Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2010 Action Sports Films

Newport Beach Film Festival



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Eleventh Annual Cinema Celebration to Feature World Premiere Screenings of

Cancer to Capricorn: Path of the Modern Gypsy, The Westsiders, Living it Forever,

Make it Count: The Element Story and Camp Chuck

Newport Beach, Calif. – April 5, 2010 The 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is proud to announce its Action Sports Film Series, an international showcase of films celebrating athletes, visionaries, filmmakers, cinematographers, pioneers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, artists and designers who have shaped the Action Sports culture and cultivated its progression with their innovation, energy and creativity. The NBFF proudly welcomes Verizon / Samsung as the presenting sponsor of the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series. Supported by media sponsors FUEL TV and SURFING Magazine, the event will take place during the week of the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 22-29, 2010) in Orange County, Calif., a location celebrated as the epicenter of the surf wear and action gear industry and the ultimate destination to experience music infused cutting-edge adventure on the big screen.

Co-produced by ChopShop, Orange County's leading action sports and lifestyle production company, with promotional support by Blue C Advertising and Travis Poe, the NBFF Action Sports Film Series will spotlight 25 films from around the world, including feature length documentary, narrative and short films. Entertaining and inspirational, the Action Sports Film Series will celebrate athletes pushing limits in some of the world's most challenging and spectacular outdoor playgrounds and give filmgoers an opportunity to experience breathtaking cinematography, cultural journeys, in depth portrayals and compelling stories that explore the physical, emotional, historical and spiritual realms of surfing, skiing, snowboarding, motocross, wakeboarding, mountain biking, mountaineering and more. Highlights include world premieres, filmmaker panels, athlete guest appearances, autograph signings and the participation of action sports retailers.

The Newport Beach Film Festival will present World Premiere screenings of Cancer to Capricorn: Path of the Modern Gypsy, The Westsiders, Living it Forever, Make it Count: The Element Story and Camp Chuck. Reef's new film Cancer to Capricorn: Path of the Modern Gypsy, directed by Russell Brownley, follows surfers Mick Fanning, Rob Machado and Tonino Benson around the world as they travel to exotic locations in search of new cultural experiences and the perfect surf. From surfing innovations to gritty localism, The Westsiders, directed by Josh Pomer, follows the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf gang through the eyes of three best friends from the original 'Surf City': Santa Cruz, Calif. Best friends Daryl 'Flea' Virostko, Shawn 'Barney' Barron, and Jason 'Ratboy' Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing. A feature film debut from Orange County filmmakers Ann Chatillon and Rick Chatillon.

Living it Forever, chronicles the mid-1950s through the 1960s in Newport Beach, known as an epic era for surfboard riding. The film features Ilima Kalama, David Nuuhiwa, John Peck, Ed Hardy and Mike Marshall. From its humble beginnings, to a forward thinking global brand, Make it Count: The Element Story covers two decades of iconic imagery and moments told by the very people that shaped Element today. The film follows Johnny Schillereff and digs into his history, interviewing the very people that have shaped his life and the company. Starring X-Games gold medalist Chuck Carothers, Marc Salomon's Camp Chuck takes us behind-the-scenes in a personal all access look at the fun, the fear, and the determination that is crucial to making it in freestyle motocross.

The NBFF will present the North American Premiere of Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durant's documentary Somewhere Near Tapachula and West Coast Premiere screenings of Red Bull Project X, starring Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, FUEL TV's Machotaildrop and James Kleinert's ski mountaineering adventure film The Edge of Telluride. The NBFF will present a special Orange County premiere screening of Ultimate Wave Tahiti - 3D, Quiksilver's new film featuring Kelly Slater and Raimana Van Bastolaer. The films Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, Black Winter, BoardHeads, Cypher Vision, A Day At The Park Skateboard Film, Fiberglass and Megapixels, Freedom Riders, Jesse's Story, Last Paradise, Lost Prophets - Search for the Collective, Mount St. Elias, Parks Bonifay Documentary, Ride the Divide, Shaped and Tom's Creation Plantation round out the lineup.

"Verizon Wireless and Samsung have proudly supported multiple Action Sports initiatives over the past several years, and they are both ecstatic to Co-Present the “Action Sports Film Series” at this year's Newport Beach Film Festival".

