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Swerve Festival to include Doc Paskowitz film 'Surfwise'



Swerve Festival

FUEL TV's Swerve Festival hosts music, film, art celebration in LA

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 September, 2007 : - - This weekend marks the launch of FUEL TV's Swerve Festival, a new annual festival dedicated to celebrating West Coast creative culture - a community inspired by art, film, music and action sports. The West Coast is the birthplace of many cultural movements that have had an incredible impact on the world.

The three-day celebration will be held in Los Angeles to bring together this dynamic group of innovators and thinkers and to spotlight some of the most exciting work to come out of these creative disciplines.

The festival will kick off on Friday, September 28 with the U.S. Premiere of Surfwise. Directed by Doug Pray (Hype!, Scratch, Big Rig), Surfwise follows the odyssey of 85-year-old, legendary surfer Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children—all of whom were raised and home-schooled in a small camper on a California beach, surfed every day of their lives, and rigorously adhered to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild.

The festival will close on Sunday, September 30 with the West Coast Premiere of Anton Corbijn’s hotly anticipated biopic Control, the life and death story of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the legendary post-punk rock band, Joy Division. The award-winning film had its world premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Other films in the Swerve Festival lineup include the U.S. Premiere of Mike Hill’s documentary The Man Who Souled the World. The film tells the story of Steve Rocco who transformed the skateboard industry from corporate to skater-owned with a do-it-yourself punk attitude. Steve’s antics and entrepreneurial impact on the skateboard business are huge and have ultimately had a significant impact on broader mainstream culture as Steve is the man who gave Spike Jonze his first directing gig, discovered Jason Lee and created Big Brother magazine which became the genesis of Jackass.

Swerve Festival will host two days of (mostly) FREE dynamic live music performances at Barnsdall Art Park and the Echoplex. Performers are an eclectic mix of internationally known headline acts as well as critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists including: We Are Scientists, The Black Angels, DeVotchKa, Oh No! Oh My!, Foreign Born, Bonde Do Role, Oh No! Oh My!, Snowden, Illinois and Thee More Shallows.

Throughout the festival venue’s Barnsdall Art Park, Aaron Rose, co-curator of “Beautiful Losers”, has organized an art show consisting original art installations by artists include Mike Mills, Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell, Sage Vaughn, Ed Templeton, Todd James and Terry Richardson.

Throughout the weekend, do-it-yourself workshops will provide visitors silk-screening, meet-the-artist sessions and a glimpse into CreateAskate—a non-profit national educational curriculum teaching participants how to make their own skateboards.

Swerve Festival will also include environmentally friendly elements such as Global Inheritance's Energy Factory that generates power from solar, biodiesel and bike stations; an incentive program encouraging use of public transportation, skateboards or bicycles to and from the grounds; and Farmer's Market-style food vendors.

The core of the Swerve Festival will take place at the Barnsdall Art Park which offers panoramic views of the city and the famed Hollywood Sign, the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, plus a modern theater, galleries, and art studios. Other Swerve Festival venues include the historic Vista Theater and Echoplex.

Sponsors and partners include: Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, ASCAP, Indie 103.1, KCRW, Echoplex, Transworld SURF, Transworld SKATEboarding, Anthem Magazine, Filter Magazine, The Onion, ReadyMade, Moviola, Expansion Team, Stereo, Pyramid, 686, Siku, Global Inheritance, CreateAskate, Surfrider Foundation, ICN, Metro Blogging, Flavorpill, myspace, Surfaid, 826 LA, Bicycle Coalition, and Keep-a-Breast.

It is quick and easy to register for a FREE Music Day Pass and film passes are on sale now. Swerve Festival September 28-30, 2007


FRIDAY 9/28 Doors Open 7pm
Venue: Vista Theatre
8:00 Surfwise screening
10:00 Post film party with NASA (Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon)

SATURDAY 9/29 Doors Open 1pm
Venue: Festival Village – 1p-7pm
Fuel TV Lounge
Hit + Run screen printing
Global Inheritance
Readymade Magazine Shrinky Dinks
Keep Abreast
LA Bike Coalition
Sharpie Tattoos

Venue: Barnsdall Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
2:00 Beautiful Losers
4:00 Shorts One
6:00 Man Who Souled the World
8:00 The Good Life
10:00 Music Videos

Venue: Great Lawn Stage at Barnsdall Art Park (FREE w/ registration)
2:00 Illinois
3:15 Snowden
4:30 Foreign Born
5:45 The Black Angels

Venue: Swerve Café – 12p-7pm

Venue: Echoplex (FREE w/ registration)
9:00p DJs Franki Chan + Paparazzi
10:30p The Toxic Avenger
11:30p Juiceboxxx
12:15a Bonde Do Role
1:00a LA Riots

SUNDAY 9/30 Doors Open 12noon
Venue: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Art Park
12:00 Music Videos (repeat)
2:00 Shorts Two
4:00 Art in Action Shorts

Venue: Festival Village – 12p-6pm
Fuel TV Lounge
Hit + Run screen printing
Global Inheritance
Readymade Magazine Shrinky Dinks
Keep Abreast
LA Bike Coalition
Sharpie Tattoos

Venue: Great Lawn Stage at Barnsdall Art Park (FREE w/ registration)
1:00p Thee More Shallows
2:15p Secret show to be announced
3:30p Oh No! Oh My!
4:45p DeVotchKa

Venue: Swerve Café – 12p-6pm

Venue: Vista Theatre
6:00 Control screening

Venue: Echoplex
8:00p Control After Party
9:00-10:00 Festival Award Show (Open to Control ticket holders & Festival Pass holders)
10:00-11:00 We Are Scientists (Open to public $5 tickets)


Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd
(cross street Vermont)
Los Angeles, CA 90027

1154 Glendale Blvd.
(cross street Sunset)
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Dr.
(at Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90027



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