With a penchant for celebrating the unique and a passion for showcasing the independent, the San Diego Surf Film Festival (SDSFF) has truly captured the essence of what it means to be a surfer. Though it first entered the San Diego scene a mere four years ago, it’s already covered considerable ground and increased in popularity enough to expand from Bird’s Surf Shed to the MCASD La Jolla.
Preview some of the finest independent surf films from around the globe this May 20-23 in La Jolla at the Sherwood Auditorium and experience a little bit of the magic that the San Diego Surf Film Festival has created.
This year’s lineup includes a diverse program of feature films, documentaries and short films (many of them U.S. and world premieres), as well as art demonstrations, an auction and a tribute to the late surf photographer and cinematographer, Sonny Miller (photo below) at 7 p.m. on Thursday May 21. Live music by La Jolla’s Saline Solutions will accompany the tribute. Miller, who produced some of the most renowned surf films of the ’90s, including “Searching for Tom Curren,” passed away last summer at age 54. A groundbreaking filmmaker and one of the greatest cinematographers that the surf world has ever known, Sonny was – and remains – a legend in the surf community.
Artists, including top featured artists from past festivals, will be painting live during a VIP kick-off reception from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 at Green Flash Brewing Company. Live artists include Matt Beard, Heather Ritts, Skye Walker, Keith Boyd, Nathan Ledyard and Paul Elder, all of whom are top level surf artists. Their work, as well as wetsuits, clothes and other surf gear from industry sponsors, will be auctioned off to raise money for Encinitas-based H20 Trash Patrol, one of the SDSFF’s nonprofit beneficiaries that hosts regular beach, jetty, and estuary cleanups around the county.
This year’s featured artist is Andy Davis, whose whimsical surf art blithely captures the iconic culture and charisma of the surfing community. His work is colorful, bold, and truly encapsulates the surfing experience – as a wave rider himself, Davis’ art is merely an extension of the enthusiasm he has for the lifestyle.
The 2015 San Diego Surf Film Festival will be held in a brand new venue this year: the Sherwood Auditorium at the MCASD La Jolla, located at 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla CA 92037. The festival will be held from Wednesday May 20 – Saturday May 23.
For a complete list of events and screening or ticket information, visit the official SDSFF website.
[images: andydavisdesigns.com, sandiegosurffilmfestival.com]
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