Dir. David Malcolm, 2011
Coming out of the minds from Pinchmysalt.tv “Surf Madness” is an action filled flick. The movie starts with an abundance of Crocs on the sand, only to be followed up with Taj Burrow and Sterling Spencer hitting the water while wearing white ones. Originally perceived as showing a disgust for people who wear them, especially to the beach, it now seems as though the joke might have been gone above what was shown on the screen. From that point on the action can keep ones attention with a full mix of airs, tubes and powerful turns. The music of the film helps to keep the tempo of the action going, with some great sections of coming from a whole slew of wave riders. In between the action there are short segments with a false commentary/ voice over that is somewhat amusing, especially when it is in relation to someone surfing a wave. Other segments that catch the eye are the Tandem bicycle riding with Spencer Sterling and Rob Machado and the whole Alabama section, which makes this person never want to enter that state.
From a technical standpoint this film does lack some quality issues. Editing is wonderful but there is a grittiness in the video quality, this could be the desired effect, that makes it seem lower quality that some of the small website competition out there. Either way the music, filming style and editing help the momentum of the film sustain itself. Hopefully next time they can get a cleaner end product.
All in all this flick is worth the watch to get frothed up one day before heading to the waves or as a cool down for after. Throw in some work from New England photographer Nick LaVecchia and it adds up to one good time. If you haven’t seen it you might still be able to download it off of pinchmysalt.tv. Enjoy!
Dir. Jason Kenworthy & Aaron Lieber, 2011.
Nike 6.0 has been making waves in the surf industry recently picking up some of the best talent for both men and women. "Leave a Message" focuses on six of the women who are currently leading the new wave of women's surfing. Malia Manuel, Coco Ho, Laura Enever, Monyca Byrne-Wickey, Lakey Peterson and Carissa Moore round out the cast for a short glimpse into where women's surfing is headed.
Malia starts off the action with a segment that showcases here talent yet toward the end of her segment seems a little repetitious. This is not her fault just seems to be pieced together to much. Next up is Coco Ho whose sections starts off with "I work so hard because I have big shoes to fill." Here segment has a good flow to it with some shots taken from her victories at contests. Her focus for training come through in her surfing which is top notch.
Third in the bunch is Ms. Byrne-Wickey and with her segment I found it a little to fashion model and less surf. It really lacked direction and seemed to be the weakest of the bunch. From here Lakey Peterson brought some high energy with her airs and talented wave riding. This Cali girl is holding her own with the Hawaiian and Australian talent. Following this energy was a hard charging segment from Laura Enever. Never really a fan of her surfing before this seeing some of the waves she was committing to was very impressive. There is no doubt why she in on tour with the likes Mulanovich and Gilmore.
And on the topic of the World Tour 2011 champ Carissa Moore has a strong finale to the film with some hard charging, good flow and her stylish wave riding. Proving why she is leading the charge for women's surfing.
The surfing within the film had its ups and downs with strong pieces and weaker ones showing that women's surfing is becoming more of a force to recon with. The cinematography was decent for the project, with six beautiful ladies ripping it up you could only hope for better and the editing and direction lacked as well. If these six women can bring their a game to the waves you could at least hope that the film team could do the same for them. Good thing Nike 6.0 put it on-line to start.
I can tell you that I am excited to see what these ladies come out with next because if this is the small window into where women's surfing is headed I am ready to see the big picture!!
Check it out for yourself here.
Dir. Kai Neville, 2011
Lost Atlas is Neville's second film. With his first, Modern Collective, he was able to break the mold of the surf film and create a new high action entertaining style. Lost Atlasfollows in the same concept. Completed in twelve months with twelve surfers, Neville creates a location based film that uses music in collaboration with the action on the screen to set a mood of slight fantasy with utter reality, cut ins of the surfers adventures to find waves and their surroundings this is a slight documentary undertone to set up each location.
The surfing is above par, the cinematography is is up there with some work left to be desired, and the editing has great flow to it but there is some lost points within the cut ins. Lost Atlas is a must see for any surfer who wants the some of the best surfers on some of the best waves, and for film lovers is is a must see to get a glimpse on where the surf film might be headed with this post modern look at surfing.
Dir. Adam Pesce, 2012.
There is always something strange about the way a surf movie can draw you in. Splinters is a feature-length documentary that shows a very romantic view of surfing from the eyes of the people of Vanimo Village, Papua New Guinea. Following several up and coming surfers who all have their hearts set on using surfing as a way to leave their village and see the world.
With the first surfboard left in the village in the 1980's the culture of the village has allowed for surfing to be a very strong presence in Vanimo. From an outsider looking in you see gender struggles, cultural struggles, legal struggles, and most importantly the inner struggles of the several aspiring professional surfers. With deep meaning and beautiful cinematography this film gives a very insightful and hopeful view of a village in Papua New Guinea that wants to change their lives.
The desire is strong between the main characters of Angelus, the strong power surfer, Ezekiel, the progressive surfer, Lesley, the first woman surfer and Susan, who are both determined to succeed in a male dominated arena and culture.
With an upcoming national surf competition the tensions rise between two competing surf clubs with jealousy and a desire to win by any means leaving one surf club trying anything to win.
