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August 01st, 2013

vote for your favorite SMASH 24-hour short surf film

By KIND Editor

Here at KIND, we work with a lot of talented, active and creative individuals. But we are constantly inspired by how much more everyone can accomplish through teamwork. We never imagined how exhilarating it would be to watch three talented independent film teams write, direct, shoot and edit a short film in only 24-hours.

We partnered with the SMASH (Surf/Movies/Art/Shaping/History) Film Festival to host their first 24-hour short surf film competition. You might be familiar with SMASH through Do The KIND Thing Blog contributor Tyler Breuer! Five directors representing different New York surf communities came together to create three short films. The teams were asked to incorporate an act of kindness into their stories. Each film was presented during SMASH Fest (July 25-28) at the start of each official film screening.

Now through August 31st, you have a chance to return the act of kindness by voting for your favorite film. Your vote will determine which team will receive a $1,000 grant from KIND to carry out an act of kindness for New York City’s coastlines, in partnership with Waves for Water. Watch the films, cast your vote and share these #kindawesome surf stories with your friends.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the Winner of our SMASH 24-Hour Short Surf Film competition, Thomas Brookins and Davina Grincevicius for EBB & FLOW.

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Directors: Thomas Brookins and Davina Grincevicius
Thomas W. Brookins, Jr. is the founder of Earthmovers Video Productions, based in New York. Thomas is an independent writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. In 2010, Shadows of the Same Sun, a documentary feature film uncovering New York City’s underground surf culture and history, opened the New York International Surf Film Festival and was featured at various venues including the Honolulu Independent Film Festival. Thomas earned Best Directorial Debut at the New York International Film Festival in 2011. Currently, Thomas is writing and directing Fire and Water, a piece highlighting a Firefighter and untold New York surf pioneer, Don Eichin, and his legacy. The film reveals the little-known relationship between New York and surfing’s rich history.

A native of Melbourne Australia, Davina Grincevicius moved to New York City 7 years ago and now lives and surfs in Rockaway Beach. She is a co-founder of Lava Girl Surf, which offers surf workshops and lessons designed to inspire and empower women through learning, creativity and community building. She is a freelance broadcast producer and recently launched her own boutique film production company, Staska, which creates online content for lifestyle brands and documents events, travel and surfing culture in New York.

Directors: Nate Best and James Katsipis
Nate Best moved to Montauk in 1996 the same year he took his first class in video editing. He continued to study film and photography at Ithaca College, and has since worked as a freelance filmmaker, photographer, and editor in New York City, DC, and the on East End. He specializes in documentary and photojournalism based work. He is currently working on his first feature surf film titled Scatter due out next year.

James Katsipis was born in Southampton and raised in Montauk, studied photography in high school and college and is a senior photographer at Eastern Surf Magazine. Known for his environmental portraits, he most recently staged a solo exhibition of his #coldwatersurferseries, at Neoteric gallery in Amagansett. The show was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign and featured photos and video shot over in the past winter in New York and Ireland.

Director: Ben Potter
Ben Potter was raised on a farm in Amagansett, NY just a minutes from the beach. Living in an area of abundant nature and beauty, Ben developed an eye for imagery at a young age. Currently, Ben studies film and television at NYU Tisch and splits his time between the city and East End of Long Island. When he is not in the city studying and working, he is back home surfing and spending time with his friends and family. Ben has made a number of short surfing videos, including his own Good Water series and a short film called What is New York to You? with the New York based production company NYSEA. In addition to surf content, Ben also works in both narrative and documentary and has worked with a variety of companies including yU + co and The Brain Music, both based in Los Angeles. Ben attributes his style to the environment he grew up in, and applies that vision to all creative endeavors he engages in.

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UPDATE: Congratulations to the Winner of our SMASH 24-Hour Short Surf Film competition, Thomas Brookins and Davina Grincevicius for EBB & FLOW.

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