Ocean Driven

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    Ocean Driven


Ocean Driven


Tuesday Jul 28 07:30 PM
Friday Jul 31 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:


Ocean Driven 
Directed by Nadia Tarlow, Adrian Charles, Sean Dewil and Chris Bertish. South Africa. 2015. 56 min.

In this thrilling story about passion and resilience, meet a South African ocean maverick who takes on impossible challenges in giant waves. Ocean Driven explores the life of big wave surfing champion Chris Bertish, who has inspired the world with his journey from South Africa's coast to surf breaks around the world. Bertish chronicled his unsponsored 15-year odyssey as he grew into a highly skilled and fearless waterman. Bertish was at the forefront of big wave surfing, and a pioneer of paddling into larger waves. Ocean Driven is jam-packed with footage shot during the start of a new era in surfing and leading up to 2010, when minutes after nearly drowning, Bertish took the world by storm in the biggest waves ever paddled into and surfed at the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational Event in Half Moon Bay, California. Exploring the raw, rugged coastline of South Africa and its unique influence on the people who live there, Ocean Driven exposes viewers to the wonders of the ocean, showcasing a mix of geographic locations and seascapes, from South Africa to Hawai‘i and from Fiji to Mexico. 

See the trailer.

—screens with—

Much Better Now (short)
Directed by Simon Griesser and Philipp Comarella. Portual/Austria. 2011. 6 min.
A forgotten book is knocked over by wind and a bookmark stuck in the pages enjoys the ride of its life. 

Special guests: Surfer and co-director Chris Bertish and co-director Nadia Tarlow will be in attendance on July 28 at 7:30pm

Chris Bertish is an ocean pioneer and accomplished big wave athlete who pushes the limit in surfing and SUPing, becoming the first person to paddle in at Jaws, Peahi, off Maui, in 2001. Chris applies his trials and joys into a moving story, and travels all over the world motivating audiences to believe that they too can achieve great things with the right self-belief, attitude and focus. In addition to Chris’s global keynote addresses, he has spoken for TEDx and FEAT. He is currently working on a new book. Chris has a motto that captures his attitude to overcoming struggle and achievement: “Dream it, see it, believe it, achieve it.”

Nadia Tarlow is a painter, photographer, and videographer. Her art has been shown at such venues as SFMoMA’s Artists Gallery, and she has been featured on NPR and in the San Francisco Examiner. Most recently she directed an eco-art and activism gallery that exhibited film, photography, and fine art. Nadia grew up on the Atlantic, surfs the Pacific, and has a great appreciation for the beauty and power of the sea.

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