NEW PODCAST: In the Malibu Parking Lot with Jamie Brisick


Jamie Brisick grabs the mic for an hour chat with us, down on the beach in Malibu, CA.  What a location to record, against the wall where Jack, Leroy, and Matt presided… We met at 7AM, Jamie’s time of day, and fully caffeinated, we address some great topics and stocked up a few more quality stories on record.  He’s a natural storyteller.  Enjoy.

NEW PODCAST: Mother Lisa with Lisa Andersen

 

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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Programming Announced for August 26 and 27th

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.  We are in discussion with Stacy to get him here to the film for a Q & A.

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

6:30PM

  • 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

8:30PM

August 27, 2022

5:00PM – Doors

6:00PM

  • 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

8:30PM

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

NEW PODCAST: Reunion Island Could Be the Best Surf Trip of Your Life with Dan Duane

As surf stories go, few document them better than Daniel Duane, author, journalist, and now podcaster.  He shares some great stories from his early surfing days.  And most importantly, he has crafted a podcast that cannot be ignored by us surfers.  A series of shark attacks off Reunion Island left the government, surfers, and local community in shambles.  Let’s get the real story from Dan by listening to his new podcast, Reunion: Shark Attacks in Paradise, now available on The Binge podcast channel.

NEW PODCAST: More String with John Brooks

John JB Brooks, my co-founder for the festival, shares a bit about how he came to be a surfer, competitor, and world traveler.  He has plenty stories in the noggin, but this one’s a thriller.  Get caught up with the upcoming Father’s Day Weekend Festival as well, June 17th and 18th.  Enjoy. -Kevin Miller

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Programming Announced for June 17 and 18th – Passes On Sale

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We’re very happy to announce some incredible programming for June 17th and 18th at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach.  Starting Friday, June 17th, we’ll open this years Father’s Day celebration with Birth of the Endless Summer, directed by Richard Yelland and starring Dick Metz, (92 years old).  Both will be in attendance for the east coast premiere and available for a Q and A after the film.  This feature documentary traces Metz’s globe trotting in the late fifties and early sixties, drifting around South Africa long enough to find Cape St. Francis firing…  He shared his discovery with Bruce Brown, a nexus that made this perfect wave the pinnacle of Bruce’s masterpiece, The Endless Summer.

Closing out Friday night, we’ll have Matt Costa in the house to share his new work Donde Los Terremotos, a short documentary shot down in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a 100% Costa-scored soundtrack.  And to boot, he’ll be playing a set of music to wrap up the evening in the amphitheater.

The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez shares the father of Pipeline’s story from burning everyone to G-Land 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.  We’re bringing writer Sam George out to discuss the picture with fans and do a question and answer session with us after the movie premieres on the east coast June 18th.  We’ll have an excellent collection of short films before the main event, kicking off with doors at 5PM.

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Check out our schedule below for complete details:

June 17, 2022:

5:00PM – Doors open

6:15PM

  • Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • The Birth of the Endless Summer, directed by Richard Yelland and starring Dick Metz – 83 min.
  • Q & A with Dick Metz and Richard Yelland
  • Raffle – YETI Cooler and more

8:45PM

  • Water III, directed by Morgan Maassen – 6 min.
  • DNA, directed by Jacob Vanderwork and Kyle Buthman; Stab – 23 min.
  • Donde Los Terremotos, directed by Matt Costa – 23 min.
  • Q and A with Matt Costa
  • Raffle – Cronin and more

10:15PM –

Live Music – Matt Costa

June 18, 2022

5:00PM – Doors

6:00PM

  • Distant Shore, directed by Ishka Folkwell – 12 min.
  • Neilie and Leo, directed by Justin Rubin – 17 min.
  • Pretty Physics, directed by Wade Carrol – 5 min.
  • The Color of Winter, directed by Pat Stacy – 18 min.
  • Raffle – YETI cooler and more

8:30PM

  • The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez, directed by Stacy Peralta – 110 min.
  • Q & A with Sam George
  • Raffle – Cronin Surfboard and more

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It’s the walk up to the teller with a note asking for bills from the top two drawers, no dye-packs or GPS, that had me hooked.  Chas Smith’s latest work is a biography of his cousin, Daniel Courson, who robbed over 40 banks in two intense runs, one with a long period on the lam.  Back it all up to a celebrity status evangelical childhood, and you’ve got a page-turner.  Tyler Bruer guest hosts with Kevin Miller.  Enjoy.

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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.

Principal Sponsors:  Roark, YETI, Surfline, Globe Brand Footwear, Anson Stoner (Advertising and Creative), and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Major Sponsors:  Buell Wetsuits, Cronin Surfboards, Florida Virtual School, Brian Layman Wealth Management, Red Dog Surf Shop, Kembali Board Shack, Café Verde, and Clancy’s Cantina

Sponsors:  SurfYogis Sunscreen, Scott Yurchison Real Estate, Dragon Alliance, LunDev Homes, New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company, Nixon, Mangrove Bay Design, Biological Consulting Services, La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort, Total Vision, Funxion IT, Holistic Movements, NSB Spine and Injury Center, Beachside Tavern, Pura Vida Bracelets, Daytona Climbing Company, Surfrider Foundation (Cocoa Beach and Flagler/Volusia Chapters).

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.

NEW PODCAST: Blessed Are the Bank Robbers with Chas Smith

It’s the walk up to the teller with a note asking for bills from the top two drawers, no dye-packs or GPS, that had me hooked.  Chas Smith’s latest work is a biography of his cousin, Daniel Courson, who robbed over 40 banks in two intense runs, one with a long period on the lam.  Back it all up to a celebrity status evangelical childhood, and you’ve got a page-turner.  Tyler Bruer guest hosts with Kevin Miller.  Enjoy.

NEW PODCAST: Country Club Surf with Joe Frizelle

The best part about Joe Frizelle is that he doesn’t really seem like a guy who has designed over 1,000 t-shirts and board shorts, but has mostly likely created at least one or many of your previous collection.  His hard work and success has taken him to the best set ups with his heroes calling him into waves.  Enjoy this positively energetic, upbeat chat.

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Bruce Reynolds Joins Florida Surf Film Festival Short Documentary Jury

When we decided to show surf films down in Cocoa Beach, we received unwavering support from Bruce Reynolds in promotion, hospitality, and more, especially at his home base of Cafe’ Surfinista.  The original, and European-influenced, mostly vegan menu puts your body in the driver’s seat for your next surf, and with his support, we managed a few fantastic screenings before we scaled back to our home base of Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Our friendship with him grew, over a few rounds of golf, where he beat me on my home course, and then, later down the road to see hime attending nearly all of our events an hour to the north. His artistic sensibilities and work ethic landed his larger format visual works a showing in the Pabst Visitors Center and Gallery during our main event in 2018 and a feature article in an upcoming issue of The Surfer’s Journal.  His experience in the water, on land, and with the brush has earned him the thankless position of serving on our short documentary jury for 2022 and beyond.  We are proud to have his positive, energetic stoke on the panel, and we can’t wait to get him back up here for more good times.