Third Quarter Programming Announced – Gerry Documentary, Balaram Doc, and More

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The third quarter screening event of the 2022 Florida Surf Film Festival is quickly approaching, and we’ve got a couple of special nights of movies lined up.

Friday, August 26th, will kick off with Florida’s own Luke Kothera and his latest work, Sultan Rhythm, featuring some of the smoothest sliders from central and north Florida to ever grace a proper single fin log.  Luke will be in attendance with a St. Augustine crew in tow which perfectly precedes the highly anticipated, The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez by Stacy Peralta.   The father of Pipeline shares his story from his youthful transition from surfing to yoga and more. It’s visually stunning and carries the exuberance of Stacy Peralta’s practiced story-telling with interviews of Gerry’s contemporaries and the man himself.

Saturday, August 27th, will feature short films RAW and Drew Miller’s, Surf Movie, a nuanced story touching on inspiration and the journey.  Ben Weiland’s newest feature Island X will close out the first time slot of the night following the tragedy of cinematographer, Mark McInnis, who after losing his life’s work in a house fire, rediscovers the magic of film and photography alongside an all-star cast of surfers on the mysterious Island X. Ben will be in attendance for a Q & A after his film screens.

Saturday night will close out in glorious fashion with Floridian Lauren Hill’s latest short, The Physics of Nose Riding, and Lauren, along with her partner, Dave Rastovich, and baby, Minnow, will be attending to present the film and answer questions.  We will wrap the weekend with FSFF veteran and award-winning filmmaker, Ben Gulliver, and his biographical documentary about New York hell-man, Balaram Stack, titled Hail Mary.  Ben and Balaram are planning to attend what is sure to be an epic weekend of films and community connection.

Here’s the anticipated schedule for both nights:

August 26, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors open


  • Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • Sultan Rhythm by Luke Kothera – 35 min.
  • Q & A with Luke Kothera – 10 min.
  • Raffle – Roark, Globe, and Creatures


August 27, 2022

5:00PM – Doors


  • Raw by Aljaz Babnik – 7 min.
  • Surf Film by Drew Miller – 12 min.
  • Island X by Ben Weiland – 50 min.
  • Q and A with Director, Ben Weiland – 20 min.
  • Raffle – Creatures, Roark, Globe


  • The Physics of Nose Riding by Lauren Hill – 12 min.
  • Hail Mary by Ben Gulliver – 44 min.
  • Raffle – Cronin Surfboard and more

Surf Stories Podcast

From Chas Smith’s bio doc, Trouble, The Lisa Andersen Story, to the fabulous Girls Can’t Surf documentary, we’ve been so fortunate to have Lisa’s support for our events and mission.  Luckily, she moved back to Florida, and she sat down with us, and let us ask some questions.  It was a true honor to spend some time with the 4X world champ.  Enjoy.

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

Media Partnerships include:  Surfline, Stab, The Surfer’s Journal, Surf Splendor Podcast Network, Beach Grit, The SurfNetwork, and Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Encyclopedia of Surfing provides our historical and archival needs.

Entry fee is $5.00.

Next Dates:  February 5, 2022

Submissions for the 2022 festival are open via our website here.

Florida Surf Film Festival mission: 

Florida Surf Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, invigorating surf culture and artistic appreciation by exhibiting contemporary documentary films with surfing as a focus and preserving narrative from artists far and wide while also producing a story-driven podcast, literary group discussions, and artistic workshops.