2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Bringing together the best surf and environmentally-focused films for a tenth year in a row.
What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet and one of the first countries that must confront imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.
Directed by Karina Holden. BLUE is the story our generation need to hear. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.
Directed by Andrew Buckley. Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them.
Directed by Two Eyes Film. In 1979, Mike Strident, built a revolutionary single fin – “The Outrider”. Strident has the world at his feet. He is the highest paid surfer in history, he’s killing it on the world tour, but then the Thruster happens. The tri-fin surfboard makes Strident irrelevant overnight and his empire crumbles. Thirty years later, Californian hot dogger, Tommy Tonata, discovers the original Outrider and tries to bring Strident back. And so begins a classic buddy story of shaping, redemption, head butts, acid trips and getting barrelled.
Directed by Nate Dappen. ‘In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. Their adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us.’
Directed by Marta Guillen. Six friends from different Spanish cities, different ages and different skills came together to live a great experience and show how far you can go when you feel passion for what you do.
Directed by Gabriel Diamond. A Madagascar coastal community shows that protecting the ocean can and should go hand-in-hand with improving lives.
Directed by Jilli Rose. A poetic portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands. Part nature documentary, part fairy tale and chock full of blindingly beautiful, big-hearted science.
Directed by Evan Schell. Cliff Kapono met up with Travis Reynolds, and what started as a brief chat about surfboard design, quickly resulted in the creation of a traditional, wooden alaia shaped out of paulownia wood.
Directed by Caio Antunes & Laurent Refalo. This short documentary tells the history behind the discovery of the Cepilho’s Wave located in the Village of Trindade on the Brazilian Coast.
Dolphin Board of Awesome
Directed by Jeff den Broeder & Beth O’Rourke. A short about the world’s first 3D-printed, compostable surfboard. Designed by a tribe of the world’s leading shapers, surfers, artists, chemical engineers, biomimicry specialists and additive manufacturers.
Dust We Return
Directed by Phil Schlieder. Starring Kohl Christensen. A poetic meditation on surfing and the transience of life.
Directed by Tay Steele. While photography has taken Amber all over the world, shooting some of the most beautiful known surf breaks, until this winter, she hadn’t yet swam out into the lineup that stole her father’s life — Pipeline.
Directed by Perry Gershkow. A story about Bay Area Native Ian Glover and his passion for giving back.
Directed by Alex Patrick. A day in the shoes of Lola Migot… or lack there of. Hanging ten and cross stepping across town on her way to the beach.
Waves For Water
Directed by Soraya Simi. This short film follows pro surfer Otto Flores and project manager Jorge Quintana, both Puerto-Rican natives, as they implement a 100-gallon cistern for a local church in Puerto Rico, four months after devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Directed by Andrew Kaineder. Fusing cold water surfing, dance & poetry, Easkey Britton explores a synodic month from a female perspective. Embracing the imperfections as we connect with ourselves and the environment around us.
The Message is the Song
Directed by Danielle Ryan & James Sherwood. When Mother Moira’s position in society is elevated to the status of a ‘chief’, she surprises herself in what she is capable of doing. Now, she travels up the mountains and down the rivers talking to her community, on a quest to save lives and to ultimately save Mother Earth.
Directed by Bradley Tangonan / Hawaii Tourism USA. Oahu native Tom Pōhaku Stone shares the journey that led him to revive the ancient Hawaiian tradition of hand-shaping surfboards from wood.
Sometimes it pays to chase a rumor. Ramón Navarro, Kohl Christensen and Otto Flores scout an ephemeral, whispered-about sandbar point that had likely never been surfed. With a few local chargers, they found dredging, 8-to-10 foot lefthand barrels—and surfed it almost non-stop until the bar disappeared.
Directed by Eric Ebner. A secret spot in Baja California, an old milk van converted into the perfect surfing mobile, and a 67-year old man at the peak of his physical fitness. This is the story of San Diego surfing legend Glen Horn and his journey to a unconventional lifestyle.
The Reef Beneath
Directed by Justin Turkowski. Connected by a shared passion for the ocean and a desire to protect it, Belinda Baggs, Kimi Werner and Wayne Lynch embarked on a sailing journey along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Time And Tide
Directed by Drew Maloney. Hours on end can be spent searching for good waves with no guarantee of scoring. New York Surfer Joe is on the search where he is reminded that Time and Tide waits for no man.
The Turtle Ninja
Directed by Green Renaissance. Talitha works in the Turtle Rehabilitation Unit at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. She nurses sick or injured turtles back to health, and then releases them into the wild again.
Directed by Rodrigo Farias. Plastic always end in the ocean…but this isn´t a bad way.
An ode to the sea, which I revere most. Filmed in: Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives, Barbados, Indonesia, Mexico and California.
Los Buscagigantes: Tercera Temporada
Ramón Navarro and friends score epic surf on Rapa Nui.
FOR THE GROMS
The Adventures of Zack & Molly
Directed by Jim Toomey. Molly, a tech-savvy dumbo octopus, takes Zack to her deep ocean home in the Gulf of Mexico to see its unique marine life and to help him understand how human activities threaten its health.
All The Way to the Ocean
Directed by Doug Rowell. Two best friends, Isaac and James, discover the cause and effect relationship between our cities’ storm drains and the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers. Follow the adventures of James and Isaac as they learn about the harmful effects of storm drain pollution, and in turn, spread the word to their friends and the rest of their school.