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Spirit of Akasha in Mexico © Spirit of Akasha/Heath Hoske

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Spirit of Akasha and Bella Vita premiere at Savage Cinema

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 September, 2013 : - - Spirit of Akasha and Bella Vita will be premiered at Savage Cinema, a non-competitive section of the San Sebastian Festival created in collaboration with Red Bull Media House, that will showcase the best in adventure and action sports movies on the big screen

September 21 the Principal Theatre will see the world premiere of Spirit of Akasha, a re-interpretation of the classic surf movie Morning of the Earth 40 years down the line, the result of collaboration between some of the biggest names in today’s surf and music scenes.

Thanks to Warner Music Australia, the film boasts a fantastic soundtrack featuring artists like Ben Howard, Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT), Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke), Xavier Rudd and Angus Stone, who have created exclusive pieces for the project.   

Director Andrew Kidman and some of the surfers starring in the film will be there at the Principal Theatre to present the film in a very special showing which will be followed by a screening of Morning of the Earth and an exciting live performance of it´s soundtrack by the band Odei.

Bella Vita premiere will take place on September 22  at the Principe Cinema with director Jason Baffa and surfer Chris del Moro attending the screening.

In this 35mm film Baffa chronicles Chris and his friends Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lyndsey Hill, the Coffin brothers and italians Alessandro Ponzanelli and Leonardo Fioravanti as they explore the burgeoning new surf culture blossoming among the Mediterranean´s oldest and cherished traditions.

Bella Vita is an intimate and powerful journey of self-discovery, seeped in culture, tradition and passion, where family comes first.

Spirit of Akasha –a film and soundtrack celebrating 40 years of Morning of the Earth
Andrew Kidman. Australia. 2013

In 1971 Albert Falzon made Morning of the Earth, a film that would forever change the way the world thought about surfing. His portrayal of all things pure and simple influenced generations, and passed on an enduring sprit to our culture, our music, and our lifestyle.

Spirit of Akasha is a brand new film that reaffirms Morning of the Earth’s ethos of soul and spirit in the present day context, proving all its values are still having an enduring impact on us all and on surfers as Tom Curren or Stephanie Gilmore.

Produced by noted Australian film-maker Andrew Kidman and mentored by Albert Falzon, Spirit of Akasha sets a new benchmark with an amazing creative fusion blending the realms of surfing, music and film making.

Andrew Kidman is one of the most transcendent creators of the modern surf culture. Through his films - Litmus (1996), Glass Love (2006), Last Hope (2009)and Lost in the Ether (2010) - he has fashioned new ways to explore the sport, with a look back in time to its past, traditions and historic characters.

An aesthetic and different perspective focussed on drawing attention to the importance on surfing today of legacy, inter-general relations and evolution in shapes and materials.

Bella Vita
Jason Baffa. USA-ITALY. 2013

Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland to explore a culture where old-world-convention and traditional craftsmanship have matured into a modern surf lifestyle destination.

What Chris finds in the beauty of Italy and the unique connection the Italian people have with family and tradition reveals unexpected inner truths for pursuing La Bella Vita.

Baffa, who has proven a strength in romantically capturing the surfing aesthetic and ideals through independent productions, as One California Day and Singlefin: Yellow, puts emocional weight in Bella Vita taking the audience to a place beyond a surf film.

Not only surf at Savage Cinema: The section will also showcase films on freeski, BASE jump, snowboard and climbing.

The Crash Reel (Lucy Walker). The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.

McConkey (Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff). A feature-length documentary, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping.

Cerro Torre (Thomas Dirnhofer). David Lama, climbing’s wunderkind, sets out to climb the infamous south-east face of Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world. No one has ever climbed this Needle of Granite in free-climbing style

Into the Mind (Eric Crosland, Dave Mossop) From the creators of the award winning film All.I.Can, Sherpas Cinema is proud to present their newest feature film, Into The Mind.

With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytell- ing techniques, the Sherpas blur the lines between dream state and reality, and immerse you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain.

A major event will take place on the 27th at the Antonio Elorza Velodrome. In the tradition of last years  BIG FRIDAY the event will host an epic double feature: The world premiere of Cerro Torre – A Snowball’s Chance in Hell and the world premiere of Into the mind. With the former film focussing on free climbing and the latter on freeskiing, both features take different approaches on the same common goal: taking height to the limit.

Source: San Sebastian Festival

Author: Angela Zozaya

Tags: San Sebastian, Film, Spain

Festivals: Surfersvillage


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