The first quarterly installment of the 7th Annual Florida Surf Film Festival will be going down tonight at the Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach. The festival, which recently welcomed legendary filmmaker Taylor Steele to its already illustrious panel of jurors (which also includes Void’s distinguished editor, Matt Shaw), will feature a collection of short and full-length surf flicks from around the globe.
Twin-fin guru Torren Martyn will be in attendance screening his new film, Thank You Mother. With an original soundtrack by Nick Bampton that features groovy, meditative soundscapes and narration by Albert Falzon of the surf classic Morning of The Earth, the film takes viewers on a dreamy journey through Indonesia, South Africa, and Australia. Martyn’s avant-garde style meshed with Bampton’s transitive, bohemian backtracks make for a pleasantly mind-melting viewing experience.
Andrew Kaineder’s Beyond the Noise will also be playing at the festival. Starring log-straordinaire Harrison Roach and Aussie transplant Noah Lane, the film is a melancholic examination of the unfriendly Northern European Atlantic’s offerings. The duo don heavy rubber in pursuit of heaving cold water slabs and windswept point waves. It’s sure to be an equally stimulating contrast to Thank You Mother.
FSFF will also be showing a variety of shorts, including Relatable to Form, a film that compares Santa Barbara board-building collective Trimcraft Surfboards’ handshaping ethos to that of Mentawai boat builders, who chunk tree trunks into refined ocean-going canoes.
Event sponsors will be raffling off some pretty sweet swag, including a Tomo surfboard, YETI cooler, and Roark Revival dry bag.