Christian Marsh Photography Exhibit

New Smyrna Beach, FL – On November 18, 2016, fans in attendance at the Florida Surf Film Festival at Atlantic Center for the Arts will be treated to the exhibited works of photographer Christian Marsh.


Christian studied at Southeastern Photographic Studies at Daytona State. He has held the passion for surf and travel since he was a teenager. He moved to Costa Rica after graduating college to start a small photography business with a partner traveling the country to remote surf areas and photograph them surfing. He lived there for 6 months. After his return to the states, he continued to travel abroad for surf and photography. In 2003, Christian started a career as a firefighter. The schedule and benefits were great for keeping up with his passions.

The images on display at the Florida Surf Film Festival are from his most recent trip to the area of Salina Cruz, Mexico, exact locations will remain undisclosed. They portray the grace and movement of what he cherishes about the ocean and its strength. They represent the dream of travel and being a part of something larger than himself. He finds himself doing great work when he is “sliding in and out of daily life of the places and capturing moments with a journalistic approach.”

The body of work is being shown at the Florida Surf Film Festival only for the weekend of November 18th and 19th at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Please contact John Brooks for questions about the festival at

Media Contact: Christian Marsch;

Florida Surf Film Festival Announces 2016 Programming

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF), presented by Monster Energy, is proud to announce the official selections for the feature film and short film categories for the final two nights of programming for its fourth annual festival, November 18-19, 2016, at Atlantic Center for the Arts. Passes are available here, and one-night passes will be on sale at the door for $20 and a two-night pass runs $30.  Patron level support is also available in limited numbers for $125/pp., which includes a festival poster, 2016 limited edition t-shirt, FSFF Tervis Tumbler, dinner both nights from Clancy’s Cantina on-site, two-night festival pass, and four drink tickets (add a spouse for only $75 more). Please email with any questions or ticket orders.


Photo: Let’s Be Frank Archive

This year’s feature selections represent the widest range of scope in the history of our festival. With narrative diversity such as the explorations of unknown big wave adventurer, Frank James Solomon, in Let’s Be Frank, to six-year-old, Given Goodwin and his family, fulfilling their unique legacy around the world in Given, a new film by Jess Bianchi and writer Malia Mau, both in attendance.  Then, an underground, women’s big-wave movement charges the cold, massive barrels of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, in It Ain’t Pretty, a new film by Dayla Soul, who will also be in attendance.  Next, meet Brazil’s up and coming filmmaker, Gabriel Novis, and his smile-inducing cinema, Sorria.  There is something for every film fan of every surf genre.  Short films are also prominently represented through this year’s submissions, using a wide-range of filmmaking approaches and topics.

We recognize the difference between Best Traditional Documentary and Best Surf Movie.  Those who approach the art form by documenting a character, locale, etc. with personal interviews, historical footage, and anecdotal clips will be in competition for Best Traditional Documentary, and those movies focusing on the high performance, action-driven sequences will compete for Best Surf Movie. This award will be extended to short films as well. In addition, Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack will be awarded for both feature and short films, along with a Viewers’ Choice award.

Friday, November 18, 2016


  • Commencement/introduction by John Brooks, Festival Director
  • It Ain’t Pretty, Dayla Soul (Florida Premiere, Feature, 70 min.)


  • Rhymes With Shove – Jamie Brisick (Short, 6 min.)
  • Interview with Jamie Brisick, hosted by Christian Beamish with slideshow of Jamie Brisick’s selected photographs (45-55 min.)


  • Homemade – Alex DePhillipo (World Premiere, Short, 4 min.)
  • South to Sian – Dustin Humphrey (USA East Coast Premiere, Short, 53 min.)


  • Being There – Léa Brassy (USA Premiere, Short, 25 min.)
  • The Accord – R. C. Cone (Florida Premiere, Short, 20 min.)

Saturday, November 19, 2016


  • Alive/Alive – Patrick McMahon (World Premiere, Short, 5 min.)
  • Positive Vibrations – Graham Nash (USA East Coast Sneak Peak, Short, 25 min.)
  • Sorria – Gabriel Novis (USA East Coast Premiere, Feature, 36 min.)


