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New York Surf Film Festival and Barbados pledge $1 per online viewer of Manufacturing Stoke to No Impact Project
February 3, 2012 – New York, NY – The New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF) presented by Barbados is pleased to announce our fourth charitable digital screening room today with a special screening from the NYSFF 2011 Official Selection Archive, Manufacturing Stoke by Pierce Michael Kavanagh. In honor of No Impact Project’s 100,000 program enrollments to date, Barbados Tourism Authority and the NYSFF are pledging $1 per view of the film to No Impact Project, up to 1,000 views.
“Surfing is all about the relationship between a person and environment. It is wonderful that Manufacturing Stoke helps to spread that understanding of relationship to people around the world through its support of the No Impact Project this month,” said Colin Beavan, Founder of No Impact Project. “Thanks to NYSFF’s help, we will help countless people realize what surfers already know: that a happy humanity depends on a happy planet. We are so grateful.”
The New York Surf Film Festival digital screening room is proud to continue its year-long support of partner non-for-profit organizations through this series of online film screenings. Campbell Rudder, Vice President of Marketing USA, Barbados Tourism Authority stated, “We at the BTA very much value our partnership with the NYSFF and are proud to support the No Impact Project and their commitment to the environment. As our country is an island of limestone, formed by the collision of Atlantic crystal and Caribbean plates, the Barbadian people especially understand the importance of conserving the environment and habitat. Our unique location provides serene Caribbean waters and an Atlantic coastline, making us the ideal spot for world-class surfing competitions, such as our Barbados Independence Surf Festival in November. We are eager to continue to promote this niche sport and showcase our destination in collaboration with such a well-respected film festival.”
About Manufacturing Stoke 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. Directed by Pierce Michael Kavanagh, a Misfit Pictures Film www.manufacturingstoke.com
About No Impact Project The No Impact Project is an international, environmental nonprofit, committed to educating and engaging people in a lifestyle which is better for both them and the planet. Surfers are no strangers to this simple, joyful lifestyle—a lifestyle which doesn’t have to be left on the beach. This low-consumption, low-waste life can follow us into every aspect of our lives and make us healthier and happier while shrinking our carbon footprint. The No Impact Challenge is about aspiration for a fuller life, not deprivation. Try it for yourself by checking out www.noimpactproject.org
About Barbados Tourism Authority 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.
New York Surf Film Festival The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. 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.
The New York Surf Film Competition is open to independently produced feature-length and short films in the surf genre. In order to be considered for the Festival’s Film Competition for U.S and International films, submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2007. The running time for features must be greater than 30 minutes. Films under 30 minutes in length are eligible for participation in the Short Film Program. Submissions are open thru June 1, 2012.
The New York Surf Film Festival is excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary in September 2012. Further information about the New York Surf Film Festival is available at www.NYSurfFilm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to New York Surf Film Festival LLC 242 President St #3R Brooklyn, NY 11231.
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