2011-10-28 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Rockaway Surfing Movie Set For Film Festival

A documentary about the surf scene in Rockaway Beach, entitled “Our Hawaii,” will screen at 3:20 p.m. on November 5 at the Big Apple Film Festival, Theater 2, Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street in Manhattan.

The 58-minute documentary follows a group of neighborhood surfer buddies, now in their 40s and 50s, as they re-visit key moments of their lives spent riding the waves of Rockaway Beach. The beaches offered these locals a place of freedom, self expression and bonding. Against the backdrop of a once-vibrant seaside resort turned urban wasteland, “Our Hawaii” chronicles how – through the upheaval of the Vietnam War, the losses of 9/11 and all the changes in between – their connection to each other has been kept alive by a love of surfing.

The movie’s writer and director, Brooklyn resident Kryssa Schemmerling, teaches screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has written and directed two award-winning dramatic shorts. One, an adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s short story “The First Seven Years,” was screened nationally on PBS. The other, “Gold Mountain,” an original tale about a Chinese immigrant in early 20th-century New York, won a Student Academy Award and was screened around the U.S., winning prizes at the Chicago Film Festival and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

For more information about “Our Hawaii,” visit www.ourhawaii.net. For tickets and information about the Big Apple Film Festival, visit www.bigapplefilmfestival.com.

“Our Hawaii” is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts and a 2010 recipient of a New York Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

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