New York Surf Film Festival
The New York Surf Film Festival was this past weekend, and though it may only interest a niche group of New Yorkers in the city, it’s a fantastic addition to the New York festival scene for those of us who love the city, and all the opportunities it affords. It speaks to the varied interests of New Yorkers that with such a festival as the Surf Film Festival, several screenings had sold out advance tickets and the bar at Tribeca Cinemas seemed perpetually crowded (sidenote: this is a fantastic and surprising space for being in a movie theater – Tribeca Cinemas you are moving up on my list of movie theaters in New York).
Even more impressive was the camaraderie and community infused throughout the festival screenings and the way in which everyone involved discussed each other. They have more than just filmmaking in common, they share a passion for surfing, an understanding that the same drive and determination that gets them through each and every wave, that propels them out of bed and to the ocean, is why they are where they are, why they do what they do.
On Saturday night I saw Dark Fall by Alex DePhillipo which seemed part surf videography, part homage to the real Jersey Shore (ie. no Snookie to be seen), and the pretty brutal winter surfing months that the Jersey surfers endure and love. While fantastic to watch, especially on the big screen, it didn’t have the same impact for me that Keep Surfing did (which also played during the NY Surf Film Festival and which I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival) for lack of a dramatic storyline. Regardless, I love surf documentaries, and there’s an almost contact high from being in the same space as these guys. They seem to live and breathe surfing in a way that’s enviable and also incredibly appealing since so many of them also have tapped into the artistic media aspect of surfing. All I can say is, I can’t get enough.
Below – the Keep Surfing trailer (in German) with wonderful eye-candy of both surf videography and the boys (look out for Quirin “The Pro”)