Beyond the Surface

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Beyond the Surface


Saturday Jul 11 07:30 PM
Saturday Jul 18 01:00 PM
Thursday Jul 30 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


About the Film:


Opening-night reception: July 11 •  6–7:30pm
Enjoy the band Crimson Apple, a Bollywood dance performance by troupe Aaja Nachle, Indian-inspired pūpū and brews by Kona Brewing Co. Your ticket includes food and a beer or soft drink, plus the screening of Beyond the Surface at 7:30pm.
$25 $20 museum members.

Beyond the Surface
Directed by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Dave Homcy. USA/India. 46 mins.

We bring one of the most beautiful and moving surf documentaries of the decade back to Hawai‘i after an incredible festival run across the globe! Set against the rich hues of India, Beyond The Surface follows Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer, and fellow wave riders Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. While on their journey through southern India, the women surfers and the people they meet share experiences and stories related to surfing, yoga, and ecological awareness, resulting in mutual feelings of hope, a fuel for change, and the empowerment of women.

Highlighted by the undeniable power of surfing, Malaviya and her group of talented women search for the perfect waves as they forge with the people of India an unshakable determination to make the world a better place. Shot by award-winning cinematographer Dave Homcy, entirely on 16 mm film, Beyond the Surface captures this  inspiring endeavor with the goal of sharing these stories with the global surf community and beyond. Homcy is best know for critically acclaimed work in Sliding Liberia, Surfwise, A Broke Down Melody, El Mar Mi Alma, Come Hell or High Water, One Track Mind, Shelter, and Dear and Yonder. Beyond the Surface has been seen in more than 40 film festivals around the world.
Winner: Best Documentary, San Diego Surf Film Festival; Audience Award, Carolina Surf Film Festival.

See the trailer.

Learn more about Beyond The Surface International.

—screens with—

Saturday 6:27am (short)
Directed by Josh & Rhiannon Rufford. Australia. 2014. 3 min. 
A collection of animated happenings (including a surfing bear with an ‘ukulele) that could be taking place at any given break on any given day. Winner: Best Short Film, San Diego Surf Film Festival.

A Rising Tide: The India Surf Story (short)
Directed by
Ishita Malaviya, Krish Makhija and Tushar Pathiyan. India. 2014. 13 min. 
The first documentary surf film to come out of India explores the journey of some of India’s pioneer surfers, their humble surf beginnings and their deep connection with the ocean.

Special guests: Beyond the Surface director and producer Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and co-director and cinematographer Dave Homcy will be in attendance on July 11 at 7:30pm

Crystal Thornburg-Homcy
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy’s earliest memory is hanging out at the beach with her parents. Her dad used to push her into waves at Waikīkī and by elementary school her mom was taking her to the beach to surf after school. An accomplished longboarder, Crystal is also an all-around ocean athlete who races outrigger canoes, competes in long-distance swims and paddleboard races, kayaks, bodysurfs and freedives. Crystal has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Fine Art from Chaminade University in Honolulu. She volunteers with the Audubon Society at Waimea Valley and has recently worked with other nonprofit environmental groups including Conservacion Patagonia, Save Our Seas, Surfrider Foundation, Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation and The North Shore Community Land Trust.

Dave Homcy
Born and raised in Florida, Dave Homcy moved to Hawai‘i, following his passion for surf cinematography and photography. After 20 years in the film business, working on notable projects such as Sliding Liberia and the TV shows Lost and Hawaii 5-0, Dave is still living his dream, traveling around the world with like-minded surfers, and experiencing different cultures.

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