Susan Orlean wrote an article for Outside magazine in 1998 about three surf girls in Hana. That article was optioned by Paramount and formed the basis for the movie “Blue Crush,” even though the location of the story was changed to Oahu. Susan herself went on to become a hugely famous writer … she wrote “The Orchid Thief,” “Adaptation” and many other well-known books and movies. Susan watched Hana Surf Girls recently and had this to say: “Beautiful, carefully observed, and intimate…an exhilarating film.”
We are an official selection of the Maui Film Festival this year. Our film will screen at 8 PM, Friday June 18 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. We’re really happy to be bringing the film back to Maui. For more information on the Maui Film festival, go here.
Hana Surf Girls comes back to where it all started on Friday April 23rd, when the film premieres for the Hana locals. The screening is organized to be a benefit for three non-profits that provide services to many needy people in the Hana community. The screening will take place sometime after the sun goes down that night, either in the ball field or in the community center. Thanks to Ha Boy Kahaleuahi and Sheila Mae Agnitsch for making this possible. We humbly present our film to the Hana community with deep respect.
Starting today and going until the end of April, all passengers on Hawaiian Airline flights that go between the islands will see a video about the making of Hana Surf Girls. The video has interviews with Monyca and Lipoa and the director, and includes lots of footage and music from the movie. We’re very proud to have been singled out in this manner by our own homestate airline.
It’s about a week after our premiere and we thought we’d update you on our amazing success so far. Both screenings at the SB Film Festival were packed, in the second screening there wasn’t one single open seat. In a span of just three weeks, Hana Surf Girls was written about by six different newspapers, and four different blogs. Our Facebook page has 1200 fans and the trailer has more than 7,000 hits on YouTube. Here are some of the things the press has said about Hana Surf Girls so far:
“A modern cinematic companion to Margaret Mead’s classic Coming of Age in Samoa. Though provoking and gorgeous.” — Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent
“Aptly captures the social dilemmas faced by two teen girls from a rural community as they mature into adulthood. Great music score.” — Josie Brown, Single Minded Women
“Monyca and Lipoa are natural beautiful, with unaffected attitudes, talking about their lives, their futures, their Hana home,” – Julie McHugh, Santa Maria Times
“For these girls, virtue is as important as success, and they represent everything that is Hana with their purity, kindness, and emphasis on family.” –Sarah Colburn, SB Independent
Charles Donelan, the fine arts editor of the Santa Barbara Independent, gave us our first review this morning. Here are some quotes: “impressionist ethnography,” “thought provoking and gorgeous,” “not a conventional or even unconventional surf movie,” and “the idea of community this small and tight-knit becomes irresistible in the context of Byrne-Wickey and Kahaleuahi’s radiant smiles, dazzling skills in the water, and consummate social balance on land.” The entire review can be read HERE.
Go HERE to read a new preview article done by the SB Independent.
The Santa Barbara Surfer website just posted a neat article about the film and our premiere, which dominates their homepage. We have to thank Josh and Jon at the magazine for such great work. Thanks guys! The article can be seen HERE.
The Santa Barbara Independent ran an article about the SB Film Festival’s surf movie selection this morning. It had a brief summary about Hana Surf Girls and the article was illustrated with a still from the movie that shows Lipoa and her friend Lilly walking down a road on their way to Koki Beach. The article and picture can be seen by clicking HERE.