Florida Surf Film Festival – November 18-19, 2016

The Zone by Jack Coleman & Dream Steeple by Eddie Obrand on the BIG SCREEN

New Smyrna Beach, FL – On September 3, 2016, Florida Surf Film Festival will screen a double feature, along with several short films.

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Doors open at 6PM, and movies start at 7PM with:

  • Com Amor, Yago– a new short film from Brazilian Gabriel Novis featuring Yago Dora,
  • Journey to the Center– a travelogue documenting Kepa Acero and Dane Gadauskas as they find rich culture and great waves in Africa’s Gabon,
  • Our first feature Dream Steeple – from the subconcious of Eddie Obrand, comes a euphoric trip full of scintillating surfing…and of course New Smyrna’s own Eric Geiselmen .

Next up at 9PM, we’ll head far south with

  • Mares del Sur – a new film from Cripta Imagen following the journey of a 120km walk through southern Chile on the first surf expedition into the wilderness of Golfo de Penas,
  • The Man and the Sea – Andrew Kaineder’s brief look at the otherworldly finless talent of Derek Hynd sliding around at J-bay on his friction free craft, and
  • Wrapping up the evening will be our second feature, The Zone – Jack Coleman’s underappreciated cast of trippers will have you remembering how much fun we’re all supposed to be having—come get in the zone!

This is our third installment of films for the 2016 festival year, and all films are entered for competition for the 2016 festival, which will be held on November 18th and 19th.

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Here’s the trailer for The Zone:

THE ZONE surf movie from Jack Coleman Surf Films on Vimeo.

Here’s the trailer for Dream Steeple:

Dream Steeple from Vissla on Vimeo.

Jamie Brisick Journalism Workshop – APPLY HERE

November 19, 2016 – Atlantic Center for the Arts

Application Deadline is November 4, 2016 

Florida Surf Film Festival is honored to host a journalism workshop with Jamie Brisick, writer, photographer, and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991, and has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations and Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s JournalThe New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000. In 1981 he surrendered his virginity to a brown-skinned eighteen-year-old in a dinghy hotel room in Cayucos, California. Blue Oyster Cult’s “Burnin’ For You” played on the staticky clock radio. The smell of Marlboro Reds wafted from the stained bedspread. It did not last long. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan. He lives in New York City, travels frequently, and loves his 6’1” Channel Islands Warp.

Artist’s Statement: 

For nearly 25 years I’ve been writing about surfing and documenting surf culture at large. It continues to fascinate me, and I continue to find new ways into it. My approach to the workshop is less ‘Journalism 101’ and more about personal expression and growth. We’ll have only one day, but by the end of it I hope I can help you to go deeper as a writer, photographer, and/or filmmaker.

Agenda for November 19th:

9:00AM – Intros

9:30AM – Media and Journalism in the Industry – Then and Now.

10:00AM – Structure, POV, Interviewing, Recording, Note-taking, Outlining, Drafting, Workshopping, etc.

12:30PM – Lunch

1:15PM – Writing exercise

1:30PM – Voluntary readings and workshop

2:30PM – Photography and its relationship with surf journalism

3:30PM – Publication tips and contacts – Relationships, taking anything you can get, paying dues.

4:30PM – Documentary filmmaking for dummies – Or whatever…

5:00PM – Wrap

6:00PM – 2nd Night of the Florida Surf Film Festival Begins

Please submit the information requested, and one of our staff will contact you about workshop openings, required non-refundable deposit, travel advice, and be available for all other questions.

The cost of the workshop is $95.  This does NOT include a pass for the Florida Surf Film Festival.  If you would like to include a discounted, two-night patron pass for the Florida Surf Film Festival, the added cost is $100.  This includes a 2016 FSFF t-shirt, FSFF Tervis Tumbler, Clancy’s Cantina dinner both nights, and a Monster Energy Gift Bag. Check the appropriate box in the application to take advantage of the discounted patron pass.

If you’d like to stay at Atlantic Center for the Arts during the festival, we have small efficiency-style motel rooms for $69.50/night, including all taxes.  If you’d like to stay three nights, November 17-20th, you are eligible for a 20% discount for a total of $167.40, including taxes.  Please contact Stephanie Stallard at sstallard@atlanticcenterforthearts.org for reservations.


Press and Sponsorship Inquiries:

John Brooks, Festival Director, at john@floridasurffilmfestival.com

The Florida Surf Film Festival’s mission is to invigorate Florida surf culture through film appreciation and artistic expression by exhibiting contemporary films from filmmakers far and wide.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), interdisciplinary artists-in-residence community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition and the visual, literary and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.