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Our second collection of shorts focus on the environment and the joys of surfing.
Surfers Against Sewage, Creature
Directed by Tom Tagholm. 2019. UK. 3 min.
An imaginative short about a community discovering a mysterious, beautiful ocean animal beached on their shore. Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage says: “Every year new and unique ocean dwelling creatures are being discovered in the depths of the marine world. Meanwhile, humankind is treating our sea as a ‘single-use ocean’ – filling it with plastic, changing its chemistry through carbon emissions and stripping it of all natural abundance.” Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
Directed by Andrew Buckley. 2019. Australia. 10 min.
Tasmania is regarded as one of the wildest, most pristine states in Australia. In recent years however that reputation has been tarnished by the boom of the local salmon farming industry. With environmental regulations struggling to keep pace with the industry’s growth, the marine environments that host the industry have been significantly impacted and in some cases have approached collapse. Increased scrutiny of the industry – aided by the mobile nature of ocean pen farming – has forced operators to find new locations. When the industry set their sights on opening up a new territory on neighboring King Island – adjacent to the world-class waves of Martha Lavinia Beach – they were unaware they were also picking a fight with surfers worldwide.
Directed by Arthur Neumeier. 2019. South Africa. 9 min.
Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who serve the environment through recycling as a means of income. This is the untold story of new friendships, shared experiences and common interest while revealing the people behind the labor in our environmental movements.
Sea Us Now
Directed by Bethany Mollenkof. 2020. USA. 5 min.
Seen through the lens of African American filmmaker Bethany Mollenkof, Sea Us Now reimagines the vintage surf film through the perspective of the Textured Waves crew. This film serves as an inspirational piece to future generations, that despite history we can create pathways for what we want to see for ourselves, now and in the future.
Sandbagging Jimmy Chin
Directed by Leisure Rodeo. 2020. USA / Nicaragua. 11 min.
By most anyone’s standards, Jimmy has done it all: climbed and skied Everest, crossed Chang Tang Plateau on foot, and won an Academy Award. But when asked if there was anything he still wanted to do in his life, his response was “get barreled.” With the help of renowned surfers Mark Healey, Jon Rose, Jeff Johnson, Keith and Dan Malloy, Jimmy headed into the biggest waves of his life looking for his barrel moment and came out alive (even if he is still shaking saltwater out of his ears).
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