June 23, 2017

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Special guests throughout fest include Carissa Moore, Taylor Steele, and Ben Aipa; annual skateboard film showcase also runs July 14 and 15

WHAT: Honolulu Surf Film Festival
WHEN: July 1-August 2, 2017
TICKETS: Regular screenings: $12, $10 museum members. Free for youth 18 and under at the door.
INFO: 532-6097,, (publishable)
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HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The Honolulu Museum of Art launched its Honolulu Surf Film Festival in 2008 with seven films shown over two weeks—and it struck a chord with island surfers. The second year the festival’s opening night sold out. Ten years later, the festival is now a month long with a whopping 18 feature films and seven shorts. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Nordstrom, hospitality sponsor Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. Additional support provided by Kona Brewing Company, Subaru Hawaii, HONOLULU Magazine and Surf News Network.

While the festival doesn’t have a theme, each year trends in surf filmmaking emerge. El Niño 2015-2016 produced some of the best waves in surfing history, and there was no shortage of filmmakers to document the events. The films Nervous Laughter, Distance Between Dreams, and Vertical Lines—all released within the past year—feature the some of the world’s craziest bravest surfers taking on these behemoths.

Each Thursday evening during the festival, the museum pays tribute to classic surf films, including a screening of John Severson’s Pacific Vibrations on July 13. Severson, who passed away May 26, was a Hall-of-Fame surfer, artist, filmmaker, and founder of SURFER Magazine. The museum honors the late surf icon by making the screening free. Seating will be first come, first served.

Surf films are moving beyond shredder-in-paradise showcases thanks to emerging auteurs such as British director Peter Hamblin’s mockumentary Let’s Be Frank, screening July 13, 18, and 22.

Special guests will make appearances throughout the festival. After the opening night screening of Proximity on July 1 local surfer and journalist Daniel Ikaika Ito will moderate a post-screening discussion with director Taylor Steele. On July 8, three-time world champion Carissa Moore will introduce one of her favorite surf films—Given. Bay Area director Mark Gunson will discuss his feature Great Highway on July 22 and 23.

As is tradition, the festival closes out with a classic surf film followed by a panel discussion with legends of surf. This year’s film is Bud Browne’s Going Surfin’, and talking story after the film are Reno Abellira, Clyde Aikau, Ben Aipa, Joey Cabell, Jeannie Chesser, Peter Cole, Kimo Hollinger, Randy Rarick, and Jock Sutherland. Every year many consider closing night to be the most memorable event of the festival, so people are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance.

New this year: Audience choice awards
Throughout the month audiences can vote for their favorite surf films of the festival, and the winners of the audience-choice awards will be announced before the closing-night screening of Going Surfin’ July 30.

HI Sk8 Films Short Showcase, July 14-15
The fifth HI Sk8 Films Shorts Showcase drops in on the Honolulu Surf Film Festival July 14 and 15 to present a series of short films filled with heavy stunts and high-speed hijinks. The festival programming also includes the HI Sk8 Art Show Cuz We Bored—on view at the Art School June 23-July 10—and a concert featuring indie-folk artist Matt Costa on July 15.

Full Schedule

Directed by Taylor Steele. USA. 2017. 55 min.
Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 19 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m.
After 2013’s Missing, Taylor Steele is back with this intimate portrait of modern surfing. The film follows eight of the world's best—four legends and four rising stars—as they search for new waves and deeper understanding in exotic destinations. From 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and current champ John Florence, to big wave icon Shane Dorian and breakthrough performer Albee Layer, these are the definitive talents from every aspect of the sport. Six-time women's champ Stephanie Gilmore, radical activist Dave Rastovich, and style masters Rob Machado and Craig Anderson complete the cast.

Opening reception:
July 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
$30 | $25 museum members
The museum kicks off a month of surf films with live music, pūpū, and drinks for purchase. Proximity screens at 7:30 p.m. followed by a post-screening discussion with director Taylor Steele moderated by local surfer and journalist, Daniel Ikaika Ito.


Focus on Iceland: The Accord + Under an Arctic Sky
Sunday, July 2 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11 at 1 p.m.
Watch two films that about surfers willing to brave Iceland’s cold waters and tempestuous weather to find the perfect wave.