  • Given – Jess Bianchi (USA Mainland Premiere, Feature, 75 min.)


  • Growing – Morgan Maassen (Short, 5 min.)
  • Hi 5 – Zach Weisberg/The Inertia (Short, 10 min.)
  • Let’s Be Frank – Peter Hamblin (USA East Coast Premiere, Feature, 50 min.)

Florida Surf Film Festival’s jury, comprised of eleven individuals with journalistic, cultural, and/or experiential factors will determine recognition for the following awards:

Best Traditional Documentary – Feature; Best Surf Movie – Feature; Best Cinematography – Feature; Best Soundtrack – Feature; Best Traditional Documentary – Short; Best Surf Movie – Short; Best Cinematography – Short; Best Soundtrack – Short

The following two awards are selected by viewers’ enthusiasm for the films during the festival and feedback during the nights of programming to staff:

Viewers’ Choice Award – Feature; Viewers’ Choice Award – Short

Juries include: Feature Jury – Christian Beamish, Joe Turpel, Matt Pruett, Chad Campbell and Ben Mondy.  Short Jury – Matt Warshaw, Lewis Samuels, Matt Kechele, Nick McGregor, Paul Prewitt, and Bryan Forand.

Filmmaker/Photographer/Author Jamie Brisick will be hosting a full-day photojournalism workshop on November 19th; details are available at

We are proud to have Monster Energy serve as our presenting sponsor for this year’s festival, providing travel and lodging for the filmmakers who attend the festival.

Surfline has provided coverage and marketing services for the 2016 festival as our principal media sponsor.

Cigar City Brewing and Green Room Brewing and House 4 Beer will serve as the festival’s official beer sponsors, presenting in the Pabst Visitors Center and Gallery.

We are proud to announce the addition of Grander Premium Rum as the official rum of the festival with the Grander Rum Bar located in the Pabst Visitor Center and Gallery.

Clancy’s Cantina and Café Verde will serve as the festival’s official food sponsor, presented in the Whatmore Commons.

Other sponsors so far include Serenity Springs Recovery Center, Globe, Brian Layman Financial Services, Stance, Octopus, Nectar Eyewear, Nixon Watches, Global Surf Industries, Holistic Movements, Mangrove Bay Design, Frame of Mind, Waterways Travel, Nemerala Beach Resort, La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort, Total Vision, Red Dog Surf Shop and Kembali, Surfrider Foundation (Volusia/Flagler Chapter). A silent auction featuring some of our sponsors’ products will be held in the Pabst Visitor Center and Gallery.

Previously screened features during 2016:

February 19, 2016:

  • Gold – Sterling Spencer
  • View From a Blue Moon – Blake Vincent Kueny

June 17, 2016:

  • License to Chill – Joe Alani
  • Fire and Water – Thomas Brookins Jr.

September 3, 2016:

  • Dream Steeple – Eddie Obrand
  • The Zone – Jack Coleman

Previously screened shorts during 2016:

February 19, 2016

  • Freezing – Jeremy Joyce/Rob Lockyear
  • The More Things Change – Nathan Myers

June 17, 2016

  • The Hunt 2 – Monster Energy
  • Taking Shape – Mike Guest
  • Lunar – Luca Merli
  • Dinghus Dispatches – Ian Durkin

September 3, 2016

  • Journey to the Center – Bryce Lowe-White
  • Com Amor, Yago – Gabriel Novis
  • Mares del Sur – Cripta Imagen
  • The Man & The Sea – Andrew Kaineder

Florida Surf Film Festival mission: 

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

“The Zone” by Jack Coleman & “Dream Steeple” by Eddie Obrand on the Big Screen


Eric Geiselman; Vissla Photo Archive

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.



Christian Beamish Joins Florida Surf Film Festival Screening Panel


Christian Beamish, crossing from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz Island aboard CORMORANT.

New Smyrna Beach, FL – The Florida Surf Film Festival welcomes Christian Beamish to the Features Jury.  Christian was born in Laguna Beach, California in the late 60’s and grew up in neighboring Newport Beach.  Through the mid-70’s and 80’s, Christian was shaped by two distinct ethos of the Southern California beach culture: the “classic” waterman culture akin to legends such as Pat Curren, Buzzy Trent, and Peter Cole; and the “progressive” movement coming out of Australia and Hawaii and embodied by the likes of Rabbit, Cheyene, and MR.

