Aaron Lieber Wins REDirect Film Contest

and a $50,000 state-of-the-art camera set-up

Aaron Lieber, showcasing the $50,000 prize he won for his RED submission. Photo: Burgess

Aaron Lieber, showcasing the $50,000 prize he pocketed for his RED submission. Photo: Burgess

Last night at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, a handful of the world’s best surf filmmakers gathered to wrap-up the 2015 REDirect competition, and more importantly, to celebrate some phenomenal surf cinematography.

After enjoying a few pre-party spirits kindly supplied by House Beer and Ziobaffa Wine, the party moved inside the theater where all 11 contest submissions were shown as they were truly meant to be seen—on a pin-sharp 4K movie screen with THX surround sound.

Once the viewing party concluded, and the bar of surf cinematography was officially raised, the panel of judges (comprised of Taylor Steele, Jarred Land, Peter Collister, Grant Ellis, and Jamin Jannard) bestowed the grand prize to Aaron Lieber, the creative hand behind “The Wild” featuring Noah Beschen. Lieber, who previously produced films like Zero to 100 and Leave a Message, gladly took home the $50,000 EPIC DRAGON camera kit and some well-earned bragging rights.

Coming in second place was David Malcolm, the man behind the innovative “Los Zapatos”, a two-parts surfing, one-part science fiction film featuring Dylan Graves and crew in Puerto Rico. Malcolm received something called the “brain” of a RED Scarlet, which the non-technologically-inclined assume enables these high-end cameras to do what they do.

Erik Knutson took home the Fan Favorite prize package of a custom-shaped …Lost board, in addition to the third place overall prize of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, for his film “Being a Surfer is Fun”, featuring the one and only John John Florence.

Massive congrats to Lieber, Knutson, and all the talented filmmakers and surfers who participated in the project. Check out photos from the night below and be sure to watch all 11 entries here.

Pre-viewing partying with Dylan Graves and filmmaker David Malcolm. Photo: Burgess

Pre-viewing partying with Parker Coffin, David Malcolm, and Dylan Graves. Photo: Burgess

Filmmaker Jacob Wooden, mastermind behind Pigeonholed which featured Josh Kerr at home and in Mexico. Photo: Burgess

Filmmaker Jacob Wooden, mastermind behind Pigeonholed which featured Josh Kerr at home and in Mexico. Photo: Burgess

The night's emcee Chris Cote with legendary surf filmmaker Taylor Steele. Photo: Burgess

Emcee Chris Cote with legendary surf filmmaker Taylor Steele. Photo: Burgess

A packed auditorium. Photo: Burgess

A packed auditorium. Photo: Burgess

Fan Favorite winner, Knutson with John John Florence, the star his film "Being a Surfer is Fun". Photo: Burgess

Fan Favorite winner, Knutson with John John Florence, the star of his film “Being a Surfer is Fun”. Photo: Burgess

Wooden and Lieber. Photo: Burgess

Wooden and Lieber. Photo: Burgess

Bruce Irons and Knutson. Photo: Burgess

Bruce Irons and Knutson. Photo: Burgess

Ten out of the 11 contestants, with Chris Bryan out on location. Photo: Burgess

Ten out of the 11 contestants, with Chris Bryan out on location. Photo: Burgess

First and second-place finishers, Lieber (right) and Malcolm (left). Photo: Burgess

First and second-place finishers, Lieber (right) and Malcolm (left). Photo: Burgess

Thanks for a good time, House Beer and Ziobaffa Wine. Photo: Burgess

Thanks for a good time, House Beer and Ziobaffa Wine. Photo: Burgess