Surfalorus Film Festival Hitting Outer Banks In September


Over 15 films will be screened at four different venues on the Outer Banks September 19-21 during the 8th Annual Surfalorus Film Festival, which is a collaboration between Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington, NC-based Cucalorus Festival.

The Opening Night film Introducing the Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point by Elizabeth Pepin Silva will be screened along with a series of family-friendly shorts at Dowdy Park in Nags Head on Thursday, September 19. Come out to the park at 6:30pm to check out live music by SOULOne, along with local artists selling their creative goods and grab some treats before the films begin at 7:30pm for this free evening of entertainment.

“Super Stoked Surf Mamas is about five women surfers in Santa Cruz, CA, who support each other to stay surfing while they are pregnant,” said filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin Silva. “After they have their children, they band together so that they all can return to the water. My films are documentaries with surfing in them, rather than surf films. In subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways, I talk about universal issues using the lens of surfing as a way to get into topics- such as the challenges of motherhood and the importance of community.”

Head over to Dare County Arts Council in Manteo on Friday, September 20 for an evening of surf craft and eight unique short films, including Sand to Stone by Outer Banks native Anthony Leone and Various Trails by Outer Banks native Chris Hannant. The surf craft exhibit will showcase alaias, handplanes, longboards, bodyboards, surf mats and shortboards, and will have a free reception starting at 6:30pm and the films will begin at 7:30pm.

“Sand to Stone came about from my years bouncing back and forth from the Outer Banks and Puerto Rico while filming for other projects,” said filmmaker Anthony Leone. “Bodyboarding has always been my passion and I decided it was time to focus my efforts on the sport I loved so much, that has always consistently been left behind by most media outlets. I’m even more excited Surfalorus is including it in the festival, and bringing bodyboarding into the board exhibit. We've been wave sliding and progressing our equipment since the mid 70s and there’s a lot of history that gets glossed over because to many people it’s just a pool toy.”