Save The Waves Film Festival 2010 Blows Roof Off Theatre:
November 15, 2010 - On Friday night the Victoria Theatre was the scene of the second annual Save The Waves Film Festival in the heart of San Francisco’s teeming Mission District. The evening began with local musical heroes My Peoples playing a full set for the packed house. Art prints by Mike Houston were projected onto the big screen with music before the films.
Save The Waves Film Festival integrates coastal conservation, ocean adventure, surfing, activism and art. The film festival and celebration featured a collection of short and feature length films, music, an art exhibit, and a party fundraiser to benefit the non-profit programs of Save The Waves Coalition.
Save The Waves Film Festival featured the world premieres of two short films: “Chasing the Swell” by Sachi Cunningham of the LA Times, and “Buy Local Surf Global” by Santa Cruz youth leader Kyle Thiermann. The festival also featured the US premiere of “Transparent Sea Voyage” by Dave Rastovich, and the US West Coast premiere of "Dark Side of the Lense" by Mickey Smith.
Three hardworking, inspiring filmmakers were honored with awards at Save The Waves Film Festival: Chilean filmmaker Angel Marin won the “Fuerza Chile Award” for his leadership and creativity in films. Sachi Cunningham received the “Awesomest Filmmaker Award” for her body of eco-journalistic-surf-documentaries. And Kyle Thiermann won the “Epic Grommet Activist Award” for his inspiring short films. The film intermission also featured an uplifting acoustic set by Avasa & Matty Love.
Before closing the late night with a special screening of “180 South,” the festival screened a brand-new short film by Angel Marin that documents the new whale mural painted by Chris Del Moro for the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School at Ocean Beach.
Save The Waves Film Festival 2010 featured these films:
DARK SIDE OF THE LENSE (West Coast Premiere) by Mickey Smith
CHASING THE SWELL (World Premiere) by Sachi Cunningham
180˚ SOUTH by Chris Malloy
TRANSPARENT SEA VOYAGE (US Premiere) by Dave Rastovich & Friends
BUY LOCAL SURF GLOBAL (World Premiere) by Kyle Thiermann
THE SURF MAGAZINES DON'T TALK ABOUT LAPSED CATHOLICS by Toddy Stewart
OCEAN BEACH'S NEWEST MURAL by Angel Marin
Save The Waves Film Festival was presented by Clif Bar, Honolua and Jim Beam. Zola Acai, Patagonia, My Peoples, Ocean Vodka, Cannonball Press, Peligroso, San FranPsycho and 21st Amendment Brewery also generously support Save The Waves Film Festival.
THANKS to all for supporting this epic evening of films, music, art, awards and fun: