We are back on March 18th and 19th for the second annual Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival after a 2-year hiatus due to Covid.
The 2022 festival will be a different experience that celebrates Santa Barbara’s rich surf history at a new venue showcasing captivating surf cinema, live music, art in multiple mediums, local charities & vendors, and food & artisan drinks. Our Covid friendly event at the Community Arts Workshop space features indoor and outdoor activities that allow plenty of room to roam around, have fun, and feel comfortable. In line with our missions to benefit the community, our silent auction and raffle proceeds will benefit our three partner non -profits: The Surf Happens Foundation, Heal the Ocean and Isla Vista Surfrider.
We’re proud to announce our official selection of films for the 2022 SBSFF:
Feature film selections: "Searching for Tom Curren", the 25-year remastered release, by Sonny Miller, “Waterman” by Isaac Halasima, “Snapt 4” by Logan Dulien, “Morning of the Earth”, 50th year anniversary remastered in 4K, by Albert Falzon, and “Birth of the Endless Summer” by Richard Yelland
Short film selections: “93 Letters from Marge” by Heather Hudson, “RE-MOTE: The Lost Reels” by Albert Falzon, “Art Form” by Matt Kleiner, and "An 805 Beer Film: Beautiful Silence, featuring Nate Tyler."
SBSFF will kick-off Friday afternoon (March 18) with happy hour at 4:00 pm, presented by Nosotros Tequila, and live music by the folk-rock band, Uncle Uncle, followed by 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm showings.
Saturday features a full-day line-up. 10:00 am - 1:30 pm is our Grom Program, with a short film sponsored by Surf Happens, and a live performance from the kids' band Wombo Combo.
On both days we invite our guests to come out to enjoy the all-day, live, musical performances including an acoustic set by Albatross, Ukulele music by Annalie Ilagan, and music by Denny Aaberg and Simone Reddingius, our extraordinary film line-up, and happy hour presented by Nosotros Tequila.
Explore art in multiple mediums, including a large format exhibition of the works by Albert Falzon. Taste specially crafted artisan food & drinks, cruise through our open-air market with local vendors & sponsor activations, and get to know our nonprofits.
FRIDAY, March 18th
4:00 PM Nosotros Tequila Happy Hour
4:30 PM Music by Uncle Uncle
6:00 PM An 805 Beer Film: Beautiful Silence featuring Nate Tyler - Short Film Selection
6:30 PM RE-MOTE: The Lost Reels - Short Film Selection
7:10 PM Live music by Albatross (acoustic set)
7:50 PM Searching for Tom Curren - Feature Film Selection
9:00 PM Live Music - TBD
SATURDAY, March 19th
10:00 AM Grom Program - Tickets Sold Separately
10:30 AM ▪︎ Surf Happens- Short Film
11:30 AM ▪︎ Wombo Combo, Youth Band
12:00 PM ▪︎ Snapt 4- Feature Film Selection
2:00 PM Birth of the Endless Summer - Feature Film Selection
4:00 PM Nosotros Tequila Happy Hour and Live music by: Annalie Ilagan
4:30 PM 93 Letters from Marge - Short Film Selection
5:15 PM Live music by Denny Aaberg and Simone Reddingius
6:00 PM Waterman - Feature Film Selection
8:00 PM Art Form - Short Film Selection
8:15 PM Morning of the Earth - Feature Film Selection
Learn more about our feature films below:
Surfing Pioneer and icon, Marge Calhoun shares memories and reflects on her long life in handwritten letters to a friend. The film chronicles stories from her adventurous life that began in a little Hollywood cottage to her last days while sitting in her home next to a “picture window” with views to the sea and Morro Bay, CA. Though age had taken a toll on her body, Marge’s mind was sharp and could take her anywhere she wanted to go!
This sweet and personal film shines a light on the life of the 1958 Makaha International Surfing Champion, an inspiring woman who lived life to the fullest. She loved the ocean, surfing and especially BIG waves! Her glass was half full, not empty. She offers words of encouragement and expresses a joy of life and the fact that one is never too old to enjoy the ocean and as Marge says, “the gifts from the powers that be.”
93 is a film made with love & in her honor. Marge Calhoun (1924-2017)
Directed by: Isaac Halasima
Produced by: Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich
Synopsis: Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. "Waterman" explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the sport's first-timeinclusion in this year's Games - a fitting tribute to his work promoting the sport around the globe.
Narrated by Jason Momoa, this original documentary by Sidewinder Films features commentary from surfing's biggest stars, including newly -crowned Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore, while also delving into his personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews.
