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New York, NY, August 27th, 2009- The New York Surf Film Festival presented

by Jet Blue Airways and the Dominican Republic has put together an eclectic

Short Film Program encompassing animation, environmental documentaries,

comedy, abstract and more.  The NYSFF opens Friday September 25th and

has a stacked program that will be sure to get the audiences hooting and

stoked. Each short film is under 30 minutes and provides the filmmakers with

a great opportunity to show off their creativity within the limited time frame.

“The Short Film category is the fundamental stepping stone for the

independent filmmaker to craft their story.  The audience will be amazed at

the short films that we have this year.  We are lucky to have some truly

unique and talented submissions from all over the globe. ” says Morgan Rae

Berk, co-founder of the New York Surf Film Festival.


EPIC: A SAVAGE JOURNEY By Michael Mallen Epic: A Savage Journey is

a loaded gun with its cross hairs on the ugly side of surfing. Blustering locals,

embittered soul surfers and homophobic professionals all fall victim to their

own delusions. Follow three different surfers as they babble their way into

corners of hypocrisy and self-loathing, peeling away layers of misconception

and phony facades like a rotten onion until there’s nothing left but a rancid

surfer. Only in this case you’ll be laughing instead of crying, unless of course

you’re the kind of surfer Epic portray’s then you’ll be crying.

BOARD TO DEATH:  By Blake Scripps Danny might say that a day in his

life is the same as the next. !!Whether it’s his daydreaming or his undefined

self, he always seems to find himself struggling through school or in some

other troubling situation.  Come along for the ride as Danny searches for his

true passion and lives moments where “board to death” goes far beyond any

boredom you’ve experienced.

MADERA  By Kepa Alvarez Ruiz This short film shows the audience the

whole process of building an empty wooden surf board. With this board

building method, by Tom Blake, they were made about 20 kg lighter than tose

of twenties and early next decade which were solid and heavier. Waste wood

from yards and streets garbage containers is reused to create this board

working just with fretsaw, sandpaper and plane.


Runman’s latest about Lil Ray the grom, other groms, and adults that act like


MY TOYS By Karim Rejeb Hightly adrenaline addicted toys that rip on

everything…In this surrealist world,off the wall director KR plays around in the

house, make the carpets and magazines curl into waves.The bathtube

becomes a massive skate bowl and the sand dunes at the beach a huge

playground for the biggest challenges… Just hilarious…

MONTAUK HOUSE: A PERIOD PIECE  By Guy Fiorita What if you and

your boys could have a beach house with full quiver and a private break?

And it was all because of a beautiful girl. There’s just one catch…

HINDERED ROOT By Aaron Bogushefsky Hindered Root originated as a

concept from artist, Aaron Bogushesky to creat a completely hand draw

animation.  In a world of computer generated graphics, this production takes

the grassroots approach to animated film making.  The cost of such an

endeavor was over 4,000 pencil drawings.  Our main character finds himself

in a pristine naturel environment, but when a radical developer moves in, he

is forced to deal with the effects of over development and pollution.  After a

confrontation and a miraculous event, our hero finds himself at home again.

GUM FOR MY BOAT By Russell Brownley Gum For My Boat is a story of

Hope focusing on the Bangladesh Surf Club and its members. The club

consists of more than 30 boys and girls and is helping to introduce surfing into

a culture in a very unconventional method. Many of the children are street

kids or come from very poor families. Some don’t even know how to swim, but

their love for surfing brings them together and into a way of life they never

even knew existed. An ocean that was once deemed off limits due to fear and

a very conservative Islamic culture is now becoming source of fun, escape

and even a chance for a way to make a living. Follow professional surfer,

Kahana Kalama (a past guest star of Fuel TV’s series On Surfari) as he works

with Hawaiian-based non-profit, Surfing The Nations, and learns from these

kids that sometimes, surfing involves much more than catching waves.

LET’S BOOGIE By James McAnulty Exploring opinions from the general

public, Let’s Boogie looks at the difference between a Bodyboard and a



sequence that questions space and time.  The subject focuses on a number

of basic issues, including whether or not time ans space exist independently

of the mind, whether they exist indepenedently of one another, what accounts

for time’s apparently unidirectional flor, whether times other than the present

moment exist, and questions about the nature of identity (particularly the

nature of identity over time).

ALL POINTS SOUTH By Josh Berry & Save The Waves Surfers are a

litmus test for the health of our oceans. Save The Waves Coalition’s

forthcoming new film, All Points South, relates how surfers and fishermen in

Southern Chile are joining together to fight against rampant pollution from the

pulp industry, and how consumers can help by making better choices when

buying paper. From California to the long left points of Southern Chile, board-

riders find themselves increasingly in the line of fire between coastal waters

and industrial pollution. The journey in All Points South takes us to Southern

Chile, where pulp mill pollution jeopardizes entire ecosystems, endangers an

ancient way of life, and threatens to tear apart a tight-knit fishing community.

With world-class surfing at some of the planet’s best point breaks, this is the

story and adventure of a group of surfers and their effort to expose the

injustice being done by a powerful, worldwide industry.

INUNDATION By Chase Fin & Douglas Anderson School of Arts Faced

with the challenges of a new international economy, the surfing community of

Jacksonville Beach, FL must adapt to market change or face virtual

extinction. Journey into the lives of Jax Beach’s tight knit surfboard shaping

community and meet the faces behind the respirators as they eke out a living

doing what they love & shaping custom surfboards. Visually stunning and

dramatically told, Inundation examines one community’struggle to survive in a

global economy.

To view the full features program, film synopsis and trailers please visit: Tickets will go on sale for the NYSFF September 4th,


About the 2009 NYSFF Sponsors

NYSFF welcomes back our Presenting Sponsors, JetBlue Airways & The Dominican


New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value,

service and style. In 2009, the carrier ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction

Among Low-Cost Carriers in North America” by J.D. Power and Associates, a

customer satisfaction recognition received for the fifth year in a row. Known for its

sincere, personal service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now

pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom

seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging

services on aircraft “BetaBlue,” a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also

America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with

meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service

disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit for details.

JetBlue currently serves 56 cities with 650 daily flights. New service to Baltimore

begins on September 9. The airline also intends to commence service to Barbados

(October 1); Saint Lucia (October 26); and Kingston, Jamaica (October 30). With

JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an

overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-

BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530 or visit

The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in

history, the DR has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and

European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf

Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf

Tour Operators, the DR boasts 25 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine

nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican

people.  The DR features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a

chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit the Dominican

Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official Website at:

or call 1(888) 374-6361 for more information.

NYSFF is proud to announce our 2009 media partner, Surfing Magazine.

NYSFF welcomes the support from our Mates of the Festival: Hive Surf, Wild Rock

Wine, Pabst Blue Ribbon, OKOTO, ETON’s,, Sundown Ski & Surf

Shop, STAB Magazine, SurfersVillage, Surfer’s Path, Transworld Surf, The Surfer’s


NYSFF is proud to support Surfaid International, The Surfrider Foundation, and

Surfer’s Healing.

New York Surf Film Festival

The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international

independent and established 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.  The New York Surf Film

Festival is a Don’t Drop In Production, founded by Adam Cannizzaro, Tyler Breuer,

Michael Machemer, and Morgan Rae Berk in 2008.

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