DID you know Ireland is holding it's first big-screen festival of surf films and culture, The Shore Shots Irish Surf Film Festival, on March 23rd and 24th in Smithfield, Dublin? This article is plug for the festival.
Without getting too misty-eyed about the event this is a chance to celebrate what the Irish they have on their doorstep, it is after all a country of worthy waves, surfers and photographers. The weekend is not just about film, but also photography and art from the biggest names in Irish surfing, the Shore Shots festival aims to be a two-day gathering of anyone who loves the ocean.
Festival organiser Aidan Ellis said: “We wanted to try and bring together all the different tribes of surfers around Ireland and celebrate the cold-water adventurers who are out there everyday exploring and appreciating the wild Irish coastline. Most Irish surfers have very little interaction with each other so we thought we could get at least some of them all together in one room to share their love of the sea and maybe start planning their next big adventure.”
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This is only going to be a small event, but, the more tickets you buy the more the Lighthouse Cinema will upgrade the event's capacity. There are Irish premieres of four blockbuster surf films starting at 4pm on Saturday with the critically acclaimed Here & Now movie, shot in 24 hours on international surfing day at 25 locations around the globe. Kelly Slater, Dave Rastovich, Ozzy Wright, Alex Knost, Rob Machado all shot by Taylor Steele.
The turf to tuft, homegrown film competition the Shore Shots Short Film Competition follows Slater and the gang. This is a chance for film-makers and surfers around the country to showcase their talents on the big screen in the Light House Cinema. A judging panel of leading Irish surfers and industry veterans will decide on the final selection of short films before voting on the night to decide the winner of a 500 Euro cash prize and a spectacular 3D printed bronze-coated trophy from Irish design house Kovet.
Saturday's films conclude with the hotly-anticipated 3D spectacle that is Storm Surfers 3D -- a first-of-its-kind 3D movie about big-wave surfers (Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time world champion Tom Carroll) risking life and limb in the wild seas around Tasmania and Australia. It’s a thrill-filled, death-defying deep sea adventure that’ll have you gasping for air as our heroes tackle some of the biggest swells on the planet in the European premiere of this critically-acclaimed movie.
Did we mention the photography? All those images you've seen online and in print will be on show in the Light House Cinema. Between them Christian McLeod, Mickey Smith, George Karbus, David Olsthoorn, Roo McCrudden and Sean Lordan have had work published in every surf resource around. They’ve spent the winter underwater and will bring their finest works to Dublin for sale at beyond reasonable prices. Buy Irish and support these artists.
It wouldn’t be Saturday night without a party and there's a session lined up with shenanigans late into the night at the Generator Hostel where we’ll also be hosting Sunday’s talks and movies.
The Surfer’s Lunch takes place at 2pm on Sunday followed by a screening of 180 South, an environmental tale about a journey to Patagonia that inspired Yvon Chouinard to establish the pioneering surf and adventure clothing brand. There’ll be talks about An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme, snacks from our good friends at Shells Cafe in Strandhill and a wholesome pre-screening lunch from the excellent chef at the Generator.
The Sunday afternoon feature is a double bill of award-winning Scandinavian movie North Of The Sun, a heart-warming tale about two friends who spend a winter living in a shack in the furthest reaches of Norway, and Come Hell Or High Water, -- a beautifully-shot movie charting the progression of the sport of bodysurfing in Hawaii by Chris Malloy.
Sunday night’s final big-screen adventure is a special little something laid on by the good people at the Light House Cinema. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with surfing but a movie about Snoop Dogg going on a smoke-filled journey of self-discovery in Jamaica is definitely something that’s close to all our hearts. Reincarnated featuring Snoop Lion? What’s not to love.
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