BLUE ROAD I 45 MINS I HAWAII I 2017
Directed by Alena Ehrenbold
Searching for answers to the questions of life, three surfers embark on the adventure of a lifetime to Hawaii – the birthplace of surfing. “Blue Road” tells the story of Rachel, an Australian surfer who decided to follow her family’s roots and live surrounded by mountains despite her passion for surfing. The story of Annabel, a French girl who gave up her professional surfing career and the travelling that comes with it, to return to her cold, silent home in the north of France to follow another passion – drawing. And Alena’s story, who grew up in a landlocked country, but chose to leave her home and her job to dedicate her life to the ocean. Some decisions bear no consequences while others can change your life forever. Did they make the right choices?
“Blue Road” is about about the pursuit of happiness and poses the question; what role should passion play in one's life? Told through the lives of our three very different protagonists on a common journey, this documentary offers an authentic vision of women’s surfing today.
A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SURFING NEW ZEALAND I 38 MINS I NEW ZEALAND | 2017
Filmmaker Apolla Echino | Production Appollonia Productions and Wrestler
Canadian filmmaker Apolla Echino was tired of seeing men get to have all the fun in adventure films and is on a one-woman mission to change that around. Her documentary series, A Woman’s Guide To The World, has taken her aboard a tall ship sailing to Antarctica and into the wildest corners of the Amazon jungle. But it’s the latest chapter, a wintertime surf trip across the stunning South Island of New Zealand, that has attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers from across the globe.
The film charts Apolla's journey from the breathtaking Kaikoura coastline, south to the Catlins, and west to the wild and remote Jackson Bay. Apolla even chances upon a freshwater break at the mouth of the Buller River - a rare event that only occurs a dozen times a year. In the freezing New Zealand winter, Apolla is often the only surfer in the water - a fate that she says was both intimidating and exhilarating.
It’s a sacrifice she felt was necessary to take in order to show other women what is possible. Apolla says she wants other women to be inspired by her films, “I started the series with the hope it might encourage women to be the subject of their own adventure stories. Solo travelling is one of the greatest ways I have found to build a deep and lasting relationship with yourself.”
SMILE AND WAVE I 23:23 MINS I AUSTRALIA I 2017
Filmmaker Georgia Matts
“Smile and Wave” tells the story of two best friends who travel up and down the coast of New South Wales surfing and filming their adventures. The debut feature by first time filmmaker and friend, 23-year-old Georgia Matts was shot over a two and a half year period and captures the hardships faced by Australian Skye Burgess and her partner South African Sarah Baum, two extremely passionate and talented female athletes. In a time when female surf movies are far and few between and tend to feature bikinis and lifestyle over skill and style in the surf, “Smile and Wave” aims to bring the focus back to highlighting the tremendous surfing abilities of female surfers.
LUMIERE I 17:17 MINS I HAWAII & TAHITI I 2017
Filmmaker Tay Steele
Lumiére is an emotional distillation of the story of Amber Mozo, daughter of iconic North Shore photographer Jon Mozo, who passed away from head injuries sustained photographing Pipeline when Amber was just 9 years old. From Hawaii to Tahiti, Lumiére takes us behind the lens to find what the ocean gives to her in spite of what it took away.
ALISON’S ADVENTURES MALDIVES I 15:03 MINS I MALDIVES I 2015
Filmmaker Alison Teal & Mark Tipple Photographer Sarah Lee
Alison Teal, the female “Indiana Jones” equipped with a camera and pink surfboard, journeys into ancient cultures to share global secrets of survival, sustainability, health and happiness through her comedic and inspirational films and blog series: Alison’s Adventures.
While shooting Discover Channel’s #1 show Naked and Afraid in the Maldives, Teal was shocked by the overwhelming amount of plastic trash covering the usually picturesque island. Teal saw her experience as an opportunity to tell a crucial story about plastic and recycling and swore to return and do something about the pollution.
The answer to her self imposed question of “how can I transform plastic waste around the world into usable items?”: plastic fashion. A year later Teal kept her promise and returned to the island dressed from head to toe in clothing made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Maldives also features the forbidden Thilafushi, also known as Trash Island, where 300-400 tons of waste are dumped everyday. Only Teal, with her boundless optimism and enthusiasm, can look out onto that massive landfill and see potential… and a lot of pink bikinis.
THE LEGEND OF THE IRON SEAHORSE I 7:18 MINS I USA I 2017
Producer Zach Weisberg Filmers Casey Acaster, Evan Adamson, and Alex Haro
There once was a gal, a cowgirl surfer to be exact, named Leah Dawson. She believed people can do anything. She had a nasty obsession with the Legend of The Iron Sea Horse. As the tale goes, there existed a Shangri-la oasis right smack dab in the middle of America’s plains, Austin, Texas. It only revealed itself to that contrarian kinda character who truly believes that anything’s possible.
