Save The Waves Launches East Coast Film Tour

Ben Wilkinson is the subject of a short by Zach Weisberg

Posted 8-30-17


Popular festival expands beyond the West Coast

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 August 2017 – Save The Waves Film Festival officially launches its U.S. tour next week and we’re starting on the East Coast! STWFF is the world’s only surf and environmental film festival and this year we’re screening films from Chris Burkard, Keith Malloy, Morgan Maassen and more.

Every screening is a celebration of our coastlines and a fundraiser for their continued protection. Movies alone can’t change the world, but the people who watch them can

Find Your Local Screening

Sep. 8th – Long Beach Island, NJ
Farias Surf & Sport –

Sep. 14th – Montauk, NY
Atlantic Terrace –

Sep. 17th – Portland, ME
O’Maine Studios w/ Maine Surfers Union –

Sep. 30th – Virginia Beach, VA
Wave Riding Vehicles –



@415Plumber’s Obsession – dir. by Jeff den Broeder

Created by Jeff den Broeder and SeaLevel TV “@415Plumber’s Obsession” is a film about a humble, accidental activist who cares deeply about the coastline, neatly sorting his beach plastic finds into orderly buckets, baskets and drawers. Through this process, one of the more wondrous facets of humanity emerges — the ability to transform a desperate environmental problem into a narrative through action, art, and dedication to a cause.

Ben Wilkinson Might Be the World’s Craftiest Big Wave Surfer – dir. Zach Weisberg

Ben Wilkinson is a big man. He also surfs very, very big waves. You’d never know it to talk to him, though, because he just casually goes about his business of building beautiful things out of wood and generally being a nice man. This is proof of his courage in a giant-sized ocean.

Blackboy – dir. by Nathan Myers 

Deni Firdaus comes from a remote beach town in West Java, Indonesia, called Batu Keras. Although the town’s major industry is growing rice, people in the town collect vintage cars, ride custom 2-stroke motorbikes and love to longboard. Not your typical Indonesian village. In this 10-minute profile, Deni introduces his town, his life and shares his passion for the unorthodox local customs.

Cattu – dir. by Mauro Ladu

Ilaria Morresi is an artist, a mother and a surfer enjoying life in Fuerteventura. This is a moving portrait of her life.

Chasing the Wind – dir by Andrew Batista

A short documentary that tells the story of world champion windsurfer Jesper Vesterstrom and his emotional journey following his father’s diagnosis of ALS. Grappling with his father’s fate, his instincts led him to the open water where he learned to harness the elements and his emotions in order to keep a promise.

Day by Day – The Iris Story – dir. by Jeremy McNamara

‘Day By Day’ is a short film that gives a glimpse into the life of functional artist George Rocha. George is best known for his work making used skateboards into new functional objects. He truly has carved out an unusual life for himself by being resourceful and doing it his way.

Dispatch from Mexico – dir. by Eugenio Barcelloni

“Dispatch from Mexico” is a mix of images that tell my long journey through the Southern Pacific coast of Mexico, the State of Oaxaca and Chiapas. I often travelled by bus, captivated by the deep roots of these areas, from places of worship and crowded squares to the wild nature, combining my passion for big waves.

Floater – dir. by Foster Huntington

A group of surfers in California has been working for years on perfecting the ability to ride waves without surfboards. Here are some of their exploits. Floating by Trevor Gordon, Ryan Burch, Spencer Gordon and Travers Adler. Made possible by Poler Stuff.

Florescence – Dir. by Morgan Maassen

Subaquatic exploration in the Indian Ocean.

Grande – dir. by Nuno Dias

A short video featuring some of filmmaker Nuno Dias’ favorite moments during the winter of 2016/17 in Nazaré, Portugal. It was a special winter in Nazare.

Lumiere – dir. by Tay Steele

From Hawaii to Tahiti, Lumiére takes us behind the lens of North Shore photographer Amber Mozo, to find what the ocean gives to her in spite of what it took away. Lumiére is an emotional distillation of the story of Amber Mozo, daughter of iconic North Shore photographer Jon Mozo, who passed away from head injuries sustained photographing Pipeline when Amber was just 9 years old.

Max Wave – dir. by Cliff Kapono

There is a battle happening along the banks of the Clark- Fork river. The proposed creation of a man-made wave has divided the surfer and environmental activist community in sleepy little town of Missoula, Montana. Will compromise be found, or will the dilapidated state of the river continue? Join surfer, scientist, and filmmaker Cliff Kapono as he travels to the middle of North America to find out what is Max Wave.

