This film digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community in Ireland
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 March, 2017 - SLO Film Fest will host the North American premier of Between Land and Sea, directed by SLO Film Fest alum, Ross Whitaker (his short Bye Bye Now screened here in 2010), at its Surf Nite on March 17.
Between Land and Sea chronicles a year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean. This observational feature - at times intimate, at times epic - embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land's end.
"I'm delighted to have the first international screening of my new film at this special event at the SLO Festival," said Whitaker. "I set out to make a different kind of surf film, one that went beyond the hype of some surf films to find the quiet truth of what it means to choose to be a surfer, how it impacts your entire life in myriad different ways. Living at the edge of the Atlantic in Ireland's wild west is hard - rain is heavy, winds are strong and waves are monstrous. But for the right person it's a cold paradise."
Against the backdrop of Ireland's stunning west coast, this film digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community, taking the audience beyond the bluster of the typical adrenaline fueled film to create a very real portrait of those who choose the surf lifestyle. Featuring some of the biggest waves and best surfers in Ireland - as well as a thrilling cameo by Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian - Between Land and Sea succeeds in being exhilarating while giving a moving, humorous and thought-provoking account of the ocean-going natives of West Clare, Ireland.
Irish Big Wave surfer Ollie O'Flaherty will be in attendance, along with the Irish Patagonia surf ambassador, Tom Doidge. Both are featured throughout the film and will be traveling to San Luis Obispo for the Premiere.
The evening will begin with a short called Chandler's Ark, about Scott Chandler's quest to put a record number of dogs on a surfboard and have them catch a wave! It's entertaining, amazing and...no dogs were harmed in the making of that film. A few of the furry surfers may be in attendance as well.
Coast 104.5's Adam Monteil will host the event, and a concert by Second Sight (a band of Hollywood studio executives!) will be on stage at the Fremont after Surf Nite to perform some great 80's rock favorites. There will be a bar in the Fremont lobby serving beer and wine, and possibly a little Irish whiskey too.