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Surf documentaries

Bunker77

Opening Screening

Takuji MasudaUSA, 2016 / 86' / vostf

Bunker77  is the wild true story of a young American rebel seeking freedom, love, and authenticity in a chaotic world. Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable’s stepson turned his back on expectations and grew into a controversial surf star who expressed complete originality, like a cross between James Dean and Andy Warhol.

/ French Premiere

website : bunker77film.com

Biarritz Surf Gang

FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER at 7:30 pm

Nathan Curren & Pierre DenoyelFrance, 2016 / 65’/ vostf

Through the portraits of the surfers of the Grande Plage of Biarritz, the film tells a transition period for surfing which passes from a counterculture to a high level sport. Praticing surfing in Biarritz, France, in the 1980s it’s to refuse the system. A thirst for pure sensations that could lead to the top of the tables of competitions or directly in prison.
This is the unknown story of the six best European surfer, of their greatness and decadence.

/ Parisian premiere
/ In attendance of the directors

Gaza Surf Club

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER at 2:30pm

Philip Gnadt & Mickey Yamine Germany, 2016 / 87’ / vostf

Trapped in “the world’s largest open-air prison” and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean - they are the surfers of Gaza.

Skateboard documentaries

The L.A. Boys

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER at 2:00pm

Colin KennedyUSA, 2016 / 71’/ vostf

In 1989, street skating became a force within skateboarding and was poised to usurp the ramp, pool, and skatepark disciplines that preceded it.
Enter Gabriel Rodriguez, Paulo Diaz, Rudy Johnson and Guy Mariano, 4 friends from Los Angeles, who through a chance encounter with Bones Brigades Stacy Peralta. This film is a firsthand account of the events that led to their fateful meeting with Stacy and the subsequent ground breaking video segment, they would create together for the 1989 Powell Peralta classic, Ban This.

/ European premiere

Virgin Blacktop

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER at 6pm

Charlie SamuelsUSA, 2017 / 84’/ vostf

Virgin Blacktop: a New York skate odyssey is a coming of age story about a diverse group of kids from suburban New York City who had practically nothing in common but skateboarding. “The Wizards" were of different ages, ethnicity and economic backgrounds yet they formed a competitive, traveling and peaceful crew in 1977 and have remained friends since.

/ World premiere
/ In the presence of the director

Dragonslayer

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm

Tristan Patterson USA, 2011 / 73’25 / vostf

An intimate vérité portrait of the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a 23-year-old skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, Dragonslayer  takes the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of lost youth, broken homes and abandoned swimming pools, set to a soundtrack of bands from indie-rock labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records.

Devoted (Out of competition)

Saturday 23 September at 3:30pm

Lucas BeaufortFrance, 2016 / 64’ / vostf

Skateboarding led Lucas Beaufort to painting, photography, video and to take a trip around the world. Alongside Devoted, he explores an old passion of his : skateboard magazines. What role did they play in the skateboarding culture until today ? At a time when anyone can become his own media, what place will they be given in the future ? Jake Phelps (Thrasher magazine), Pat O’Dell (Vice), Chad Muska (pro skater), Dave Carnie (Big Brother) and many others share their experiences and discuss their concerns about the future of paper magazine.

/ Out of competition screening
/ French premiere

Screening followed by a talk on the theme « Skateboarding and Medias : realities, developments and challenges », in attendance of the film director and contributors from press and digital industries: Benjamin Deberdt (Live Skateboard Media), Fred Demard (Soma magazine), Sébastien Carayol (independent journalist), François Chevalier (Télérama).
Moderator : Guillaume Le Goff

Short films program #1

Saturday 23 September 4:00pm

The Agave Gun

Ross HainesUSA, 2016/ 10’04 / vostf

Gary Linden, 68 years old is one of the few remaining masters of his craft and is still shaping surfboards by hand. The 2 year long journey reflects the ebb and flow of nature, starting with the growth cycle of the agave plant, the patience of shaping a board, and being ready when all the ocean’s conditions shift into sync.

/ European premiere

Melon Grab

Andrew LeeFrance-Australia, 2016 / 10’ / vostf

Dysfunctional truth, rap and suspended youth: the final skateboard session between two best friends.

The Surf Report

Courtney PowellUSA, 2015 / 15' / vost

A ghostly love story unfolds as two men look for answers where ocean meets sky and city meets wild in Rockaway Beach, NY.

Get Used to It

Bemo Lundgren Germany, 2016 / 20’15 / vostf

South Africa’s tragic colonial history has resulted in extreme inequality, corruption, and record crime rates. Gender equality is written into today’s South African Constitution, but in reality, even Born Free girls and women suffer from a harshly patriarchal tradition. One NGO , however, uses skateboarding to break down barriers. If the disparity in treatment between boys and girls is extremely clear, so is skateboarding’s power to shatter prejudice and expectations. Johannesburg is Skateistan’s fourth location, and the prism through which we documented the support and strength of a movement on the rise.

/ In the presence of the team

Short films program #2

Sunday 24 September 4:30pm

Polejam

Reyndert GuiljamNetherlands, 2016 / 20’55 / vostf

Three skaters from Rotterdam share their unique vision on the city, each told from different perspectives and phases in life.

Woza

Pato Martinez & Francisco CantonSouth Africa, 2016 / 5’15 /vostf

The story of an African surfer who has been taken as a lover by the African water spirit Mami Wata.

We Skate in Iran

Benjamin AryaniSwitzerland, 2017 / 25 /vostf

We Skate in Iran is a documentary film about the rise of skateboard culture throughout modern Persia’s cities. Through the eyes of young iranian director, it relates how popular such a western trend has become in Iran, and its path toward acceptance.

Perilous Sea

Mike Bromley & Ryan MeichtryUSA, 2017 / 27’ / vostf

Inspired by the story telling style of classic maritime novels, Perilous Sea follows a group of professional surfers as they explore the landscapes and waves of Iceland, the Canadian Maritimes and Ireland.

/ French premiere

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