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NEWS RELEASE: Release date: May 5, 2014
Contact: Beth Bilderback (757) 664 -1017
Nauticus To Host 50th Anniversary Screening of “The Endless Summer”
Norfolk, VA – Get ready for a high-energy Memorial Day weekend event guaranteed to “stoke” surf enthusiasts of all ages! The Global Surf Network (GSN) has partnered with Bruce Brown Films to present the 50th Anniversary to Bruce Brown’s iconic surf film: The Endless Summer.
The City of Norfolk and Nauticus is hosting the inaugural East Coast Surf Film & Music Festival that sets the stage for this memorable summertime surf party. Along with a newly digitized release of the surfer classic The Endless Summer, the festival will feature concerts, presentations by water sports experts, educators and surf film directors, additional surfer film screenings, and much more.
Festival events, which are free and open to the pubic, begin at noon on Saturday, May 24. Musical performances and film screenings will alternate throughout the afternoon, with the new, digitally re-mastered iconic surfer film The Endless Summer shown at 8 p.m. in the Nauticus Theater.
“We’re very excited to be working with Bruce Brown Films to honor Bruce Brown by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Endless Summer,” said Rob Beedie of Global Surf Network. “This documentary surf film inspired surfers to start traveling the world in search of the perfect wave.”
Surf music will be a major part of the weekend festivities, including local band Cha Cha’s Cadillac and Bekah Eden & Friends; and Florida’s Aquanuts Surf Band and world famous, Mojo Collins. Bands will play on the fantail of the Battleship Wisconsin from 12:00 noon until 4:45pm on Saturday.
Three independent surf films will play in the Nauticus Theater beginning at 3:00pm. Films include: Dust, Resin, Water by Troy Cryder from Virginia; Hundred Miles to the End by John Beattie from New York; and Connected to the Sea by Dr. Diane Wehrell-Grabowski from Florida. At 8:00pm, the event will culminate with the East Coast premiere of The Endless Summer.
Jan Van Mecl, Creative Director of Bruce Brown Films said “It is a greatly special moment for us at Bruce Brown Films having seen 50 years of this masterpiece grace a number of different venues, this one being a particularly unique venue. We are humbled to have the Global Surf Network, the City of Norfolk, and Nauticus as our friends from afar in presenting yet another celebratory event of The Endless Summer’s 50th Anniversary.”
Participants in the film and music festival will be given the opportunity to donate to three different organizations that benefit the U.S. military service men and women and veterans: Wounded Warrior Project; Virginia Beach-based, Wounded Wear; and the USS Wisconsin. The iconic movie poster will be available for purchase. All events are open to the public. Limited seating is available in the theater and will be available based on a first-come, first-served basis.
This event is made possible by the Global Surf Networks supporters, sponsors and friends.
For more information on The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Celebration at Nauticus in Norfolk, Virginia, contact Jan Van Mecl at (310) 543-4358 or visit http://www.brucebrownfilms.com or Rob Beedie (757) 633-7445 or www.GlobalSurfNetwork.com.
EVENT WILL BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK AT NAUTICUS
ONE WATERSIDE DRIVE, NORFOLK, VA 23510
Global Surf Network, based in Norfolk, is an Audio Video Film Production Promotion Company that develops Surf Film Festivals ~ Concerts ~ and Private Parties. Past events include the 2007 Shapemakers Tour Festival that was held at the ODU Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, Outer Banks Surf Film Music Festival, Hatteras Island Surf Film Music Festival, Ocracoke Island Surf Film Music Festival. GSN festivals are family oriented events that provide professional entertainment, guest speakers, and Award- Winning International Independent Surf Films that all surfing enthusiasts and their entire families will enjoy. Global Surf Network invites all Hampton Roads businesses to consider supporting this memorable event because we have opportunities for everyone to be involved.
Bruce Brown Films (BBF) is a film production company created nearly 60 years ago that produced a number of lifestyle documentary films, the most notable of which being The Endless Summer (1964) and On Any Sunday (1971), which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature. Today, BBF continues to provide its loyal fan base and general public with filmmaker Bruce Brown’s classic films and associated images for current and future generations to cherish.
Located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, Nauticus is a maritime science museum that explores the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea. Nauticus features hands-on exhibits, marine life, 3D movies, a new Stewards of the Sea exhibit that explores the Navy’s environmental efforts, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the awe-inspiring Battleship Wisconsin–one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy, the Banana Pier Gift Shop, and an on-site restaurant. Nauticus is also home to the Sail Nauticus Sailing Center, the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, and the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises.
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Dusters California commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Endless Summer with our newest collaboration; The Endless Summer cruiser skateboard and longboard. Both boards feature the original iconic film poster art by John Van Hamersveld.
Fifty years ago, filmmaker, Bruce Brown gathered $50,000, a 16mm camera and world class surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson to chase summer around the world, filming what would become the most iconic surf film of all time. This quintessential film made a massive impact not only on the surf and skate community, but on pop culture as a whole, effecting millions over the past fifty years.
Its title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless. Upon its release The Endless Summer triggered the explosion of surfing on worldwide level.
The new Dusters Endless Summer cruiser and longboard are perfect for cruising during your travels as you search for that perfect wave…in the water, or on land.
“Dusters California is rooted in the trailblazing, creative tradition surrounding skateboarding since its earliest days,” says Dusters Creative Director Nano Nobrega. “With roots in California, skateboarding was born among surfers and originally known as sidewalk surfing. It was just something they did to keep the stoke alive on land. That rich skateboard culture has always intertwined with surf and Dusters is proud to pay tribute to such an iconic image, creating these two boards that both surfers and skaters will love.”
