New York Gets a New Surfing Film Festival (Preview Films)

SMASH FEST 1 is a monthlong series of film, art, and community events that will span the New York area, from Brooklyn to Long Beach, Montauk, and Rockaway Beach. It will bring to life all of what SMASH stands for—surf, movies, art, shaping, history. The film festival will also be the first profit-sharing surf film festival in the world.

The 2013 SMASH FEST 1 features program reflects on the diversity of surf culture. Selections range from a story of a once great surfer and his drug-related demise and a film about a surfer on the ascent with his futuristic power surfing to the abstract and artistic.

SMASH FEST 1 Official Selection with the Screening Schedule

Bending Colours
By Kai Neville and Red Bull Media House

Screening Time: Thursday, July 25, 8:45 p.m.

Location: Villain 50 North 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY

This film pairs Jordy Smith with friend and filmmaker Kai Neville in a new project that provides a candid look into the South African surfer’s life. The film follows Smith as he travels from one wave-rich exotic locale to another, showcasing his world class talent—in signature Kai Neville fashion—with heavy doses of surf action blended with a certain element of tasteful artistic flair, while set against a solid soundtrack. Purchase Tickets Here: Bending Colours Tickets
Bending Colours Tickets

Learning to Breathe
By Rocky Romano

Screening Time: Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Villain – 50 North 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY

The film explores the troubled evolution of professional surfing legend Anthony Ruffo. Ruffo’s legendary surfing ability and charismatic personality made him a role model in the Santa Cruz surfing community. But when he fell into a spiraling addiction and criminality, he took a portion of the surfing world with him. Facing a failing reputation and five years in prison, Ruffo must finally understand the impact he has made on his community. He strives to repair his broken life though there are no guarantees that the court will sympathize with Ruffo’s efforts. Purchase Tickets Here: Learning to Breathe Tickets

Minds in the Water
By Justin Krumb

Screening Time: Friday, July 26, 10:35 p.m.

Location: Villain – 50 North 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY

An award-winning documentary following the quest of professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales, and the oceans they all share. Through Rastovich’s journey–a five-year adventure spanning the globe from Australia to the Galapagos, Tonga, California, Alaska, and Japan–we see one surfer’s quest to activate his community to help protect the ocean and its inhabitants. Purchase Tickets Here: Minds in the Water Tickets
Minds in the Water Tickets

Daughter: The Movie
By Tin Ojeda

Screening Time: Friday, July 26, 9:10 p.m.

Location: Villain – 50 North 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY

This will be the world premiere of “Daughter: The Movie,” an experimental film shot entirely on Super 8 and 16mm black and white film. Featuring Mikey Detemple, Kassia Meador, Derek Hynd, Robin Kegel, Scotty Stopnik, JJ Wessels, Corey, Andy Findlay, Rob Kulisek, Erin Wormhead, Kyle Lightner, Billy Death, Terry Simba, Brothers Marshall… and many more. Music by Ty Segall, Ariel Pink, Raw Thrills, NAVE, Monster Rally. Filmed in New York, New Jersey, California, Japan and Mexico. Purchase Tickets Here: Daughter The Movie Tickets

By Justin Mitchell and Vince Medeiros

Screening Time: Thursday, July 25, 10:00 p.m.

Location: Villain – 50 North 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY

Rio Breaks tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life? Purchase Tickets Here: Rio Breaks Tickets

Discovering Mavericks (embedded at top of page)
By Josh Pomer

Screening Time: Saturday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Rockaway Beach Surf Club: 3-02 Beach 87th St, Queens, NY

For generations, California has long been a surfer mecca, but never seriously considered for its big waves. However in 1975, a Half Bay high school kid named Jeff Clark surfed a 20+ foot wave outside of Pillar Point Harbor, just south of San Francisco. His pioneering achievement single-handedly gave birth to the legend of Mavericks. Discovering Mavericks captures the passion and dedication of surfers like Jeff Clark, Peter Mel, Flea, Shane Dorian, Nick Lamb, Zack Wormhout, Brock Little, and Mike Parsons. This film also honors the sacrifice of men like Mark Foo, Jay Moriarty, and others who dared to take on the unforgiving waves at Mavericks. This is their true story. Purchase Tickets Here: Discovering Mavericks Tickets
Discovering Mavericks Tickets

A Hundred Miles to the End
By John Beattie

First Screening Dates & Times: Saturday, July 13, 7:00 PM                        

First Location: Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561

Second Screening Date & Time: Thursday, July 25th – 7:00PM                                                                                

Second Location: The Villain Space, 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn NY

Follow a lifelong surfer as he revisits the places he used to surf over his 48 years of surfing on Long Island. Starting in western Long Island and heading east to the end for the past two and a half years. Featuring some of New York’s best surfers: Mikey DeTemple, Will Skudin, TJ Gumella, Balaram Stack, Trip Patterson, Jesse James Jockel, Chris Tomlin, Alex Fawess and more. Shot exclusively on Long Island and featuring Long Island surfers and Long Island musicians.  Purchase Tickets Here: A Hundred Miles to the End Tickets

Russia -The Outpost Volume 01 and Slideshow
By Chris Burkard & Trevor Gordon                                                    

Screening Date & Time: Thursday, July 25 – 7:30 PM                                                                                                              

Location: The Villain Space, 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn NY

Join legendary photographer Chris Burkard and surfer/artist Trevor Gordon for this one-of-a-kind interactive slideshow and film premiere of Russia:The Outpost. Chris and Trevor will lead you through their incredible journey of exploration in Kamchatka, Russia in search for surf. This unique event, presented by Patagonia, will also be a benefit for Wave for Water.   Purchase Tickers Here: Russia – The Outpost Volume 1

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A Complimentary drink and some tasty snacks will be provided. We encourage you to download the SMASH App for the Android and iTunes App Stores. #smashfest1