With its coastal location and roots deeply connected to the history of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and legendary surf icons, the Newport Beach Film Festival boasts an enthusiastic audience base dedicated to Action Sports cinema, culture and lifestyle."The Festival is thrilled to bring to Southern California an insanely stellar mega slate of action sports films, world class athletes, indie filmmakers, musicians and artists. The Festival's 2010 Action Sports Film Series represents an amazing surge of new filmmaking talent who have infused tremendous passion, vision and creative energy into the making of their films", stated Leslie Feibleman, NBFF's Director of Action Sport Film Series Programming.

Films will screen at Edwards Island Cinema, located at 999 Newport Center Drive in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, at the Regency Lido Theater at 3459 Via Lido Drive, at the Regency South Coast Theater at 1561 W. Sunflower Avenue in Santa Ana and at The Studio at Sage Hill at 20402 Newport Coast Drive in Newport Coast.

Seeking to raise awareness of environmental issues and historic preservation and through cinema, the Festival welcomes the Surfrider Foundation and the Surfing Heritage Foundation as the designated community outreach partners of the Action Sports Film Series. The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing's heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations; and to achieving our goal of surfing being more accurately understood, represented and enjoyed.

The 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to introduce the nbffACTION Pass, designed for filmgoers seeking to maximize their Festival experience. The nbffACTION Pass offers filmgoers admission to all 25 film screenings in the 2010 Action Sports Film Series. The nbffACTION Pass can be purchased for $75 and is available online at the Festival's web site or by emailing Meghan McGarvey at

For tickets, passes, the complete Festival schedule, full synopses, trailers and additional information, visit or


2010 Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series Film Listing

ACCIDENTIAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY (2010, Documentary, USA, 60 minutes)

Director / Screenwriter: Brian L. Gillogly

Cast: Sally Field, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Gregory Harrison, Layne Beachly, Jorja Fox

Documentarians explore the largely untold story of Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the real 'Gidget,' and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-1950s became a national cultural phenomenon.

BLACK WINTER (2009, Documentary, USA, 45 minutes)

Director: Travis Robb, Mike Hatchett

Cast: Torstein Horgmo, Eric Jackson, Halldor Helgason, Jason Dubois, Xavier De Le Rue, Seb Toots, Chas Guldemond, Andreas Wiig, Mark Landvik, Lonnie Kauk, Leanne Pelosi, Ben Lynch, Andrew Geeves, Dave Short

An investigation into the nature of snowboarding and the insatiable hunger of the riders to put down history-making segments on film, set in the winter of 2009, a time of unprecedented conditions.

BOARDHEADS (2009, Documentary, USA, 86 minutes)

Director: Davo Weiss

Cast: Robby Naish, Shaun Tomson, Izzy Paskowitz, Sunny Garcia, Greg Noll, Alex Morales, Bethany Hamilton, Darrin Quinn, Mark “1/2 Price” Lee, Kai Lenny, Kevin Langeree, Christophe Baloes, Andy Brandt, Nat Lincoln, and countless typical BoardRiders around the world.

This freewheeling documentary looks at the people who live with a board beneath their feet. Surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, sailboarding, kitesurfing - changes lives, empowers minds, builds healthy bodies, and frees the spirit.

CAMP CHUCK (2009, Documentary, USA, 46 minutes) – World Premiere

Director: Marc Salomon

Cast: Chuck Carothers, Derek Cook, Jack Rowe, Gabriel Villegas, Javier Villegas, Alex Cervantes

Freestyle motocross X-Games champion quests to create a compound for the sport's up-and-coming to practice and compete against their own expectations of progression.

CANCER TO CAPRICORN: Path of the Modern Gypsy (2010, Documentary, USA, 46 min.) World Premiere

Director: Russell Brownley

Analyzing the behavior of tropical storm systems within Earth's tropical latitudes, experts are able to pinpoint the best

time to send athletes in to experience surfing perfection.

