LS/FF 2018 Line-up Announced

LS/FF 2018 Line-up Announced

The 8th annual London Surf / Film Festival x Reef hits the capital 10 – 19th October 2018.
This year’s programme of premieres, underground projects and award winning features, explore our salt water realm and the diverse characters that inhabit it like never before. With documentaries to inspire, surfing to blow minds, travel to stir up the wanderlust and biopics that get under the skin this year’s international London Surf / Film Festival is a true slice of surfing in the here and now and a showcase of our multi-layered world of waveriding.

“The breadth of this year’s line up is really exciting,” says LS/FF Director Demi Taylor. “We’re hosting two huge premieres that lift the curtain on an era that changed modern surfing forever. Momentum Generation charts the rise and rivalries of Slater, Machado and their tight knit crew of nu skoolers who triggered a paradigm shift in not just waveriding, but youth culture. Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story, in a raw and intimate insight into the rise of a true surfing icon, an enigmatic 4x world champion that changed the way the world thought about women and our lifestyle. We’re delighted to be hosting the eagerly awaited World Premiere of multi award winning Director Andrew Kaineder’s Beyond The Noise. Featuring Noah Lane and Harrison Roach in Europe’s most jaw dropping waves, combining stunning cinematography and an arresting soundscape this is a must see exploration.”

LS/FF is bringing to the UK 3 World premieres, 2 European Premieres and 10 UK Premieres. For many of the movies, the festival will be the only chance to watch them as they were intended to be enjoyed – on the big screen, accompanied by a packed crowd of likeminded folk – the original “social media” experience.

Accompanied by Q+A’s and audiences with some of the world’s most exciting surfers and award winning filmmakers plus live music, art, pop up events and more the London Surf / Film Festival is a must attend for dreamers, doers, adventurers, hard chargers and anyone of a salty disposition.

10 – 13 October 2018, Regent Street Cinema plays host to the London Surf / Film Festival. Tickets are on sale now >> HERE.
There are limited number of evening passes available offering more surf for your buck, plus a free beer from our friends at Sharp’s (over 18’s only) and exclusive goodies!

15 – 19 October 2018, Events are popping up across the capital – sign up to the LS/FF newsletter for details >> HERE

For full details head to: londonsurffilmfestival.com

London Surf / Film Festival 2018 Feature Line-Up

Beyond the Noise by Andrew Kaineder // 11th October
WORLD PREMIERE: Surfer Poll nominated multi-award winning filmmaker Andrew Kaineder presents this highly anticipated ode to an Irish Winter, when snow covered the ground and deep depressions spiralled in the raging North Atlantic. Combining epic waveriding from Noah Lane & Harrison Roach, plus stunning cinematography, not to be missed. Presented by Director Andrew Kaineder & surfer Noah Lane

Trouble: The Lisa Anderson Story by Chas Smith // 13th October
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Enigmatic surf icon and 4 Time World Champion Lisa Andersen changed youth culture forever. Her combination of style, power, drive and determination showed the world a new way to think about female surfing. A raw and honest insight into Lisa’s perilous quest to fulfil the hastily scribbled promise of a run-away teen to be the world’s number one.

Momentum Generation by the Zimbalist Brothers // 12th October
UK PREMIERE: Fired by an explosive cocktail of camaraderie and deep-seated competitiveness, this highly anticipated documentary explores how Slater, Machado, Dorian et al pushed each other to levels of performance previously unseen in surf culture. A frank and insightful exposé of the rivalries forged and friendships burned in the white heat of competitive surfing. A very special screening & guest Q+A

The Electric Acid Surfboard Test by Ashton Goggans // 12th October
UK PREMIERE: What happens when you bring Dane Reynolds and 10 tripped out surfboards, hand-shaped by some of the most radical hands, for a ten-day mind-melter at Mexico’s loveliest sand points? A celebration of surfing’s experimental tradition, an exploration of some of the most iconic and disruptive alternative designs, put through their paces by surfing’s most radical innovator. Filmmaker Q+A

EOS by Bruce Muller // 10th October
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Iconic Kassia Meador blurs the line between surfer, artist & performer. Combining an epic soundscape and stunning cinematography from Scott Soens & the late, great Sonny Miller, this is a creative and captivating cinematic masterpiece. Not to be missed.

