Veteran surf filmmaker Taylor Steele hopes to once again redefine the surf movie. Premiering last month on International Surfing Day with the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and in Australia, Steele’s latest film with Nathan Myers, “Here and Now,” is an epic effort to document the world of surfing in a single 24-hour period: May 2, 2012.
The Rockaway Beach Surf Club and The New York Surf Film Festival will host the New York City Premiere on Saturday, July 7th, on an outdoor screen at The Spot at 302 Beach 87th Street in Rockaway Beach, NYC.
Steele has been redefining surf cinema for two decades, ever since his groundbreaking 1992 flick, “Momentum.” It was a low-budget flick that featured Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Ross Williams and Rob Machado but included none of the genre-standard elements, such as slow-mo or narration or plot or water photography. It was groundbreaking, and Steele’s methods were emulated by video makers everywhere.
This time, Steele dispatched 25 cameramen around the world to shoot the likes of Kelly Slater Rob Machado, Stephanie Gilmore, Dave Rastovich, Alex Knost, Ozzy Wright, Conner Coffin, Matt Meola and others to make “Here and Now.” This project brings together shapers, photographers, legends, beginners, third world, first world and surf world. Some found epic waves. Others couldn’t find a ripple. It’s all part of the surfing experience, ultimately showing the best place to be is here and now.
When asked about his new film, Steele recently told a reporter, “I think there just needs to be an emotional attachment to the surfer, however you get that, so that when you watch the surfing you can relate to that person or you’re rooting for them, in a way. In this film, it’s an overall attempt to humanize these athletes and make their lives more relatable. The surfing is almost secondary, in terms of what’s entertaining. It’s just a real intimate view of what these lives are like.”
The film will be preceded by a live performance from legendary local surf punk band The Supertones. Sixpoint Brewery, Vita Coco, and Kanon Organic Vodka in collaboration with DiCosmo’s Ices, will be providing complimentary beverages. Roberta’s will be selling a selection of pizzas from their mobile pizza oven.
Doors will open at 7:00 pm; The Supertones will perform at 7:30 pm; and “Here & Now” will screen at 9:00 pm. Admission price is $12.
Tickets are available at: http://hereandnownyc.eventbrite.com