2022 Films

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BIG vs SMALL

Director: Minna Dufton

Producers: Heidi Richert, Minna Dufton

Runtime: 76:00

When Filmmaker Minna Dufton started her documentary about elite big wave champion surfer, “tiny fighter” Joana Andrade, who rides the powerhouse waves at Nazaré, Portugal (home of the 100ft World Record Wave surfed by Garrett McNamara), little did she know Joana harbored a deep secret. When Joana shares with Minna that she needs to go train as a free-diver to overcome her fear of drowning, an extraordinary thing happens…  BIG vs SMALL is a modern-day fairytale stretching from the raging monster waves in the south to the dark stillness of a far-north, frozen Finnish lake; it’s about power and strength on top of the water, and facing demons under it. It’s about trust, it’s about letting go, and it’s about what happens when two elite champions share their deepest secrets with each other…

…because, the battle isn’t on the wave.

For The Dream

Director: Sean Davis

Producers: Russ Scully, Kevin Womersley, Brian Reardon

Cast: Ben Gravy

Runtime: 102:00

Ex-pro surfer recovering from alcohol addiction sets out to change the world by getting sober & attempting to be the first person to surf in all 50 states.

 

 

Sweet Adventure

Director: Peter Hamblin

Producer: Frankie Fogg

Cast: Selema Masekela

Runtime: 51:00

There are those movies that capture the moment, the magic, and the zeitgeist. Peter Hamblin’s ‘Sweet Adventure’ is one of those rare gems. Starring Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Nora Vasconcellos and Selema Masekela – this irreverent surf film has a bit of Hollywood flair and mixes together documentary, travel adventure, and biopic. Nothing is off the table really in this sprinkling of magic dust that’s hard to describe. At its very core Sweet Adventure is a film about adventure but it’s about more than that, it’s about travel, and friendship, and great waves – it’s about the things we’ve been missing, the things that matter; all set in the great country of El Salvador.

Waterman

Director: Isaac Halasima

Producers: Steven Ungerleider, David Ulich, Michael Cascio, Chet Thomas, John Murphy

Runtime: 92:00

Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian Icon. American hero. Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. Waterman explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport’s first-time inclusion in this year’s Games – a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe. Narrated by Jason Momoa, this original documentary by Sidewinder Films (At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, Munich ’72 and Beyond), features commentary from surfing’s biggest stars, including newly-crowned Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, while also delving into his personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews.

 

SHORTS

Barrels & cod

Director: Alexandre Ribas

Producer: The Hidden Bay

Runtime: 15:00

Portugal has cod and has a lot of good waves too. Legendary big rider Bruno Santos spent last winter enjoying both. He always liked big waves, but in the end, he discovered his new passion, giant waves. a cool adventure with the best waves in Portugal, from barrels to giant and challenging waves in Nazaré.

By Women

Directors: Anna Veronica Ribeiro, Sam Manhaes

Producers: Anna Veronica Ribeiro, Sam Manhaes

Cast: Yanca Costa

Runtime: 15:50

Jaci is a twenty-year-old female surfer who dreams of becoming world champion. She is training hard, but realizes that something is missing in her surfing. So, she decides to make a special board, and BY WOMEN is born: a fish twin fins board created entirely by female hands. Its shape, lamination and keel, all molded by women. The board becomes the protagonist of Jaci’s spiritual reconnection to her surfing and to female surfers of past, present and future. A connection between surfer and board is born that takes both of them on adventures of love, hate, frustration and accomplishment on the waves and through life.

Creation From the Shred Shed

Directors: Fletcher Whittle, Erin Whittle

Runtime: 2:56

Wrightsville Beach regular Fletcher Whittle shapes and then shreds in this quick glimpse into the joys of riding a self-shaped surfboard.

 

 

 

 

 

Enter the Cramaverse

 

Director: Tom Pearsall

Cast: Beau Cram

Runtime: 15:00

Around the same time the flame haired (possible android) Mark Zuckerberg hit launch on the Metaverse, our fuzzy haired protagonist (and bona fide human) Beau Cram escaped the grips of COVID-19, stepped on the gas of his large, rectangular shaped metal land-vehicle and… simply disappeared.

At present Beau sips from a cylindrical tin filled with a fizzy feel-good liquid admiring mystified water hanging high in the atmosphere catching the ever-changing colours of a setting gas giant. He’s there, deep within a universe crammed full of positivity and gratitude for those he’d met and would soon meet, for the array of experiences once dreamt and now lived.
All is good. In The Cramaverse.

What transpired before this current moment took place over roughly 1 sidereal year. The Earth travelled 940 million km around the sun at 30 kilometres a second. Beau travelled some 7,000km at 0.02 kilometres a second. Word filtered out from where he had been. Whispers of a journey spanning a seemingly endless straight road, littered with the corpses of an animal with springs for legs; under towering forests inhabited by ancient white skinned trees and over bone rattling ancient plains of red dirt. Before, finally, into an aquatic playground brimming with mythical reefs and myriad creatures. No one was sure of the rumours… till now.

