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"Like with my other films, Thread and Idiosyncrasies, I wanted to find new ways to portray different passions for the sea, and different appreciations for the sport and the art of surfing," says Director Patrick Trefz about Surfers' Blood, the documentary based on his 2012 monograph of the same name. The film, which explores the lives of individuals who are invariably connected by their relationships to the ocean and their surfcraft, premiered on October 28th at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. "I also wanted to explore the capabilities of the documentary format. There’s not as much surfing in this film as there are in others you'll see, but you're involved with it in a way that you aren't in a webclip. It doesn’t need to be three-minutes-and-done, like what so much of our internet culture encourages."
"For me, the film began as a personal interest," he continues. "I see my work as an anthropologist would. Here are these interesting profiles, from figures of different eras and places - from the most preserved villages of the Basque region, to the technological heart of San Francisco, to Santa Cruz - where you have this lineage and this passion for the sea. Let’s see how we can find what makes them different. Let's find what they share."