February 19, 2010 – New York, NY – The New York Surf Film Festival is pleased to announce it’s official 2010 Screening Panel. The 2010 Screening Panel is made up of both international and local surfers with a wide range of credentials ranging from magazine editor to filmmaker, recognized artist, surfboard shaper, local surf shop owner and more. The panel will judge the NYSFF 2010 Official Selections across a growing categories list this year, including not limited to: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, and Best Animation.
Official 2010 NYSFF Screening Panel:
Alex Karinsky started the first ever surfing TV show in NY called “NYC Wipeout!” and founded the Gotham Surf Club.
Mike Becker of Nature Shapes Surfboards, which began in 1993 and has grown to become the second largest surfboard company in NY.
Todd DiCiurcio is an artist and surfer living in Brooklyn, NY. Acclaimed for his portrait work, he has created a dialogue between art and music with his live drawings.
Alex Dick-Read is the Founding Editor of The Surfer’s Path magazine, which he started 12 years ago in the UK.
Lewis Samuels formerly of Surfline’s Power Rankings and infamous PostSurf.com. In the course of analyzing the greatest surfers on earth, Lewis has become perhaps the most hated man in surfing.
Thad Ziolkowski is the author of On a Wave (Grove/Atlantic 2002), a memoir about growing up surfing in Melbourne Beach, Florida during the 1970’s.
Jeremy Dean FL/NY Surfer who spent six years making the independent feature length documentary Dare Not Walk Alone about civil rights and social justice, that appearedin theaters across the country in 2008.
Richard Phillips is an artist living and working in New York City. His paintings have been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles and White Cube Gallery in London
John M. Schultz was born and raised in New York he is an archivist who maintains a sizable quiver of vintage and contemporary surfboards, has been awarded two Emmy Awards for his documentary work.
Charlie Bunger, Jr. manages Bunger Surf Shop in Babylon, NY. Bunger Surf Shop is one of the oldest family owned and operated surf shops in the USA. Charlie lives and surfs on Long Island.
Jamie Brisick has written two books: We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations (Consafos Press, 2002) and Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow (HarperCollins, 2004). His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Surfer’s Journal. In 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Japan. He lives in New York City with his wife and 5’10” Channel Islands Pod.
Diana ”Di”Mattison grew up in Northern California, started surfing at age 6, competing at 14 but cut her pro career short opting for academia. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in religious studies and is currently working on a masters of philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She writes the Women’s Power Rankings on Surfline.com and loves all boards, but is admittedly pumped on single fins and her retro fish. She still takes out her standard shorty from time to time. At the end of the day, she thinks that the most important element in surfing is a graceful approach.
Thomas ‘Snapwater’ Colla is a New York photographer and underground shredder whose work has been featured in the Surfers Journal, Newsday, Transworld, Glide (Japan), Surfer, Surfing, EXPN.com and Slide (NZ).
Dave Denis is the main man/stuff maker; a product of the Long Beach, New York surf scene circa 1986
Sancho Rodriguez is the founder and organizer of the San Sebastián Surfilm Festibal, perhaps the oldest surf film festival in the world. Sancho says ” I just came out of the water, enjoyed a couple of 5 footers at Lafitenia, St Jean de Luz. Good vibes in the water with some of the classics and a couple of young guys. But there was this guy who kept paddling around everyone, he transmitted bad vibes, he was not enjoying it and neither us around him. But at the end we will see how the good vibes will make a BIG comeback… get ready, smile and come to enjoy a Txuleta to the basque country!”
Mark Fragale is a Surf Journalist, archivist, and collector of historic surfing artifacts. Mark is a founding member of the Surfing Heritage Foundation and has been actively surfing for more than forty-five years; He lives in Kailua, Hawaii.
Tom Parrish is a 70’s North Shore shaping God who continues to make magic boards on Maui, where he also practices law when not surfing.
Chris Gentile was born in Rhode Island. Lives and works in New York City. Represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery NY and Gregory Lind Gallery SF. Associate Professor 2000-2002 Virginia Commonwealth University Doha, Qatar Middle East. Chris is a Photographer with works published in, Mens Vogue, Vogue Japan, Vogue China, Bon Appitte, Glamour, Vanity Fair, GQ, Details, Domino, Nylon, Surface, Art Forum, Topic…others, and happens to be Co-Owner Mollusk Surf Shop Brooklyn NY.
Denny Aaberg began his filmmaking journey in 1970 when he worked with George Greenough, creating the soundtrack for George’s surf classic, “Innermost Limits of Pure Fun.” In the mid-seventies, Aaberg became deeply involved in the Hollywood movie business, co-scripting, with Director, John Milius, the Warner Bros. cult classic, “Big Wednesday.” Over the years, Denny has continued to nurture his passion for filmmaking, writing screenplays, making short films, and most recently, working on Greg MacGillvray’s upcoming documentary, “Hollywood Don’t Surf,” to be released this year.
The Third Annual New York Surf Film Festival will return to Tribeca Cinemas September 24th-26th, 2010.
The New York Surf Film Competition is open to independently produced feature-length and short films in the surf genre. In order to be considered for the Festival’s Film Competition for U.S and International films, submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2005. The running time for features must be greater than 30 minutes. Films under 30 minutes in length are eligible for participation in the Short Film Program.
Submissions are open from January 5th to May 15th, 2010.
The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2010 New York Surf Film Festival are available on the New York Surf Film Festival website at www.NYSurfFilm.com. Information is also available through Don’t Drop In, LLC at 917.658.2927, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to Don’t Drop In, LLC P.O. Box 310361 Brooklyn, NY 11231.
New York Surf Film Festival
The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The New York Surf Film Festival’s aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC. The New York Surf Film Festival is a Don’t Drop In Production, founded by Adam Cannizzaro, Tyler Breuer, Michael Machemer, and Morgan Rae Berk in 2008.