The non-profit Saves The Waves Coalition will be cruising up the California Coast on a three-stop film festival showcasing surf films, Groundswell, Ode and Black Diamond, in addition to short film premieres. The Saves the Waves Film Festival will kick off in Santa Barbara on November 2nd, 2012, at the Arligton Theatre. The second stop will be at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on November 9th, in conjunction with the ASP World Tour event at Steamer Lane, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic. The festival travels up the Pacific Coast, to conclude in San Francisco at the Victoria Theater on November 16th, 2012.
The Saves the Waves Film Festival is aiming to raise money from donations and ticket sales to continue protecting surf spots and coastal environments around the world. Not only will participants get to enjoy indie surf films, but there will also be local band performances. The San Francisco showing is likely to have a well stocked bar as the event is 21+ only.
In Black Diamond (Diamonte Negro), Rodrigo Farias presents a short Chilean surf film. Headed towards a hyped-up mega swell in Tahiti, Hawaiian big wave surfer Kohl Christensen decides to call it off half way to return to the mythical and mysterious Rapa Nui island. There, he experiences an epic session on the most isolated wave in the world and reconnects with old friends.
The world premiere of a new Woodshed Film, Groundswell is the story of a group of activists who set sail along the pristine British Columbia coast looking for surf – and learning about an oil pipeline construction that threatens to change this area forever. The film is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Chris Malloy in partnership with Farm League. Watch the trailer:
Several short films will also premiere at the Saves the Waves Film Festival.
In “Sea Pathways” by Brandon Aroyan, Santa Barbara surfer and environmentalist Chadd Konig paddles down this coast on his human powered “prone/knee paddle board” for 250 miles. The remote coastline between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara is a home to California’s magical, raw landscapes and sea life. Chadd’s journey raises awareness and directs our attention to the destructive “fracking” practices of the oil industry. This film features wilderness adventures, encounters with all manner of wild sea life, and more surprises along a remote stretch of California coastline. “Sea Pathways – Paddling with Intention” is a film by Branden Aroyan starring Chadd Konig with original music by Xavier Rudd. Read more…
Tickets can be purchased from the Save The Waves Coalition website at www.savethewaves.org, with tickets prices ranging from $15.00 for general admission and $50.00 for VIP. Follow Save The Waves Coalition on Facebook.