We've teamed up with independent record label Mexican Summer and New York based surf and outdoor brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply to bring you the UK premiere of Self Discovery for Social Survival: A Voyage into Sight, Sound and Surf on Thursday 4th of July.
Since the genre's birth in the early 1950s, the surf film has involved a synthesis of image and music. Typically these two ingredients are sourced separately, mixed together only after the visual fact. Self Discovery for Social Survival subverts this recipe. Just like the osmotic waves that run through the film, the visuals and music of SDSS co-exist and permeate as one to reinvent and reimagine what surf films can look, sound and feel like.
"The idea was to send surfers and musicians off on these trips together", explains Director and Pilgrim proprietor Chris Gentile. "Get them out there amongst it - in the surf, in the afterglow of the surf, talking story at dinner, just all the great stuff that happens on a surf trip. The right after their trips, the musicians jump into the studio and compose based on their experiences. With their hair still wet, so to speak".
SDSS works as a triptych - narrated by the recently late, legendary avante-garde film-maker Jonas Mekas, a voice holding as much depth as the ocean itself. The story of which the narration belongs to breaks up almost entirely dialogue-less film, and was scribed by Jamie Brisick, a professional surfer-turned-writer. Travelling from Mexico to the Maldives, and finally to Iceland with world-renowned, award-winning surfers from all over the world, SDSS captures the international, interweaving, and universal language of surf culture.
Surfers include: 7x World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, Creed McTaggart, Ryan Burch, Jamie Brisick, Richard Kenvin, Devon Howard, CJ Nelson, Karina Rozunko, Corey Colapinto, Ellis Ericson, Beau Foster, Ari Browne, Andrew Kidman, Kassia Meador, Lee-Ann Curren and Heidar Logi.
Soundtrack by Allah-Las, Connan Mockasin, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT and Peaking Lights. Additional tracks by Dungen and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.
SELF DISCOVERY FOR SOCIAL SURVIVAL
Free | Booking Required