21 July 2008

catchin' a feature or two

Sunday evening we went to the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park to see two surf films - Bustin' Down the Door and Surfwise, hosted by the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Even cooler was, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew and Shaun Tomson, two of the stars of the first movie, Bustin' Down the Door, were there to introduce the film and then do a post-feature Q+A. (I even got Rabbit to sign our copy of his book - he seemed pretty chuffed that we owned and read it!)

Rabbit and Shaun had a HUGE impact and blazed THE trail to what is known today as professional surfing. It's really quite incredible when you think about what they did. Even if you're not a surfer or into surfing, it's still a compelling movie to watch from an historical and cultural stand point.

Surfwise is an interesting film about the Paskowitz family, headed by Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz and the family's VERY unconventional way of living. The entire family, all 11 of them (yes, you read that correctly 11) lived and traveled in a 24-foot camper. The film chronicles what it was like growing up in America in the 60s and 70s in such a unique way. To quote the movie's site, "The Paskowitz Family proved that America may be running out of frontiers, but it hasn’t run out of frontiersman."

Here are the trailers to both movies, so you can judge for yourself.





So random, the other day P. came home and told me about this family of surfers who lived in a camper. He heard about them on NPR I think. Must be the same fam!

j.cro said...

It probably is! You should try to see the film, it's pretty good. Pretty strange in some parts, but still good.