Filmmaker Rocky Romano announces the West Coast Premier of his award-winning documentary Learning to Breathe at the 2013 Mill Valley Surf Film Festival. This feature length documentary ventures into a new realm for this talented and driven artist.
Critically acclaimed as to one of the most important films in the history of surfing, Learning to Breathe 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, and when he fell into spiraling addiction and criminality, he took a portion of the surfing world with him. Facing a failing reputation and 5 years in state prison, Ruffo must finally understand the impact he has made on his community. He strives to repair his broken life, but there are no guarantees that the court will sympathize with Ruffo’s efforts.
“Learning to Breathe” is the most important surf film of 2013 PERIOD. It strays away from the normal confines of surf cinema to scrutinize an underbelly most do not want to even think about. I applaud Rocky Romano for taking on this challenging subject matter and creating such a profound piece of work.” – Pierce Michael Kavanagh President of The San Diego Surf Film Festival
We are extremely honored to have been selected for the 2013 Mill Valley Surf Film Festival! This film is much more then just a surf film, and we are stoked to share it with the Mill Valley community.” – stated Romano
Learning to Breathe will play at the Mill Valley Surf Film Festival on Saturday, September 14th at 5:00 PM at The World Famous Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941.