March 30, 2009, New York, NY The New York Surf Film Festival is proud to announce the official 2009 Screening Panel. Comprised of international and local surfers with a wide range of credentials, the panel of editors, filmmakers, artists, shapers and shop owners will judge the NYSFF 2009 Official Selections in the categories of Best Feature Length Film and Best Short Length Film. The "Viewer's Choice Award" will be voted by the audience during the weekend of the festival.
Alex Karinsky is the creator of "NYC Wipeout" - the first NY surfing TV show, and founder of Gotham Surf Club.
Mike Becker is the founder of Nature Shapes Surfboards, the second largest surfboard company in NY.
Todd DiCiurcio is an artist and surfer living in Brooklyn, NY. Acclaimed for his portrait work, he has created a dialogue between art and music with his live drawings.
Alex Dick-Read is the Founding Editor of "The Surfer's Path" magazine, which he started 12 years ago in the UK.
Lewis Samuels is the author of "Power Rankings" and has recently gone rogue with PostSurf.com. In the course of analyzing the greatest surfers on earth, Lewis has become perhaps the most hated man in surfing.
Thad Ziolkowski is the author of "On a Wave" (Grove/Atlantic 2002), a memoir about growing up surfing in Melbourne Beach, Florida during the 1970's.
Jeremy Dean is a FL/NY Surfer who spent six years making the independent feature length documentary "Dare Not Walk Alone" about civil rights and social justice, appearing in theaters across the country in 2008.
Richard Phillips is an artist living and working in New York City. His paintings have been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles and White Cube Gallery in London.
John M. Schultz was born and raised in New York. He is an archivist who maintains a sizable quiver of vintage and contemporary surfboards and is the recipient of two Emmy Awards for his documentary work.
Charlie Bunger, Jr. manages Bunger Surf Shop in Babylon, NY. Bunger Surf Shop is one of the oldest family-owned and operated surf shops in the USA. Charlie lives and surfs on Long Island.
Andrew Kessler has been living and skateboarding in New York City longer than you.
Dave Denis is the main man/stuff maker; a product of the Long Beach, New York surf scene circa 1986.
Tom Parrish is a 70's North Shore shaping God who continues to make magic boards on Maui, where he also practices law when not surfing.
The New York Surf Film Competition is open to independently produced feature-length and short films in the surf genre. In order to be considered for the Festival's Film Competition for U.S and International films, submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2004. The running time for features must be greater than 30 minutes. Films under 30 minutes in length are eligible for participation in the Short Film Program. Submissions are open from January 5 to May 31st, 2009.
The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2009 New York Surf Film Festival are available on the New York Surf Film Festival website at www.NYSurfFilm.com. Information is also available through Don't Drop In, LLC at 917.658.2927, email@example.com, or by regular mail to Don't Drop In, LLC P.O. Box 310361 Brooklyn, NY 11231.
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New York Surf Film Festival
The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The New York Surf Film Festival's aim is to build upon and shape the idea of what a surf movie is, while fostering the growth of this global community in NYC.