“Morning of the Earth”
50th year anniversary remastered in 4K
Directed by, Albert Falzon
Synopsis: Albert Falzon’s 1972 classic, “Morning of the Earth”, is internationally renowned as one of the greatest surf films of all time. Its psychedelic imagery and audio-visual tour de force captured the spirit of a generation and became an instant benchmark of avant-garde cinema. A fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s oceans.
"Birth of the Endless Summer"
Directed by: Richard Yelland
A Curtis Birch Production and Richard Yelland film in association with Bruce Brown Films Birth of The Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis is the never-been-told-before story behind one of the most beloved and
watched documentaries of all time, Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer– "A perfect
movie," said The New Yorker. The Endless Summer was a travel adventure that
captured the hearts and imaginations of surfers and non-surfers alike.
Birth of The Endless Summer, releasing worldwide on 4.15.22, follows Californian surf
pioneer, Dick Metz, as he vagabonds the globe from 1958-1961. Metz's train-jumping,
steamship-hopping tour, in the vein of On the Road and The Motorcycle Diaries, led to
Metz's discovery of "the perfect wave" at Cape St. Francis, South Africa. Dick's travels
not only inspired his friend, Bruce Brown, but also paved the way for the The Endless
Summer to become a reality. Birth of The Endless Summer follows the 90-year old Metz
back to South Africa to retrace the steps of his original journey.
Birth of The Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis is being produced in
association with Bruce Brown films and offers never-seen-before photos and footage
from Bruce Brown's personal archives as well as the world's top collection of historic
surfing imagery at the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center.
Presented by Album Surf
Directed by: Matt Kleiner
Starring: Asher Pacey, Josh Kerr, and Matt Parker.
All original music by Ryan Kleiner.
Additional filming by Dan Scott, Dave Fox, Lachlan Mckinnon, Simon Saffigna, and Jacob Wooden.
An in depth look at the world of surfboards as a means of art and expression. From the hands of one artist to another the board is passed on to ultimately create a new form of expression, drawing different lines on the blank canvas that is the ocean.
There is a distinct similarity in the lines of a surfboard's design and the lines and curves of a wave in the ocean. Both flowing without restriction and pleasing to the eye. This at its very core is where the artistry begins. No two boards, no two waves and no two surfers are exactly alike. Add in the unique lines drawn by each individual wave rider and you have infinite combinations of artistic expression.
“RE-MOTE: The Lost Reels”
Directed by: Albert Falzon
Produced by: Matt Wessen & Justin Misch
In the process of remastering Albert Falzon's 1972 classic film, Morning of the Earth, 90 minutes of never-before-seen 16mm camera original outtakes were unexpectedly unearthed. Because of the wealth of this material, a 38-minute film was produced. Getting back to where it all began, this artistic showcase of the “Lost Reels” paints a more complete picture of the filmmaker's journey, and reveals culturally, environmentally and socially significant details of a forgotten past. The film covers Australia, Bali and Hawaii, and is accompanied by an all original soundtrack.
Featuring: Ted Spencer, Tanya Binning, Mark Warren, David "Baddy" Treloar, Stephen Cooney, Bob McTavish, Andrew McKinnon, Terry Fitzgerald, Gerry Lopez, Drew Harrison, Owl Chapman, Albert Falzon, Rusty Miller, Paul Hutchinson, David Elfick, And friends..
Music performed by: Andrew Wessen, Bradford Walters, Spencer Dunham, Clay Finch, Steve Didelot, Adam Stockdale, Benjamin Homola, Matt Correira, Justin Huntsman, Alex Scher, Kurtis Shaffer
"An 805 Beer Film: Beautiful Silence, featuring Nate Tyler"
Born and raised just inland from the Central Coast, Nate Tyler was introduced to surfing through his father, who’d take Nate and his friends to the beach every weekend. As Nate progressed, sponsors started taking notice and thus ensued the chaotic life of a pro surfer. Burned out on the fast lane surf industry, Nate has hunkered back down on the central coast with his family where he pursues artwork and surfing in the place he loves most. Watch the beautiful silence unfold in this tale of free-surfing legend.
Doors to the fest will open Friday, March 18th at 3:00pm and close at 10:00pm. Saturday doors will open at 10:00 am and close at 10:00pm.
Tickets and pass purchases will be refunded due to event cancellation
Passes and tickets are non-transferable.
Events and screenings are for all ages. 21+ for alcohol consumption per SBPD and ABC permit requirements.
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