A handful of brave explorers had passed through over the years never to be seen again, but she didn’t care. She trekked by foot, by horseback. Heck, even by surfboard.She had a vision. Always searching. But her belief in the indomitable human spirit might bring her to ruin... Or to a surfer’s paradise.
SEA LONE I 6:41 MINS I SRI LANKA I 2017
Filmmaker Luca Merli
Onde Nostre, in collaboration with Seea, present SEA LONE a sweet ode to the primordial element that heals all wounds, the ocean. Wander back in time, by way of tuk tuk and foot, to a magical land of brilliant blue waters and perfect unridden points that is Sri Lanka. Featuring Seea babes Lola Mignot, Karina Rozunko, Sierra Lerback and photographer Luki O’Keefe.
PEAR SHAPED I 5:57 MINS I AUSTRALIA I 2017
Filmmaker Lauren Hill
“Pear Shaped”, directed by surfer, environmentalist, writer, and all around life enthusiast Lauren L Hill, offers a playful glimpse into the everyday absurdities of being a woman in the water. The title itself is a nod to the Australian slang for when “s#*t hits the fan”. The antidote to the serious and often hyper-sexualized side of women’s surfing “Pear Shaped” celebrates those who shrug off the unique, and sometimes humiliating challenges, and choose to ride and slide anyway
SLIDING INTO THE LIGHT I 5:57 MINS I HAWAII I 2017
Created by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy & Simon Beins
Produced by Damian Handisides | Original Music by Simon Beins | Cinematography by Dave Homcy | Additional Cinematography by Erik Knutson
When Patagonia surf ambassador Crystal Thornburg-Homcy had a miscarriage, she came face to face with the reality that almost no one talks about failed pregnancies in public. “Sliding into the Light,” her first film since the 2013 documentary Beyond the Surface, recounts her reliance on the ocean for solace—a source of strength for Thornburg-Homcy since her own mother taught her to surf as a child.
The film explores the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood—so often considered taboo—and the strength and support that the sea provides. While the surf film genre is traditionally a portrait of the unattainable ideal—perfect waves, perfect weather, perfect bodies—“Sliding into the Light,” which The Inertia called “the most meaningful short film about surfing you’ll ever watch,” encourages us to find beauty in everyday imperfections.
The film is shot entirely on gorgeous 16mm film by veteran cinematographer Dave Homcy, who has logged time behind the camera for Jack Johnson and Eddie Vedder, Hawaii 5-0 and Lost, and classic surf films Sliding Liberia and A Broke Down Melody. With an original score by composer Simon Beins (The Search for General Tso, The City Dark, King Corn).
COLDLINES | 3:41 MINUTES | SURF IN ICELAND WITH LEE-ANN CURREN | ICELAND | 2017
Filmed and edited by Claudia Lederer
November 2016. Far away from the crowds and far away from temperate climate, Claudia followed Lee-Ann in her search of some waves to surf. Traveling light, she tried her best, with limited means and gear, to relay the particular atmosphere and unique sensations felt in this fascinating island
MOODS I 2:59 MINS I AUSTRALIA I 2017
Filmmaker Fran Miller | Music by Aquila Young, Matt Powell, Dr Rinkel & MindsEye
Sydney-born photographer and featured artist from last years Women’s Surf Film Festival, Fran Miller, presents her first film. “Mood” is an exploration of changing moods showcased by three of the world’s most talented up and coming female longboarders; Roisin Carolan, Ivy Thomas, and Hallie Rohr. Featuring some of Australia’s premier breaks including Byron Bay, Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay, Lennox Head, and the Tweed Valley. Watch as Fran’s stunning photography takes life.
LONGBOARDING ICON BELINDA BAGGS MIGHT BE THE PERFECT SURF MOM | 2:43 MINUTES | AUSTRALIA | 2017
Film By The Inertia | Shot and Edited by Gabe Reuben | Produced by Zach Weisberg
“It’s such a great experience to be able to share the experience with a child,” says Baggs. “Being a surfing mom is really amazing. Sometimes tough. I guess it’s almost like an internal battle of like ‘Do I be really selfish and surf myself or do I take him surfing and let it go? Obviously, most of the time I choose to let it go and surf with him. And it brings a lot of calm and makes you go back to your roots of surfing, and remember when I learned and what it was all about, which was just having fun, being family, and enjoying the ocean.”
While Belinda Baggs says she doesn’t necessarily view herself as a leader in women’s surfing, it’s precisely her demure demeanor and palpable passion for being in the ocean – she’s also developed a nasty bodysurfing habit – that makes it so. Intentionally or not, as she balances Rayson (literally) on her back while juggling a 9’ 0” single-fin and a career that enables her to do the things she loves, she leads by example.