Cast: Mick Fanning, Rob Machado, Tonino Benson, Ben Bourgeois, Mike Losness

CYPHER VISION (2010, USA, 14 minutes)

Director: Jamie Tierney

Cast: Dane Reynolds, Julian Wilson, Jeremy Flores, Kelly Slater

Shot with a revolutionary camera that has never been used to capture surfing from the water. Witness every drop of spray, board flex and body contortion as they draw unique lines on every wave. It's performance surfing as you've never seen it before.

A DAY AT THE PARK SKATEBOARDING FILM (2010, Documentary, USA, 23 minutes)

Director: Scott Yamamura

A film capturing the most memorable and innovative skateboard feats made over a sixyear span in the Seattle area, from the perspective of the most creative and cutting-edge area skate parks.

THE EDGE OF TELLURIDE (2009, Documentary, USA, 47 minutes) - West Coast Premiere

Director: James Kleinert

Cast: Josh Getter, Kim Havell, Scott Kennett, Jason Troth, Galena Gleason, Travis Wolfe, Braden Brassy, Michael Gardener, Rick Willis

Ski mountaineers overcome the challenges faced while undertaking the dangerously big mountains.

FIBERGLASS AND MEGAPIXELS (2009, Documentary, USA, 47 minutes)

Director: Craig Hoffmann, Derek Hoffmann

Cast: Mick Fanning, Fred Patacchia Jr., Brian Bielmann, Scott Aichner, Daren Crawford, Sonny Miller, Larry Haynes, Jordy Smith, Ian Walsh, Mark Healey

A behind-the-scenes look at the photographers, cinematographers, and surfers who challenge themselves in the world's heaviest surf to capture the ultimate shot that otherwise would be lost forever.

FREEDOM RIDERS (2009, Documentary, USA, 45 minutes)

Director: Chris Kitchen

Cast: Linda Merglaino, Adrain  Knapp, Noah Mc Cormic, Scott Fitzgerald, Dave Holtun, Clay Curly, Anne Marie Curly, Robert Floyd “Floyd,” Chad Ovens, Jed Cullivan, Ted Finkenhour, Kevin Kavanagh, Harlen Hotestein, Pete Maniaci, Eric Daft

A small group of riders evolve from covertly building rough and unsustainable trails, to creating a precedent setting relationship with the Forest Service and building some of the best trails in the country.

JESSE'S STORY (2009, Documentary, USA, 73 minutes)

Director: Mark S. Jacobs

Cast: Jesse Billauer, George Billauer, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Christopher Reeve, Bob Hurley, Josh Billauer, Engilina Billauer, Cecile Billauer

A gifted young athlete suffers a devastating surfing accident, supposedly confining him to a wheelchair

for life, only to become one of the most recognized professional surfers in the world.

LAST PARADISE (2009, Documentary, Documentary, USA, 103 minutes)

Director: Clive Neeson

Cast: A. J. Hackett

The risk, challenges and adventures of a maverick bunch who explored hidden paradises of the planet that few ever saw, just before most disappeared, forever.

LIVING IT FOREVER (2010, Documentary, USA, 77 minutes) - World Premiere

Director: Ann Chatillon

Producer / Editor: Rick Chatillon

Cast: Ilima Kalama, David Nuuhiwa, John Peck, Ed Hardy, Mike Marshall, Herb Torrens

The mid-1950s &1960s was an epic era of surf culture in Newport Beach, California. Featuring an original score by Grammy-Award winning composer Phillip Marshall, the film chronicles the carefree days of those early surfers who lived the dream as a reality - with archival footage and modern day interviews.

LOST PROPHETS- SEARCH FOR THE COLLECTIVE (2009, Documentary, USA, 52 minutes)

Director: Nathan Apffel

A look at the history, prophecy and future of the surf culture, as individuals immersed in the rebirth of the grassroots spirit that will help guide the sport in a new, revitalizing direction.

MACHOTAILDROP (2009, Comedy, Canada, USA, 91 minutes) – West Coast Premiere

Director: Corey Adams, Alex Craig

Cast: Anthony Amedori, James Faulkner, Rick Mccrank, John J. Mackie, Steve Olson, Vanessa Guide, Lukács Bicskey, Jeff Halliday, John Rattray, Kata Sárkány, Zsolt Pál, Fred Mortagne

Teenage lay-about Walter Rhum, wants nothing more than to become a skateboarding star, by submitting a video of his tricks to a conglomerate, and waits to be plucked from his banal life.

