Update: 2/12/09 If you missed this movie and are a fan of surf culture be sure to see it when ever you can. I grew up in Santa Cruz so it was a part of my life everyday.
This movie was visually beautiful, humorous and of course has amazing surfing.
Nike Sportswear at The Montalbán presents
Directed by Thomas Campbell
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
CINEMA TUESDAYS at Nike Sportswear at The Montalbán dives into March with the Los Angeles Premiere of The Present on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Returning for an entire year of cinematic events, the highly successful film series will present monthly screenings at Nike Sportswear at The Montalbán, Nike Sportswear’s unique retail and special events theatre in Hollywood. Curated by Flux, CINEMA TUESDAYS has featured premieres and advance screenings of some of the most-talked about films including George Tillman Jr’s Notorious, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla and Justice documentary A Cross The Universe, and celebrated guests have included Spike Jonze, Tom Noonan, Adam Goldberg, Wayne Coyne, Busy P and Shirley Manson. Always free with invitation, 2009 shines with monthly screenings of CINEMA TUESDAYS at Nike Sportswear’s The Montalbán.
Please join us for the Los Angeles Premiere of The Present, the highly-anticipated new surf film by artist, photographer and filmmaker, Thomas Campbell. Presented in conjunction with Blisss magazine and ANP Quarterly, the night will feature a Q&A with Thomas Campbell, and live music with Ray Barbee and Mattson 2. On display will be an art exhibition featuring original works by Thomas Campbell, Kyle Field, Evan Hecox, Steve Keene, Alex Kopps, Serena Mitnik-Miller, and Nathaniel Russell. All members of the press are invited to attend this special event.
Californian artist/photographer/filmmaker Thomas Campbell’s new Super 16mm film, The Present is a colorful and artistic exploration of the beautiful environment surfers play in everyday. Through his uniquely artistic style of filmmaking and intimate city-by-city screenings, Campbell hopes to help keep alive the nearly dead tradition of surfers gathering at a local theater to view a new independent surf film. Like his other films, The Present covers several surfing sub-cultures, and he hand picks some of the sport’s most talented and creative individuals including Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Joel Tudor, Sofia Mulanovich, C.J. Nelson, Ry Craike, Devon Howard, Dan Malloy, Harrison Roach, Kassia Meador, Jacob Stuth, Chelsea Georgenson Hedges, Chris Del Moro, Michel Junod, Ian King, Danny Hess, Alex Knost, and Rob Machado and captures them riding waves in exotic locales around the world from West Africa, Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii, Sumatra and Java. Throw in a funny skit and some exotic overseas travels and you end up with a classic surf film narrative. All of this happens to the backdrop of a timeless, down-tempo soundtrack that has been a hallmark of Campbell’s other works. According to Campbell, The Present’s basic premise is, “Taking a view into our lives as surfers on this planet, and showing that this moment—in our surfing lives right now—is a gift.”
Los Angeles Premiere Tuesday, March 10, 2009
7:00pm: Opening Reception and Art Exhibition with cocktails by Belvedere Vodka.
8:00 pm: Screening + Q&A with Thomas Campbell + Live music with Ray Barbee and Mattson 2.
CINEMA TUESDAYS is a monthly screening series featuring innovative motion pictures and unique live events. From exclusive film premieres, stylish action films and inventive comedies to inspiring tales of urban sport and art, each event will be a fresh, not-to-be-missed experience, be it a sneak peek of an anticipated studio release, Nike-commissioned short films, a celebrated film from international festivals or the return of a seminal classic. Live filmmaker presentations, musical performances and thematic elements are only some of the surprises lined up for an unforgettable evening. CINEMA TUESDAYS takes place at Nike Sportswear at The Montalbán, Nike Sportswear’s unique retail and special events theatre in Hollywood.
Programming for CINEMA TUESDAYS is curated by Flux, a global creative community that celebrates film, art, music, design and culture. Flux is renowned for their acclaimed festivals, film events and quarterly screening series at UCLA’s Hammer Museum.
CINEMA TUESDAYS Press and Media Inquiries
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Photo Credit Information
Horses go to water / West Africa / photo: Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell / Sumatra / photo: Nate Lawrence