Thomas Campbell's new Super 16mm film, The Present is a colorful and
artistic exploration of the beautiful environment surfers play in
everyday. It's his third film and a follow up to the ground-breaking
log movie The Seedling and more recently Sprout. "I am not re-inventing
the wheel or anything, just doing what those filmmakers did back then,"
explains Campbell. "Doing a tour is a long-time tradition in our
culture. It's also the most sure fire way of bringing the film to the
surf community directly, and people love it. ... It's a really nice
Campbell's narrative approach is also very traditional. He hand picks some of surfing's most talented and creative individuals and captures them riding waves in exotic locales around the world. Each film has a general theme, with narration by Campbell himself to help move the viewer forward.
The Present covers several surfing sub-cultures like: surfers riding '60s style surf equipment; modern day hi performance tri-fin short boarding; sustainable surfboard building; and following the evolution of a recent board design movement based on 1,000 year old equipment that ancient Hawaiians rode, called alaias. Throw in a skit with people in costumes riding surfboards with exercise equipment, a coffin or ladders bolted to the decks then add travels to West Africa, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, California and Hawaii and you've got a classic surf film narrative with a timeless, down-tempo soundtrack that has been a hallmark of all of Campbell's works.
Through his uniquely artistic style of filmmaking and intimate screenings---with live music performances to set the mood - Campbell hopes to help keep alive the nearly dead tradition of surfers gathering at a local theater to view a new independent surf film.
Saturday 18 July at 7pm for 8pm start, featuring 'The Band of Frequencies'. The film screening of 'The Present' is followed by more grooving with amazing live music by the Band of Frequencies, who are major contributors to the films' soundtrack. Tom Wegener, Harrison Roach and Jacob Stuth will be present for an after- film Q & A session. This event is fully licensed, strictly 18 plus (no I.D., no entry, no refund) and tickets are $25 including seriously cool lucky door prizes like a strictly limited Screen Print on 200 gram cardboard.
THE PRESENT MOVIE SCREENING & THE BAND OF FREQUENCIES
Date & time: Saturday 18 July, 7pm doors and bar for 8pm start
tickets: $25, strictly 18+
bookings: The Lake -- Kawana or 07 - 5437 1170 or 07 - 54 55 44 55 (mon-sat 10am-4pm) credit card and Eftpos are available
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