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San Diego, CA, Bird’s Surf Shed, Nov. 5th

Dana Point, CA, Ocean Institute, Nov. 8th

Austin, TX, Studium, Nov. 12th

Santa Cruz, CA, Patagonia Santa Cruz, Nov. 14th

San Francisco, CA, The Victoria Theatre, Nov. 20th

Save The Waves Film Festival is an international film tour and fundraiser in November of each year – a benefit for Save The Waves’ environmental programs and campaigns. Movies alone can’t change the world – but the people who watch them can. Save The Waves documentary films and the Film Festival educate and inspire audiences to protect the coastline. Our interest is not to make films promoting nor glorifying activism, but rather film as activism.


Save The Waves Film Festival 2015 – Official Selections

The 2015 Save The Waves Film Festival presented by Pacifico is proud to announce film selections for the 7th annual international tour, visiting seven cities in California, Texas, Mexico, & Chile throughout November and early December. A very special thanks to our supporting sponsors: Patagonia, Clif Bar, The Inertia, and Volcom.

World Premier

This film takes you into the mind of the mysterious Nic Lamb. Most people don’t know this, but Nic is not only a professional big wave surfer, he is also a commercial actor and he currently resides in Venice Beach, CA. You will see why he moved away from his beloved hometown of Santa Cruz, what a day in the life of Nic Lamb looks like and of course some epic big wave riding from Mavericks and Punta De Lobos, Chile. Directed by Kyle Buthman & Taylor Paul.


When artist Mac Premo was asked by WWF-UK and Do the Green Thing to show how creativity can encourage people to live a greener lifestyle, he partnered with Sanford Shapes to make skateboard decks out of upcycled material. When the prototype proved successful, the idea shifted from figuring out how to make skateboards out of trash to how to give them to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have skateboards. Directed by Mac Premo.


There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times. Denali is the story of the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali. This short film is about friendship, loss and the beautiful fight for life.  Directed by Ben Knight.

World Premier

Dulce is a short documentary surf film that takes a fresh look at Pavones – both the wave that made it famous and other nearby gems. Spanning six months of swell, the film explores the beautiful, crusty, pure, and at times quirky lives of surfers reveling in Nature at the end of the road, and how those lifestyles may now be subject to change in the face of development. Directed by Patrick McMahon.


Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast. Recently named Best Film at the 2015 Allianz Portuguese Surf Film Festival. Directed by Chris Malloy.


A compelling look in to the life and creative process of El Segundo surfer and shaper Tyler Hatzikian. Directed by Jason Baffa.


Most would be grateful to simply survive. Many would graciously move forward appreciating the small moments that make the day-to-day. Mike Coots? He wanted more. And not only for himself, but for sharks, including the tiger shark that took his leg. Mike Coots is a surfer. Mike Coots is a survivor. Mike Coots is an advocate. Mike Coots is an ICON. Directed by Alex Smolowe.

I LOST MY DREAM: The True Story of Moacir Zeledon
North America Premier

Moacir’s dreams stray from typical boyish fantasies of superheroes and pirates. He wants nothing more than to escape his Nicaraguan life of poverty and abuse to live the American dream. The mission teaches Moacir that unlike many childhood narratives, dreams don’t always come true, but the journey can teach you lessons far greater. Directed by Stefan Hunt.

World Premier

“Inside the Mind of Sachi Cunningham” explores this Emmy Award winning journalist’s deeper motivations and recounts harrowing winter missions with Big Wave World Tour Champion, Bianca Valenti, at the feared, fabled and often ferocious Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California.  Written, produced, and directed by Jeff Den Broeder and Beth O’Rourke.


In the rush of water spilling from the high mountain peaks of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, surfers are finding standing waves that move with life and never end. The first of two shorts out of the documentary “Living Rivers”, set to be released next spring, looking at the intimate relationships that exist between people and rivers and how our relationship with our watersheds ties us all together. “Living Rivers – Surf” explores the world of Kevin Benhardt and the crew at Strongwater Mountain Surd company based out of Missoula MT.  Directed by Max Lowe.

World Premier

The typical surfboard is made of toxic foam that doesn’t decompose. “RE” is a film that challenges every surfer to rethink the way they look at beat up, old surfboards and consider the potential backyard shaping has to not only keep foam out of landfills, but also to innovate new designs. Directed by Chad Richmond.


Farm League and “Voyage of the Cormorant” author, Christian Beamish, produced a video response to the 140,000 gallon oil spill that stained the Santa Barbara coastline — their home — on May 19, 2015. As clean-up efforts continue, many questions and a sense of frustration remain. Directed by Chris Malloy.

North America Premier

An intimate portrait of traditional Chilean coastal lifestyles and “the gift” of surfing. Directed by Eduardo Bartolomé.


“Watu” is the story of a coast’s first visitors, featuring Chad Jackson and Cliff Kapono. Directed by Jensen Young Sik.


The Wild’ featuring Noah Beschen is the 2015 REDirect Surf Film Festival Grand Prize Winner.  Presented by RED Digital Cinema & Surfer Mag. REDirect Surf was a filmmaking competition to see who can create the most unique and original surf short of the year using RED Dragon 6K cameras. Directed by Aaron Lieber.

Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde
North America Premier

A gang of zombies hang out at the beach and catch some waves. The idea for the video fell straight out of the track. It sounds obvious but it doesn’t always happen with every track we are sent. Nicolas Godin’s sound is so beautiful and atmospheric we knew that we wanted to make a black and white surf film. The zombie element came a bit later. It meant we could push it into a different reality. There’s a lot of surf films out there but most are set in a world we already know. We wanted to create a world with it’s own rules. Something that felt slightly more dream-like. Particularly at night when these zombie surfers could have their own set of rules and rituals. Directed by Ed Raye & Alexander Mavor.

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