(New York, NY) — SMASH Productions LLC is pleased to announce its official program and film selections for the inaugural SMASH FEST 1. Eight officially selected feature length films were selected to be screened on July 25th to July 28th at different locations throughout New York. The first two evenings of SMASH FEST 1, July 25th and 26th, will take place atVillain in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. SMASH FEST 1 will then move on to Rockaway Beach Surf Club in Rockaway Beach, Queens on July 27th, and will finish off the festival on July 28th at Sole East Resort in Montauk, NY.
The 2013 SMASH FEST 1 official features program reflects on the diversity of surf culture. The features program ranges from a story of a once great surfer and his drug related demise, to a film about a surfer on the ascent with his futuristic power surfing, to the abstract and artistic. This is as well rounded of a surf film program as you can get with a little bit for everyone to enjoy.
“The Curators of SMASH FEST 1 had their work cut out for them this year. There are so many great films out there and I feel that we were able to secure an incredibly rich and diverse program that is sure to get audiences stoked. Not only are we screening films, we will also have a very engaging slide show by photographer Chris Burkard and artist Trevor Gordon, plus a community inspired art show. SMASH FEST is aiming to raise the bar of the surf cinema experience.” -Tyler Breuer, Founder of SMASH FEST.
The following is a listing of the selected program for SMASH FEST 1:
Bending Colours by Kai Neville and Red Bull Media House: Pairs Jordy Smith with friend and filmmaker Kai Neville, in a new project that provides a candid look into the South African surfer’s life. The film follows Smith as he travels from one wave-rich exotic locale to another, showcasing his world class talent — in signature Kai Neville fashion — with heavy doses of surf action blended with a certain element of tasteful artistic flair, while set against a solid soundtrack.
Learning to Breathe by Rocky Romano: The film explores the troubled evolution of professional surfing legend Anthony Ruffo. Ruffo’s legendary surfing ability and charismatic personality made him a role model in the Santa Cruz surfing community. But when he fell into a spiraling addiction and criminality, he took a portion of the surfing world with him. Facing a failing reputation and five years in prison, Ruffo must finally understand the impact he has made on his community. He strives to repair his broken life though there are no guarantees that the court will sympathize with Ruffo’s efforts.
Minds in the Water by Justin Krumb: An award winning documentary following the quest of professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales, and the oceans they all share. Through Rastovich’s journey — a five-year adventure spanning the globe from Australia to the Galapagos, Tonga, California, Alaska and Japan — we see one surfer’s quest to activate his community to help protect the ocean and its inhabitants.
Daughter: The Movie by Tin Ojeda: This will be the world premiere of “Daughter: The Movie,” an experimental film shot entirely on Super 8 and 16mm black and white film. Featuring Mikey Detemple, Kassia Meador, Derek Hynd, Robin Kegel, Scotty Stopnik, JJ Wessels, Corey, Andy Findlay, Rob Kulisek, Erin Wormhead, Kyle Lightner, Billy Death, Terry Simba, Brothers Marshall… and many more. Music by Ty Segall, Ariel Pink, Raw Thrills, NAVE, Monster Rally. Filmed in New York, New Jersey, California, Japan and Mexico.
Rio Breaks by Justin Mitchell and Vince Medeiros: “Rio Breaks” tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life?
Discovering Mavericks by Josh Pomer: For generations, California has long been a surfer mecca, but never seriously considered for its big waves. However in 1975, a Half Bay high school kid named Jeff Clark surfed a 20+ foot wave outside of Pillar Point Harbor, just south of San Francisco. His pioneering achievement single-handedly gave birth to the legend of Mavericks. “Discovering Mavericks” captures the passion and dedication of surfers like Jeff Clark, Peter Mel, Flea, Shane Dorian, Nick Lamb, Zack Wormhout, Brock Little and Mike Parsons. This film also honors the sacrifice of men like Mark Foo, Jay Moriarty and others who dared to take on the unforgiving waves at Mavericks.This is their true story.
A Hundred Miles to the End by John Beattie: Follow a lifelong surfer as he revisits the places he used to surf over his 48 years of surfing on Long Island. Starting in western Long Island and heading east to the end ft to the end. nd and heading Egh or the past two and a half years. Featuring some of New York’s best surfers: Mikey DeTemple, Will Skudin, TJ Gumella, Balaram Stack, Trip Patterson, Jesse James Jockel, Chris Tomlin, Alex Fawess and more. Shot exclusively on Long Island and featuring Long Island surfers and Long Island musicians.
Russia -The Outpost Volume 01 and Slideshow by Chris Burkard & Trevor Gordon: Join legendary photographer Chris Burkard and surfer/artist Trevor Gordon for this one-of-a-kind interactive slideshow and film premiere of Russia:The Outpost. Chris and Trevor will lead you through their incredible journey of exploration in Kamchatka, Russia in search for surf. This unique event, presented by Patagonia, will also be a benefit for Wave for Water.
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SMASH FEST 1 is a month-long series of surf film and art events that will span the New York area from Brooklyn, to Rockaway Beach, to Long Beach and Montauk. SMASH FEST 1 is the first profit sharing surf film festival for independent filmmakers. SMASH FEST 1kicks off July 13th at The Long Beach Public Library and will run in Brooklyn at Villain on July 25th and 26th. SMASH FEST 1 will then tour through the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on July 27th and will finish up at Sole East in Montauk on July 28th.
SMASH FEST 1 is proudly supported by: Brooklyn Exposed, Grandview Entertainment, Huck Magazine, Imaginary Surf Co., The Inertia, KIND Healthy Snacks, Maritime Surf Shop, NYNJSurf.com, Picture Farm Productions, Pilgrim Surf Shop, Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Sole East, Stetson, Sundown Surf Shop, Surf Bang, The Surf Channel, The Surfer’s Journal, The Surfer’s Path, TheInertia.com, Unsound Surf Shop, Surf Bang, Rain Surf, Vita Coco and Zinka.
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