New York, NY, October 1, 2008 – With three days of sold out screenings, over 2,500 people in attendance and one of the biggest swells of the year hitting the East Coast the stellar first year of the New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF) wrapped up on Sunday with an Awards Ceremony and after party at the Redbull Space.
The NYSFF held from September 26-28 featured an unprecedented arrangement of twenty-four films from around the world, intimate Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and lively parties with libations courtesy of Barefoot Wine and Veev Spirits.
At the awards ceremony, festival co-founder Tyler Breuer acted as the emcee presenting the winner in The Best Feature Film category to "Musica Surfica", the story of a diverse group of surfers who travel to King Island to surf without fins directed by Mick Sowry.
"It is such an honor to have Mick Sowry fly in from Australia for the New York Surf Film Festival. I feel that this movie really pushes surfers to look at surfing from a completely different perspective, yet it remains close to the core of what surfing is," said NYSFF co- founder Tyler Breuer.
Special recognition was also given in The Best Short Film category awarding director Matt Katsolis for his film "Distant Shores."
The esteemed Viewers Choice Award Presented by Jet Blue deservingly went to "The Rocks" directed by New Jersey native Mark Temme. "The Rocks" reveals a glimpse into the remarkable breaks within the city limits of Rockaway Beach, and the strong surfing culture that surrounds these exceptional breaks. In addition to the acknowledgement, Temme received two tickets and an all expense paid trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Courtesy of Jet Blue and the Dominican Republic Tourism Board.
Another highlight of the weekend included a rare question and answer session with legendary "Big Wednesday" creators John Milius and Denny Aaberg as well as a live narration of "Little Wednesday," a short documentary on the making of "Big Wednesday."
Other Q and A sessions with the NYSFF film directors included The Rocks: Mark Temme, Peel: The Peru Project: Wes Brown, TJ Barrack, Musica Surfica: Mick Sowry, Pulp, Poo and Perfection: Joshua Berry, One Winter Story: Elizabeth Ropin Silva, Distant Shores: Matt Katsolis, Bustin Down the Door: Jeremy Gosch and Robert Traill, June: Christian Driggs, Archy: Bill Ballard, Bonzer Mothership: Malcom Campbell, Kooks: Peter Cesaro, and Between The Lines: Ty Ponder, Troy Page.
The New York Surf Film Festival brought together avid surfers, legendary surf photographers, film buffs and New York City audiences fascinated by the sport. It was a celebration of both the East Coast surf community but also the artistic integrity of the surf film genre. Be sure to continue to check in at http://www.nysurffilm.com/ for images of the festival and updates on the 2009 installation.
About the 2008 NYSFF Sponsors
NYSFF welcomes the support of our 2008 Presenting Sponsor, JetBlue Airways. JetBlue Airways jets daily between New York JFK and Puerto Plata –a premier surf destination and one of three Dominican cities served by the airline- using modern Airbus A320. The New York-based carrier has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious even more Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft “BetaBlue,” a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue serves more than 50 cities with 600 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide.
NYSFF appreciates the support from our VIP Sponsors:
Kevin Dann and Partners LLC, is a boutique broker dealer located in New York City.
No11 Incorporated is a full-service boutique creative advertising agency that specializes in: Brand development, Advertising, Logo & Identity Design, Graphic Design, Website Design, Publication Design, Package Design, Account Coordination, Copywriting, Exhibitions, and Ad Placement.
NYSFF Mates of the Festival:
Board Sports Management is the surfing world’s leading athlete and event management company. The firm oversees career management of top emerging surfers and production of major events such as the O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro and the Red Bull Tow-At.
Ditch Plains Restaurant is a New York city style surf shack located in the west village and a proud member of the surf rider foundation. Surfrider members receive 15% off total bill.
Hive Surf is a small group of innovative surfers who have created a company in which they donate 100% of their profits to environmental charities (Save the Surf, Save the Beaches, Clean up the Water). In addition, all of their products are organic and all natural when possible. Surf everyday.
Studio 13 is a production company developing its own scripts, films and web content while offering to the independent filmmaking community resources such as equipment, studio space and qualified personnel
Barefoot Wine’s award-winning California wines are attractively priced and can be found in playful, colorful cases and bottles bearing the iconic footprint label. Barefoot’s still wine portfolio ($6 for 750-ml bottles, $11 for 1.5-liter bottles) includes nine unique offerings: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel, Moscato, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Zinfandel. Barefoot also offers five delicious sparkling wines: Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée, Barefoot Bubbly Premium Extra Dry and the NEW Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio Champagne, Barefoot Bubbly Chardonnay Champagne and Barefoot Bubbly White Zinfandel Champagne. All of these award-winning sparkling wines retail for $10. For more information about Barefoot Wine, visit www.barefootwine.com.
Other Mates of the Festival: The Dominican Republic Tourism Board, NewYorkSurf.com, Sundown Ski & Surf Shop, Mollusk Surf Shop, Surfersvillage.com, NYNJSurf.com, NYBodyboarding.com, and Dukestorm.com
About New York Surf Film Festival:
New York Surf Film Festival? The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film taking place from September 26-28, 2008 at the Tribeca Cinemas. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The New York Surf Film Festival’s aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC. The New York Surf Film Festival is a Don’t Drop In Production, founded by Adam Cannizzaro, Tyler Breuer, Michael Machemer, and Morgan Rae Berk in 2008. Programming by Blaine Vandenberg. IT Support courtesy of Peter Folan and Dave Youn.