schedule-2017

FEATURE FILMS

DISTANCE BETWEEN DREAMS
Director: Rob Bruce
Info: Hawaii, 2016, 62min
Showing: 7pm, Sun 16 July, Bay of Plenty lawns

This high voltage HD adventure comes courtesy of Red Bull Media House. It tells the story of the biggest big wave surfing season through the eyes of iconic surfer Ian Walsh, and his brothers, as they push surfing to unimaginable heights. Forget the jet ski, these ous want to paddle giant waves at Jaws. Epic first person perspectives, state-of-the-art cinematography, and captivating sound.

DEEP BLUE MIDDLE C 
Director: BRYAN LITTLE 

Info: South Africa, 2016, 55min
Showing: 7.30pm, Thu 20 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

A genre bending film that celebrates the West Coast and our natural place in the world. For 10 days and 10 nights a merry band of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers make a studio on the beach and they made this surreal, poetic eulogy to this unique part of South Africa. They ate their fill from the wilderness while living themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, and identity.

SOUTH TO SIAN 
Director: Dustin Humphrey
Info: Deux ex Machina, 2016, 53min
Showing: 7.30pm, Wed 19 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

In this Dues Ex Machina film, two mates pack their hipster quiver of boards, two bikes and a $50 tent into or on a 70s Land Rover. Spraying black volcanic sand from their boneys or crystalline ocean drops from their boards, they connect with friends as they venture from southern Bali to Sumatra’s Lagundri Bay to find out if the pioneering spirit of surf adventure remains alive. You decide.

WOMEN & THE WAVES 2
Director: Heather Hudson
Info: US, 2016, 43min
Showing: 7.30pm, Tues 18 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Hudson follows on from the first Women and Waves film with another crafted look at the state of surfing today from a feminine perspective. She documents the story of six women who celebrate life in life-affirming ways, with none of that “I can’t do it” crap. This one is for the sister sliders of the surfing soul.

THE ACCORD 
Director: RC Cone
Info: Iceland, 2016, 18min
Showing: 7.30pm, Tue 18 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Growing up as a surfer in Iceland depends on an often volatile relationship with the mythical North Wind (played by a very funny drunk actor). The surfer is played by an ever-hopeful funny youngster with an unpronounceable name (Heiðar Logi Elíasson). See? Told you. Our surfer makes a deal, the Accord. Here, there are no surf shops, guidebooks or webcams. Out here, we is snowed immaculate.

FREEZING
Directors: Jeremy Joyce, Rob Lockyear
Info: UK, 2015, 22min
Showing: 7.30pm, Wed 19 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Come on another journey to the icy fringes of another freezing wave. Only this time, it’s a bit different. Sure, friendship is tested and the expanding frontiers push fortitude to its very limits, but enjoy the much anticipated debut from the crew behind ‘The Shaper’ and ‘#vanlife’, whose fingers are once again on the throbbing pulse of the surfing zeitgeist. Urk. Ack! Splutter! Don’t squeeze so tight.

GIVEN
Director: Jess Bianchi
Info: 15 countries, 2016, 72min
Showing: 7.30pm, Mon 17 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

The outcome of five years of painstaking work, Given is narrated by a six year old kid called … er … Given, the son of legendary longboard and stylish surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin, as they all journey from their island home of Kauai through 15 countries to fulfill an ancient calling. Set in stunning earthscapes, Given is a tender exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his family and their reverence for nature.

RISKY BUSINESS
Director: Guy Mac
Info: South Africa, 2016, 25min
Showing: 7.30pm, Fri 21 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Travelling about the world tackling the most terrifying spots known to humankind? It’s a risky business I tell you. Our very own Bromdog (Matt Bromley) hooks up with mates around the world to chase very big waves: from the cold waters of Cape Town, Ireland, Iceland and Mavericks, to the tropics in Hawaii and Indonesia. Ends with gigantic Jaws – part of perhaps the best big wave paddle season in history.

LET’S BE FRANK
Director: Peter Hamblin
Info: USA, Hawaii, South Africa, 2016, 50min
Showing: 7.30pm, Fri 21 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Who is this dude Frank Solomon? Is he a big wave charger from Cape Town, or someone – something – more? No one knows the real Frank. Nooit, you might not even know the fake Frank. The weirdness of Peter Hamblin’s filmmaking morphs into this mystery and movie magic is made. It’s a global smash hit. Frank met Peter in a bar. The rest is his story. See what we did there?

