2007 WINNING FILMS - This Page Suffered a fatal Crash in 2007 - Apologies for the incomplete
A Fish Tale - Western Australia
In the race for oil… voices from the deep cry out to be heard.
The beauty of Western Australia’s Rottnest Island is matched only by its uniqueness. Home
to many species of tropical fish, some from as far south as Antarctica, it is a place one would
presume a heritage site. This documentary shows the diversity, the beauty and the rarity of
this unique place. It also tells the story of how greed is destroying this environment and how
many fish and other marine animals may be under threat, as the race for new oil deposits
gathers momentum. Interviews with leading experts on the marine environment, coupled with
exquisite footage, tell an emotional tale of commerce over what we value most.
So what lurks below Western Australia’s Rottnest Island ? tropical fish, whales, other marine
animals, and a lot of oil. As the race for new oil deposits gathers momentum, voices from
the deep cry out to be heard. But they can’t be heard through the sound waves generated
by exploration, greed, and the effects of oil on the environment. This community of experts
on the marine environment reminds us that it isn’t just the bad driving of oil tankers that
causes oil spills; your driving did.
Sharks: Stewards of the Reef - Polynesia
Writer: David McGuire Director: Holiday Johnson
Few of us have the fortune to swim with sharks. Diving the remote reefs of Polynesia, we
experienced the grace and beauty of shark. Like the ancient Polynesians, we learned to
respect, not fear sharks, and we learned the importance of sharks to the ocean ecosystem.
We know they must be protected.
"Sharks: Stewards of the reef," examines threats to sharks, their importance ecologically and
how we can protect these important ocean predators
South Wind on Hilton Beach - Israel
Writer: Karin Kalner
The story begins with Dr. Dorian Peskovich, a Jewish American surfing champion from
Hawaii who, surfing on the waves of Zionism, introduced the first surfboards to the Frishman
Beach gang in Israel. This band of guys were the mythological lifeguards of the sixties, who
went on to become the first surfers and together with their children, transformed surfing into
an escape from the Israeli reality. They found their freedom in the waves and sea.
The film documents their metamorphosis from outsiders fighting for their right to surf until
their peak at the European championship. They captured the adoration of youngsters, set
the tone in fashion and music and were the cultural icons of the late eighties.
Like the waves themselves, these surfers rose and fall. It is also a film about the Israeli
character and the need to escape it.
Heart of a Soul Surfer - Hawaii
Producer and Director - Becky Baumgartner
A simple teenager from a small island community becomes a beacon of hope after a 14 foot
shark takes her arm. This film digs deep into the heart of strong young woman to get back
on her surfboard just a few weeks later, and win the 2005 NSSA National Surf
Championships. She finds her purpose in life to inspire others through her faith in God.
Favela Surf Dreams - Rio de Janeiro
Dean Hammer 6 minutes
A notorious slum in Brazil is turning out some superb young wave riders.
Joy Ride - Hawaii & Mainland
Surfing was invented more than 500 years ago by the Hawaiians, but only members of the
royalty were allowed to stand up on longboards. Commoners used much shorter Papio
Boards, and rode on their bellies. It is the same today, and this film documents the
fascinating history and sociology of bodyboarding with historical photos, interviews, and
recent HD footage that goes deep into the barrel, with radical maneuvers, and aerial
gymnastics including Leila Alli getting barreled at the Pipe, and Mike Steward at giant Jaws.
The Dangerous Archipelago - Sea Kayaking French Polynesia -Jon Bowermaster
The Tuamotus are a 1000 mile stretch of coral reef known for it's Black Pearls and sharks.
A 5 week exploration of the health of the reefs and the lives of the people who live and
depend on these most-remote atolls to discover that a way of life, both culturally and
environmentally, is at great risk here in paradise.
Drawing Lines - Mainland
Follows 2 surfers along the entire east coast during hurricane season.
Hawaiian Showers - Hawaii
Bryce and Jen Groak
“Hawaiian Showers is a beautiful underwater 5 minute film on the delicate interaction
between marine species to clean and care for each other. Bryce and Jen Groak are Big
Be Cool to The Turtles by Da Honus - Hawaii
Eric Rosenfeld, Jules Nathan
Winning Student Film -
a comedy music video done in gangsta rap starring the UH Student Video and Filmmakers
Association in turtle costumes railing against injustices done to sea turtles. (“Trying to ride
on my back, I think you’re trippin, fool, go take yourself to Sea World and try and play with
Encounter - Hawaii
Ms. Stude gives us a glimpse of the dolphins at Polihale in her short film "Encounter."
Down the Barrel - Tahiti and Hawaii
Steven B. Lawrence, Mike Prickett Water D.P.
Documentary on surfing featuring Slater, Machado, Parko and Kalani Robb.
Going to Antarctica
Kauai film maker Teresa Tico who takes us on an expedition to Antarctica where the whales,
seabirds, seals, and penguins reigned over the icy cold environment untouched by war,
industry, and man. Exploring the glaciers and research stations with noted scientists, we
learn that the effects of global warming are just the tip of the iceberg, when she returns to
Oahu and learns what a one meter sea level rise will do to the islands.
Her love of Hawaii is mirrored in the ice of Antartica, as she raises our awareness and
challenges us to become ambassadors of Antarctica and watchdogs of policy and planning.
For the Adrenalin junkies North shore filmmaker Will Winneguth’s World Premier of “ In
Rhythm,” is a feast of surf footage from Kauai, Oahu, and Indo carved up local heros Andy,
Bruce, Dustin, Reef, Steph, Robert, James, and Billy. The Hanalei Bay monsters alone are
what the rest of the surf world can only dream about. 25 min.