The fourth edition of the Surf Film Festival of Santander, in Spain, will take place in the Los Angeles movie theater from the 11th to the 15th of November.
Organized by the Municipality of Santander in collaboration with the bank La Caixa, printers Ter, newspaper El Diario Montanes, radio Onda Cero and for the first time the U.S. surf magazine Surfer, the fourth edition intends to portray a global outlook to our sport and its rich history and culture.
The festival will include an original photo exhibition in the lobby of the Movie Theater, the best worldwide surf productions of the year and of course some good live music.
A photo exhibition this year features photographer Ron Stoner, who may be seen in Spain for the first time. This comes courtesy of Surfer magazine and gives us the chance to show off 20 jewels of Ron Stoner from the invaluable vaults of this historical magazine. Ron Stoner is one of the most important photographers of the history of surfing. From 1965 to 1967 he worked as the top photographer for SURFER magazine. His iconic images, were cleaner, richer, brighter and better-composed than anybody else’s. As fellow surf photography legend Art Brewer said, “The best moments in a surfer´s life, Stoner caught them”. His influence in posterior photographers is incalculable. His meteoric rise to the top was amazing; and so was his fall. His late cameos with drugs and his own psychological problems, sadly made him disappear from the scene. His last work dated from 1971, first reported missing in 1977 and subsequently declared dead in 1994, although his body was never found. There are many legends about Stoner, but there’s nothing better than seeing his beautiful snapshots to discover and remember the golden age of the world of surfing in 1960s California.
Another highlight of the photo exhibit will include seven local photographers and their digital work. This will provide a summary of what has been a very good year for surfing in our region. Local photographers include Jose Pellón, Jose Haya, Pablo Camino, Alfonso Nieva, Sergio García, Raúl Gunche, Nacho Valdivieso and Hector Barrero.
Another highlight will include two documentaries filmed on our shores, by Cantabrian filmmakers. We will have the debut of Eduardo Sanchez with Serial B and the new foray into the genre of the young filmmaker Hector Barrero with Ocean Room. Fourteen titles will be presented this year. We will have a chance to see Jeff Parker’s ‘Echo Beach’, which will open the festival. Mikey Detemple’s ‘Picaresque’, ‘Fresh Fruits for Rotten Vegetables’ by Steve Cleveland, ‘The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun’ by George Greenough, 1968 (the only Classic film scheduled this year) will follow. We also will be highlighting the following movies: ‘The Present’ by Thomas Campbell, without doubt, one of the best films this year. The beautiful ‘The Ripple Effect’ of Mike Sanders. The artistic ‘Hanging Five’ by Chris Cutri. ‘You Scratched my Unchord’ by Mitch Absher and which will be discussed later. ‘The Driffter’. The latest production by Taylor Steele with Rob Machado and scheduled to be only two functions. ‘Walking on water’ by Bryan Jennings. ‘Lost Prophets search for the Colective’ by Nathan Apffel. ‘Dear & Yonder’ by Tiffany and Andria Lesser and created with a female audience in mind.‘Tom’s Creation Plantation’ by Cyrus Sutton is about the resurgence of the old style Hawaiian surfboards by Tom Wegener. And finally, a preview of ‘Displacement’, the anticipated film debut of Californian artist Alex Kopps. A last entry to the festival is a short preview of The Tyler Warren Experiments by John Smart, that is not in the program and could be seen acompaning other shows.
In coordination with the Youth Council, the festival has organized a night entitled ‘The Night of Rock and Surf’ on Nov. 14th. There will be a performance by local band Cantabro Soul Gestapo followed by the Surf documentary ‘You Scratched my Unchord’ by Mitch Absher. This groundbreaking production, packed with action, a powerful band sound and hilarious Sketches featuring surfers themselves, is filmed entirely in California and will certainly delight the audience. This activity will be entirely free.
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