He began shaping surfboards while attending college in Santa Cruz in the mid-90’s focusing on low-rocker wider outlines and really exploring the high performance aspects of various single fin shapes.  After earning an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, Christian went to work as the Associate Editor at The Surfer’s Journal.

While working at The Journal, Christian began experimenting with keel fin shapes and built an 18-foot Shetland Isle beach boat in his garage; a boat he would later journey down the Pacific Baja coast on under power of sail and oar in search of adventure and surf.

Christian now lives in Carpinteria, California, with his wife, Natasha, daughter, Josephine, and son, Miles.  He continues to shape surfboards, write magazine articles, and work on his 27-foot coastal cruising sailboat – Spirit Level.

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.

Florida Surf Film Festival Hosts Jamie Brisick Journalism Workshop


On November 19, 2016, Florida Surf Film Festival will host a journalism workshop at Atlantic Center for the Arts by 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 for reservations.

APPLY HERE – Deadline is November 4, 2016

Gold and U.S. Premiere of The More Things Change – February 19th Screening

January 22, 2016

New Smyrna Beach, FL – On February 19th, 2016, Florida Surf Film Festival be screening a few films with doors opening at 6PM and movies starting at 7PM with Freezing – a new short documentary (mockumentary) by Rob Lockyear and Jeremy Joyce, Gold – Sterling Spencer’s humorous parody of surf celebrity and its ego-at-large (I laughed out loud). Next up at 9PM, we’ll premiere in the US The More Things Change – Gerry Lopez’s Uluwatu Talk Story – a new film by Nathan Myers about Gerry’s discovery and early years spent at the now exposed left hander. We may be tossing in a couple of short films, to be determined, before this film.

This is our first 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.  Florida Surf Film Festival will also be screening to-be-determined entries on June 17th (Friday of Father’s Day Weekend) and Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Here’s a trailer for Gold:

Here’s a trailer for The More Things Change – Gerry Lopez’s Uluwatu Talk Story:

Here’s a trailer for Freezing:

Florida Surf Film Festival Announces 2015 Awards

For Immediate Release:

January 17, 2016


Photo: Kris Kerr

New Smyrna Beach, FL – The Third Annual Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF) is a wrap, and the screening panelists and founders are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 awards.

“Our third year was truly amazing, not only with the spectacular lineup of films, but with the attendance of so many filmmakers and athletes, the continuation of our Photography Workshop Series featuring world-renowned lens-man Morgan Maassen, and the art show featuring work from Ty Williams, Mr. Maassen and others.  We continuously try to elevate the event,” said Festival Director and Co-Founder, John Brooks.  “We are excited about the ongoing partnerships we share with the Atlantic Center for the Arts and our new Presenting Sponsor, Monster Energy, and we look forward to growing the festival for our fans and especially the filmmakers.”

The 2015 festival kicked off Friday with a star-studded lineup of filmmakers and surfers in attendence.  During the day on Friday, FSFF featured a photography workshop hosted by Morgan Maassen, and he opened Friday night with a live, narrated slideshow featuring his cumulative works, including his first ever published photo and three short films.  Australia’s own Joseph Ryan presented his multi-award winning documentary Fish to a packed house and added yet another award (see below) to his already impressive tally.  The third screening featured returning filmmakers Ben Weiland and Joe G.  Mr. Weiland presented his award winning short film, Faroes, The Outpost Vol. 2, and Mr. G. presented his short film collaboration with Dion Agius, +/+.  Next up, Nate Tyler was in attendance to present his new short film, Mute, along with executive producer, Tim English.  The late night crowd was treated to a few more films, including Sean Benik’s Spinning at the Speed of Now.

On Saturday night, Garrett Spencer and John Massey got things started with their short films Salty Air Stare and Return, respectively.  Patrick McMahon wrapped up the first screening with his beautiful film Dulce.  One of the highlights of the weekend was the culmination of the Volcom East Coast tour of their highly-anticipated feature film, Psychic Migrations, and festival-goers were treated to insights from filmmaker Ryan Thomas and starring surfer Nate Tyler.  With over 500 people packed into the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the mind-blowing soundtrack from Psychic Migrations, the atmosphere was electric and served as a fitting climax of the incredible weekend.


