Crystal Voyager | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980 @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco [15 October]

Crystal Voyager | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980


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15
October
14:00 - 16:00

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103
Crystal Voyager
Screening Room
Sun, Oct 15, 2PM
See more at ybca.org/whats-on/crystal-voyager

Crystal Voyager is written and narrated by the eccentric American surfer and filmmaker George Greenough, who pioneered the earliest surf film footage shot from the water.

Structured as a loose biography of Greenough and predominantly shot in California, the film focuses on his trials and tribulations as he attempts to finish making his oceangoing yacht Morning Light, which he intends to use to find uncrowded waves. The closing sequence of slow-motion footage shot inside the curl of waves, edited to the Pink Floyd song “Echoes,” is staggering in its beauty. Time and space cease to exist as Greenough becomes one with the blissed-out, never-ending wave. (1973, 35mm, 78 min)

Print courtesy the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

*Introduced by Jeremy Rossen, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive.

Part of:
Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980
Oct 14 — Oct 22, 2017
Screening Room

This series of rare surf films explores how the 1960s and 1970s surf movement shaped culture around the world. From the shores of California to the Northern Beaches of Australia, these films examine what serious surfers will go through to find the perfect wave. Guest curated by Jeremy Rossen, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive.

«For many, the surf film genre began with wholesome depictions of beach parties, beach blanket bingo, and surfing à la Gidget or Jan & Dean in the late 1950s. Yet the world of surf films is wild and dense—stretching all the way across the Pacific.

At the heart of all of the films in this program is an underlying message about the sanctity of nature, a DIY spirit and the desire to create a world of one’s own. The renewed interest in early surf culture perhaps stems from a resistance to the commercialization, corporate sponsorship and rampant consumerism in both surfing and society as running contrary to the sport’s humble beginnings.»

– Jeremy Rossen, Assistant Curator, Harvard Film Archive

Sat, Oct 14, 7PM: Morning of the Earth | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980
Thu, Oct 19, 7:30PM: Palm Beach | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980
Sun, Oct 22, 2PM: The Endless Summer | Psychedelic Surf Films 1966–1980

See all of our upcoming films at ybca.org

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