Endless Summer Longboard
9.5” x 42”, 29” Wheelbase
Original art by John Van Hamersveld
Inlaid Bottle Opener
Laser etched logo under bottle opener
Color matching hardware and trucks
Clear Broadcast Grip
Slant 180mm Reverse Kingpin trucks
1/8” Riser Pads
Dusters Abec 7 bearings
71mm x 52mm – 83A wheels
Find the nearest Dusters California dealer and learn more about our boards at www.dusterscalifornia.com.
Learn more about Endless Summer at www.brucebrownfilms.com.
About Dusters California
Dusters California originates from the heart and soul of skateboarding. Created in the Southern California cradle of skate and surf culture, Dusters’ skateboard collection embraces that rich heritage through traditional, retro-shaped boards and vintage graphics, built with the latest technology for stability and speed. Dusters California offers a variety of classic longboards and cruisers that embody old school image and feel. Unlike most boards, Dusters boards are crafted in our own premier wood shop and the quality, fit and finish is unrivaled. Dusters California is part of Dwindle Distribution, the world’s largest skateboard manufacturer.
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SHACC and Bruce Brown Films to Create an Exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of “The Endless Summer”
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Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC) is teaming up with Bruce Brown Films to kick off the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the iconic film, The Endless Summer, at Surf Expo, January 9-11, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida.
“We’re very excited to be working with Bruce Brown Films to create an exhibition that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Endless Summer,” said SHACC’s Executive Director, Paul Strauch. “This is the documentary surf film that inspired surfers to start traveling the world in search of the perfect wave.”
The 50th anniversary celebration will kick off on the opening night of Surf Expo, the largest boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world, with an exclusive screening of The Endless Summer featuring live commentary from the movie’s director, Bruce Brown and stars, Robert August and Mike Hynson. Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, star of The Endless Summer II, will host the special movie-screening, tribute event. All Surf Expo exhibitors and attendees are welcome to attend.
The Endless Summer Exhibition at Surf Expo will feature a curated collection of historic photos and memorabilia, including the actual camera and tripod used to shoot the film, original movie flyers, posters, letters, and other items never seen publicly. SHACC will unveil the complete Endless Summer Exhibition on May 3, 2014 during a special gala event at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California. The exhibition will then be moved to SHACC where it will be on display before embarking upon an international tour.
Alex Mecl, Managing Director of Bruce Brown Films said “Bruce Brown Films is excited to be kicking off The Endless Summer’s 50th Anniversary in partnership with Surf Expo and the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. We are extremely pleased to be celebrating with our friends in the surf industry.”
For more information on The Endless Summer 50th Anniversary Celebration and Exhibition, contact Alex Mecl at (310) 543-4360 or visit http://www.brucebrownfilms.com/ or http://www.surfingheritage.org
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WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF ‘THE ENDLESS SUMMER’
Ocean Experience, Ocean Environment, Island Culture Opens January 2, 2014 on Hawai‘i Island
HAWAI‘I ISLAND – The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10. The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres.
As part of its lineup of exceptional films and activities, Ocean Film launches the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer, one of the most popular surf films of all time. In partnership with Bruce Brown Films (BBF), fun launch festivities include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night reception at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on January 2—1960s attire optional. Following the Surfing the Sixties fun, the film will be screened on The Fairmont Orchid’s recently renovated Lehua Theater.
“The Endless Summer is one of the most popular surf films of all time and we are honored to have been asked to launch the 50th anniversary tour,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and director.
Produced in 1964, The Endless Summer introduced the notion of surf adventure travel, leading surfers to travel the world in search of their own perfect wave. The novelty, footage and high-energy musical score mesmerized audiences everywhere. Despite studio distributor’s initial reluctance to carry the film, The Endless Summer went on to become a worldwide box office hit, grossing over $30 million.
Renown 60’s surf photographer and former Reyn’s Spooner CEO Tim McCullough hosts Q&As following the screening of The Endless Summer at 6:30 p.m. January 2 at The Fairmont Orchid and 3:15 p.m. January 10 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. McCullough is one of the festival’s many guest speakers, including M Sanjayan, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Alan Cohen, Auntie Queenie Dowsett, Dawn Lippert, Josh Fox, Zach Weisberg and Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy alum Alison Teal.
In addition to offering films themed to ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling), Ocean Film features films that examine ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films are also screened.
Ocean Film opens on January 2, with films playing simultaneously from January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i January 2-4. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. The pass system enables attendees to enjoy blocks of the festival’s dynamic selection of films, speakers, Breakfast Talks and more—which are richly woven together. Passes and programs are available at the festival hospitality desk January 1-5 at Kahilu Theatre and January 6-10 at Four Seasons Ballroom foyer; hours vary, phone 808-854-6095.
For the latest updates on films, speakers and activities, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Waimea Ocean Film Festival is a 501c3 organization made possible through the support of patrons, sponsors and the community. Mahalo to the 2014 Ocean Film partners: GoPro, SanDisk Foundation, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Holualoa Inn, de Reus Architects, Matson, K2 Imaging, Redwater Café, Sushi Rock, Palani French Bakers, All About Chocolate, Big Island Brewhaus, Maria Peterson Catering, Daniel Thiebaut Catering, Starbucks Coffee, Anna Ranch, HPA, Parker School, HI Luxury, West Hawaii Today, North Hawaii News, Big Island Weekly, The Beach FM and The Wave FM.
Bruce Brown Films (BBF) is a film production company created nearly 60 years ago that produced a number of lifestyle documentary films, the most notable of which being The Endless Summer (1964) and On Any Sunday (1971), which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature. Today, BBF continues to provide its loyal fan base and general public with filmmaker Bruce Brown’s classic films and associated images for current and future generations to cherish. Bruce Brown caught his first wave in 1951 and was the second recipient of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Waterman of the Year Award.