Post by John4Surf
Devon's Mom and Dad are good people. They have supported him with his passion
as long as he has been in the water.
Devon is a very cool guy and a very stylish longboarder. I just
received this forwarded e-mail from him re: the San Diego
premiere of Thomas Campbell's latest movie. Copied and pasted
below, FYI. I know A.S is not a "club" in the traditional sense,
but I thought some here might appreciate the information.
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I would like to call upon all of you guys (and girls) to email
blast your respective clubs for me if it's not too much trouble.
You can feel free to rewrite some of this info into a newsletter
or forward it if that is easier.
My friend Thomas Campbell did a surf film called SPROUT and it
has Joel Tudor in it at Big Rock and Costa Rica along with
legendary SD slider Skip Frye and modern day stylist Rob Machado
of Cardiff, and it's coming to a theater near you. There is also
a really good ladies section--very elegant. These surfers are
just a handful of an amazing lineup of talent in his film.
Campbell made a film called the Seedling in 1999 which many of
you may have already heard of? I feel that the quality of this
film is worth everyone's time and pocket change to see it. It's
what surfing is really all about. It's about riding all types of
equipment (long, short, fish, egg, bodysurf, etc) and just
realizing how lucky we all are to have this the ocean and her
waves. The show includes a free raffle by Converse and live music
before the screening.
There was an article in TWSURF two months ago about the INDO trip
(The Education of Matt Ratt, search that title under
www.transworldsurf.com and it should come up under the search
engine) and the Surfer's Journal has a story about Thomas in the
new issue and talks about the film. Please do what you can to
help us spread the word. This is a grassroots effort and we would
love to see your club there to support it.
Thanks for whatever you can do.
see www.trimyourlifeaway.com for the trailer and more info on the
film and tour.
San Diego area Tour Dates & Info
September 23 & 24 (Thursday/Friday)
Carlsbad Village Theater, 8pm
Musical Guest: The Matson 2
Tickets on sale ($10) at the door day of, 7pm
2822 State St. (off of Carlsbad Village Dr.)
October 13 (Wednesday)
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 8pm
Prospect Ave. $10
October 14 (Thursday)
La Paloma Theater, 7 & 9pm
Coast Hwy. (near Encinitas Blvd.)
check www.trimyourlifeaway.com for the trailer, movie info and
updates on early ticket sale locations.
Below is some other press release info. JUST use what you like if
needed, otherwise it's not necessary to forward this part:
Reviving a Tradition
Artist Thomas Campbell tours America's coastal towns this summer
to premiere his new 16mm Indy film documentarySproutand
restores a surfing heritage in the process.
"Barnstorming" surf films began in the late '50s with
surfer/cinematographers like Bud and Bruce Brown and continued
through the '60s and early '70s. They showed their independent
documentary films on one-screen theaters and in high school
auditoriums up and down the West and East Coast. Within a few
years surf film screenings became a time-honored traditiona
gathering of the tribes. Having limited communication, these
movie premiers became the only functional way for surfers to
exchange thoughts and ideas on equipment, music and the culture
itself. But with rising film costs in the late '70s and the
advent of video in the early '80s this cultural happening
literally vanished from existence as the four-wall viewing
experience moved to most living rooms.
In recent years however, surf filmmakers like California's Thomas
Campbell have re-kindled the spirit of touring an independent
surf flick and are helping resurrect this surfing tradition by
Campbell's new feature length film (approx. 80-minutes)
Sproutshot entirely on 16mm stockdocuments a new movement in
surfing: The longstanding divided wall between longboarders and
shortboarders is breaking down fast, and amongst the rubble
open-minded surfers are discovering that it's OK to embrace all
forms of waveriding. Campbells hopes are that viewers will come
to realize how lucky they are to have access to such a wonderful
resource, and that there are more ways than one to enjoy its
Join Thomas Campbell as he travels the world with his 16mm Bolex
camera capturing some of the world's best surfers like Joel
Tudor, Dan Malloy, David Rastovich, Ozzie Wright, Skip Frye, Alex
Knost, Rob Machado, Ozzie Wright, Devon Howard, CJ Nelson, Kassia
Meador, Belinda Baggs and Jimmy Gamboa among others. See them
riding beautiful and exotic surf breaks on longboards,
shortboards, eggs (mid-lengths), mats, fishes, bodyboards,
single-fin guns or au naturalbodysurfing. With Campbell's artful
perspective on the diverse mix of surfers, locations and
equipment being ridden, Sprout promises to deliver one of the
most unique and unforgettable viewing experiences in surfing to
While Sprout was independently funded by Campbells own bank
account for the first three years of filming, Campbell did seek
some help to offset the high production cost of his chosen
medium16mm filmas well as doing a full on U.S. Coastal tour.
Campbell asked Converse to join his efforts in making that
possible. Since Jack Purcells kicks date back as far as the
1930s in being part of surfings beach culture, as well as the
Chuck Taylor All Star being embraced by the early '60s, and the
One Star in the '70s, Converse seemed a perfect fit for Sprout.
Converse has always been connected with the surfing arena, and
much like Campbell the brand is returning to its roots by
supporting such a project as Sprout. With people like Campbell
dedicating their lives to making surfing films, and a brand like
Converse to support it, this crucial aspect of surfing's heritage
and culture will live > on.
With the East Coast tour now just wrapping up, the Sprout Tour
crew is rounding the corner and heading for California. Several
of the film's featured surfers have been present for each stop
like Dan Malloy, Alex Knost, CJ Nelson and Devon Howard. Every
venue has had one of the bands present from the film's
soundtrack, treating the audience to some jazzy tunes while
getting seated. Some of the soundtracks bands and musicians
include original songs and instrumentals by Jack Johnson, Tommy
Guerrero, Ray Barbee and Tortoise, among others. Viewers also
have a chance at winning some free kicks and Ts from Converse
with their winning raffle ticket. Be sure to check out Sprout at
a city near you.
Starting in mid September Sprout will make its West Coast run in
beginning in San Diego and do a full lap up to San Francisco. For
the one-minute Sprout trailer and more info on the film see
www.trimyourlifeaway.com or check www.conversegallery.com for
Converses new independent film campaign or see www.converse.com
for info on their surf team. This film is also produced by The
Moonshine Conspiracy (Jack Johnson, Chris Malloy, Emmett Malloy
and Thomas Campbell), the makers of Thicker Than Water, Shelter
and September Sessions. See www.themoonshineconpiracy.com for
more on their film collection.
Also go to http://www.trimyourlifeaway.com/media/index.html for
media download images of Sprout
Thomas Campbell is a world-class artist whose art is currently
being displayed in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Art Center for a
traveling show called Beautiful Losers. Aside from his unique
paintings, he is a former Skateboard Magazine editor and photo
editor, and has documented countless skateboard and surfing
images of both of the sports most celebrated personalities.
Tom Tweed mailto:***@ucsd.edu
La Jolla, CA, USA or ***@san.rr.com
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