The NBFF Action Sports Film Series will spotlight two local Southern California films. Stoked & Broke follows OC native surfer Cyrus Sutton and Ryan Burch on an entertaining journey into the oceans and streets of San Diego on a shoestring budget. James Cheeks III’s skate film On The Grind takes us into the depths of the Long Beach skate scene.

World cinema highlights include Surfing With The Enemy a film about the difficult challenges of surfers in Havana, Cuba; Taylor Steele’s Castles In The Sky follows surfers Dane Reynolds, Rob Machado, Dave Rastovich, Jordy Smith, Dan Malloy, Craig Anderson, Tim Curran, Kalani Robb, Mike Losness to Iceland, Peru, India, and Africa; Way of The Ocean captures the pure essence of Australia’s ocean; Out Of The Shadows spotlights insanely adventurous skiers conquering the slopes of Canada.

From the1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics to the Whitefish race in 2001, Zeke Piestrup’s new film Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story chronicles the life of Olympic Gold medalist rebel skier Bill Johnson, his traumatic brain injury and miraculous recovery.

The NBFF Action Sports Film Series will showcase two shorts programs. Action Sports Shorts features The Physics Of Surfing, Confiskate, Surfing The Silver Dragon, Solo and Calling On Others. The Festival’s Global Action Sports Shorts includes At Equilibrium from Bulgaria, The Lone Jackal from South Africa and The Baja Wave Document from Mexico.

With its coastal location and roots deeply connected to the history of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, the NBFF boasts an enthusiastic audience base dedicated to Action Sports cinema, culture and lifestyle. “The 2011 Action Sports Films Series has a strong international and humanitarian focus. Loaded with cinematically stunning footage and supercharged performances by stellar athletes, the program shines a light on compelling human stories of challenge and compassion from a wealth of fascinating cultures in the action sports world,” stated Leslie Feibleman, the NBFF’s Director of Special Programs / Action Sports Film Series.

For tickets, passes, the complete Festival schedule, full synopses, trailers and information, visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.

2011 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL Action Sports Film Series Lineup
2010 XXL Global Big Wave Awards (2010, 48 minutes, U.S.A.)
Directed by Paul Taublieb, Sam George
Cast: Shane Dorian, Greg Noll, Mark Healy, Greg Long, Keala Kenneally
The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, powered by Monster is the ultimate surfing competition, and has been honoring the greatest achievements and waves in surfing for years. The extreme surf culture and tenacity of these surfers is showcased as they ride the biggest and most challenging waves on earth during one of the greatest big wave seasons in history. There are no bigger waves and there is no bigger competition than the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

At Equilibrium (2010, 32 minutes, Bulgaria)
Directed by Rene Eckert
Snowboarding in Eastern Europe is not a counter-culture symbol like it is in the playgrounds of the affluent — it is about as robust an outlet of personal expression and freedom as you can get. Featuring a stellar lineup of professional snowboard riders, from seven countries this film gives an insight about development of scene and sport in Bulgaria.

The Baja Wave Document (2010, 33 minutes, U.S.A., Mexico)
Directed by Chris Figler
Under threat from mega development, an unlikely alliance of surfers and fishermen fight to protect the unspoiled beauty and life-sustaining bounty of Baja California.

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