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Palm Beach | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980

October 19, 2017
7:30 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Palm Beach Screening Room Thu, Oct 19, 7:30PM See more at "Three loosely-connected stories from the beachside underbelly -- surfing mates trying to score drugs to sell; a teenage runaway shacking up with a mysterious American; and an out-of-work surfer dependent on his girlfriend for support. Shot in the 'jewel' of Sydney's Northern Beaches over the sunny summer of 1978, the film's episodic narrative is radically undercut by an innovative sound montage. Overlapping scene dialogue and layered audio from commercial radio and television broadcasts create an at-times parodic critique of both beach-obsessed Australian society and the conventions of narrative cinema." --Anthology Film Archives (1980, 35mm, 88 min). Preceded by the short Bluto, directed by Albie Thoms, which exemplifies experimental cinema's spontaneous handmade film tradition (1967, 16mm, 15 min). Archival prints courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia Part of: Psychedelic Surf Films 1966-1980 Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2017 Screening Room This series of rare surf films explores how the 1960s and 1970s surf movement shaped culture around the world. From the shores of California to the Northern Beaches of Australia, these films examine what serious surfers will go through to find the perfect wave. Guest curated by Jeremy Rossen, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive. "For many, the surf film genre began with wholesome depictions of beach parties, beach blanket bingo, and surfing a la Gidget or Jan & Dean in the late 1950s. Yet the world of surf films is wild and dense--stretching all the way across the Pacific. At the heart of all of the films in this program is an underlying message about the sanctity of nature, a DIY spirit and the desire to create a world of one's own. The renewed interest in early surf culture perhaps stems from a resistance to the commercialization, corporate sponsorship and rampant consumerism in both surfing and society as running contrary to the sport's humble beginnings." - Jeremy Rossen, Assistant Curator, Harvard Film Archive Sat, Oct 14, 7PM: Morning of the Earth | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966-1980 Sun, Oct 15, 2PM: Crystal Voyager | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966-1980 Sun, Oct 22, 2PM: The Endless Summer | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966-1980 See all of our upcoming films at For more info, call 415.978.2787 or visit Enjoy FREE same-day gallery admission with all YBCA presented performances & films!

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