So, some of you may know about my little documentary on surfboard building 9or shaping as it's known in the surfing world). The Cocoa Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation recent hosted the premiere of dust.resin.water. recently at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach.
So, back in June, June 21st-the first day of Summer(!)and the day before International Surfing Day, the film premiered to the world. But, first, there was a bit of surf-music in the lobby courtesy of Auquanuts, whose drummer by the way is the best air-cooled VW mechanic this side of Germany.
Aquanuts getting ready to play.
'The Premiere' as it will be called from this point on, was $5, but that doubled as a raffle ticket for a new surfboard from Stu Sharpe
Pretty Cool, huh?!
It was neat to see my movie title and my name on a movie/raffle ticket
After a while with only a few folks there the lobby started to fill with familiar and unfamiliar faces.
Which made me go from being nervous about no one showing up, to being nervous about Everybody showing up. The theater sits close to 300 folks. When those seats ran out folks just sat in the aisles! Yuo can see how packed it was. My dad is even in the pic above and one below...
The left side of the house.
...the right side...fairly full!
Of course this made me even more nervous, but at the same time so effin (polite for fucking) proud. I know that being overly proud of oneself isn't the best thing to be, but I was ( and am). Of couse all of that almost came to a huge crashing halt when the sound guy forgot to bring the movie sound up after Surfrider and I gave gave the film intro. My "technical difficulty' comment at least broke the ice and it played to a hugely receptive and appreciative crowd. One can tell when a crowd is actually paying attention to a film or when they laugh at small jokes or comments in the film. I thank everyone there for being an attentive audience. The applause at the end of the film made me tear-up slightly and the applause for the mention of my wife and son and then the in memoriam of our daughter, Maya, confirmed my observation of the audiences attentiveness.
I had hoped to come away with more pictures, but, found that being a host to both The Premiere and the after-party didn't allow any time for that...