The Surf Film Archive: Progress and Prizes
In August, Swellnet documented the Surf Film Archive and their goal to "find, scan and restore as much footage as possible from surfing filmmakers".
To that end, Jolyon and Hamish from the SFA established a crowdfunding venture to assist with their laborious work. Not only do donors get the pleasure of seeing our history restored, but they also go into the running to win an Outer Island surfboard handshaped by Mitchell Rae.
Rather than wait for the crowdfund to finish, the fellas dived right in, first restoring Phil Sheppard's 1974 film A Winter's Tale, then working on unseen footage from Dick Hoole's dusty old library, and more recently they've taken possession of the late Alan Rich's film rolls, which include his movies such as Saltwater Wine and Wizards On The Water but also include as yet unseen footage from the '81 Bells. The film is old and sticky, and cleaning it is a slow finicky job, but there's high anticipation to view the finished work.
Hamish and Jolyon have also restored footage that will be used in an upcoming Peter Drouyn biopic by Jamie Brisick, and two other surf films that can't yet be divulged.
Yep, they're an industrious duo, but they can only do as much as the crowdfunding allows. They've been thrilled with the response so far - proof that so many surfers care about our history - but would like it known the crowdfunding ends tomorrow.
They may do a live Facebook announcement (if so, we'll embed it here), but if not we'll announce the winner in the comments below.