The Accord
Directed by RC Cone. Iceland. 2016. 19 min. Icelandic and English with subtitles.
Heiðar Logi Elíasson and Elli Thor journey through Iceland while dealing with “that drunk bastard” the North Atlantic Wind to ride sublime breaks.

Under an Arctic Sky
Directed by Chris Burkard. USA / Iceland. 39 min.
Six surfers set sail along the frozen shores of Iceland, knowing that the worst storm to hit the country in 25 years is about to arrive. Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas, they discover perfect waves and make history by surfing under the Northern Lights.


Directed by JP Veillet. Canada. 2016. 48 min.
Sunday, July 2 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 6 at 1 p.m.
Frio is a heartwarming film about two up-and-coming Nicaraguan surfers, Kevin Cortez and Jackson Obando. The longtime childhood friends—and podium rivals—embark on a surf trip that goes from tropical to icy waters. However, suiting up head-to-toe in a full body wetsuit to brave the frigid waters of British Columbia, Canada, is not the only their only first. From the moment they say goodbye to their families and step on to the plane they begin to learn the meaning of the term “culture shock.” The documentary is both endearing and at times even comical, as the film crew does its best to capture their childlike curiosity as well as every life changing moment, from the good to the bad.

—Screens with—

On Days Like These We Must Surf
Directed by Jake Kovnat. Canada. 2016. 8 min.
Lovable wild man Larry Cavero lives for surfing the ice-cold Great Lakes in this short doc about the burgeoning surf scene around Toronto, Canada.

Directed by Jordan Halland. USA. 2016. 10 min.
Across the U.S., river surfing communities are popping up. This is due, in part, to cities cleaning and reclaiming their river waterfronts. Years ago Missoula, Montana, cleaned its section of the Clark Fork River, clearing the way for Montana's first surf community. Kevin Brown and Luke Rieker, owners of the surf shop Strongwater, sit at the helm of this unexpected group and the future of the sport.


Singlefin: yellow
Directed by Jason Baffa. USA. 2003. 70 min.
Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Singlefin: yellow is director Jason Baffa's (One California Day, Bella Vita) first independent film. The cult classic was shot on 16mm film and brought a spin to the surf-film genre by using a surf board as the main character.

South Bay shaper and surfer Tyler Hatzikian shapes a yellow, single-fin longboard that is inspired by the boards of the late 1960s and sends it on a round-the-world tour with an eclectic crew of surfers (Devon Howard, Beau Young, David Kinoshita, Daize Shayne, Bonga Perkins) who each ride it, then pass it on, until it makes its way back to Tyler in Los Angeles.

—Screens with—

Directed by Sky Bruno. Hawai‘i. 2017. 6 min.
Local filmmaker Sky Bruno profiles local shaping company Tokoro Surfboards.


Warm Waters
Friday, July 7 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 9 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Surfers find warm-water waves in Central America, the Caribbean, and a mysterious island.

Inna di Caribbean
Directed by Arthur Bourbon. French Antilles. 2016. 20 min. French with English subtitles.
Filmmaker and free surfer Arthur Bourbon travels through the Lesser Antilles Islands.

Pedro’s Bay
Directed by Eddie Obrand. USA. 2017. 20 min.
One brave traveler sets out on an extraordinary journey to discover a secret, faraway paradise.

Las Olas
Directed by Joel Sharpe. Australia. 2016. 44 min.
Las Olas explores what it means to be a surfer. Through the eyes of six local surfers, viewers journey through Central America and discover the joy of surfing. For such a simple act of sliding over a wave, whole lives and landscapes change. 


Directed by Jess Bianchi. USA. 2016. 84 min.
Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 16 at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1 at 1 p.m.
Kaua‘i surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin (Singlefin: yellow) set off on a year-long global adventure with a toddler and a newborn. Follow their globetrotting in this cinematically stunning film, told through memories of their six-year-old son—Given.

They travel through 15 countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations. Set in wave after wave of stunningly visual earthscapes, The film blooms into a tender yet stirring exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his familial bonds and their reverence for nature. Deeply moving, Given gives us the humbling contrast of a small voice voyaging through a big world as it finds its way home again.

