FILM TITLE: FLOW — the true story of a surfing revolution
DIRECTED: JOSH LANDAN
Location:La Jolla, CA Museum Of Contemporary Art
When: Friday, October 7
Time: 2 Shows at 7 and 9 PM
Music: Tim Curran Plays at 6 PM
Locally based THIRTY FOUR FILMS would like to introduce a feature documentary, 3 years in the making, celebrating the lives and unparalleled history of the Channel Islands Surf Team and their legendary surfboard maker Al Merrick. Director/Writer/Producer Josh Landan works with Producer/Writer/Editor Scott Stankey to craft one of the most revealing and compelling surfing stories ever told, offering a feature documentary delivered in a truly unique cinematic style. Flow is narrated by Brandon Boyd (Incubus) with music from the bands Incubus, Bloc Party, Sparta, Pinback, and many others including original music and score by Michael Einziger, Tim Curran, and Todd Hannigan.
“Flow chronicles the last 31 years of surfing through a unique, insider’s perspective as to the dedication, devotion, and individual passion that has revolutionized modern surfing and its mostly misinterpreted lifestyle. The story focuses on Channel Islands Surfboards founder and world-renowned surfboard craftsman Al Merrick and his special relationships with the team of world champion Channel Islands Team riders and arguably the two best and most influential surfers ever: Kelly Slater (6 time world champion) and Tom Curren (3 time world champion). The film highlights Al’s visionary approach that cultivated the Channel Islands Team riders talent into 19 world titles, bringing you back to the early 60’s with the evolution of the shortboard and take you on a journey up to present day. We relive those profound years that experienced a revolutionary leap forward in surfing design, performance, and image, and weave through to the present where you experience first hand what it takes to be a part of the most progressive surfing team in the world.
“Flow reveals the core, revolutionary changes that resulted in a worldwide recognition of modern surfing. It is not just a surf film with beautiful imagery and a loose story structure, but rather a heart-felt, soulful perspective on one man’s influence on a bevy of talented individuals. This film will not only illustrate the revolution of modern surfing, but it will inspire people that are completely distanced from the sport into a whole new way of thinking about these athletes and the lives they lead. It speaks to the hearts and minds of anyone who seeks adventure or wants to tap into the mystical sides of their personality. The integrity of this film will surely set a precedent not only in the genre but also in the industry as a whole. “Flow is the true story of a surfing revolution.
BIO INFO 34FILMS:
Josh Landan attended the New York Film Academy before working under award-winning action sports producer and director Taylor Steele. Josh worked as director of photography and cinematographer on various award winning projects for Taylor and his production company, Poor Specimen, including the titles: “Loose Change, Heads or Tails, and “Hit and Run – the first surf film shot completely in HD and shown in AMC Theaters nation wide. Josh’s final project with Poor Specimen found him as co-director and director of cinematography for “ARC, a Taylor Knox Signature Series Film. This tightly shot 16mm film earned Knox a nomination for “Best Male Performance at the 2002 Surfer Pole and Video Awards.
With a passion to further hone his filmmaking vision, Josh partnered with friend and fellow filmmaker Scott Stankey to create Thirty Four Films, LLC. This alliance led to Josh’s first directorial début, “Yield, a high action surf film, which was released by Thirty Four Films in September 2003 with great success along with a nomination for “Best Male Performance at the 2003 Surfer Poll and Video Awards. Other works include the 2004 short film, “Saammurdok, a biographical documentary(a production by Keith Malloy, Scott Stankey, and Josh Landan).
Josh has quickly made a name for himself among his peers and with the athletes he has collaborated with on numerous projects. Coming off the worldwide success of “Yield and with the drive, dedication, and support of Thirty Four Films, Josh is positioned to lead the next generation of surf film makers and plans to do just that as director/writer/producer of his new documentary film based on the lives and unparalleled history of the Channel Islands Surf Team and their surfboard maker Al Merrick, “FLOW, the true story of a surfing revolution.
Scott Stankey Graduated California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a 5 year professional Bachelors of Architecture degree including specialized coursework in project management and 3d design and visualization.
In 1995, while working as an Architect and Project Manager at RRM Design Group, San Luis Obispo, CA, Scott spent his spare time pursuing his interest in filmmaking, visual design, and editing. In an effort to combine his love for design and architecture with a passion for filmmaking, Scott founded ArchFX Production Studio in 1996 with his friend and fellow CalPoly graduate Vaughan Miller. Now located in Ventura, California, It was this studio, specializing in 3D-animation, editing, and effects that provided a pipeline where Scott could create and produce a cinematic quality product.
With a background heavy in design and over 12 years of technical experience, Scott was able to develop many talents including digital non-linear editing, three-dimensional modeling, graphic design, motion graphics, and content creation for both dvd and film. His work at ArchFX Production Studio includes award winning short presentations, small commercial/sports productions, and marketing/documentary productions including animation, film, video, motion graphics, and audio compilation and score.
Scott has acquired extensive management skills including the experience and abilities to successfully start-up and operate a company from initial concept to profitability. With a passion to further hone his filmmaking skills, Scott partnered with friend and experienced surf cinematographer/director Josh Landan to create Thirty Four Films, LLC, based in their hometown of Ventura, CA. This alliance led to Scott’s first surf genre début as Producer and Editor of “Yield, a high action surf film, which was released by Thirty Four Films in September 2003 with great success including a nomination for “Best Male Performance at the 2003 Surfer Poll and Video Awards. Other works include editor/producer/DVD content creator for the 2004 short film, “Sammurdok, a biographical documentary(a production by Keith Malloy, Scott Stankey, and Josh Landan), and the 2005 Channel Islands Surfboards promotional DVD (directed/edited/filmed).
Focusing much of his efforts to the filmmaking side of his companies, Scott has quickly gained respect for himself among his peers and with the athletes and professionals he has collaborated with. Coming off the worldwide success of “Yield and with the drive, dedication, and support of Thirty Four Films, Scott has positioned Thirty Four Films to be an integral part of leading the next generation of surf film makers and plans to do just that as producer/writer/editor of his new documentary film based on the lives and unparalleled history of the Channel Islands Surf Team and their surfboard maker Al Merrick, “FLOW, the true story of a surfing revolution.