PangeaSeed – Napier, NZ – Filmed & edited by Cory Martin

PangeaSeed Foundation, in partnership with the Napier City Council and Alternative Arts Initiative, presented Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans in Napier, Hawke’s Bay. Artists, volunteers and project partners from countries around the world including the U.S., Spain, Russia, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, volunteered to paint large-scale murals addressing pressing ocean environmental issues. Each design focused on raising awareness regarding critical ocean issues, whilst providing the town with unique, one-of-a- kind, breathtaking murals. In addition to providing beautiful visual backdrops, the finished designs gave local citizens a sense of pride and ownership in their public spaces.

PangeaSeed – San Diego – Directed & Edited by Yoshi Yanagita

PangeaSeed Foundation, in collaboration with Cohort Collective, Surfrider Foundation and Kaaboo Del Mar, hosted the 2nd edition of their Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans mural festival in San Diego, California. An international group of renowned artists celebrated the majesty of Southern California’s marine environment through a series of community-centered events and the painting of ocean-themed murals to beautify neighborhoods, galvanize the local community and raise awareness for the importance of San Diego’s precious marine natural resources.

Pata Handplanes – dir. by Sergio Villalba

Handplanes make you feel like an underwater torpedo. It brings you back to the early days of surfing or even to your first surf sessions when you were just a kid using your own body as the only sliding surface. Meet Robby, a Belgian settled in the island of Fuerteventura recently ,who’s been making handcrafted handplanes from recycled pallet wood.

Pear Shaped – dir. by Lauren Hill

Surfing tends to take itself pretty seriously, and women’s surfing carries the extra burden of not only having to be serious, but also be sexy. Watch as Sanuk surfy sea scribe, Lauren Hill, pokes fun at all that with a little absurdity from the everyday realities of being a woman in the water. “Pear Shaped” is a tip of the cap to the people who shrug off the unique challenges of surfing and choose to go anyway.

Poco a Poco – dir. by Treehouse Visual

A look at the World Surfing Reserve of Bahia de Todos Santos in Baja Norte, Mexico, and how the local community is working together against environmental threats.

Reefs at Risk – dir. by Malina Fagan & Lynn Pelletier

Set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, “Reefs at Risk” explores the harmful effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs and marine life. Although there are many factors contributing to the destruction of coral reefs worldwide, “Reefs at Risk” introduces audiences to one they can easily eliminate through personal choice. In order to protect this fragile ecosystem, Hawaii strives to ban a commonly used UV chemical, called oxybenzone, and hopes that other states and nations will follow.

Salmon Deadly Sins – dir. by Steven Meer

Five thousand salmon colored index cards, the seven deadly sins, bizarre anagrams and a host of serendipitous occurrences have mingled in the artist’s imagination and emerged on paper as Salmon Deadly Sins. With music by Leftover Salmon, this seven minute flip book style film is like a moving drawing.

Skip Work & Surf – dir. by Tony Cruz & Scott Erickson

Volkswagen vans and surf culture have a long intertwining history, and Rich Kimball is right in the middle of it. He finally decided to bring his two passions together and create Big Wednesday, a VW gathering/surf contest/beach day at San Onofre State Beach. It’s a beautiful thing when people decided to hop in their VW and “Skip work and surf.”

Such A Long Time – dir. by Josh Rufford

An animated adventure about a couple of unlikely friends seeking fun waves and good times…

The Man & The Sea – dir. by Andrew Kaineder

Free one’s board from fins, and free one’s self – the philosophy of one of Australia’s great authentic surfers. Presenting a stripped back portrait of Derek Hynd, shot over 2 weeks at Jeffrey’s Bay.

The Superman – dir. by Jack Pirie

“The Superman” is a labor of love project for directors Jack Pirie & Alex Hylands-White, in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department. The short film follows Francisco Del Rosario, a freediver living on the remote island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. Francisco once dived competitively, striving to see how deep he could go underwater. But he soon realized that isn’t why he started diving. Now he does it for the clarity of mind, the inexplicable sensations, and to visit another world beneath the waves.

Vacation Island – dir. by Morgan Maassen

A quick getaway to Hawaii’s North Shore with Stephanie Gilmore.

Cyberdoll – dir. by Kohl Christensen

From the mind of Kohl Christensen, “Cyberdoll” is a poetic meditation on society’s incessant addiction to social media juxtaposed against the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. A beautiful reminder to unplug and reconnect with the present unfolding moment.

(C) 2017