Film sponsor: Subaru Hawaii.

July 8 at 1 p.m.: Three-time world champion surfer Carissa Moore will speak briefly to introduce the film and be available for a meet and greet after the screening.

—Screens with—

Winter the Grommet
Directed by Stefan Hunt. USA. 2017. 5 min.
The inspiring true story of a grommet named Winter and how he made a difference.


Surf like a Girl
Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
A collection of shorts focused on women’s nurturing relationship with the ocean and the trials and tribulations of surfing while female.

Total runtime: 103 minutes.

Stephanie Gilmore: The Tempest
Directed by Jon Frank. Australia. 2016. 5 min.
Stephanie Gilmore (Proximity) in the waters of Indonesia.

Directed by Fran Miller. Australia. 2016. 3 min.
The film showcases three of the world's most talented up-and-coming female longboarders—Roisin Carolan, Ivy Thomas and Hallie Rohr.

Directed by Tay Steele. USA. 2017. 17 min.
From Hawai‘i to Tahiti, Lumière takes us behind the lens of North Shore photographer Amber Mozo, to find what the ocean gives to her in spite of what it took away.

Sliding into Light
Directed by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Simon Beins. USA. 2017. 6 min.
A meditation on loss, renewal, and our connection to the sea featuring local surfer Crystal Thornburg-Homcy.

Pear Shaped
Directed by Lauren Hill. Australia. 2017. 6 min.
Surfing tends to take itself pretty seriously, and women’s surfing carries the extra burden of not only having to be serious, but also be sexy.

World Peace Wet Dream
Directed by Jem Goulding. USA/Israel. 2017. 4 min.
An 8mm experimental nonfiction film following Tal, a young surf fanatic doing her required military service in “the dead zone” by the Dead Sea.

Way East
Directed by Mathias Kögel. Germany/Japan. 2016. 21 min.
Two sportswomen, Aline Bock and Lena Stoffel, carve a path through the snowy mountains of Japan to find perfect waves.

Lettre à ma Mer
Directed by Mégane Murgia. France. 2017. 40 min. French with English subtitles.
The film follows three women, through the changing seasons, depicting their lives and relationships that the ocean and surfing have on their everyday lives in the beautiful coastal village of Finistère. Sophie is a young mother passionate about surfing, Annabel is a young artist inspired by the sea and Clementine is a globetrotter who is exploring waves around the world.


Nervous Laughter
Directed by Dan Norkunas. USA. 2017. 87 min.
Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 14 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.
When winter swells collide with a chunk of reef off the north shore of Maui, massive waves up to 60 feet rise and crash to create the best big wave on earth. It’s called Pe‘ahi, or Jaws, and every year it attracts dozens of elite surfers from around the world. More and more, however, it’s a local crew of childhood friends that followed each other into the Jaws lineup as teenagers that steal the show. Through peer pressure and rivalries, they have pushed each other to unprecedented performances. Then came the El Niño of 2016, which promised to serve up the largest swells in big-wave history. Follow the crew for an inside look at a season rife with nerves, injury, triumph and friendship.


Let’s Be Frank
Directed by Peter Hamblin. South Africa / UK. 2016. 50 min.
Thursday, July 13 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Director Peter Hamblin, part of a new wave of auteur surf film, created this award-winning mock-doc exposé—a wildly hilarious and entertaining satire on the double life of South African surfer Frank Solomon. He’s a man who will let nothing get in the way of his dream of being a pro surfer. He battles waves, attacks problems head on and busts down barriers. His many complex facades are a source of intrigue for our narrator, an inquisitive aristocrat. The conspirator guides viewers through mirrored worlds of fact and fiction, proposing wild theories and exposing a realm that lies somewhere between reality and what we are continuously told to believe.

Let’s Be Frank draws together a cast of iconic surfers—including John Florence, Jamie O’Brien and Pat O’Connell—and actors such as Cokey Falkow (Penny Dreadful) and Michael Redmond (Vikings), to tell a genre-busting, multi-layered story of big wave hold downs, back street beat-downs and North Shore show-downs.

