Taylor Steele’s ‘Days of The Strange’ Premieres in Encinitas

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE -Taylor Steele's "Days of The Strange" To Premiere In Encinitas to Benefit the Kona-California Scholarship Fund

May 5, 2009 (Encinitas, CA) – Taylor Steele’s latest film, “Days of  the Strange”, will make its California debut on Friday, May 8th at the Encinitas Community Center in Encinitas, CA, to benefit the Kona-California Scholarship Fund. The $15 per ticket event is a fundraiser for the Kona-California Scholarship and an opportunity to get together with cool people to watch good surfing and groove to good music.

The two-screening video premiere is part of a benefit event and will be will be followed by a performance by the HI Roots, as well as a silent auction and raffle of items generously donated by Quiksilver, Reef, Nike 6.0, Nixon, 808 Stand up Paddleboards, Primo Island Lager, Monster Energy Drink, Clark Little Photography, John Rowe Photography and others. A cash bar will be onsite for anyone needing some liquid courage to get out on the dance floor.

The Kona-California Scholarship was founded by Travis Brown and Max Robinson in order to help students from Kailua-Kona, HI, pursue higher education on the mainland.  Both Brown and Robinson graduated
from Konawaena high school, each going on to receive undergraduate degrees from respected universities in San Diego.  Brown graduated from San Diego State University in 2003 with a degree in marketing, while Robinson graduated UCSD in 2004 with a degree in international relations.

While Brown and Robinson truly cherish their upbringing in Kona, they feel that the choice to move to San Diego has been invaluable to their personal growth. Their college and career experiences on the
mainland have allowed both exciting career paths and a broader perspective on the world. They would like to help other Kona students with a similar desire for education to pursue opportunities in California.

"Max and I are both incredibly fortunate to grow up in Kona and have the option of pursuing higher education in California," commented Brown. "The decision to leave Hawaii was a difficult one for us both
personally and financially.  If a young person decides they want to pursue an educational experience out of Kona and in California, we want to help them afford the same opportunities we were so fortunate to be able to take advantage of.

Encinitas Community Center is located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive in Encinitas, CA.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm for the all ages showing taking place at 6:00 pm. After the film ends and the first crowd makes their way home, the doors will reopen at 7:15 pm for the age 18 and over second showing, which will occur at 8 pm sharp.

For more information about the event, please visit the following links:

www.kona-californiascholarship.org
www.poorspecimen.com
www.myspace.com/HIrootsmusic

About Kona-California Scholarship
The Kona-California Scholarship was founded by two Kona surf groms who went on to university in San Diego. Their mission is to help  students from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to pursue their dreams in California. To date, nine ambitious and community-minded Kona-California scholars have been awarded a total of over $6,000 to help with the cost of their education. Every bit of this money comes from donations and fund raisers like this. Mahalo for your support!

About Taylor Steele
His films under the Poor Specimen label kick-started the careers of some of surfing’s biggest names. With the early 90’s release of Momentum and Momentum II, Taylor introduced the world to a new crop
of surfers including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, and others who collectively became known as “The Momentum Generation.” In the following years he produced a string of more than fifteen hit movies such as Focus, Good Times, Drifting, Loose Change, Shelter, and Drive Thru series, as well as Campaign 1 & 2, and Sipping Jetstreams. He has collaborated with surf filmmakers such as Chris and Emmett Malloy, Jack Johnson, and Greg Browning.

About Hi Roots
Hi Roots is a mix of Hawaii grown boys living in California coming up fast on the music scene.  The music they make is always guaranteed to get the good vibes flowing.  Keeping the Hawaiian culture alive in
California.  Roots Rock Reggae