Films that hang 10 to screen at festival
2nd annual Surfalorus film fest breaks into town July 18-20 at venues along the coast
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
A complete schedule is listed at the end of this article.
When: July 18-20
Where: Ocean Grill Restaurant & Tiki Bar (1211 South Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach); Red Dogs (5 N. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach); Jengo's Playhouse (815 Princess St., Wilmington); and Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market (5329
Oleander Drive, Wilmington)
Tickets: $5-15 per program block. $40 for festival pass. The opening night showcase film and board and beach
expo are free.
There's a lot more to see and do at Surfalorus, presented by the Cucalorus Film Festival, this year.
The second annual surf film festival, which will be held July 18-20 at venues in Carolina and Wrightsville beaches and Wilmington, will spotlight a favorite local pastime with nearly double the film offerings of the inaugural event, said event co-organizer and local surfer Zach Hanner.
Hanner, who began building relationships in the surf film community by selecting surf films for Cucalorus in 2001, reached out to surfing filmmakers across the country to find some of the genre's most ambitious offerings in the months leading up to 2012's event.
This year, he didn't have to go far.
"The big difference is that we had many more people submit films this year compared to last," said Hanner, who contributes occasional articles to the StarNews. "Almost every film that will screen this year was submitted by the filmmaker and many of the films are out just this year."
Hanner attributed the rise to a new generation of surf-genre filmmakers who have sprung up in the wake of new and cheaper technology, cameras and editing equipment, such as GoPro, which can capture high-definition video and photos from behind waterproof casings.
"Now, people can more easily focus their efforts on surf filmmaking without the need of a big sponsor to fund their surfing trip," Hanner said.
Although the surf film program will feature work from local and indie filmmakers, a collection of visual offerings from folks like famed surf photographer Jeff Divine will also be on display. Divine, who started his career more than 45 years ago by snapping photos of his friends surfing along the California coast, worked as a photographer and editor of "Surfer" magazine for nearly 20 years before moving to "The Surfer's Journal." A Saturday evening workshop will feature many of his iconic surfing images and a Q&A session.
"He doesn't do many shows, so this was a big coup for us," Hanner said.
The expanded schedule and Divine didn't come cheap, however. The cost of festival passes doubled this year, but free events like a cooking demonstration, an outdoor surfboard expo and a shaper show from area board artists makes the cost worth it, Hanner said.
"Anyone who loves photography, surfing and the ocean will have a good time," he said.
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Ocean Grill, free
6:30 p.m. Live jazz with Traveler’s Trio
9 p.m. Fireworks
9:30 p.m. Surf features: “No Directions” (2012, short), by Julian Martin, and “Waverider” (2012, 62 mins.), directed by Karl Lear. The New Zealand-produced “Waverider” follows an unheard-of Fijian surfer who earned a spot to compete against the world’s top surfers at The Volcom Fiji Pro.
10 a.m. “H2IndO” (2012, 76 mins.) A light-hearted documentary by Brent Deal that explores and celebrates the sport of “SUP” – stand-up paddling – by following seven paddlers as they come together for a once-in-a-lifetime paddling trip on the surf breaks of the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia. $5
12 p.m. “Dust.Resin.Water” (2013, 50 mins). Space Coast surfer and NASA-videographer-turned-Wilmington filmmaker Troy Cryder explores the art of carving wood and foam into boards. From the backyard shaper to the multi-label surfboard factory, “Dust.Resin.Water” offers a glimpse into craftsman behind surfboard design and the issues they face in the industry. $5
1:30 p.m. “Shored Up” (2013, 83 mins.) Documentary takes viewers to communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide in the debate over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea. $10
3:30 p.m. “Isolated” (2013, 92 mins.) A doc about a group of surfers who hope their journey to surf at one of the last undocumented spots in the world – Papua New Guinea – increases awareness of human rights abuses on the remote Asian island. $10
6 p.m. Bikini Bottom Shorts Film Block (75 mins.) $10
Jengo’s, free film showcase event
8 p.m. Doors open, live music
10 p.m. “Belize” (2013, short), by Wilmington photographer Keith Ketchum. “The Heart & The Sea” (2012, 85 mins.) Filmed in Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain, the newest release from indie Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield explores the joy at the center of a surfing life.
Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market
10 a.m.-4 p.m. A free board and beach expo featuring yoga by Wilmington Yoga Center, a surf-board shaper show and cooking workshop with Epic Food Co. chef James Bain. Live music by The Clams and The Meteor Men and food and drink provided by Tidal Creek.
5 p.m. “Manufacturing Stoke” (2011, 80 mins.) An introspective look at influential and eclectic members of the surfing community who are striving for positive change. $10
7 p.m. Jeff Divine workshop, $15 admission
9 p.m. Baggie Shorts Film Block (71 mins.), $10
11 p.m. Surfalorus night cap with celluloid surf classic “Runman 69” (1989, 61 mins.) The heinous and hilarious film and its predecessors, “Runman” and “Runman Two,” are must sees for any surfer, but you may not want to bring your young ones. Free.