The Artist’s Guide to Innersection


Taylor Steele's Innersection is finally showing clear signs of evolving into the shred-fest-meets-film-festival it always shouldacoulda been. Want proof? Check out any of these five sections with focused momentum campaigning to be stranger than sipping loose change. Mmmmm, artsy. —Nathan Myers

JOSH HOYER (directed by Jack Coleman):

( Watch this before it's gone. Josh Hoyer and Jack Coleman probably won't make this round because of rippers like Sebastian Zietz, Ryan Callinan and Creed McTaggart stealing the front row seats, but it's a shame because this is art beyond art. So arty, you don't even know it's arty. Not only was Coleman working with film, he was literally scratching, burning and painting the reels. No digital After Effects here. It's all in camera and on the canvas. Wild shit. So wild you kinda miss that fact that Hoyer's charging. Big waves. Big airs. Scary birds. Gentle devil music. Don't bogart that thing…pass it on. Then check this preview to Coleman's upcoming Polyester:  

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DAVE RASTOVICH (directed by Mick Waters):

( Fibowhacci sequence? David Rastovich takes a break from saving the world to teach higher math with a mellow, groove on nature's coolest spiral. There's a lot going on here: boards designed to the mathematical sequence (0,1,1,2,3,5,8…), Rasta-made music also utilizing the sequence, numerology of clips and waves…pretty heady stuff for a surf section, but Dave's effortless style connects the pieces whether you pass the class or not. Director Mick Waters is something of an underground talent with his previous films Believe and Little Black Wheels.

LEE WILSON (directed by Jimmy James Kinnaird):

( Jimmy James Kinnaird is one of the most creative guys making surf movies these days (he's got an upcoming Ozzy Wright short with Volcom "Valley Scum Here We Come" and a Deus joint called "Slide" both coming soon. Aussie-Bali punker Lee Wilson is a great canvas for Jimmy — raw and uninhibited, he's not afraid to play gay for a laugh. Just close your eyes for the end…it's a bit nasty. Like Lee's slab waves from Java.

TANNER GUDAUSKAS (directed by Graham Nash):

( March of the Dead Ponies is a band featuring the Gudang brothers, Dylan Graves and (missing on harmonica) Nate Yeomans. These boys just have fun, picking away some raunchy SoCal blues like a dripping wet Mumford & Sons. Get-n-Classic director Graham Nash does a great job capturing the vibe without trying too hard and something — maybe the song lyrics themselves — brings to light Tanner's unique and "loose" style. 

Asher Pacey (directed by Nat Lanyon):

( Filmmaker Nat Lanyon has developed his own unique look — crisp b&w's stitched with bright, faux-film saturations. Asher Pacey has a look too: clean, classic and flowy. Tail so loose when it needs to be. So of the camera angles are what make this section: lineup shots that don't loose the action. Look for Lanyon's work on Rhythm's next "Sound of Change episode. (

There's a bunch of other nice "themes" in this round. Nate Yeomans looks great surfing to jazz. Brett Barley pulls off some stop-motion. Couple young 'uns doing their own projects, which just goes to show anyone can do it. Who's this kid Johnny Craig with the construction worker edit. That was pretty funny in a Loose Change sorta way. Not that we go for that sorta thing.

It's nice to know there's more to life than Kai Neville and Joe G. And with that being said, are you going to their premieres this week. O. M. G. So. There. In my bikini and wearing eye-liner. Mmmm, apocalypse. —Nathan Myers