—Screens with—

Palmera Express
Directed by Eddie Obrand. USA. 2015. 15 min.
Inspired by films like The Endless Summer, director Eddie Obrand tells the story of four surfers traveling to the North Shore for the first time.

Bruce Gold: The Last of the Great Surfing Hippies
Directed by Anders Melchior. South Africa / Norway. 2016. 8 min.
Bruce Gold has managed to survive for almost 50 years in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, without having a job. He is among the last of a dying breed of surfers who have dedicated their lives to riding waves.


Pacific Vibrations
Directed by John Severson. USA. 1970. 92 mins.
Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The museum brings this classic back in honor of director John Severson, who passed away in May.

This classic is often referred to as “Woodstock on a wave,” and takes us from California to Hawai‘i with surfing legends Bill Hamilton and Corky Carroll—along with Severson—as they continue their endless search for the perfect wave. Also in the lineup are Jock Sutherland, Rolf Aurness, David Nuuhiwa, Merv Larson, Jeff Hakman, Mike Tabeling, Rick Griffin, Angie Reno, Brad McCaul, Spyder Wills, Mickey Dora, Chuck Dent and Steve Bigler. Rarely seen on the big or small screen, Pacific Vibrations is a visual feast with a killer ’70s soundtrack featuring Cream; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Steve Miller and more.


Distance Between Dreams
Directed by Rob Bruce. USA. 2016. 62 min.
Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 2 at 1 p.m.
The most historic year in big wave surfing comes to life through the eyes of iconic surfer Ian Walsh, as he sets mind and body in motion to redefine the upper limits of what’s considered rideable. With massive El Niño–powered swells building across the Pacific, Ian, Shaun, D.K. and Luke Walsh band together in a way only brothers can to progress surfing to unimaginable heights.

—Screens with—

A Surfer's Passion: The Story of Maya Gabeira
Directed by John Urbano. Germany/Brazil. 2017. 14 min.
Brazil’s hard-charging female big wave surfer talks story about her home country and her brush with death at Nazaré.


Surfers’ Blood
Directed by Patrick Trefz. USA. 2016. 58 min.
Thursday, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Surfers' Blood tells the universal story of true individuals that share deep bloodlines connected to the sea. Learn about the old world fishing history of the rugged Basque Coast via oar and surfboard shaper Patxi Oliden. In San Francisco, Swedish-American designer Thomas Meyerhoffer, who led the team that created Apple’s iMac forerunner eMate, is reshaping the surfboard with exploratory designs. Get a look at the exhibition Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding, which was on view at San Diego’s Mingei Museum and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and was organized by independent curator and surfer Richard Kenvin. Finally, Trefz movingly tells the story of three-time Mavericks big wave champ Darryl “Flea” Virostko's struggle to overcome an almost fatal meth addiction and the bittersweet loss that came with it.

—Screens with—

A Road Through Galicia
Directed by Luke Pilbeam. UK/Spain. 2016. 8 min.
Following in the footsteps of a thousand other travelers, surfer Mike Lay and friends set off on the road west to Galicia. With a diverse quiver and open minds, they explore the countless coves of northwestern Spain, as they discover what it means to travel.


Morning of the Earth
Directed by Alby Falzon and David Elfick. Australia. 1972. 79 min.
Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
An ode to the soul-surfer lifestyle and early 1970s counter culture, Morning of the Earth is considered one of the most influential surf films of all time. Set to a legendary soundtrack by music producer G. Wayne Thomas, Albert Falzon’s crystal-clear cinematography revealed the pioneering spirit of a generation of surfers such as Michael Peterson, Terry Fitzgerald, and Nat Young. They prized personal freedom, tuned into their natural environment, and embraced surfing as a way of life. Without the need for a narrator, the film visually evokes the quest for the ultimate untouched surftopia, as surfers journey across Australia's Northeast coast, Bali, and Hawai‘i. Falzon’s portrayal of all things pure and simple remains a testament to its time and has passed on an enduring spirit to surf culture, surf music, and surf lifestyle. As Surfer Magazine put it, Morning of the Earth is “about the Garden of Eden, plus waves, minus serpent.”


