From the shores of California to the Northern Beaches of Australia, these films examine what serious surfers will go through to find the perfect wave. Guest curated by Jeremy Rossen, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive.
For many, the surf film genre began with wholesome depictions of beach parties, beach blanket bingo, and surfing à la Gidget or Jan & Dean in the late 1950s. Yet the world of surf films is wild and dense—stretching all the way across the Pacific.
At the heart of all of the films in this program is an underlying message about the sanctity of nature, a DIY spirit and the desire to create a world of one’s own. The renewed interest in early surf culture perhaps stems from a resistance to the commercialization, corporate sponsorship and rampant consumerism in both surfing and society as running contrary to the sport’s humble beginnings.
– Jeremy Rossen, Assistant Curator, Harvard Film Archive
Regular Admission: $10
Student, Senior, Teacher: $9
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 17–18: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.