Thomas Edison captured the first Hawaiian surfing footage in 1906, but surfing films became part of surfing culture in the the 1960s and ’70s, when classic surfing films used to tour the country. Now California filmmaker Thomas Campbell (The Seedling, Sprout) carries on the tradition, eschewing video to shoot his features in beautifully rich 16 mm film. His latest, The Present, will screen on Martha’s Vineyard for one night only, on Sunday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Capawock Theatre in Vineyard Haven.
The screening, brought to the Island by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, will feature live music by jazz prodigy duo The Mattson 2.
The Present offers a glimpse into present-day surfing subcultures interspersed with breathtaking footage of masters of the craft doing what they do best. This will be the only Massachusetts stop in the film’s nation-wide tour. A hand-shaped Alaia surfboard will be raffled off at the screening.
Tickets are available online at trimyourlifeaway.com or at the door.