Indo Past and Present
Friday, July 21 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26 at 1 p.m.
Two films give us a look at Indonesian surf odysseys—in the 1980s and today.

Secrets of Desert Point
Directed by Ira Opper. USA / Indonesia. 2017. 44 min.
In the early eighties, while sailing in crude leaky boats off remote Lombok Island in Indonesia, young California surfer Bill Heick and his friends stumbled across the perfect wave hidden on remote Lombok Island. As treacherous as it was beautiful, this motley crew of modern-day surf argonauts named it Desert Point for its dry forbidding nature. These pioneers kept their treasure off the map for more than a decade and made it their life's mission to surf uncrowded Desert Point at the highest level possible.

South to Sian
Directed by Dustin Humphrey. USA / Indonesia. 2016. 53 min.
In a time where there are fences around everything, and we are denied the instinct of self-preservation, it is difficult to find a place free from rules and restrictions, but not yet impossible. Surf movies come and go, a million waves in exotic locations and surfers flown in for three-day shoots on perfect swells, but the spirit of adventure never dies. What began as a three-month trip to a collection of surf breaks off the beaten track turned into a two-year odyssey of exploration, injury, companionship and 4,000km of two-wheeled, single-finned escape from the real-world burdens of modern life. Harrison Roach and Zye Norris pack their bags, a diverse quiver of boards, two bikes and a 50-dollar tent into a 1970s Land Rover and embark on an epic quest from the southern reaches of Bali, through the Indonesian archipelago to Northern Sumatra’s isolated Lagundri Bay. On boards, on bikes, by boat and four-wheel drive, the pair’s journey is to discover if, in these days of GPS and Wi-Fi, the dream of a true pioneering surf adventure is still alive.


Adventures Beyond
Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 1 p.m.
These three creative films take surf cinema across all boundaries.

Dream Steeple
Directed by Eddie Obrand. USA. 2016. 28 min.
A new surfing thriller documenting the journeys of a group of up-and-coming surfers.

The Adventures of NASASA
Directed by Ian Lewis. USA. 2016. 12 min.
The intrepid crew of the National Aeronautics Space and Surfing Administration, or NASASA, search the distant solar systems of our galaxy for water-covered worlds.

The Zone
Directed by Jack Coleman. USA / Australia. 2016. 36 min.
Jack Coleman’s psychedelic surf odyssey takes a look at a different breed of surfers and their creative creed.


Great Highway
Directed by Mark Gunson. USA. 2017. 90 min.
Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Great Highway traces the roots of Bay Area surfing from past to present and explores the changes that time reveals. The history is told by those who live it, from the lifeguards at Fleishhacker Swimming Pool in the 1940’s to kids growing up surfing today.

For more than sixty years people have surfed the San Francisco Bay Area far from the limelight reserved for the Southern California surf culture. Much like the city of San Francisco, the surf culture of Northern California is full of character, offering its own perspectives on the history and the future of surfing.

Director Mark Gunson will give a post-screening talk on both dates.


The Aloha Project + Fish People
Sunday, July 23 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.
See three films that articulate the relationship between man and sea.

Directed by Matt Lutrell. Hawai‘i. 2017. 4 min.
Hawai‘i bodysurfing legend Mark Cunningham stars in this short by Trim Magazine founder and editor Matt Lutrell with Tahitian water cinematography by Daniel Russo.

The Aloha Project
Directed by Ryan Moss. Hawaii. 2016. 39 min.
Photographer and filmmaker Ryan Moss followed thrill seekers and dreamers along Hawai‘i’s rugged coastlines and jagged mountain spines to create his “tribute to these people and this majestic place.”

Directed by Keith Malloy. USA. 2017. 49 min.
Keith Malloy’s latest tells the stories of people who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a long-distance swimmer and a former coal miner, this unique cast of characters reveal the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness.


Second Souffle
Directed by Tombottom. France / Morocco. 2016. 52 min. French with English subtitles.
Thursday, July 27 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
Set in Morocco, Second Souffle follow six surfers as they discover more about the country and themselves through surf. Edouard Delpero and Vincent Duvignac look for a chance to recharge and renew between competitions. Moroccan surfers Youssef Drouich and Selim Barkat are looking to use surfing as a way to modernize their country. Adrien Valéro and Heremoana Luciani are French surfers looking for a foothold in Morocco’s hidden beaches.

