FILM SELECTIONS FOR
THE 2019 MONTAUK FILM FESTIVAL
ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SELECTIONS:
Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, as Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home.
Although Kauai’s plight might seem like a local issue, this debate is in fact raging around the world as country after country is becoming concerned about pesticides, the future of food, and sustainable farming practices.
Coral reefs are the largest living organism on the planet, home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, but corals around the world are in trouble with widespread bleaching events and disease outbreaks due to rising ocean temperatures. A team of scientists heads to the Western Pacific Island chain of Palau to unlock the mysteries of species that may contain a secret of adaptation for survival. Amongst the many gloom and doom stories about corals and our warming oceans, Coral: Glimmer of Hope embarks to tell a positive story about the future of the world’s coral reefs.
Directed by Gaelin Rosenwaks, follows the ups and downs of an expedition of marine scientists as they travel to the Seychelles, off Madagascar, to study an important species of fish called the Giant Trevally.
Filmed in the early 2000’s Last Lake detail the marine conservation efforts of the time and we will have a Q & A discussing where we are today.
Director Linda Booker interviews and meets Activists and Scientist along with rerchers Nathan Robinson and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued and filmed the removal of a plastic straw in a sea turtle's nose that went viral in 2015. That story inspired middle school age student Max Machum to start #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor and join a movement around the world that's making a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.
SOCIAL & CULTURAL FILM SELECTIONS:
In the eighties, La Herradura beach was destroyed. In the nineties, the wave of Cabo Blanco was in danger of disappearing. A group of surfers organized to protect the places that gave them happiness and managed to get the State to approve the Rompientes Law, the first federal law in the world for the protection of waves. This is the story of that call to collective action.
Set against the back drop of the 2009 recession, 'Where Have All The Mermaids Gone?' looks at the tough choices Americans make to survive through the lens of the Montauk fishermen. The film follows the story of three shipmates: the captain, his first mate, and a young boy. Despite their differences, they share a common love of fishing and the sea. This shared bond and their easy camaraderie, creates an intimate film that is often funny, even as it explores the hardships of fishing and making a living in an America in recession.
Six diverse dancers from an acclaimed NY company travel the world, working with youth who’ve experienced war, poverty, sexual exploitation, extreme prejudice and severe trauma as refugees. In India, they work with girls rescued from gender violence; in Romania, with Roma kids from one of Europe's worst slums; in South Korea, with North Korean escapees; and in Iraq, with a gifted young dancer fighting to survive.
Incredibly, they have just one week to take kids who may be enemies, who may have been abused, who may be suspicious and fearful, to a place where they not only express themselves through dance but choreograph pieces that they perform onstage.
As they prepare to perform in what seems like an impossibly short time, it’s not clear who will pull through. But as both teachers and students rise to the challenge, they experience surprising transformations, unlocking feelings and stories in wellsprings of creativity.
What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which itself is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.
DRAMATIC FILM SELECTIONS:
Inspired by a poem by e.e. cummings, The Secret Nobody Knows is a War Romance set in 1952 during the Korean War. The story is about a couples last few hours together before he departs overseas. When Kate gives Tom a message hidden within a poem, we glimpse a moment in their uncertain future.
In an era of yellow vests (les gilets jaunes), Juliette, a prominent TV journalist with a fiery temper and acerbic wit, quits live on air. She retreats to a gorgeous, abandoned village in the south of France where she joins a strange workshop full of people—a blasé teacher, a disgruntled security guard, a rich American, etc.—all learning how to protest, French-style. While others wonder whether she might be on the verge of a breakdown, Paul, the workshop leader, becomes the target of her comic jabs. Tensions flare, leading to a dramatic finale, but not before Juliette has a chance to decry the superficiality of modern life, and the pointlessness of protesting tiny things, when the entire 21st century is to blame.
Raheel , an Afghan national, has illegally traveled to Iran to look for her husband, but there comes up some problems that leave her no hope to move ahead.
SURF & SKATE FILM SELECTIONS:
Tony “Harro” Harrington has been capturing breathtaking images of the very extremes of snow and surf around the globe for more than 25 inspirational years. Not content to solely work behind the lens Harro also creates and produces major adventure projects that have featured in media around the globe with Red Bull, Teton Gravity Research, on TV networks including Discovery Channel, NBC, Channel 10, ONE HD, FUEL TV and networks across Japan and Asia. An adventurer, photographer, filmer, skier, surfer and experience-seeker Harro sets out on custom-made adventures with a cast of courageous and talented athletes. You’ll find him carving first descents on the massive peaks of Alaska and Greenland or searching out 50-foot waves in remote corners of the world’s oceans. There are few photographers who have pushed the limits of this realm as Harro has in surf or snow; he is the only one who solidly masters both.
Filmed in and shot on location in Montauk
is a collaborative surf and music film produced by Brooklyn based record label, Mexican Summer and Pilgrim Surf + Supply, a New York based surf and outdoor brand. Filmed in Mexico, the Maldives and Iceland in three separate vignettes, musicians (Allah Las, Connan Mockasin, Andrew Van Wyngarden of MGMT, and Peaking Lights) alongside pro-surfers,embark on a journey that combines a symbiotic relationship between music and the waves, the environment, and local culture. Poetically narrated by the legendary avant-garde film maker Jonas Mekas.
Shot on location in Barcelona by Montauk resident Bart Schwarz