proving the statement, Si, se puede! (Yes, you can!). Sofia’s World Champion victory has ripped apart cultural barriers, by mobilizing an entire generation of young people to believe that anything is possible.

Splinters, by Adam Pesce: Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way
Thirty Thousand, by Richard and Andrew James: Thirty Thousand follows these twin brothers 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.

Way of the Ocean, by Matt Kleiner: The first in a five part film series, Way of the Ocean: Australia explores the connection between man and sea through a visual feast of poetic motion. Since it was first introduced in the early 1900’s, surfing in Australia has become a mainstream pursuit and for this country devoted to the ocean lifestyle, it is more than a way of life. From the tropical paradise of the Great Barrier Reef down through the raw energy of the Southern Ocean and up to the arid desert of the west, the film captures an intimate portrait of this unique land.

Year Zero, by Joe G Shot on location around the world and documented entirely in super 16mm film, YEAR ZERO delivers a unique concept with stunning visuals that capture the essence of surfing in a novel setting. A modern take on high performance surfing set in a post-apocalyptic world reminiscent of Mad Max or an HG Wells novel. YEAR ZERO features an original soundtrack created by BLACK MOUNTAIN, whom VICE MAGAZINE has called, “one of the best rock n roll bands of our time…” The soundtrack creates a sonic landscape that fully delivers the immersive experience that director Joe G envisioned for the film. Starring Dion Agius, Taj Burrow, Cj Hobgood, Damien Hobgood, Nate Tyler and Yadin Nicol.

2011 New York Surf Film Festival Official Not So Short Shorts Program

CAPTURE: A WAVES Documentary, by Hyde Harper and Smriti Keshari: CAPTURE: A WAVES Documentary dives deep into the impoverished community of Lobitos, Peru and the experience of surf travelers who dedicate their passion to the youth. We see the opportunity for empowerment as kids learn about creativity and self expression.

Chasing the Swell, by Sachi Cunningham: 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. 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.

Down with the Ship, by Derek Dunfee: On June 9th 2008, Derek Dunfee broke two bones in his leg while surfing Cloudbreak, a surf spot off Tavarua island, Fiji. 5 ½ months after Derek’s injury, Derek caught the winning 2008/2009 Billabong XXL paddle-in wave at Mavericks. This short film shows what happened in those 5 1/2 months leading up to Derek’s XXL winning wave and includes recent footage of Derek and friends surfing big waves.

High 5, by Chris Cote and Jerry Ricciotti: TransWorld SURF’s, High Five is a weird and wonderful interactive journey (watch out for the pop-up widgets and random visual interruptions). Starring Fergal Smith, Andrew Doheney, Wade Goodall, and Eric Geiselman as well as the last ever Andy Irons double-surf section that once again proves the fact that Andy was one of the best surfers who ever lived.
NOW, by Riley Blakeway: Starring Chippa Wilson and friends. A location based, non-biopic/biopic with an emphasis on progressive surfing and FUN.

Sion, by Ryan Thomas: Sion Milosky will forever be an icon of our sport. Sion’s dedication to big wave surfing raised the level as we knew it. As committed as he was to big wave surfing and the ocean, Sion’s dedication to his family came first.

2011 New York Surf Film Festivals Official Short Films Program

2011 D DAY Directed by Pandora Decoster
I am Andy Irons
IceBoard Directed by Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat and Conn Bertish
Kai ‘e’e’Makani Directed by Sophie Long
La Ruta Norte Directed by Kepa Acero

Leave a Message by Nike 6.0
Longest Left Chicama -Peru Directed by Jesus Florian
Lunch Break by Clare Plueckhahn &Fran Derham
Project Kaisei by Pete Crowley
Smiling Spot Directed by JM. Bonner
Surfers Journal POV: Runman Directed by Tyler Manson
Surfers Journal POV: Another Day in the Life of Wayne Lynch Directed Cyrus Sutton
Surfers Journal POV: Stripped by Andrew Kidman
Surfers Way Directed by Lindsey Megrue
THOM: A Portrait of Modern Youth Directed by Riley Blakeway
To view the full features program, film synopsis and trailers, please visit www.nysurffilm.com. Tickets for the 2011 NYSFF will go on sale September 6th 2011 at 10 am.

The New York Surf Film Festival is proud to welcome Barbados as our 2011 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, 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 Press Inquiries please contact:
Morgan Rae Berk


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