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Surf Films at the Oceanside International Film Festival

Oceanside CA– Three-time world surfing champion Cori Schumacher will be in attendance of Surfing Screening block of Oceanside International Film Festival in the evening of Monday, August 4, 2014.

Held August 3 to 10, 2014, Oceanside International Film Festival is an annual event put out since 2009 in San Diego County’s Northernmost city famous for its very consistent surfing conditions, Oceanside. The festival (accepting films until June 16) will publicly screen a great number of unique and independent films, a good mixture from the locals and around the world, including United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Australia, Turkey, the Netherlands, the U.S., etc. Viewers can choose from a variety of specially-themed screening blocks to suit their tastes such as Sci-Fi, Environmental, Sentimental and Emotional Appeal, Serious Dramas, Comedy, Romantic Dramas, Animations, etc. Particularly standing out this year is OIFF-2014’s screening block of Surfing Films including “3mates7seas” from Sydney, Australia; “Waves N’ Craves” from Oceanside”; “Flux: Redefining Women’s Surfing” from Orange, CA; and “Out In The Line-Up” from Bronte, Australia.

3mates7seas” is a full length documentary from Australia about 3 surfers who decided to surf in all 7 seas/oceans of the world. In this comedy-of-errors, 3 Aussie mates, intent on preventing the rise of youth suicide in Australia, began what was supposed to be an inspirational surfing journey around the world. Ill equipped with a supposed ‘5 point plan for success’, they marginally survive car crashes, the Sahara desert, hypothermia and their own stupidity. When accidents, illness and no surf became the rule rather than exception, not only was their motivation to finish at stake, but their sanity, safety and friendships were pushed to breaking point. Eventually having set foot in over 30 countries and marginally surviving car crashes, the Sahara desert, hypothermia and their own stupidity, they did prove something. Luckily they were able to keep laughing, and importantly, they brought it all home on tape. Shot by the characters on their real life journey, the footage is packaged at a cracking pace with animation and humorous hindsight.

Waves N’ Craves” is a short film by Missy Powers and Angela Wong. In this video, combining surfing with (yes!) cuisine, the audience learns about Missy’s two passions. Resident of Oceanside, not only Missy is a food lover, she is also a long time surfer. Images of surfing and preparation of warm and flavorful Tortilla Chicken Soup with Baked Cumin Chips are equally delicious. The producer and production manager of this film, Angela Wong, has also started surfing last year. Waves N’ Craves is shot and produced entirely in Oceanside, CA, and it has been recently airing on KOCT, the Oceanside TV Channel.

Flux: Redefining Women’s Surfing” is a powerful essay documentary by students of Chapman University in Orange, CA, that reveals sexism in the surfing industry. As talent becomes an accessory to beauty, the sexualization of women in surf media creates damaging effects for women surfers everywhere. For fifteen-year-old Kahanu Delovio, the issues created by the media are becoming a hindering force as she pursues her passion for surfing in the waters of Hawaii. A compelling interview with Cori Schumacher, three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion, further articulates the issues as she shares her personal experiences with the damaging surf culture. A message that counteracts the media must emerge—one which tells girls that what they do in the water is more important than how they look. Featuring the voices of female surf icons both past and present, Flux will empower audiences with its call for change and hope for the future. OIFF is particularly excited about this film featuring Cori Schumacher, who lives right “next door” to Oceanside.

Particularly standing out from the surfing films this year is “Out In The Line-Up”, a full length documentary from Bronte, Australia, which also features Cori Schumacher, who has been married to an individual of the same gender for quite a while. The film investigates controversial issues such as the history of homophobia in surfing, the gap between gay culture and surf culture, the issues facing gay women in surfing, the taboo of homosexuality in professional surfing as well as psychological and mental health issues that affect gay people within surfing communities. The story unfolds through the anecdotal descriptions of the film’s lead protagonists, with added excerpts from a wide variety of participants – in order to create a broad coverage of experiences and points of view. Supported by GaySurfers.net, which has more than 5000 members around the world, the filmmakers of this film believe they can improve the image of gay people by showing their passion for surfing and improve the future of our community by showing the diversity that exists in surfing. They are hoping to reach the emerging community prepared to step out of the shadows of secrecy to create a more open and accepting surfing culture.

Oceanside International Film Festival is conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation / OCAF, which is OIFF’s parent entity, the same 501c3 non-profit organization that has conducted Oceanside Days of Arts for 22 years. This year will be the 25th year OCAF has brought quality artistic, visual, performance, and musical arts to Oceanside and the surrounding communities. Its Film Festival showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. All proceeds go towards scholarships and for the purpose of putting out more public events by OCAF.

Film industry guests and audience members alike will appreciate the ocean-infused atmosphere surrounding the city, where the festival is held. Located in the most Northern part of San Diego county and within a short drive from Los Angeles and Orange counties, Oceanside offers miles of sandy beaches ideal for sun-worshiping and surfing. Between screenings, movie aficionados will be able to visit the famous bungalow house featured in “Top Gun” (starring Tom Cruise), the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline, or California Surf Museum to see the shark-bitten board and swim suit worn on the fateful day by pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack and who Soul Surfer film was based on – played by AnnaSophia Robb. All those places are downtown Oceanside within walking distance from OIFF-2014. Oceanside is also home to a harbor bustling with restaurants and entertainment, and to the historic Mission San Luis Rey, the largest building in California when completed in 1700’s and the most prosperous of the state’s 21 missions, thus earning the name “King of the Missions”.

This year festival’s organizational committee and Jury consists of almost 20 film passion-driven individuals, who have been meeting monthly since September 2013 (!) to make sure this year’s August event is another success. Among the submissions are works by independent filmmakers from all over the world. Nearly every continent is represented this year. The committee is excited to have at their disposal two wonderful venues downtown Oceanside for the purpose of publicly screening films. Firstly, it is historic Star Theatre. It was opened in 1956 with capacity for 986 people. Now, with 440 stadium-style seats and no obstructed views, it boasts a “California Historic Landmark” marquee decorated by multi-colored lights, and a beautiful round ticket booth as a centerpiece at the entrance that brings a sweet movie-going nostalgia to many North County’s old timers. Then the audience will get a chance to become familiar with the historic facility of Sunshine Brooks Theatre, built in 1936 originally with 659 seats, now with capacity of 200. The Brooks is the oldest standing theater in Oceanside.

For educational workshops, festival schedule, or complete list of award categories, please go to www.ocaf.info or www.facebook.com/likeOIFF.