—Screens with—

Journey to the End of the Night
Directed by Patrick Trefz. USA/France. 2017. 10 min.
Filmmaker Patrick Trefz (Surfers’ Blood) presents a new short shot on 16mm in Paris. Bet you’ve never seen a surf film that references Céline’s seminal novel before.


The Endless Summer
Directed by Bruce Brown. USA. 1966. 92 mins.
Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The ultimate surfari on the big screen! Long considered a timeless classic, The Endless Summer sees legendary filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown and surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August cross the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the gigantic waves at Waimea Bay, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime. When the film first played in theaters, audiences lined up to see it again and again and mainstream film critics hailed it as a masterpiece, with Roger Ebert famously quipping "the beautiful photography […] almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn't been trying too hard." The Endless Summer ignited the imaginations of surfers and surf filmmakers everywhere and remains the archetypal tale of surf exploration.


Vertical Lines + Alternative Surf Craft
Friday, July 28 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
This programs profiles California surfers and their craft.

Vertical Lines
Directed by Perry Gershkow and Kyle Buthman. USA. 2016. 38 min.
From the frigid waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, to the rocky coastline of San Luis Obispo County, this film takes audiences on a journey throughout the 2015-2016 El Niño. Featuring Nat Young, Nate Tyler, Austin Smith-Ford, Noah Wegrich and Nic Hdez.

Alternative Surf Craft
Directed by Josh Pomer. USA. 2016. 36 min.
Alternative Surf Craft profiles surfers on the edge of the sport. These surfers carve their own path riding unique and alternative surf craft. Featuring Tom Curren, Dane Reynolds, Joel Tudor, Beau Young and Trevor Gordon.


Going Surfin’
Directed by Bud Browne. USA. 1973. 30 min.
Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
$30 general admission, $25 museum members
The Bud Browne Film Archives returns to the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, bringing it with Browne’s 16mm epic classic, Going Surfin’. This film is unavailable on downloads or DVDs. The only opportunity to view it is when it is shown publicly by the Bud Browne Film Archives, and this year Anna Trent Moore pulls it from the vault to celebrate the Honolulu Surf Film Festival’s tenth anniversary!

Bud Browne’s last film is a visual feast featuring Gerry Lopez at his finest, surfing epic Pipeline filmed for the first time inside the tube. On hand at this closing-night event will be guests of honor Reno Abellira, Clyde Aikau, Ben Aipa, Joey Cabell, Jeannie Chesser, Peter Cole, Kimo Hollinger, and Randy Rarick.

—Screens with—

The Surfer’s Journal: Bud Browne
Directed by Ira Opper. USA. 1996. 23 min.
Ira Opper profiles the father of surf cinema in this segment from The Surfer’s Journal series.

Inaugural film awards
At this year’s festival the museum presents awards for best feature and short to be chosen by the audience, who can cast their vote at any screening. The museum announces the winners on closing night.

Closing reception: July 30, 6-7:30 p.m.: The festival closes with live music, pūpū, and drinks for purchase. Going Surfin’ screens at 7:30 p.m.

Also in July

Ron Artis II: Love is Love
Sunday, July 9 at 7 p.m.
$30 general admission, $25 museum members
Local talent Ron Artis II returns to the Doris Duke Theatre with a new thematic show inspired by love's purity and healing power. Cellist Josh Nakazawa of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra joins Artis on stage as a special guest performer along with Stevon Artis (drums), Riley Pa’akaula (bass), and Reid DeFever (percussion). This concert includes the debut of Artis' new song “Love is Love,” performed on ‘ukulele with a class of musical students.

Ron is joined by his mother Victoria Artis. July 9 is Victoria's birthday, so Artis will share some of their musical history.

HI Sk8 Films Shorts Showcase 2017
July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
July 15 at 1 p.m.
See what local skate filmmakers have shot for the fifth skate film showcase.

Opening reception: July 14 at 6 p.m. Enjoy live music and skate art. Food and beer available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. The shorts showcase screens at 7:30 p.m.

