Cape Town to mine rich surf culture
A record lineup for the Wavescape Surf Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, this December
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 November, 2012 : - - Keep in mind the dates from 28 November to 17 December, kickstarting with a exhibition of art surfboards, a special charity auction on 5 December, followed by the flagship event of the festival on Saturday 8 December, with indoor screenings moving to an old cinema in town, and a seaside bar called the Brass Bell on the beach at the quaint village of Kalk Bay in False Bay.
The annual screening under the stars at Clifton 4th Beach attracts up to 5000 to watch a big screening of a surfing film. This year, Wavescape is screening Code Red and Dear Suburbia, preceded by top quality shorts from around the world.
A range of new screenings, events, artists and venues have been added to Wavescape this year. A record 20 feature and 11 short films will be screened at 4 venues around Cape Town during the festival, which is presented by Pick n Pay, with support from Billabong, Save Our Seas Foundation and Jack Black.
An outreach screening goes to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Centre in Masiphumelele township near Kommetjie, while at the Wavescape Slide Night, Cape Town's cool set mingle with some of South Africa's top watermen, scientists and activists. The evening – set to take place on Thursday 13 December in Superette at the new Woodstock Exchange – adds an entertaining but educational touch to our interaction with the ocean as 10 prominent ocean figures speak for 10 minutes each about their experiences with the ocean. Each speaker will show film or photos to illustrate their talk.
Brett Murray has stepped out from his ordeal in the wake of the Zuma spear incident to decorate one of 10 specially shaped surfboards that go on show at Superette from Wednesday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December, when the charity auction takes place. Proceeds go to the NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation's Waves for Change programme.
The Missing Link surfboard, based on a shape by the father of surfing in the Cape, John Whitmore, comes from a time between the long and short board eras when surfing was moving from the old to the new. Adding their weight to the charity project, internationally acclaimed photographer Guy Tillim rejoins the crew, while newcomers Roger Ballen and Wim Botha add some serious cultural power to the creative juices.
Headline films at the festival this year include Dave Rastovich's Minds in the Water, and two films by Taylor Steele, This Time Tomorrow and Here and Now.
Ocean conservation and sustainability remain core motivations for Wavescape and its partners at the festival. Bronwen Rohland, Director Marketing and Sustainability at Pick n Pay, said: “Pick n Pay is passionate about the protection of our oceans and we have committed to stocking only sustainably sourced seafood by the end of 2015. Our association with Wavescape represents a strategic partnership and aligns with our aim to increase awareness of the importance of both sharing and protecting the goodness of our oceans.”
Author: Joanne Rose-Innes
Tags: South Africa, Film Festivals, Wavescape