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||Surf Movie Review - The Present. A film by Thomas Campbell. JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
The Present - a
film by Thomas Campbell
wide and varied journey into the here and now of surfing
on this strange and beautiful watery planet. Shot primarily
in 16mm film on location in West Africa, Australia,
New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Sumatra, Java and Peru.
Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Joel Tudor, Chelsea Hedges,
Kassia Meador, Harrison Roach, Dan Malloy, Devon Howard,
C.J. Nelson, Ry Craike, Jacob Stuth, Sofia Mulanovich,
Chris Del Moro, Michel Junod, Ian King, Danny Hess,
Alex Knost, and Rob Machado among others.
David Axelrod, Bonnie Prince
Billy, Mice Parade, The Mattson 2, Cass McCombs, Plants
and Animals, Vetiver, The Photographic, The Ndabva Kure
Band, Japanese Motors, Gabor Szabo, Ray Barbee &
The Mattson 2, Jeff Parker, and Tommy Guerrero.
Time: 74 minutes plus over
2 hours of bonus features
Info: ©T.Mossian Films / ©2009 Woodshed
Films / Distributed by VAS
JettyGirl Surf Movie Review: "The Present" - a film
from the maker of The Seedling and Sprout, Thomas Campbell
with great pleasure that our initial review covers Thomas
Campbell's newest film, The Present. Whether you
ride a longboard, fish, shortboard, alaia, or even a ladder
(yes, a ladder), The Present has something enjoyable
for virtually every type of waverider. The ultimate compliment
we could pay any surf film is that after watching it, the
first thing the viewer would want to do is to go surfing...and
The Present does just that.
Like Thomas' other two films, The
Present has a casual and folksy feel to it. However,
unlike The Seedling and Sprout, along with more traditional
waveriding methods, there is also a good mix of high performance
shortboarding included from the likes of Dane Reynolds and
Ry Craike. For alaia fans, there is a lot to smile about in
The Present and the film goes to great lengths to
show how functional these unique boards can be under the right
set of talented feet.
But what about the girls...?
While The Present isn't a
female-based surf film, it does contain some excellent footage
of the girls. Kassia Meador can be seen sliding waves in New
Zealand and she also joins in on one of Thomas Campbell's
humorous skits. The opening of the film though is a true eye-opener
to what's going on with high performance surfing within the
women's ranks. World champions Sofia Mulanovich and Chelsea
Hedges provide some of The Present's best moments
with Sofia blasting huge turns on the Indo lefts while Chelsea
drops into some of the longest barrels I've ever seen ridden
by a female surfer.
For anyone that owns The Seedling
or Sprout, The Present is obviously a must-have.
For everyone else, especially those who live by the "ride
what you like" philosophy, The Present is well
worth the price of admission...and when you add in the over
two hours of bonus material on the DVD, dollar-for-dollar
Thomas Campbell's latest project may also provide the best
value out there as well. --Chris Grant
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