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ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD 
USA, 2018, 114min
Director: Todd Jones, Steve Jones
Showing: Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Friday, 6 December 2019

The story of Andy Irons and his bipolar disorder and opioid addiction. Despite winning the world surfing title three times, Irons struggled with the same demons that millions of people battle with daily. As the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success, few of us knew of his inner turmoil until after he died. An emotional rollercoaster ride with one of the world’s best but troubled surfing super stars.

TROUBLE: THE LISA ANDERSEN STORY
World, 2018, 49min
Director: Chas Smith
Showing: Camel Rock, 7pm, Thursday 21 November
Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Sunday 8 December 2019

Lisa Andersen was always in trouble. Once, when sent to juvenile detention, her father smashed her surfboard. She ran away from home and left this note: “Going to California to be world surfing champion.” Abused and homeless for years, she conceived a child, and life changed. She became world surfing champion four times and is an inductee into the Surfer Hall of Fame.

WHITE RHINO 
Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, 2019, 64min
Director: Brent Storm
Showing: Camel Rock, 7pm, Friday 22 November 2019

The story of big wave surfers as seen through some of the photographers who witnessed the largest surf ever seen. This story is based on one photographer’s journey to capture the wave of a lifetime. In pursuit, three epic swells hit South Pacific shores to make only madmen happy. Gob-smacking, foot-stomping, gut-wrenching, mind-expanding big wave mayhem.

WHERE THE DESERT MEETS THE OCEAN – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Namibia, Czechoslovakia, 2019, 45min
Director: Véna Píša
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Saturday 7 December 2019

Four friends from a landlocked country go on a beautifully filmed mission to ride the longest left-hand barrel in the world – Skeleton Bay. In the middle of the African winter, they go to Namibia on the greatest adventure of their lives. Beyond waves and unreal natural scenery, sheer dog-headed determination brings them to their goal.

 

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Hawaii, 2018, 98min
Director: Aaron Lieber
Showing: Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Sunday 8 December 2019

One of the most accomplished athletes of her generation, Bethany Hamilton became a surfing wunderkind after she lost her left arm to a tiger shark at the age of 13. As she continues to chase waves, she now tackles motherhood, but her surfing gets better and better and better. Bethany charges big waves, notably Jaws, and has become an accomplished tow surfer and competitive shortboard surfer. She is an inspirational to many young women.

THE TONY ALVA STORY – AFRICAN PREMIERE
USA, California, 2019, 50min
Director: Coan “Buddy” Nichols and Rick Charnoski
Showing: Jack Black’s Taproom, 7pm, Saturday, 9 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Thursday, 5 December 2019

The oldest professional skateboarder in the world at 62, Alva is the godfather of modern day skateboarding. His brand of aggressive bravado in the 70s paved the way for skateboarding’s sassy urban soul. We watch him rise from the streets of Santa Monica to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, followed by the inevitable drug-induced implosion. But he works through it to become a beacon of hope and inspiration.

 

OCEANS WITHOUT LIMITS
World, 2019, 50min
Director: Mark van Wijk
Showing: The Electric, 6pm, Thursday, 14 November 2019

An adventure of a lifetime on the Indian Ocean brings three men together to explore ways to end the plastic horror engulfing our marine life. As they move through the ocean, plans change and priorities shift as the sheer enormity of what they experience begins to hit home.

PLASTIC CHINA
China, 2017, 82min
Director: Jiu-Liang Wang
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Friday, 6th December 2019

Through the rolling hills of plastic waste can be heard the faint rustle and laughter of children scurrying and playing. The smiles that break across their grubby faces belie a bleak existence for families who eke out a living by sorting plastic waste. Following Pen and his daughter Yi Jie, under the watchful eye of boss Kun, this story sounds dark, but it is predicated on hope.

MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa, 2019, 45min
Director: Jason Hearn
Showing: Clifton Beach, 7:30pm, Saturday, 30 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Saturday, 7 December 2019

Veteran surf filmmaker Hearn produces a three-part feature based on a series for Red Bull that takes us on a surf trip to Cape Town, Durban and the South Coast. Narrated via interviews with Jordy Smith, Shaun Tomson and others, we get wonderful insights into South African surf history and culture as we look at enigmatic surfers like Ricky Basnett and Frankie Oberholzer.

MEDIUM LENGTH FILMS 

TAN MADONNA
France, Mexico, Indo, 2019
Director: Alex Knost
Showing: Camel Rock, 7pm, Thursday, 21 November 2019

This film noir-ish avant-garde-esque cinematic smear from whacky Newport artist / muso / surfer dude Alex Knost is shot in epic spots in Baja Mexico, France, Australia and Indo. Expect an eclectic collective of strangeness with creative bent pushed out in mixed media, from HD Digital to Super 16mm and Super 8mm, and a trippy soundtrack made live on location by Alex and Lee Ann Curren. It’s not a surf trip, its surf trippy!

