This year’s surf film festival includes four highly anticipated Hawai‘i premieres that have been the buzz in surf media. We’ve also included two favorite films by acclaimed surf filmmakers Jack McCoy and Taylor Steele. Each film offers an original perspective on surfing, ranging from a focus on athletic surfers, to a meditation on the connection between surfing and music, and a brand new release about women surfers.
Opening night on Friday, July 10 will feature free Blue Moon and Coors Light beer, courtesy of co-sponsor Contrast Magazine (identification required), and the global cuisine of Da Spot—their overflowing plates of dishes from around the world (Egyptian chicken to Thai curries) are between $7 and $8. Moviegoers can come at 6:00 p.m. for dinner-and-a-movie. Then director Lance Arinaga will introduce his film Icons2 at 7:30 p.m. Expected to attend opening night are surfer pros Hank Gaskell, Jun Jo, Daniel Jones, M ikala Jones, Jason Shibata (who is also the marketing director of festival co-sponsor Contrast magazine), and Nick Mita.
Closing night on Friday, July 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will feature free Primo beer, courtesy of Jackie Walden of Chinatown Boardroom, followed by the Hawaii premiere of Dear and Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea (read more about this film below).
The Honolulu Academy of Arts will raffle off a prized Wade Tokoro surfboard. Everyone who purchases a film ticket will be entered in the raffle. You get additional tickets if you purchase a museum membership. The higher level the membership, the more tickets. Student ($20): 1 additional ticket; national/neighbor island ($40): 3 tickets; individual ($55): 5 tickets; family ($95): 10 tickets; subscriber ($150): 20 tickets; Society of Academy Fellows ($1,500): 50 tickets.
To purchase tickets online for the surf film festival, click here.