Grateful

 

Director: Rory Sutherland

Cast: Elle Sutherland, Neil Turpin

Music: Joey Pecoraro

Runtime: 4:03

A lighthearted celebration of surfing and the joy it brings to so many of us. Shot over two sunny weekends of late summer swell on the north east UK coast. Good waves, good friends and good times.

Imogen

Director: morgan maassen

Runtime: 8:12

Imogen is a 23 year old woman from Red Bluff, Western Australia – one of the remotest regions I’ve ever traveled to, known for its abundance of perfect waves, Outback dust and treacherous wildlife. Over the course of a year, our adventures took us from her homebreak to the icebergs of Iceland, forests of France and the jungles of Indonesia.

Juvenile Rippers 2

Director: Matton Bain

Writer: Fletcher Whittle

Producer: Christian castiglione

Runtime: 12:12

Wrightsville Beach groms rip their way through the day.

Mothers, Purpose, and the Future

Director: Hannah Walsh

Writers: Kiley Hartel, Jennifer Hinton

Producer: Carve Designs

Cast: Nellie Pickett, Camille Cunningham, Danielle Black Lyons, Cameron Lee Barnum

Runtime: 17:53

Carve Designs’ short film explores the idea that we don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, as much as we borrow it from our children. From shimmering seas to dust swept deserts, the outdoors is more than just ours to enjoy, it’s ours to care for. We have a duty to preserve and protect the planet for those who come after. As women, as caretakers and as mothers, we understand.

Resurfacing: Koa Smith

Director: Chris Keener

Producers:Chris Keener, Dersu Rhodes

Runtime: 12:32

When a devastating accident leaves pro surfer Koa Smith with a traumatic brain injury and depression, he searches for answers where ancient rituals meet modern science.

ROCCO UP

Director: John Madere

Producers: Kevin McCann, Donald Intonato

Runtime: 22:26

Rocco is an autistic boy who has always felt at home in the ocean. He lives in Montauk with his parents and younger sister. Ben, Rocco’s father, who has always dreamt of having a surfing son, sets out to teach Rocco, who is non-verbal, to surf. Sara, Rocco’s mother, takes the lead on his cognitive and language development. Challenges persist, but triumphs abound. Both parents find that Rocco is teaching them powerful ways to be present. Over the years, Rocco develops confidence, grace, and remarkable balance in the water. His elation as he stands up and moves to the front of his board is clear to everyone. The beachgoers watch, spontaneously cheer “Rocco up!” and reflect on his focus, nimbleness, and joy when surfing with his father. Unscripted interviews are testimonials to boundless family love, the stoke of community support, and the neuroscience behind our enchantment with water.

Rogue Overtures

Director: Ku’i’o Young

Runtime: 11:25

A short surf film written, directed, produced, edited, and colored by Ku’i’o Young

The Art of Surfing

Director: Zack Patrick

Cast: Kevin Miranda

Audio: Nate Ipanag

Runtime: 3:42

The Art of Surfing sheds light to the artistic expression that goes into not only the riding of surfboards but the shaping. Kevin Miranda, a Long Beach, California native, tells his story of his journey into finding a passion for shaping surfboards.

The Stories Waves Can Tell

Director: Chris Moncrief

Runtime: 2:07

Filmed at Carolina Beach State Park, this environmental essay film explores the hidden truths behind those who can no longer speak for themselves. These are the stories that waves can tell, but only to those who listen.

Vona

Director, Writer: Clint Davis

Producer: Deniz Toprak

Cast: Kepa Acero

Runtime: 16:43

We follow Kepa Acero who finds himself in far East Turkey in an area called Persembe(VONA), in search of waves and adventure. He meets up with Deniz Toprak, a local who’s moved back home to discover waves and what his region has to offer. Along the way they will meet people who will guide them whilst they traverse around Vona’s beautiful landscape, diving deep into the Turkish hospitality, the people’s way of life, and the turbulent romance of surf exploration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waxshoe Wahines

Director, Writer: Laurel H Senick

Writer: Ashley Chapman

Producer: Laurel H Senick

Cast: Emily Grom Current

Runtime: 10:00

Waxshoe Wahines is a comedic series that flips the script on typical surfers, these Waxshoe Wahines are four diverse, courageous young women who combat crime at their beach, while banging down the doors of injustice that stand in their way. They surf, they skate, and use their unique gifts to solve the mysteries that threaten Sweetwater Beach.

Window

Director: Seth Hughes

Cast: Stanley Norman

Music: Other Lives

Sound Design: CJ Mirra, Karlotta Skagfield

Runtime: 4:16

Myself and Stanley Norman made this film during gap in covid restrictions in October 2020. It was the first time either of us had been away since the pandemic began and we were both really excited to shoot/surf again. We made it to Scotland despite the myths of people getting turned around on the Scottish border and had one week of unbelievable waves.