PAIGE – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Bali, 2019, 31min
Director: Bjarne Salen
Showing: Labia, 6:15pm, Thursday, 5 December 2019

One of Maui’s female big wave surfers, Paige Alms is self motivated. The twenty-seven year old maintains a career in surfing by working. A lot. Odd jobs like ding repair, bar-tending, construction, surf lessons and catering provide Paige with funds to travel, compete and surf. Alms moved to Maui when she was nine after traveling the breadth of Australia in a van with her mom.

HOW TO LEARN HOW TO SURF
Bali, 2019, 31min
Director: Van Niestat
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Sunday, 8 December 2019

This hilarious short documentary shot in Bali tells the story of the Ten Bullets Surf Team — a group of bad surfers — on the long, painful road to becoming OK surfers, some of them with many hours of  experience but little to show for it. They seek the guidance of two seasoned professionals, Punker Pat Towserey and Rizal Tandjung. Funny bru!

NORDURLAND 
Arctic Circle, 2019, 32min
Director: Ishka Folkwell
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Thursday, 5 December 2019

Nordurland follows three friends from the subtropics of NSW Australia – Torren Martyn, Laurie Towner and Ryan Scanlon – who search for remote waves near isolated snowy peaks. Folkwell beautifully captures these vast and stunning landscapes, while Torren Martyn’s narration offers a personal reflection that is as rewarding as it is interesting.

ALTERNATIVA – AFRICAN PREMIERE
El Salvador, 2019, 16min
Director: Zach Weisberg
Showing: Camel Rock, 7pm, Friday, 22 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Thursday, 5 December 2019

Kassia Meador, Leah Dawson, and Lola Mignot, are three outstanding women who are inspiring the next generation of ocean lovers through their alternative approach to both surfing and life. Each has developed a strong voice as a leader in surfing, and managed to do so on her own terms. They ride the boards they want, spearhead projects that speak to their passions, and keep their eyes peeled for interesting ways to engage that fascinating nexus where surfing and the rest of the world collide.

SURF GIRLS JAMAICA – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Jamaica, 2019, 16min
Director: Lucy Jane & Joya Berrow
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Thursday, 5 December 2019

Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer, transforms the lives of women in Kingston and surrounds. Imani harnesses surfing to empower these women through training camps to learn the mindful art of riding waves. Globally, Imani has a personal quest to empower women of color to get access to surfing and a place in the global surf industry.

 

INNER WILD – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Mexico, 2019, 20min
DirectorLeah Dawson and Jack Coleman
Showing: Camel Rock, 7pm, Thursday, 21 November 2019
Clifton Beach, 7:30pm, Saturday, 30 November 2019

Inner Wild is an exploration of the joy a group of women find in the sea, showcasing a talented, unique approaches to riding waves, while sharing the essence of the ocean. The style and grace of the feminine side of surfing is beautifully and artfully expressed through. Beauty unbound.

SHORT FILMS

WATER II
Tahiti, Maldives, Mexico, Indonesia 2017, 5min
Director: Morgan Maassen
Showing: Clifton Beach, 7:30pm, Saturday, 30 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Friday, 6 December 2019

This sumptious ode to the sea is mostly shot underwater in exotic locations on top quality underwater gear, and it shows. Set to the beautiful Flicker by Son Lux, we go on a crystal voyage into the curling blue tubes of Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives, Barbados, Indonesia, Mexico and California. Maassen used a Red Weapon, Scarlet-W and Red Dragon ultra HD cameras.

NÜ RHYTHMO
West Africa, 2019, 13min
Director: Sam Smith
Showing: Jack Black’s Taproom, 7pm, Saturday, 9 November 2019
Camel Rock, 7pm, Thursday, 21 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Saturday, 7 December 2019

Rumour and research leads Michael February to a West African fishing village and a mythical wave. The musical soundtrack weaves a rhythmic and hypnotic beat to accompany the magic that dancers’ weave, while a lone surfer lays down his own backing track on an endless wave.

 

SENTINEL OCEAN ALLIANCE
Cape Town, South Africa, 2019, 12min
Director: Rick Wall
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm & 8:30pm, 7 December 2019

Frank Solomon has evolved from big wave surfer to a socially conscious human who channels his talents into helping disadvantaged communities. This short film documents the formation of Frank’s organisation Sentinel Ocean Alliance that lies in the shadow of the Sentinel in Hout Bay, with big wave spot Dungeons just around the corner.

