Surf Film Festival
04 Surf Film Festival Ciudad de Santander - Spain
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 November, 2009 : - - The new and fourth edition of the Surf Film Festival of Santander, in Spain, will take place in Los Angeles movie Theater from the 11th. to the 15th. of November. The 04 Surf Film Festival Ciudad de Santander is organized by the Municipality of Santander in collaboration with La Caixa (bank), printing Ter, El Diario Montanes (press),Onda Cero radio and for the first time, collaborate generously the U.S. magazine Surfer.
This fourth edition of the already established festival, which is held once a year in Santander, Spain, intends to bring a global outlook to our sport, and approuch to rich history and culture and all the with the intencion to show at all audiences, surfers and no surfers alike. This is a different approach to the culture of this young sport that is so strongly rooted in our region and country.
This edition follows the original line in terms of structure, this means a important photo exhibit in the loby of the Movie Theater, a look at our region by the hand of local photographers and film makers, the best surf productions of the year made worldwide and of course some good live music with the best groups of town.
A major exhibition this year comes from Photographer Ron Stoner, who may be first seen in Spain. This comes courtesy of Surfer magazine and gives us the chance to show 20 jewels of Ron Stoner from the invaluable vaults of this historical magazine. Ron Stoner is (one of) the most important photographers of the history of surfing.
From 1965 to 1967 he was working as the top photographer for SURFER magazine, been the first surf photographer in nominee and with a card for expenses.His images full of beauty, were cleaner, richer, brighter and better-composed than anybody elses. Like fellow surf photography legend Art Brewer said " The best moments in a surfer´s life, Stoner caught them". His influence in posterior photographers is incalculable. His meteoric rise to the top was amazing; and so was his fall.
His late cameos with drugs and his own psychological problems, sadly made him disappeared from the scene. His last work dated from 1971, been first reported missing in 1977 and subsequently declared dead in 1994, although his body was never found. There are many legends about Stoner, but nothing is better than seeing his beautiful snapshots to discover and remember the golden age of the world of surfing in the California of the 1960s by the hand of the most important surf photographer ever.
Another highlight of the festival will be the showcasing of seven local photographers and their digital work. This will provide a summary of what has been a year (very good) at the surfing scene in our region. Local photographers include Jose Pellón, Jose Haya, Pablo Camino, Alfonso Nieva, Sergio García, Raúl Gunche, Nacho Valdivieso and Hector Barrero. Another activity that fills us with joy is the presentation of two documentaries, filmed on our shores, by Cantabrian filmmakers.
We will have the debut of Eduardo Sanchez with Serial B and the new foray into the genre of the young filmmaker Hector Barrero with Ocean Room. Fourteen titles will be presented this year. We will have a chance to see Jeff Parkers Echo Beach, which will open the festival. Mikey Detemples Picaresque, Fresh Fruits for Rotten Vegetables by Steve Cleveland, The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun by George Greenough, 1968 (the only Classic film scheduled this year) will follow.
We also will be highlighting the following movies: The Present by Thomas Campbell, without doubt, one of the best films this year. The beautiful The Ripple Effect of Mike Sanders. The artistic Hanging Five by Chris Cutri. You Scratched my Unchord by Mitch Absher and which will be discussed later. The Driffter. The latest production by Taylor Steele with Rob Machado and scheduled to be only two functions. Walking on water by Bryan Jennings. Lost Prophets search for the Colective by Nathan Apffel. Dear & Yonder by Tiffany and Andria Lesser and created with a female audience in mind.
Toms Creation Plantation by Cyrus Sutton is about the resurgence of the old style Hawaiian surfboards by Tom Wegener. And finally, a preview of Displacement, the anticipated film debut of Californian artist Alex Kopps. A last entry to the festival is a short preview of The Tyler Warren Experiments by John Smart, that is not in the program and could be seen acompaning other shows.. Cosult the blog for schedules.
In coordination with the Council of youth, the festival has organized an activity entitled The Night of Rock and Surf on Nov. 14th. There will be a performance by local band Cantabro Soul Gestapo followed by the Surf documentary You Scratched my Unchord by Mitch Absher. This groundbreaking production, packed withaction, a powerful band sound and hilarious Sketches featuring surfers themselves, is filmed entirely in California and will certainly delight the audience. This activity will be entirely free.
We leave the link to the blog of the festival where you can find more info about the movies and shows. And please difuse this email as much as possible this will helps us to do it the better and easier next year !!
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