NEW PODCAST: Wavemaker with Tom Lochtefeld

Tom Lochtefeld plays cards very close to his chest, unless of course, he knows only three of you will listen to this podcast.  The quality of information shared by this engineer of man-made waves in pools is worth a listen, if you’re interested in this form of joy.  Even if you’re not, and you’d like to argue in favor of nature-made surf, feel free to critique his life goals.  But if you find yourself sliding, gliding, and hopefully, slotting a few thanks to the brain cells on offer here in the not-to-distant future, don’t be surprised.

Programming Announced for August 28th

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New Smyrna Beach, FL – Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF), presented by Monster Energy, is proud to announce official selections for the feature and short documentary categories for its second installment of the 2021 festival on August 28th at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, with doors opening at 5:00PM, and films beginning at 6:00PM.

Filmmakers, cast, and jurors in attendance include Chris Miyashiro, director, of Whistle of Wilderness and Albee Layer, star and editor of his new film Rainbows in the Rearview, with longtime collaborator, Dan Norkunas. Both are hoping to make an appearance.

Saturday night will be accompanied by tacos and poke bowls from our loyal sponsor Clancy’s Cantina, and suds by New Smyrna Brewing Company. We’ll have some giveaways from Firewire, Creatures of Leisure, Roark, YETI, Total Vision, Red Dog Surf Shop, and more! Thanks so much for supporting our mission. 

  • 5:00PM – Doors open
  • 6:00PM – Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • 6:10PM – Grit and Water, by Dan Norkunas/Take Shelter Productions, and starring Torrey Meister (18 mins.); and Whistle of Wilderness, by Chris Miyashiro (50 mins.)
  • 7:15PM – Q & A with Chris Miyashiro
  • 7:30PM – Intermission
  • 8:30PM – The Shape of Air, by Rob Layton (6 min.); Imogen Caldwell, by Morgan Maassen (8 mins.); Mirage: The Ever Changing Story of Skeleton Bay, by Allen Van Gysen and Will Bendix (18 mins.); and Rainbows in the Rearview, by Dan Norkunas and Albee Layer with Take Shelter Productions, starring Matt Meola and Albee Layer (36 mins.)

We strongly suggest that you and your loved ones ONLY attend this event if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as the blackbox theater is an indoor venue. We also strongly suggest that you wear a face covering while inside the venue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Following Executive Order #21-102 from Ron Desantis dated Monday, May 3, 2021, which suspends all local Covid-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses, the festival will not require the use of a face covering when inside a building at Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA). This applies to all guests. While impossible to monitor who’s been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t, we respectfully ask that you please continue to wear a face covering while inside an ACA building.

If you are experiencing symptoms or you’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive or experiencing symptoms, please contact us for a full refund before the date of the event.

NEW PODCAST: Wandering with Chris Miyashiro

Artist and filmmaker, Chris Miyashiro, talks about his process, from dreams to road trips, and his style as a filmmaker.  His first movie, In Dancing Days of Dawn, premiered with us in June of 2019.  We love Chris’s work and will be showing Whistle of Wilderness on August 28th at Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Enjoy the chat, and come meet him at the screening. Check out his stories here.

NEW PODCAST: Risk Tolerance with Chris Burkard


Chris Burkard is at the top of his profession.  With some average equipment and a lot of hours and hard work, he developed a natural talent for communicating the beauty of this place with us.  The work he’s presented within the surf genre comes from extreme terrain and uncrowded line-ups, and his new projects seem to find a collaborative, refined narrative reflecting the maturity of an older, smarter, more efficient artist.  We’re honored to have him share some stories of his recent collaboration with Ben Weiland and Roark, Arc of Aleutia.

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NEW PODCAST: Hail Mary with Balaram Stack

Balaram Stack talked to us about his new project with Ben Gulliver, Hail Mary, due to be released in the fall of 2021.  He shared a gem about taking a beat down in the Caribbean, and Ben thought Bal had disappeared in the Pacific Northwest ocean.  Enjoy the gab.

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June 18 and 19 Programming Announced – We’re Back!

