Directors who don’t even surf making a Momentum documentary? We were intrigued. “Well, we surfed a little bit on vacation growing up, skateboarded, and were interested in the subcultures of those worlds,” Jeff said, over the phone from New York hours before the premiere when I asked: “Why this movie? Why Momentum? Why surf? “Delving into a semi-foreign culture is fascinating to us,” the brothers added.
They’re probably still playing on hot sauce-greased TVs in taco shops in San Diego today. Momentum, Steele’s 1992 groundbreaker, all twitchy action cuts peppered with pop punk music, defined surf videos for two decades and inspired you to try to and fail to surf like Shane Dorian, Benji Weatherly, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Ross Williams, Kelly Slater, et. al.
They recorded enough material to screen a three-hour film, by the way, according to Taylor Knox. “We’re presented with lots of stories for possible projects,” Mike said. “This story had plenty of substance the more we dug into it.
The film’s stars watched the movie for the first time in a private NY screening on Friday night, then with the whole Tribeca audience on Saturday. “The [directors] absolutely killed it,” said Taylor Knox. “We were all very stoked about how it came out.
The doc covers the culture-shaping of the Momentum movie and Steele’s work in general, but, according to the directors (a screener hasn’t been made available yet), the real meat is the candid interviews sharing lessons learned, the emotional side of losing close friends Todd Chesser and Brock Little, and building families.
There was also a ton of footage from [Steele’s] movies that we’d never seen, lots of lifestyle stuff. “I was pulled aside after the film by regular moviegoers at the premier who didn’t know anything at all about surfing but wanted to talk because they were moved by the friendships and the emotions in the film,” Knox said.
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