Tyler Breuer has moved on from the New York Surf Film Festival to start SMASH FEST, a film fest with a slightly different format to showcase surfing in the tri-state area. This is a month-long festival with screenings, art shows and drinking in beach communities along the easter seaboard. In addition to a more open format, the festival is also using a profit-sharing model whereby filmmakers get a percentage of the take for showing their films. We talked to him briefly to get the details on the fest and the motivations behind the profit sharing model.
Things get started on Saturday, July 13. Check http://smashsurf.com/ for the full schedule and if you’re in the New York area, be sure to catch one of the shows.
Is this taking the place of the New York Surf Film Fest?
Nope. I’m no longer associated with the NYSFF. SMASH FEST is something different. We have a lot more going on with SMASH FEST. We will be screening 7 feature length surf films, a 24 hr short film competition using local filmmakers, an art show curated by WAX Magazine, a slide show with Chris Burkard, food, drinks and an all around epic time. The festival will also tour NY from Long Beach to Brooklyn, to Rockaway Beach, and finishing in Montauk.
Why the profit sharing model? What’s the typical film fest model-pay for a movie outright and then keep the profits?
The profit sharing model is an opportunity for filmmakers to make a return on their films. Most surf film festivals do not share their profits with the filmmakers. Most don’t even pay to screen the films. The filmmaker gets a good amount of exposure and an opportunity to have their films screened in front of a large audience. But, in the end, the filmmakers don’t really make anything from the film fest circuit. I felt that the whole film industry is in upheaval and most surf filmmakers are not really making money from DVD sales anymore, that I needed to offer filmmakers something. I’m hoping that this festival could be a success and possibly start a trend for film festivals. I know most of the film festival organizers want the best for the filmmakers and some are just not able to profit share. I’m taking a bit of a risk with this because we don’t have any major sponsors. We are just hoping for a great turnout.
Films to be shown at this festival:
Bending Colours by Kai Neville and Red Bull Media House: Pairs Jordy Smith with friend and filmmaker Kai Neville, in a new project that provides a candid look into the South African surfer’s life. The film follows Smith as he travels from one wave-rich exotic locale to another, showcasing his world class talent — in signature Kai Neville fashion — with heavy doses of surf action blended with a certain element of tasteful artistic flair, while set against a solid soundtrack.
Learning to Breathe by Rocky Romano: The film 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. But when he fell into a spiraling addiction and criminality, he took a portion of the surfing world with him. Facing a failing reputation and five years in prison, Ruffo must finally understand the impact he has made on his community. He strives to repair his broken life though there are no guarantees that the court will sympathize with Ruffo’s efforts.
Minds in the Water by Justin Krumb: An award winning documentary following the quest of professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales, and the oceans they all share. Through Rastovich’s journey — a five-year adventure spanning the globe from Australia to the Galapagos, Tonga, California, Alaska and Japan — we see one surfer’s quest to activate his community to help protect the ocean and its inhabitants.
Daughter: The Movie by Tin Ojeda: This will be the world premiere of “Daughter: The Movie,” an experimental film shot entirely on Super 8 and 16mm black and white film. Featuring Mikey Detemple, Kassia Meador, Derek Hynd, Robin Kegel, Scotty Stopnik, JJ Wessels Corey, Andy Findlay, Rob Kulisek, Erin Wormhead, Kyle Lightner, Billy Death, Terry Simba, Brothers Marshall… and many more. Music by Ty Segall, Ariel Pink, Raw Thrills, NAVE, Monster Rally. Filmed in New York, New Jersey, California, Japan and Mexico.
Rio Breaks by Justin Mitchell and Vince Medeiros: “Rio Breaks” tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and twelve-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life?
Discovering Mavericks by Josh Pomer: For generations, California has long been a surfer mecca, but never seriously considered for its big waves. However in 1975, a Half Bay high school kid named Jeff Clark surfed a 20+ foot wave outside of Pillar Point Harbor, just south of San Francisco. His pioneering achievement single-handedly gave birth to the legend of Mavericks. “Discovering Mavericks” captures the passion and dedication of surfers like Jeff Clark, Peter Mel, Flea, Shane Dorian, Nick Lamb, Zack Wormhout, Brock Little and Mike Parsons. This film also honors the sacrifice of men like Mark Foo, Jay Moriarty and others who dared to take on the unforgiving waves at Mavericks.This is their true story.
A Hundred Miles to the End by John Beattie: Follow a lifelong surfer as he revisits the places he used to surf over his 48 years of surfing on Long Island. Starting in western Long Island and heading east to the end ft to the end. nd and heading Egh or the past two and a half years. Featuring some of New York’s best surfers: Mikey DeTemple, Will Skudin, TJ Gumella, Balaram Stack, Trip Patterson, Jesse James Jockel, Chris Tomlin, Alex Fawess and more. Shot exclusively on Long Island and featuring Long Island surfers and Long Island musicians.
Russia -The Outpost Volume 01 and Slideshow by Chris Burkard & Trevor Gordon:Join legendary photographer Chris Burkard and surfer/artist Trevor Gordon for this one-of-a-kind interactive slideshow and film premiere of Russia:The Outpost. Chris and Trevor will lead you through their incredible journey of exploration in Kamchatka, Russia in search for surf. This unique event, presented by Patagonia, will also be a benefit for Waves for Water.