New Smyrna Beach, FL – Florida Surf Film Festival (FSFF), presented by Monster Energy, is proud to announce official selections for the feature and short documentary categories for its first installment of the 2021 festival on June 18th and 19th at Atlantic Center for the Arts, in New Smyrna Beach, with doors opening at 5:00PM, and films beginning at 6:00PM, each night.
Filmmakers, cast, and jurors in attendance include Lisa Andersen, 4-time World Champion of Girls Can’t Surf, and Ashton Goggans, Director, and Patrick Eichstaedt, Editor and Archival Contributor, Andy Irons and the Radicals.

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Both evenings will be accompanied by tacos and poke bowls from our loyal sponsor Clancy’s Cantina, and suds by New Smyrna Brewing Company. We’ll have some giveaways from Firewire, Creatures of Leisure, Roark, YETI, Total Vision, Red Dog Surf Shop, and more! Thanks so much for supporting our mission. LanceO with Kulcha Shok Muzik will be spinning the turn tables…
Check our website for an updated schedule, but here’re our estimated screen times:
Friday, June 18, 2021:
Saturday, June 19, 2021:
  • 5:00PM – Doors open
  • 6:00PM – Commencement with John Brooks, Festival Director
  • 6:10PM –  Maurice Cole: The First Wave by Peter Baker, Dark Hollow by Joe G. and Arc of Aleutia, by Chris Burkard and Ben Weiland
  • 7:30PM – Intermission
  • 8:30PM – Girls Can’t Surf, by Chris Nelius
  • 10:00PM – Q & A with Lisa Andersen
Following Executive Order #21-102 from Ron Desantis dated Monday, May 3, 2021, which suspends all local Covid-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses, the festival will not require the use of a face covering when inside a building at Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA). This applies to all guests. While impossible to monitor who’s been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t, we respectfully ask that if you haven’t been fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a face covering while inside an ACA building.
If you are experiencing symptoms or you’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive or experiencing symptoms, please contact us for a full refund before the date of the event.

NEW PODCAST: The Whole Story with Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas

Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas have been making movies and web episodes together since 2010, and they may have been pulled apart by time and circumstance, but their work continues through the pandemic.  On Maui, Albee continues to generate content and has found himself in the editing bay for long stretches of the day, and in Bend, OR, Dan has gone back to the mountains for some much needed regenerative diversity in setting.  The results are glorious.  Enjoy this chat about the Eddie, Rainbows in the Rearview, and more.

NEW PODCAST: Reconnoiter with Ben Gulliver

From the moment we locked eyes on Ben Gulliver’s work, we fell deeply in love.  He’s not so bad himself, but when offered the opportunity to interview him and beat his ass in golf down in Jupiter, FL, we jumped all over it.  The update and stories are funny and often a little scary when it comes to the Pacific Northwest or Scottish Isles.  Please enjoy.

New Podcast – Life After Hitting Lips with Keith Malloy

What happens after is rarely more exciting than what happens before.  Like Tom Robbins wrote, “…The best part of an affair is going up the stairs,” but Keith Malloy’s affair with surfing didn’t end with hitting lips for points.  He has gracefully moved into the director’s chair for a whirlwind of feature documentary projects including Fishpeople, The Midnight Hour, and his award-winning 2011 bodysurfing documentary Come Hell or High Water, available on YouTube.  Along with a host of other short documentaries, new forthcoming work is in the hopper.  Ever wondered what it’s like to go from professional surfing, well, to anything…  Here’s one fantastic story.

New Podcast – Lick the Red Frog with Scott Balogh

Behind every surf camp, there’s a person with enough spitfire grit to fuel a nuclear submarine underwater for weeks.  He’s like Scott Glenn in Hunt for Red October.  Or Clooney in Oceans.  Scott Balogh runs at flank speed, and the stoke is contagious.  Parked in Bocas del Toro, Panama, he has created a balinese jungle experience, along with a healthy dose of surf to satisfy all levels of skill.  Red Frog Bungalows has been for a while now the first choice for wave consumption in the western Caribbean.  Here’s Scott’s story along with some wonderful encounters along the way.

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