HI Sk8 Concert: Matt Costa
Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
In collaboration with RVCA
$25 general admission, $20 museum members
In celebration of five years of HI Sk8 Films, the museum is delighted to welcome singer-songwriter Matt Costa to our stage. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, California, Matt began his musical career with five independent releases before being signed on to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. Since then, he has continued his career with composing the score for the documentary Orange Sunshine and independently releasing five EPs. The heart of his style is indie folk rock, but Matt is now returning to the studio, embarking on his first full LP in almost five years. There is a classic sound and focus reminiscent of Tom Petty and early Elvis Costello, complete with a strong back beat discovered with his rollicking touring band, and an acoustic side that plays out as some of Matt's best individual stories put to tape.

Family Film Sunday: Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017
July 16 at 11:10 a.m. + 1 p.m.
The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Audiences can join them as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!

Total runtime: 64 min. Appropriate for all ages.

Erin Shea, USA, 2016, animated, 2016, 3:11 min, no dialogue
A playful musical journey from the subatomic to the galactic that touches on science ideas including wave particle duality, evolution and pollination.

The Sled
Olesya Shchukina, Russia, animated, 2016, 4:19 min, no dialogue
The little squirrel finds something he has never seen before. Winner of CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Storytelling

I Am Not a Mouse
Evgenia Golubeva, UK, animated, 2015, 2 min, in English
Every time Lucy is called “Mouse” by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is she going to do?

Konigiri-Kun Shopping
Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animated, 2015, 5 min, no dialogue
Konigiri-Kun is a small rice ball who lives in a food case. One morning, he sets out to shop for sesame seeds, and has a lot of adventures along the way.

Silence! For Pete’s Sake!
Kai Pannen, Germany, animated, 2015, 7:39 min, no dialogue
Mr. Bumble would like to take a little nap. But it’s hard, because his friends are making so much noise!

Rawan Rahim, Lebanon/France, animated, 2015, 7:45 min, no dialogue
A shy girl develops empathy for others which helps her break outside of her shell. Winner of the CFFS Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film

Nathan Jurevicius, Lithuania/Canada/Australia, 2016, 7 min, in English
A young girl from a family of “Face Changers” takes a journey to a mountain to alter the direction of the wind.

Little Stone Lion
Tang Chen, Taiwan, animated, 2016, 6:58 min, no dialogue
A little stone lion determined to prove his great ability in being a temple guardian, tries to chase a hungry cat who is munching on offerings on the altar table. But the two foes soon wind up as friends. Winner of the CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film

Mimi & Liza: Farewell Color Grey
Katarína Kerekesová, Slovakia, animated, 2013, 7:18 min, in Slovak with English subtitles
Mimi, a blind girl, and her best friend Lisa help their colorless neighbor find joy in colors.

Moon Wolves
Nima Yousefi, Sweden, animated, 2016, 12 min, no dialogue
Every night, the Moon Wolves stare at the moon. But one night, their longing grows so intense they must do something. They must go there.

Doris Duke Theatre information:
The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors on Kina‘u Street one half-hour before each film screening and concert.

Film tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of screening, beginning one half-hour before each showing, or online in advance.

Film admission: $12 general admission; $10 museum members; free for children 17 and under at the door.

Matinee Rewards Card: Pick one up at the theater box office. When theatergoers attend three matinees, they receive free admission to a fourth screening. Or they can bring three friends to a single matinee and receive free admission to a future screening. The free screening pass is valid for three months.

Concession stand: In the lobby, visitors can purchase classic movie snacks and locally made goodies ($2-$6). Drinks include coffee, hot tea, Perrier, Bai, Bundaberg Ginger Beer, and bottled water ($2-$4.5).


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About the Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i.


Honolulu Museum of Art: 900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu Museum of Art School: 1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center: 999 Bishop Street
Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre: 901 Kinau Street (at rear of museum)


Honolulu Museum of Art: Tues–Sat 10 am–4:30pm; Sun 1–5 pm; closed Monday.
Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House: Tues–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun noon–4pm

Admission (permits entry to both museums on the same day):
$20 general admission; $10 Hawai‘i residents and active duty military living in Hawai‘i; children 18 and under are free.

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