HONOLULU, HAWAII (July 9, 2009)– The Second Annual Surf Film Festival will premier Icons 2 on Opening night on July 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., the world premier will start at 7:30 p.m. and the evening will feature free Blue Moon and Coors Light beer, courtesy of co-sponsor Contrast Magazine, and the global cuisine of Da Spot—their overflowing plates of dishes from around the world (Egyptian chicken to Thai curries).
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is located on 900 S. Beretania Street in the Thomas Square Historic District. The Academy Art Center is located at 1111 Victoria Street. The Doris Duke Theatre entrance is on Kinau Street.
Contrast Magazine Photo Editor Lance Arinaga will introduce his film Icons2. Expected to attend opening night are pros Hank Gaskell, Jun Jo, Daniel Jones, Mikala Jones, Jason Shibata (who is also the marketing director of Contrast magazine), Kekoa Cazimero and Nick Mita.
Icons 2, is proof that you can still produce a high quality surf movie on the North Shore. Currently, the recipe for surf movie success is to get pro surfers into Indonesian waves, film it, edit, add music, and boom– a surf video. While there is good surf in the Indian Ocean, it still does not match the intensity, drama and power of filming the North Shore’s world-class waves.
“The variety and quality of waves, along with the level of talent on the North Shore are second to none,” says Icons 2 Director/Writer/Producer/ Editor/Shooter Lance Arinaga.
Arinaga is a one-man video production company. For the past two years, when the 28-year-old, Mililani native wasn’t working as the photo editor of Contrast Magazine he was busy shooting Hawai‘i’s pro surfers negotiating the waves in The Country for the sequel to Icons. Released in 2006, Icons became an underground cult classic showcasing the performance and personalities of the 50th States’ premier pro surfers in a way that’s never been done before.
“I would say 70% of Icons 2 is filmed on the North Shore. The most challenging part is having the video not seem like every other surf video made on the North Shore,” says Arinaga. “I try to incorporate different lifestyles shots as much as possible to let the viewer connect with the surfers on a more personal level.”
Arinaga’s personal friendships with his subjects allow him to give the audience an authentic glimpse into the lives of his subjects in Icons 2.