Photo: Bobby Levy

The screening panelists have entered their selections, along with our viewers’ choices.  The awards are as follows:

  • Best Documentary – Feature:  Fish; Director – Joseph Ryan
  • Best Surf Flick – Feature:  Psychic Migrations; Director – Ryan Thomas
  • Best Cinematography – Feature:  Psychic Migrations; Director – Ryan Thomas
  • Best Soundtrack – Feature:  Psychic Migrations; Director – Ryan Thomas
  • Viewers Choice – Feature:  Ocean Driven; Director – Aurelia Productions/Nadia Tarlow
  • Best Documentary – Short:  A Fisherman’s Son;  Director – Chris Malloy
  • Best Surf Flick – Short:  Spinning at the Speed of Now; Director – Sean Benik
  • Best Cinematography – Short:  Faroes, The Outpost Vol. 2; Director – Ben Weiland
  • Best Soundtrack – Short:  Brother; Director – Kai Neville/What Youth
  • Viewers Choice – Short:  Dulce; Director – Patrick McMahon


Special Re-Scheduling Notice Regarding Morgan Maassen Slideshow

The Morgan Maassen slideshow has been moved to Friday, November 6th at 6PM, due to unexpected client commitments overseas.  This means Salty Air StareThe Return, and Dulce will all be moved to Saturday, November 7th at 6PM. We hope you can still see Morgan’s slideshow on Friday night, and if you purchased tickets for Saturday night or vice versa and would either like to change them to Friday (or Saturday) or would like a refund, please email Kevin Miller at  We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences.  See you at the festival.

CJ Hobgood, 2001 World Champion, Attending Florida Surf Film Festival Friday Night

For Immediate Release – November 2, 2015


Photo courtesy World Surf League website.

New Smyrna Beach, FL – The 2001 World Surf League Champion, CJ Hobgood will be attending the Florida Surf Film Festival, presented by Monster Energy, Friday, November 6th.  After 17 years on tour and putting up huge heat scores to this day, the Satellite Beach, FL native plans to attend the night’s festivities at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach.

We’ve also made a small change in the scheduling for Friday night films.  Fish will be screened at 7:30PM.  Fares, Outpost Vol. 2, +/+, and Mute will be screened at 9:15PM.


Photo courtesy World Surf League website.

Here’s a great interview with the champ.


Florida Surf Film Festival Announces 2015 Schedule of Programming

Photo: Brian Bielmann

Photo: Brian Bielmann

We are proud to announce the schedule of films for November 6th and 7th Florida Surf Film Festival.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Doors Open at 5PM

6:00PM:  Morgan Maassen Slideshow and short films – 45 min., and short film:  The Rush of the Continuous Rhythm – 6 min.

7:30PM:  Fish – 80 min


  • The Faroes: Outpost Vol. 2 – 25 min.
  •  Plus/Plus – 9 min.
  • Mute – 21 min.



  • Tail Fin Trials – 2 min.
  • Artisanal Lifestyle – 4 min.
  • Spinning at the Speed of Now – 21 min.

Feature: Eyes Wide Open – 37 min.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

4:00PM – Patrons Dinner with the Filmmakers

Doors Open at 5PM


  • Salty Air Stare – 7  min.
  • Return – 7 min.
  • The Craftsman Project – 7 min.
  • Dulce – 25 min.

8:00PM:  Psychic Migration – 60 min.



  • The Pacific Wayfarer – 6 min.
  • Off the Well Worn Path – 9 min.


  • The Hunt for Hipmasama – 35 min.


  • Two Night Festival Pass – $25
  • One Night Pass – $15

To buy tickets, click HERE. To place your ticket order, please email

A limited number of Patron Passes will be sold, which include:

  • Exclusive dinner with the filmmakers at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
  • Festival Pass for two nights at Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • Patron gift bag featuring FSFF sponsor products
  • Florida Surf Film Festival T-Shirt
  • $125 per person – Please email to purchase your patron’s pass with your shirt size and gender.

Buy Tickets HERE.