Hollywood does surf; especially when it paddles out in the south of France.
The one-hour twenty-five minute documentary, Hollywood Don’t Surf!, a comedic plunge into Hollywood’s 50 years of wipeouts at surf flicks, made a huge splash at last month’s Cannes Film Festival.
Every movie has its own journey, not unlike a quest for a perfect wave. And the first wave of Hollywood Don’t Surf!’s set rolled in about mid-April, with an invite to Cannes, via a phone call from ICM Agent Jeff Berg.
“We weren’t even done with the film,” says Producer Chris Kobin. “And one Saturday night, around 10:00, I got a call at home, and it was Berg. He said, ‘Chris, we hit a bulls-eye at 500 yards.’ We were in. We were thrilled.”
Once at Cannes, the film rocked the house not once, but twice, as it was shown first indoors, and then followed with a special screening on the beach at night.
“Full house for both,” reports Kobin.
The stoke really hit the crew as Kobin, fellow Producer Lincoln Phipps and Director/Screenwriter Sam George sat on the beach at the second showing. That’s when they saw the second wave of their set beginning to peel.
“The screening on the beach in the sand had people walking in off the boardwalk and just sitting down and watching,” says Kobin. “Sam and Lincoln and I looked at each other, and said, ‘If we do nothing else, we’ve done this. We’ve carried the rock this far.'”
The wave broke just as sweet for those in the audience, as well. Festival-attendees have since flooded the film’s facebook fan page with primo reviews.
“Just an amazing work accomplished! Hope all surfers will watch it and enjoy it! Thank you, Mr. George,” says Anaïs Texier.
“Really enjoyed watching this flick while in Cannes! Hoping it goes big time!” adds Kevin Keresey.
And Christophe Michel praises, “Watched it in Cannes, on the beach, wrapped up in the blanket they gave at the entrance, with a cigarette and two of my friends, it was probably one of my best memories of my journey in Cannes.”
And for Kobin, a veteran of nine films, those first two waves of success in the south of France have been an extra special ride.
“It exceeded any expectations,” says Kobin. “They love surfing in the south of France. Everybody seemed to know about our film. We were invited to tons of parties, and Sam George and his lovely wife Nia Peeples, who is featured in the film, did tons of press interviews. It’s my best experience as a producer.”
Now, every surfer knows the third wave of the set is even bigger. And that wave is steadily building. It will start to peak Tuesday night when Kobin and crew debut the film to distributors in a private Beverly Hills screening.
Here’s wishing Hollywood Don’t Surf! a “Big Wednesday”…and the killer ride of its life.
Sources: Chris Kobin – Producer, Hollywood Don’t Surf!
Hollywood Don’t Surf! facebook fan page