Priboi by Kokorev Konstantin // 11th October
UK PREMIERE: In Siberia, winter water temperatures average just 2 degrees, snow lays heavy on the beaches and then there are the blizzards to contend with. This is cold water surfing at its very limits. This ground breaking, visually arresting masterpiece is a two year quest across the vastness of the Russian continent, home to some 37,000 km of coastline. A must see surf exploration.

Big Wata by Gugi van der Velden // 10th October
UK PREMIERE: West Africa has a turbulent and violent past, a history marked by civil war, ravaged by disease. In a small corner of Sierra Leone, during an Ebola outbreak, a band of brothers find solace, escape and a new found identity through surfing. Big Wata (The Ocean) offers an insight into the first and only surf club in Sierra Leone.

A Land Shaped by Women by Anne-Flore Marxer // 13th October
UK PREMIERE: Anne-Flore Marxer and Aline Bock, two Freeride World Champions, undertake an amazing journey across Iceland, exploring this breath-taking country by van, carving fresh powder and frigid point breaks, while also meeting some of the women who have helped forge Icelandic culture.

It’s Not All About The Waves by Kepa Acero // 13th October
UK PREMIERE: Surf adventurer Kepa Acero and photographer Eva Diaz head to Africa in search of a right hand point break but discover so much more, in this uplifting film about the power of community and joy of giving back. Q&A with filmmakers Kepa Acero and Eva Diaz

Paige by Bjarne Salen // 10th October
UK PREMIERE: Paige Alms is a ground breaking waverider, XXL award winning charger and pioneer of women’s big wave surfing. This documentary takes you inside Paige’s world, journeying to her home island of Maui where she trains, mentally and physically preparing for the rigours of a season taking on her favourite wave – the infamous Jaws.

Rail Road by Gustavo Imigrante // 12th October
UK PREMIERE: Nic Von Rupp embarks on an ethereal surf lapse around Europe, traversing the continent on night trains, branch lines and intercity expresses, finding stirring landscapes and time to contemplate, between stalking sickeningly shallow slabs with Mick Fanning and mind warpingly huge waves with Ireland’s bravest chargers. Presented by Nic von Rupp

The Sea Empowers Dir. Lucy Jane/ Joya Berrow // 10th October
WORLD PREMIERE: Within the patriarchal Jamaican surf scene, 28 year old Imani Wilmot is a beacon of hope for fellow women. An intimate exploration on the social impact of surfing
on a community. Events culminate in the first ever all female surf contest in Jamaican history. Emotions run high and the gravity of the competition exposes just how much surfing really means to these women.

Emocean Dir. Tony Harrington // 10th October
UK PREMIERE: Featuring the likes of iconic surf filmmaker Paul Witzig, Pipeline photographer Brent Bielmann, watermen Dave Kalama, Jamie Mitchell and Jeff Clarke plus surfers Bronte & Dave MacAulay, and shot on location in Australia, Hawaii and California this is a cinematic exploration of our complex relationships with the ocean.

Nausicaa by Luca Merli // POP UP
UK PREMIERE: The ocean going yacht Nausicaa embarks on a surf adventure with a twist, traversing unexplored shores and empty waves in the Mediterranean’s most secluded corners, living with an almost zero carbon footprint, embracing the beauty of the cradle of civilization and reflecting on living a simple lifestyle in symbiosis with nature. Luca Merli ‘s stylishly laidback movies make you want to jump on a plane and head straight to the crystalline blue waters of the Italian coastline.

International Shorts
Tan Dir. Alena Ehrenbold
North Sea Holes Dir. Lewis Arnold & Chris McClean
A Lunar Cycle Dir: Andrew Kaineder
Black is a Colour Dir: Taylor Knox (A very special screening)
Generations Dir.Russell Brownley
Isla de los Bufalos Dir. Gabriel Novis

London Surf / Film Festival 2017 Line Up Announced!

London Surf / Film Festival 2017 Line Up Announced!

The 7th annual London Surf / Film Festival x Reef hits the capital 19 – 26th October 2017.

This year’s epic programme of premieres award winning features and underground projects from the world’s best showcases the multi-layered world of waveriding, exploring our salt water realm and the diverse characters that inhabit it with documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir up the wanderlust and surfing to blow minds.

