When we started Surfilmfestibal in 2003, several things really helped in the success of our pioneering event. One was the help and collaboration that the Cinema Unit of the San Sebastian culture department offered. Its boss back then was Jose Luis Rebordinos. Jose Luis was intrigued at the possibility of seeing people interested in watching on the big screen some freaks surfing what seems all the time the same wave…. 14 years later, "Rebor" is the director of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which 5 years ago opened its door to films related to outdoor sports. It´s a big honor to present in this edition of SAVAGE CINEMA, pioneering section in an A Class Film festival that we have created in collaboration with the festival,a fantastic selection of surf films.

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Savage Cinema, San Sebastian Festival’s non-competitive section for adventure and action sports films created in the collaboration with Red Bull Media House, will present in its fourth edition five titles reflecting the cycle’s intention to exhibit works in different genres and subject areas.

The Fourth Phase will see the return of snowboarder Travis Rice and crew to the Velodrome after the world premiere of The Art of Flight 3D in 2012 which planted the seed of Savage Cinema. Using an artistic blend of action, story and cinematography, the film follows Travis Rice on a 16,000 mile journey around the North Pacific, discovering more than new terrain.

The Festival will include the world premiere of Bunker77, a documentary on Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable´s millionaire step son who wanted to inmortalize his legacy by hiring Craig Stecyk (the ultimate chronicler of the surf and skate Californian culture) and photographer Art Brewer to capture his life. The project ended with his early death at the age of 27. Takuji Masuda reclaims this valuable archives to build up this story which was already published by Taschen in 2007.

The European premiere of Orange Sunshine following its screening at SXSW (Austin, Texas) reflects the section’s predilection for selecting titles where sport is only one element of the story’s social context. This is a documentary by William A. Kirkley narrating the peculiar journey of a group of hippy (and surfer) students who created their own religion in order to change the world by taking and dealing in LSD. Representatives of a new counterculture critical of the consumerism and lifestyle of American society, in the 60s and 70s they became the world’s biggest distributors of acid and hashish.

Surfers’ Blood, by Patrick Trefz, is an amalgamation of short stories by four creators whose influence is key to contemporary surf history. One of them is Patxi Oliden, a 93 year-old inventor and musician from Orio (Basque Country) who blazed the trail well before anyone else to start building affordable surfboards in the 70s, so that the local youngsters could surf when it was still a sport only practiced by foreigners. Thomas Meyerhoffer, Richard Kenvin and Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko provide the other three testimonies making up the film.

Let´s Be Frank is the true and figurative search by Peter Hamblin for an anonymous South African big wave surfer, Frank James Solomon. An upcoming director who brings in tricks from cinema and advertisement to refresh the conservative surf filmmaking. The friends and family being part in this project are John Florence and Jamie O`Brien.



BUNKER77. Dir. Takuji Masuda
Bunker77 is the wild true story of a young American rebel seeking freedom, love, and authenticity in a chaotic world. The film chronicles Clark Gable's step son and heir to a sugar fortune, Bunker Spreckels. A controversial surf star from the late 60s into the 70s who pushed the limits of riding very short boards in the most critical waves of Hawaii, mentored skateboard legend Tony Alva to his world championship, and collaborated with Kenneth Anger right before his dynamic life was cut short at 27 in 1977

LET´S BE FRANK. Dir. Peter Hamblin 
Let's Be Frank is a visceral journey through the unseen and unknown world of big wave surf adventurer Frank James Solomon, an intercontinental clandestine investigation blurring the lines between myth, legend and reality - leading to the question... Just who is Frank?

ORANGE SUNSHINE. Dir. William A. Kirkley
The never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in Southern California that became the largest suppliers of psychedelic drugs in the world during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bonded by their dreams to fight social injustice and spread peace, this unlikely band of free-spirited idealists quickly transformed into a drug-smuggling empire and at the same time inadvertently invented the modern illegal drug trade. At the head of the Brotherhood, and the heart of this story, is the anti-capitalistic husband and wife team, who made it their mission to change the world through LSD.

SURFERS´ BLOOD. Dir. Patrick Trefz
Surfers' Blood tells the universal story of true individuals that share deep bloodlines connected to the sea. From the old world fishing history of the rugged Basque Coast via oar and surfboard shaper Patxi Oliden, to the modern metropolis of San Francisco and the eccentric computer shapes of Apple fame designer Thomas Meyerhoffer. A Sonoma Valley Art Museum that exhibits hydrodynamic surfboards via avant-garde curator Richard Kenvin, to 3 time Mavericks big wave champ Darryl 'Flea' Virostko's struggle to overcome an almost fatal meth addiction and the bittersweet loss that came with it.



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