MAKE IT COUNT: THE ELEMENT STORY (2009, Documentary, USA, 98 minutes) - World Premiere

Director: Johnny Schillereff, Kirk Dianda

Cast: Johnny Schillereff, Kat Von D, Pharrell Williams, Lil John, Bam Margera, Andy Howell, Mike  Vallely, Paul Schmitt, Rodney  Smith, Nick Hartman, Jeremy Fish, Stevie Williams, Steve Douglas, Donny Barley, Dan Wolfe, Reese Forbes, Chad Muska

The story of Element Skateboards company - from its humble beginnings, to becoming a forward thinking global brand.

MOUNT ST. ELIAS (2009, Documentary, USA, Austria, 100 minutes)

Director: Gerald Salmina

Cast: Jon Johnston, Axel Naglich, Peter Ressmann

Three world-class skiers and mountaineers journey to Mount St. Elias in their attempt to realize the longest ski descent of the world.

PARKS BONIFAY DOCUMENTARY (2009, Documentary, USA, 66 minutes)

Director: Matt Staker, Keith Kipp, Joshua Mcwilliams

Cast: Parks Bonifay, Scott Byerly, Zane Schwenk, Travis Pastrana, Shaun Murray, Betty Bonifay, Shane Bonifay

This tale of wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay, his unconventional youth, unbelievable adulthood, flirtation with disaster, the triumphs of winning and the tribulations of extreme injury.

RED BULL PROJECT X (2010, Documentary, USA, 48 minutes) - West Coast Premiere
Director: Claude Merkel
Cast: Shaun White
Deep in Colorado's back-country, Shaun White prepares for the Olympics in a custom sculpted super-pipe, pushing himself past his own boundaries to redefine the progression of snowboarding.

RIDE THE DIVIDE (2009, Documentary, USA, 82 minutes) – West Coast Premiere
Director: Hunter Weeks
Cast: Matthew Lee, Mary Metcalf-Collier, Mike Dion
The world's toughest mountain bike race traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains, and the three riders' who attempt to petal from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.

SHAPED (2009, Documentary, USA, 58 minutes)

Director: Walter Georis

Cast: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown, Robert August, Robert Weaver, Pat O’Connell, Corky Carroll, Tom Morey

A tribute to the men and women of the surf world in the 1960s, who unknowingly created and shaped the future of surfing as the world now knows it through their innovative board designs.

SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA (2010, Documentary, USA, Australia, 63 min.)North American Premiere

Director: Stefan Hunt

Cast: Pam & Alan Skuse, Cheyne Cottrell, Brian Noell & 54 kids of Mission Mexico Children’s Refugethan an institution.

A husband and wife leave their home in Australia to volunteer at a Chiapas orphanage only to find it closed just six months in, and faced with a choice of caring for the remaining children on their own.

TOM'S CREATION PLANTATION (2009, Short, USA, 23 minutes)

Director: Cyrus Sutton

Cast: Tom Wegener

A look into the creative world of Tom Wegener, who introduced the ancient alaia style surfboard into modern times-making the perfect wave relative to the surfcraft on which it is ridden.

ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI - 3D (2009, Documentary, USA, 45 minutes)

Director: Stephen Lowe

Cast: Kelly Slater, Raimana Van Bastolaer

Nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and group of friends travel to Tahiti on a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience.

THE WESTSIDERS (2009, Documentary, USA, 92 minutes) World Premiere

Director: Josh Pomer

Cast: Daryl Virostko, Shawn Barron, Jason Collins, Vince Collier

An eye-opening mixture of surfing innovation and gritty localism documents the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf gang through the eyes of three best friends from the original “Surf City,” Santa Cruz, California. Best friends, Daryl “Flea” Virostko, Shawn “Barney” Barron and Jason “Ratboy” Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing. They helped each other through shattered homes, drug addiction, psychological issues and hard-core localism to achieve their dream of becoming professional surfers before the age of 24.

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Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The eleventh annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-29, 2010 and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.

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