The Newport Beach Film Festival has announced its Action Sports Film Series for 2008, and it's an exciting mix of international films celebrating the ultimate in cutting-edge action sports.
The films highlight the amazing talents of athletes from around the globe, pushing the limits in some of the world's most challenging and spectacular outdoor playgrounds. Entertaining, inspirational and musically invigorating, the films feature breathtaking footage of surfing, skiing and mountain biking. From stunning aerial footage to awesome ocean cinematography, the films take audiences on outdoor adventures, cultural journeys throughout many countries of the world, while raising awareness of environmental and social issues affecting our natural and urban landscapes.
Films will screen at Edwards Island Cinema (999 Newport Center Drive) in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Select screenings will feature Q&A sessions with filmmakers and athletes.
Action Sport Film Series Lineup
Friday, April 25 at 4:30pm
Seasons (2008, Canada, 62 min)
Directed by Jamie Houssian
Experience the lives of seven of the world's top mountain bikers, as told through the lives of downhill racers, slopestyle competitors, and big mountain free-riders. Produced by The Collective, the film features athletes Steve Smith, Matt Hunter, Thomas Vanderham, Darren Berrecloth, Steve Peat, Andrew Shandro and Cam Mccaul.
Saturday, April 26 at 6:30pm
Believe (2007, USA, 45 min)
Directed by Constantine Papanicolau
Follow Tanner Hall, Seth Morrison, Kyle Petersen, Sean Pettit, Callum Pettit, Anthony Borownowski, Ian Provo, Dan Treadway and CR Johnson around the world as they take skiing to a new level: from sessions in chest deep blower pow at Mt. Baker to a little cat time in Retallack, British Columbia. The journey continues while picking up major speed through Whistler, B.C., then on to a massive roadside session in Japan as the crew mashes the all time dirtiest pillows in Mica and up North to Haines, Alaska as Seth Morrison throws a 150+ double front flip to stop!
Saturday, April 26 at 8:30pm
Under the Sun (2008, USA / Australia, 90 min)
Director / writer /cinematographer: Cyrus Sutton
Music Directors / Producers: Michael McFaddin, Jody McFaddin of Ubiquity Records
The film explores commercialization of subcultures through the microcosm of two seemingly opposite coastal towns on Australia's east coast. Once unique and authentic, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast are quickly becoming a single marketplace with two flavors. With populations swelling, resources draining, and housing prices going through the roof, where do these two towns go from here? As the surf industry covers the world with imagery of pristine, empty waves the world's coastlines are quickly becoming more and more polluted and overcrowded.
Sunday, April 27 at 12:00pm
Lost and Found (2007, USA, 60 min)
Co Directors: Todd Jones, Steve Jones, Dirk Collins, Corey Gaviti
With global drought persisting and ski resorts closing around the globe, athletes are forced to follow the snow, sending them deep into the uncharted north country of Alaska and Canada. This film takes you into the vast, unexplored Tordrillo Range of Alaska, proving that some of the best big mountain skiing in the world is still completely undiscovered. Athletes take advantage of the bountiful winter in BC, hit disturbing park features in Aspen and rip over-the-head powder pillows at Skeena Heli Skiing. Jeremy Jones and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa revel in the record snow year in Alaska, finding the scariest spine lines ever captured on film.
Tuesday, April 29 at 3:30pm
One California Day (2007, USA, 96 min)
Directors: Jason Baffa, Mark Jeremias
From the filmmakers who brought you Singlefin: yellow, DRIVE and Stylemasters, comes a story about surf culture and tradition. The film takes viewers on a visual journey through six distinct California coastal regions, capturing the surfing experience through the surfers who live it. Shot in brilliant super 16mm color film, the movie examines the variety of subtle differences that make California so unique. The film features surfers Joel Tudor, Chris Malloy, Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Dane Perlee, Joe Curren, Jimmy Gamboa, and Gregg Noll.
Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00pm
Sliding Liberia (2008, USA/ Liberia, 48 min)
Director: Britton Caillouette
Four young surfers travel through the war-torn West African nation of Liberia in search of the perfect wave. With the recent war shadowing the landscape, the group must face the everyday realities of life in a war-torn world. The search for waves becomes a quest for understanding, as the surfers record the stories of Liberians they meet along the way. Juxtaposing war-torn urban landscapes with images of tropical paradise, the film explores the tension that exists inside every traveler-a desire to connect with new people and places and an instinct to insulate oneself from the harsh realities of their surroundings.
"Following the successful premieres of Step into Liquid, Riding to Giants and Dust to Glory, the Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to continue its tradition of bringing to Orange County the hottest action sports films available on the circuit. As a popular destination for outdoor recreation and the epicenter of the surf wear and action gear industry, Orange County is the ideal location for the series. The Festival offers action sports enthusiasts and film-goers of all ages a unique opportunity to experience cutting-edge adventure on the big screen," stated festival co-founder Todd Quartararo.
The Festival welcomes the Surfrider Foundation as the designated community outreach partner of the Action Sports Film Series. The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.
The ninth annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 24th - May 1st, 2008 and will spotlight more than 360 films from around the world, including feature length narrative, documentary, short and animated films.
Tickets and program are available online.