2011 Newport Beach Film Festival | Action Sports Film Series

Calling On Others (2010, 27 minutes, U.S.A.)
Directed by Scott LeDuc, Andrew Matthews
Cast: Andrew Matthews, Made ‘Moy’ Rian, Gede ‘Jun’ Juniarta, Made ‘Karbit’ Mariasa, Gede ‘Sodox’ Surya Atmaja Putra
Youth visit a surfing community in Bali to make a film and, along the way, receive education and a scholarship opportunity.

Castles In The Sky (2010, 53 minutes, India, Peru, Vietnam, Africa, Iceland)
Directed by Taylor Steele
Cast: Dane Reynolds, Rob Machado, Dave Rastovich, Jordy Smith, Dan Malloy, Craig Anderson, Tim Curran, Kalani Robb, Mike Losness
Covering such exotic locations as Iceland, Peru, India, and Africa, the surfers travel through these locations with a sense of open-minded awe. We follow their adventures and experience it with them. With never-before seen waves and some of the best surfers in the world contributing their art, passion and athleticism, this is as close to the experience of pioneering new coastlines as you can get without getting on a plane.

Confiskate (2009, 45 minutes, U.S.A.)
Directed by Paul C Barranco
Cast: Andrew White,Tony Winters & Josh Campos
Confiskate features pro skater, Josh Campos along with a handful of his closest friends as they session a hand-rail. The Network ID is a comedic narrative that toys with the synergies between street skaters and a security guard.

Dark Fall (2010, 74 minutes, U.S.A.)
Directed by Alex Dephillipo
Cast: Dean Randazzo, Sam Hammer, Andrew Gesler, Zach Humphries, Clay Pollioni, Mike Gleason, Flynn Novak, Kelly Slater, Kalani Chapman, Keali’i Mamala
Follow a unique group of surfers as they tackle some of the best surf right in their own back yard as well as remote locations across the globe. This film gives a look at the lifestyle of a cold-water surfer as well as the most prestigious time for a East Coast surfer-Fall with music by The Parlor Mob, ASG, Jumpship, Chris Arena, Sabotoge Soundsytem, Dan Dombrowsky, The Bouncing Souls, Bruce Springsteen and more.

Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story (2010, 96 minutes, U.S.A.)
Directed by Zeke Piestrup
Cast: Phil Mahre, Franz Klammer, Billy Kidd, Todd Brooker, Thomas Vonn, Erik Steinberg, John Creel
Bill Johnson’s story is the ultimate Greek Tragedy of an Olympic champion. With his statement, ‘Everyone else is racing for second place’, he quickly became known for his cocky mouth and brash attitude. When he delivered on his promise at the í84 Winter Olympics, he became the first American man to win a gold medal for the U.S. in ski racing. After failing to qualify for the ’88 U.S. downhill team, Johnson officially retired from ski racing. Having exhausted all options, broke and living in an RV, Bill attempted a comeback at 40 years old. Now, with time and his aging body working against him, Bill puts it all on the line in an attempt to get back his family and the life he once had.

Drop Zone: Fiji (2010, 53 minutes, Fiji, U.S.A.)
Directed by Greg Browning
Cast: Alex Gray, Holly Beck, Cheyne Magnusson, Maria Del Mar, Bede Durbidge
Four world-class surfers-turned-divers set off on an adventure as they travel the south pacific. The crew heads out in search of pristine dive locations to chase down some of the most epic surf on the planet. They head to Tavarua to surf the world famous Cloudbreak and scuba dive with bull sharks, vibrant fish, and friendly turtles. The lush environment provides rich entertainment and spawns an unlikely new duo. Through this harrowing experience, the crew gets to know the true Fijian culture by interacting with the islanders as well as the environment they have truly come to appreciate.

Eddie’s Day (2010, 44 minutes, Australia)
Directed by Nick Carroll
Eddie Aikau is one of the greatest big wave riders who ever lived. The universal strength and appeal of “The Eddie” surf contest is a testament to the human spirit it honors and that we all seek to connect with: a life dedicated with meaning, lived with passion, and exited from heroically. The “Eddie” is not just a surf contest. It is an event which doesn’t happen every year, but when it does, there’s nothing like it. Twenty-eight of the world’s finest big wave riders gather at Waimea Bay on the biggest day of the year to ride in Eddie’s tracks. It’s a waterman’s Woodstock with thousands of people sharing the stoke.