You might still be recovering from the madness that was the inaugural SMASH Film Fest 1 but don’t forget to vote for your favorite short surf film sponsored by the amazing people at KIND Snacks. What’s this competition all about? Three indie film troops with a love for surf took on a challenge to write, film and direct a 2 – 4 minute shorty in just 24-hours. At the last minute, the teams were told they had to incorporate an act of kindness into their films. All troops took a different approach resulting in three unique inspiring/funny/beautiful videos.
Watch the three clips below and VOTE NOW until August 31st!
EBB & FLOW
Directors: Thomas Brookins and Davina Grincevicius
Thomas W. Brookins, Jr. is the founder of Earthmovers Video Productions, based in New York. Thomas is an independent writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. In 2010, Shadows of the Same Sun, a documentary feature film uncovering New York City’s underground surf culture and history, opened the New York International Surf Film Festival and was featured at various venues including the Honolulu Independent Film Festival. Thomas earned Best Directorial Debut at the New York International Film Festival in 2011. Currently, Thomas is writing and directing Fire and Water, a piece highlighting a Firefighter and untold New York surf pioneer, Don Eichin, and his legacy. The film reveals the little-known relationship between New York and surfing’s rich history.
A native of Melbourne Australia, Davina Grincevicius moved to New York City 7 years ago and now lives and surfs in Rockaway Beach. She is a co-founder of Lava Girl Surf, which offers surf workshops and lessons designed to inspire and empower women through learning, creativity and community building. She is a freelance broadcast producer and recently launched her own boutique film production company, Staska, which creates online content for lifestyle brands and documents events, travel and surfing culture in New York.
Directors: Nate Best and James Katsipis
Nate Best moved to Montauk in 1996 the same year he took his first class in video editing. He continued to study film and photography at Ithaca College, and has since worked as a freelance filmmaker, photographer, and editor in New York City, DC, and the on East End. He specializes in documentary and photojournalism based work. He is currently working on his first feature surf film titled Scatter due out next year.
James Katsipis was born in Southampton and raised in Montauk, studied photography in high school and college and is a senior photographer at Eastern Surf Magazine. Known for his environmental portraits, he most recently staged a solo exhibition of his #coldwatersurferseries, at Neoteric gallery in Amagansett. The show was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign and featured photos and video shot over in the past winter in New York and Ireland.