Splinters is a must see film for anyone who loves travel, surfing or the need for a better life. It is a polar opposite example of the stereotypical surfer, the surfers of Papa New Guinea surf with hopes of a better life for themselves and their community.
_ dir. Curt Morgan, 2011
The story of how this film came into the Dog’s paws is kind of amusing. Perusing through the videos at a surf shop in Rhode Island, only to find most of the offerings already in the Stranded Collection, the question was asked to the two girls working behind the counter. “Any of these films you recommend?” “The Art of Flight… even if you don’t snowboard it is just an awesome movie to watch.” Done add it to the collection.
The “Art of Flight” is the latest full length film from Brain Farm Digital Cinema in collaboration with Red Bull Media. With travel through Alaska, Chile, Canada and other powder rich locations this film follows athletes as they tackle rocky lines, avalanches and quick changing weather. The outcome is an awe inspiring journey with beautiful cinematography, stunning time-lapses and some of the best snowboarding in the world. Showing both the best of the sport, with new lines and huge airs, and the worst, with broken bones and blood, “Art of Flight” gives a deeper look into the life of a professional snowboarder from the down time between trips to the discovery of un-ridden lines deep in the mountains.
This down time where you see the riders shooting propane tanks, cutting down trees and throwing axes is the least favorable part of the whole movie. On the plus side that is also the shortest part of the film. The lines drawn, the camera work and the slow-motion take your mid off that very quick. So all in all as a first snowboard film reviewed on the website I only have on thing to say. “ The Art of Flight…. Worth checking out!”
Dir. Matt Beauchesne, 2010
For the first couple of minutes of this film one might feel that they are about to watch a profile on Julian Wilson, the surf prodigy from Australia. With just enough insight into his upbringing, the movie gives some background on how he just came to be. Then the film really begins.
With filming taking place in six locations each one seems to have its own theme. Through solid cinematography and editing, these location segments break up the surfing enough to make you want more. The envelope is pushed with each segment just enough to make you want the next one to hit the screen faster.
The surfing in this film is high energy, the music and use of speed control creates a very powerful visual on screen that makes the action seem almost surreal.
Although this is the first flick with him playing the lead, it does make you anxious to see what is going to happen next from this rising star.
Dir. Rob Machado and Ian O'Roarty, 2010.
A continuation in both surf and music from Machado's film "The Drifter," this film seems to have more of the feel of a true surf film.
Take "The Drifter" and get rid of the storyline of "drifting" around Bali and "Melali" is what you get. The surf from not only Machado but also Slater, Reynolds, Robb, Dorian, Malloy, Gerber, Losness, and Tanjung, is captivating and the filming it spot on. Where his previous film tries to make the viewer feel as though his life as a pro surfer is so hard that he needs to escape everything to find solitude this one is straight surf. No nonsense, just great surfers on great waves doing.
Throw some great tunes in it and you have one great surf movie. Check it out, and it comes with a bonus CD for those surf checks, or a drive down a back road.
Dir. Chris Malloy, 2004
An insightful film on the inner workings of some of today's most talented surfers. The surfing is match by both the storyline and the cinematography.
Take two weeks, a handful of pro surfers and a farmhouse in Australia and what do you get? Shelter.
With a grainy color soaked style and a musical yet insightful flow to the flick Shelter falls into the Woodshed style. With glimpses into the personal lives of some, and the story of Britt Caillouette, Shelter makes the pros seem more human, more real. By sharing experiences from their lives and showing how surfing has always been there for them this movie has a somber undertone to it despite the action that you see.
This is not your typical high energy, high action surf film, it dives deeper into what surfing truly means to those who are sliding on screen.
Shelter is a great movie to watch with some friends on a hot summer night after a good surf and of course drinking a couple cold ones.
Bonus: The DVD comes with a CD soundtrack making long drives and dawn patrols a little more palatable.
Dir. Don King, Sonny Miller, Jeff Hornbaker, 2008.
What do you get when you take seven of the most influential surfers and put them on a boat in the heart of Indo? Water Man.
This flick follows the Malloys, Machado, Lopez, Laird and Dave through Indonesia as they capture perfect waves with body and board. They run the full range of surf-ability by using hand crafted boards, SUPs, tow-boards and nothing but their own bodies.
As the film progresses you feel as though you have a deeper connection to the water through the insights given by the seven.
The film technically shows the surf and excitement aboard the boat as it floats amongst some of the worlds best waves through the lenses of some of the best water cinematographers out there.
If you are looking to up your game and get more in tune with the ocean, check this out. It might help.
Dir. Taylor Steele, 2010
When "Sipping Jetstreams" came out the bar was set for what a surf film could be. It didn't have to be all about high action, big waves or anything else. It just had to be surfing and adventure.
Steele's following to "Sipping" was greeted with the same excitement. A film about the less traveled road of surfing. Iceland, India, Vietnam, Peru and Africa set the stage for a cast of pro surfers to explore their surroundings and surf some great waves.
There is something spiritual about this style of film that does not really fit in with other genre's. Steele, Heater and Berger made another film that captures not only your attention but also the essence of where they are. They bring you in for great adventure and you want to go create your own adventure.
It is a breath of fresh air, or should it be a Sip of fresh water.
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