Surfalorus Film Festival up for second season

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Supplied image
 courtesy of Keith Ketchum

Rob Cordero hits the lip at Surfer’s Beach, Puerto Rico during the fiilming of Keith Ketchum’s “PR 2013” short that will be screened at the Surfalorus Film Festival. 

After a strong response from the local surf community during the inaugural Surfalorus Film Festival in 2012, director Dan Brawley said it made sense to develop the surf film extravaganza. 

“When we went into it last year we knew we wanted to do it for a couple years as a test to see whether it was a good fit and obviously it is,” Brawley said. “This is one of the best places to live and surf so it is just an obvious event to showcase some local surf films and other films from all over the world.”

Beginning Thursday, July 18, with a kick-off party and screening at Ocean Grill Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach, the three-day festival will showcase a variety of short and feature-length surf films including Karl Lear’s “Waverider” and a short from Julian Martin. 

Screenings will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Red Dogs in Wrightsville Beach and then at 9:30 p.m. at a yet-to-be-determined outdoor location at Wrightsville Beach. The films shown throughout the day at Red Dogs will include four feature-length films and a 76-minute block of shorts. 

Local videographer Keith Ketchum’s short, “PR 2013,” documenting a winter surf trip to Puerto Rico, will lead the outdoor evening screening with Nathan Oldfield’s feature “The Heart and the Sea” headlining. 

Saturday screenings will be held at Jengo’s Playhouse in downtown Wilmington with films starting in blocks from 5-11 p.m. That evening will also feature a workshop with legendary surf photographer Jeff Divine at 7 p.m., which Brawley said is an exciting addition to the festival’s lineup. 

With about 70 film entries for the festival, Brawley said the films chosen represent every possible facet of the surf film genre ranging from documentaries about the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the northeast to pure surf films with surf, sun and sand aplenty. 

“There are a lot of different ways you can use surf films to experiment as a filmmaker,” he said. “I think some of the most innovative filmmakers are the ones working in this genre. There is a certain freedom when you are really focused on something singular like surfing that allows you to do all these things you maybe wouldn’t do in another context.”

The biggest addition to the Surfalorus Film Festival for its second year will be the Board and Beach Expo taking place at Tidal Creek Co-Op from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public, visitors will be able to enjoy activities like surfer’s yoga, a James Bain cooking workshop, live music from The Clams, food and drinks from Tidal Creek, and a live shaper show where local surfboard shapers will demonstrate their craft and techniques for the audience. 

A full schedule and more information about the films and tickets can be found at 


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