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3rd Annual Surf Theatre Film Festival

3rd Annual Surf Theatre Film Festival During the US Open of Surfing
July 26th thru 29th 2005 Huntington Beach, CA

Each year over a half a million people come to see the best of the best compete in the US Open Surf Championships held in Surf City Huntington Beach, Ca. If you’re surfing during the day, what does a champion surfer do at night? You watch the best of the best in surf films.

Once again for the third year, Big Red Productions will present the 3rd Annual Surf Film Festival at the Mann Theater directly across from the Huntington Beach Pier. With the dynamic contest taking place at the pier and with the multitudes of surfers, spectators and surf industry on hand this is the place to be in the evening. Where else can one find the top professional surfers, skaters, bmx’ers moto-x riders and beach volleyball players in one place plus over 600,000 of their fans?

Theses films are the newest from all over the world including World Premiers and classic tributes to icons in the action sport surf industry. Each evening two different films screening and many of them will have the filmmaker and cast on hand to personally meet and answer questions afterwards. Big Red is supporting a multi sensory experience to the audience as each evening live bands will perform only adding to the annual event.

The Opening Night will be the Big Wave Night as Laird Hamilton and the tow in crew of Maui will have a West Coast premiere of ALL ABOARD THE CRAZY TRAIN. This is a free event for both 7 pm and 9 pm shows. With special guest on hand and live music you'll be watching the biggest waves with the biggest surf stars in surfing today.

For four nights starting Tuesday July 26th to Friday July 29th the Mann Theater in Huntington Beach across from the pier will beckon people out of the water to the third annual surf film fest. As viewers watch 50ft waves with well known surfers careen down the water walls of power you’re encourage to hoot and holler for your favorite rides and groan for the knarly wipe outs. With all of the top surfers in town this coming week, you never know who’ll you’ll be sitting next to.

Top surfing from, Brazil, Australia, Tahiti, Fiji and Hawaii will make this a world wide who's who of surfing film event.

Schedule of Films


Opening night: Tuesday, July 26th 7 PM Studio 411 Productions presents ALL ABOARD THE CRAZY TRAIN, the latest big wave surf film from Bam Man productions featuring Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Darrick Doerner and others in never before seen footage of Peahi, Maui during the historic winters of 2004 and 2005. We will have an encore screening of All Aboard the Crazy Train at 9 PM.

Wednesday, July 27th 7 PM: US Surf Team Fundraiser featuring video footage from the last year of team competition, team autographs and interviews and a bonus screening of the new Surf Tech video.

9 PM: 5 SUMMER STORIES, the classic by Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman. Summer, not a season, but a state of mind. “The Best Surfing Film ever made!” This surf film has stood the test of time as a icon in surf films. With some of the most exquisite surf cinematography ever, MacGillivray went on to shoot on THE SHINNING and BIG WEDNESDAY to critical acclaim. With original music by Honk this film captures the spirit and soul of surfing films not matched in years.

Thursday, July 28th 7 PM: Jesse’s Story:

Jesse's Story is the true-life documentary of Quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer. Over the past 4 years, director/cinematographer Mark Jacobs has documented some of the most amazing feats of Jesse's life. Jesse's Story is much more than the celebrity story of Jesse Billauer. This film gives audiences an opportunity to experience life in Jesse's shoes, where his love surfing comes from and most importantly... defining his need to "live life to the fullest". Audiences will witness Jesse attempting fulfill his two biggest dreams... being barreled at Cloudbreak on Tavarua Island, Fiji and his diving with Great White sharks at Guadeloupe Island, Mexico. The film includes scenes with Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, Christopher Reeve, Le Roy Grannis and a host of others. Music by Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Ben Kenney.

Individually Wrapped Films and Life Rolls On presents Jesse's Story. Produced by Troy Searer Executive Producer Mark Jacobs Jesse and Josh Billauer Edited by M13 Written, Directed and Photographed by Mark Jacobs.

9 PM Brazilian Night featuring the film FABIO FABULOSO; a tribute to surfer Fabio Gouveia, the most successful Brazilian in the international surfing arena. Fabio, a national surfing legend, is also quite charismatic and funny. The pioneers of Brazilian extreme sports TV shows, Ricardo Bocão and Antônio Ricardo, have joined efforts with poet/screenwriter Pedro Cezar to present sports fans, as well as anyone who likes the ocean and good stories, with Fabinho Gouveia’s personal tale. Fabio Fabuloso won the audience prize at Festival do Rio 2004/Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival and at the Mostra BR de Cinema/28th São Paulo International Film Festival.


Friday, July 29th 7 PM: BLACKWATER THE STORY OF TEAHUPOO, Australian filmmaker Tim Bonython’s documentary is the story of Teahupoo, a humble Tahitian village and a coral reef wave that “changed surfing forever,” in the words of commentator Chris Malloy. With phenomenal never-before-seen footage of two days of surfing from this year’s Billabong Pro, the movie captures radical surfing action and exclusive interviews with over 50 great surfers. Top-notch music adds to a piece that focuses on the myths, facts, history, stories and unforgettable waves of this popular sport.

Closing: 9 PM Tribute to life-long waterman Herbie Fletcher, featuring well known surfers/filmmakers and industry personalities such as Greg MacGillivray, Dana Brown, Pete (PT) Townend and Bob “the Greek” Bolen. We will play WAVE WARRIORS III, a groundbreaking surf film by Herbie Fletcher. A reception will immediately follow at Dukes restaurant.

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