 

BETWEEN THE LINES
Cape Town, South Africa, 2019, 13min
Director: Jason Hearn
Showing: Clifton Beach, 7:30pm, Saturday, 30 November
Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Saturday, 7 December 2019

We all stare at the same ocean. However, when you read between the lines, the truth appears. A visual eulogy takes us on an ocean journey with photographer Sacha Specker and his exquisite work. An old man versus the sea story, with deep undercurrents of meaning and emotion.

 

SURFER DAN – AFRICAN PREMIERE
USA, Michigan, 2018, 8min
Director: Tim Temple
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Sunday, 8 December 2019

Dan finds all he needs in the icy waves of Lake Superior, Michigan, in the dead of winter. It might just be the most unattractive surfing destination in the whole world – but for Dan that is irrelevant. It’s home. Sometimes we forget our own backyard has majesty. You just need to know how to find it.

 

PADDLING FOR HAPPINESS
UK, 2019, 5min
Director: Michael Durban

Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Thursday, 5 December 2019

An ocean storm can be harsh and unforgiving – blazing a trail of devastation in its wake – just like war. But the ocean can also be calm and soothing. For soldiers returning from Afghanistan, 30 seconds could have meant the difference between life and death. For Martin Pollock, 30 seconds is all about the perfect wave.

CIRCLE OF THE SUN
Norway, 2019, 4min
Director: Lena Stoffel
Showing: Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, 5th, 6th and 8th December 2019

One circle of the sun (one day) takes us on a surreal surf and ski journey to Arctic Norway where Lena Stoffel and her crew surf perfect waves in the Arctic sea and ride giant powdery mountain slopes. There are dreamy northern lights, wondrous contrasts of blue, grey and white, and the days fades with an endless sun and an infinite ocean.

ONE BREATH AROUND THE WORLD
World, 2019, 12min
Director: Guillaume Néry

Showing: The Electric, 6pm, Thursday 14 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Sunday 8 December 2019

Néry, 37, and Julie Gautier, 39, take us on a breathtaking underwater odyssey from Mauritius to Mexico to Japan and many stops in between. Their extensive freediving experience sees them explore submerged ruins, swim beneath the ice sheet, and mingle with sleeping sperm whales. They capture mesmerizing footage of parts of the planet unseen by humans.

 

CHOMPER SURF CRAFT
5min
Director:
Robin Taylor
Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Saturday 7 December 2019

This stylised short documentary follows Henry “Chomper” Muller through his journey as he discovers his love for the ocean and becomes one of Cape Town’s youngest surfboard shapers. Through reflection, Chomper gives the viewer a personal insight into who he is, and the craft behind his retro boards.

 

THIS WAY
New York, USA, 2019, 14min
Director: Scott Wynn & Elley Norman

Showing: Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Thursday 5 December 2019

One skateboarder. Two surfers. One stretch limo. A lot of beer. Pro skater Nora Vasconcellos, pro surfer Laura Enever and free surfing muso Jaleesa Vincent cruise the East Coast of the US. A film that is whacky, warm, quirky and quite unique. Art with heart with soul. Kiff soundtrack. What women’s surfing needs – a bit of offbeat grit.

 

STREET SURFERS
South Africa, 2019, 8min
Director: Arthur Neumeier

Showing: Labia Cinema, 6:15pm, Saturday 7 December 2019

Set among the concrete blocks of high rise Joburg, big wave surfer Frank Solomon finds an underground community as represented by Thabo and Mokete, who use recycling to earn a living, surfing the streets on home-made carts stuffed with plastic. This is a story of new friendships, shared experiences and common interest between people worlds apart.

 

METANOIA
South Africa, 2019, 5min
Director:
Michael Veltman
Showing: Clifton Beach, 7:30pm, Saturday 30 November 2019
Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Saturday 7 December 2019

This beautifully shot and edited short film showcases South Africans (and sometimes others) surfing insane waves around the world. It views almost like a showreel, with Veltman’s incredible eye for the shot coming to the fore.

JUNGLE FEVER
South Africa, Indonesia, 2019, 5min
Director: Calvin Thompson

Showing: Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Thursday 5 December 2019
Labia Cinema 6:15pm, Saturday 7 December 2019

Two Durban surf rats Mook Lion and Tim Smyly go on the quintessential surf trip after a grainy gritty, start in the most unlikely of places – a party and subsequent hangover in Joburg. They end up in thick Sumatran jungle in search of the perfect wave. Do they find it? You be the judge!

JOURNAL ENTRIES
South Africa, 2019, 5min
Director:
Rama McCabe
Showing: Labia Cinema, 8:30pm, Saturday 7 December 2019

Basically, this is a two-song medley showcasing the ridiculous talents of Brendon Gibbons, a young South African surfer who smashes some South African surf spots half to death. Some kiff footage of hollow heaving green Cape Town barrels in that frisky southeaster we know and love … sort of.

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