Accompanied by Q+A’s with some of the world’s most exciting surfers: Albee Layer, Kepa Acero, Mike Lay, LeeAnn Curren, Andrew Cotton and award winning filmmakers including Dan Norkunas, Peter Hamblin, Takuji Masuda, Chris McClean, Matt Crocker, James Dean plus live music, art, pop up events and more the London Surf / Film Festival is a must attend for dreamers, doers, adventurers, hard chargers and anyone of a salty disposition.

“I’m really stoked on this year’s line of stunning cinematography, stories, and surfing,” says LS/FF Director Demi Taylor of the independent film festival she founded in 2011 with fellow surf writer Chris Nelson. “For many of the movies we’re screening, the festival will be the only chance you’ll get to watch them in the UK as they were intended to be enjoyed – on the big screen, accompanied by a packed crowd of likeminded folk – the original “social media” experience!”

19 – 21 October 2017, Regent Street Cinema plays host to the London Surf / Film Festival. Tickets are on sale now >> HERE.
22 – 26 October 2017, a series of events are popping up across the capital – sign up to the LS/FF newsletter for details >> HERE

For full details head to: londonsurffilmfestival.com

LONDON SURF / FILM FESTIVAL 2017 FEATURE PREMIERES

Bunker77 by Takuji Masuda // 19th October
UK PREMIERE: Hotly anticipated documentary charting the wild and true story of the controversial 1970’s surf star, libertine and self styled international playboy Bunker Spreckles. Heir to a fortune and step-son to Hollywood royalty, Bunker threw it away for a surf life on the edge. With CR Stecyk, Art Brewer et al.
PLUS Director Q+A

Church of the Open Sky by Nathan Oldfield // 19th October
UK PREMIERE: The imagery is dreamy, the surfing from Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, Alex Knost et al is loose, the locations from Australia and New Zealand to Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka are lush and the sentiments true. A cinematic masterpiece.

Endless Winter 2: Surfing Europe by Matt Crocker, James Dean // 20th October
UK PREMIERE: Mark Harris traces the classic European surf trail from Cornwall to Morocco. Combining pioneering stories from the likes of Kevin Naughton to Kepa Acero, archive footage and perfect surf from Europe’s most iconic surf spots this beautiful doco is must see for surfers and explorers alike. PLUS Director Q+A

The Sea Wolf by Ben Gulliver // 20th October
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: A two-year journey exploring the furthest corners of the globe in search of untapped cold-water waves. The surfing is cutting edge, the back-drops are jaw dropping and the cinematography is crisp. Featuring Chippa Wilson, Noah Cohen, Pete Devries et al. One of the year’s most anticipated films.

Nervous Laughter by Dan Norkunas // 21st October
UK PREMIERE: Lifting the curtain on Albee Layer and his tight-knit crew of friends redefining big wave surfing during a season rife with nerves, injury, triumph and losses. Combining breathtaking cinematography & fearless surfing this truly inspiring documentary explores the heart and soul of big wave riding.
PLUS Q+A with Albee Layer and Director Dan Norkunas

Perilous Sea by Ryan Meichtry / Mike Bromley // 21st October
UK PREMIERE: A trans continental cold water surfing odyssey capturing the raw spirit, glorious landscapes & pure perfection of the North Atlantic fringes –Canada, Iceland, Ireland and beyond with Noah Cohen, Noah Lane, Sam Hammer, Heidar Eliasson & friends. Guaranteed to stir the wanderlust in the explorers.

Island Earth by Cyrus Sutton // 24th October
UK PREMIERE: To feed all the humans on the planet, we’re going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we’ve grown since the beginning of time. From the Emmy award winner, a rich and complex exploration of the effect of GMO crops on the island of Hawaii, featuring surfer Dustin Barca & Cliff Kapono.

Scramble Gamble by Nathan Myers // 26th October
UK PREMIERE: Four friends set off on an Indonesian road trip without checking the swell, booking reservations or any of that organisational crap. On their bikes, they have everything from a 5’2″ fish to a 9’6″ longboard. The best gamble is the one you take… surfing, scrambling, exploring, whatever.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
Point of Change Rebecca Coley
Bezerke Andrew Kaineder
Cold Lines Claudia Lederer
The Brotherhood Chris Case
The Man & The Sea Andrew Kaineder
Awen Anders Melchior
Maurice Cole: The First Wave Peter Baker
I Knew Jack O’Neill Peter Hamblin
Dispatch From Mexico Eugenio Barcelloni
Headwind Haters Chris McClean
The Ocean Doesn’t Care Mikey DeTemple