New York Surf Film Fest Announces International Film Program

September 3, 2008: – – New York, NY — New York Surf Film Festival Presented by JetBlue Airways has put the final touches on the festival program which features twenty four films with filmmakers from the US, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Ireland, and Peru.

This premier showcase of surf films provides a range of cinematic viewpoints from the joys of the sport to those overcoming great struggle to continue to be watermen.  2008 NYSFF Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at “It is an amazing program and we are stoked to host films from around the world,” said Tyler Breuer co-founder of the New York Surf Film Festival.


OUT THERE: Directed by Steve Jones, Todd Jones and Corey Gavitt. Created in partnership with Surfrider Foundation, OUT THERE showcases today’s most progressive surfing, while considering humankind’s impact on the world’s oceans, beaches and waves.

UNDER THE SUN: Directed by Cyrus Sutton. Separated by a few miles of rolling green hills, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast are two seemingly opposite Australian surf towns. But beneath the surface they are inextricably linked to a multi-billion dollar industry thriving on the commoditization of the surfing lifestyle.

PEEL:THE PREU PROJECT: Written, Directed and Edited by T.J. Barrack and Wes Brown. Barrack take us on-location to the beautiful waters of Peru where surfing is a way of life and surfers are worshiped as National Heroes

ONE WINTER STORY: Directors Names: Sally Lundburg and Elizabeth Pepin. Sarah Gerhardt became a star in the surfing universe in 1999 as the first woman to slice across a monster wave at Northern California’s legendary Maverick’s. Media coverage, sponsorship and adulation followed, but Sarah’s dramatic journey from poverty and despair to accomplishment and peace went unnoticed.

BUSTIN DOWN THE DOOR: Director: Jeremy Gosch. During the winter of 1975 in Hawaii, surfing was shaken to its core. A group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa sacrificed everything and put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture, and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world

ARCHY: Directed By: Bill Ballard. “ARCHY” is a timeless film that tells the story of three very different generations in surfing. Spanning the 80’s, 90’s, 2000 and on, Archy’s amazing story is one of survival thru surf stardom at an early age, fame, drugs, alcohol, sponsorships and the surf rock star lifestyle.

MUSICA SURFICA: Directors and Screenwriters name: Mick Sowry. “Musica Surfica looks at the art of surfing in new ways, reminding us of the rewards of risk in learning new things.  Surfer Richard Tognetti, of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with his friend, surfing provocateur Derek Hynd, asked a diverse group of surfers, including former world champion Tom Carroll and master shaper Tom Wegener, to join them on remote King Island at the edge of the Southern Ocean, to surf… without fins

THE ROCKS: Director and/or Screenwriter’s Name: Mark Temme. “THE ROCKS” provides a look into the unexpected world of surfing New York City. Great waves break within the city limits at Rockaway Beach, where the concrete jungle meets the ocean. The juxtaposition of NYC culture with surfing is surreal, and “THE ROCKS” captures that rare experience on film.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Directed and Produced by TY PONDER. Created, Directed and Written by Scott Bass. Narrated by acclaimed writer/director John Milius, BETWEEN THE LINES examines the Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. This documentary film offers unique insight into the dramatic effect that the Vietnam War and draft had on young American men who rode waves.

SLIDING LIBERIA: Director and/or Screenwriter’s Name (Britton Caillouette & Nicholai Lidow). Sliding Liberia follows four young surfers to war-torn Liberia in search of more than perfect waves. As they travel through the West African country, devastated by civil war, they record the stories of the people they meet––people like Alfred, who became Liberia’s first surfer after finding a bodyboard while fleeing from rebels.

BIG WEDNESDAY:Directed by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian) and co-written with Denny Aaberg.The film follows three friends, the straight-laced and responsible Jack Barlowe (William Katt), party maestro and hot surfer Matt Johnson (Jan Michael Vincent) and the up-for-anything Leroy ‘the Masochist’ (Gary Busey), as they transition from adolescents to adults and how their relationships change with surfing, as well as with each other


Directed by Andrew Kidman

Directed by Christian & Spencer Driggs

Directed by SuyenMosely

Directed by Dustin Miller

Directed by Joshua Berry

Directed by Joshua Bolton

Directed by Ray Kleiman Jr.

Directed by Todd Stewart

Directed by Dennis Jarvis

Directed by Peter Cestaro

Directed by Mike Black

Directed by the Campbell Brothers

To view the full schedule of the program, film synopsis and filmmaker profiles please visit:

New York Surf Film Festival
The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. 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