FREEDOM RIDERS
Director: Matt Davis. Producer: ABC Foreign Correspondent
Info: South Africa, 2016, 27min
Showing: 7.30pm, Tue 18 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

How do you free troubled kids from the violence and poverty of South Africa’s broken townships? For starters, you teach them how to surf. Award-winning Aussie television journalist Sally Sara comes to Cape Town to report on the idea that’s inspiring youngsters to unleash their best. The skills and research structures so rigorously formed after years of hard work by our friends at Waves For Change begin to yield meaningful dividends.

AGAINST THE CURRENT 
Directors: Kayleigh Tuck, Aphile-Aphile Sololo & Sebastian Burger
Info: South Africa, 2016, 24min
Showing: 7.30pm, Thu 20 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Meet Zulu surfer Samukelisiwe Cele. As the only black female surfer in South Africa, she wants to be world champion, but must first grapples with her circumstances, family pressures and the need to be a typical teenager. Her story illuminates the difficulties of being one of a kind in a competitive and sometimes alienating sporting world.

SHORT FILMS

BRUCE GOLD – Last of the Great Surfing Hippies
Director: Anders Melchior
Info: South Africa, 8min
Showing: 7pm, Sunday 16th July 2017, Bay of Plenty

Bruce Gold has managed to survive for almost 50 years in Jeffrey’s Bay without having a job. He is among the last of a dying breed of surfers who have dedicated their entire lives to riding waves, and haven’t gone completely bonkers. Well, maybe a bit. This little flick has won awards. Chaa Brah!

WHALE FANTASIA
Director: Alan Watts
Info: The Big Blue, 2013, 6min
Showing: Sunday 16th July 2017, Bay of Plenty

Alan Watts, three sirens, and three Humpback Whales dance together in a short film. Where you are now is your dream. What will you do? Trippy visceral dip into the supreme beauty of the deep blue. Shooo!

VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS
Director: Jess Colquhoun
Info: South Africa, 2016, 11min
Showing: 7.30pm, Mon 17 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Hidden north of Durban, in the rural regions of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, a secret spot for young shredders grows in stature and popularity. The Indigo Skate Camp empowers Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding and the opportunities it brings.

THE GHOST SHIP
Director: Dougal Paterson
Info: South Africa, 2016, 7min
Showing: 7.30pm, Thu 20 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Like Aphrodite, Cape Town lady slider Bernie Shelly is of the sea. She built herself a ghost ship, then sent it out before herself, into a dark and angry ocean of pain and hopelessness. This is a film about a 70-year-old surfer’s journey back from the mists of nothingness.

WITHIN
Director: Darius Deva
Info: Australia, 2016, 8min
Showing: 7.30pm, Wed 19 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

In the 70s mould of George Greenough’s hand-made water housings for innovative POV barrel riding, this young Aussie director crowd-funded this super HD slo-mo tube fest that will take you right into the ocean and not let you out until you flop back into your chair after 8 minutes of willingly suspending your disbelief in a salty immersive blast of visual overflow.

SEA CHANGE
Director: Like Giants
Info: South Africa, 2016, 6min
Showing: Sun 16 July 2017, Bay of Plenty: Thu 20 July, Arena 5, Village Walk

The groundswell of support for alternative approaches is becoming increasingly evident all over the globe. One of the pioneer of greener surfing is Durban’s John McCarthy, former pro surfer and media mogul who has altered his course to “make, ride and share greener surfboards”.

ADAPT YOUR MIND
Director: Ana Catarina Teles
Info: Brazil, 2016, 13min
Showing: 7.30pm, Wed 19 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Again, we see the power of surfing as a tool for social transformation. What better place to apply the healing powers of the ocean than Brazil? In the sea, we are all equal, and in this equality lies the connection between body, mind, self-knowledge and our relationship with the natural world.

LEFT IN LAGOS
Director: Calvin Thompson
Info: Nigeria, 2017, 9min
Showing:
7.30pm, Thu 20 July, Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine

Surfing in Nigeria? Uh? Oil business? Definitely. Military? Absolutely. Black market smokkel? For sure. Waves? Well, there are a few thousand miles of empty West African coast beyond the sprawl of Lagos, right? Not this time. Join William Aliotti and Luke Davis as they find spitting wedges and a homegrown surf scene that defies the stereotype of Africa’s fastest growing city.