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A SHORT FILM


The Surf Report follows the end of a romance across the liminal space between the living and the dead. A post-modern Persephone unfolds, forcing two men to look for answers where the ocean meets sky and city meets wild in Rockaway Beach, NY.

It was an official 2016 selection of the New Orleans Film Festival, The Baltimore International Black Film Festival, The Seattle Queer Film Festival, Massimadi Festival in Montreal, Green Mountain Film Festival and Queer Kampala, Uganda's first LGBT film festival. 

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A SHORT FILM


The Surf Report follows the end of a romance across the liminal space between the living and the dead. A post-modern Persephone unfolds, forcing two men to look for answers where the ocean meets sky and city meets wild in Rockaway Beach, NY.

It was an official 2016 selection of the New Orleans Film Festival, The Baltimore International Black Film Festival, The Seattle Queer Film Festival, Massimadi Festival in Montreal, Green Mountain Film Festival and Queer Kampala, Uganda's first LGBT film festival. 

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ABOUT THE FILM


K, a surfer from the Rockaway projects, vanished and his friends have no idea where he is or what happened to him. Did he leave town? Go on a bender and never come back? Get arrested? Drown? All they know is that he went out surfing one day and never returned. The disappearance of a beloved local shakes a community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and hints at the limited space that Black men inhabit in a haunted city.

His boyfriend, Freddie, knows better than to accept yet another mysterious death. Rather than pay his respects at K's memorial service, Freddie drowns his sorrows at a Rockaway surf bar and stumbles upon an omniscient tarot reader, Vivian. What begins as a lark turns deadly serious when Vivian sees into a new realm and gives him more answers than he is ready to handle.

Themes of police brutality, queer disappearance, and urban struggle anchor the film in a gritty New York surf culture as the protagonists find the strength to transcend boundaries of society, time, and memory. 

ABOUT THE FILM


K, a surfer from the Rockaway projects, vanished and his friends have no idea where he is or what happened to him. Did he leave town? Go on a bender and never come back? Get arrested? Drown? All they know is that he went out surfing one day and never returned. The disappearance of a beloved local shakes a community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and hints at the limited space that Black men inhabit in a haunted city.

His boyfriend, Freddie, knows better than to accept yet another mysterious death. Rather than pay his respects at K's memorial service, Freddie drowns his sorrows at a Rockaway surf bar and stumbles upon an omniscient tarot reader, Vivian. What begins as a lark turns deadly serious when Vivian sees into a new realm and gives him more answers than he is ready to handle.

Themes of police brutality, queer disappearance, and urban struggle anchor the film in a gritty New York surf culture as the protagonists find the strength to transcend boundaries of society, time, and memory. 

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K ☾ RONALD PEET


Ronald is a Bahamian-born, Brooklyn-based actor and musician. Stage credits include: Atlantic Theater Company, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, American Shakespeare Center, Barrington Stage Company, La Mama, PS122, Ars Nova, and The Brick. Proud graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. ronaldalexanderpeet.com

Ronald portrays the enigmatic K, The Rockaway's disappeared son. K wanders aimlessly in a mist of deep melancholy, searching for connection and fleeing an unseen terror. The film follows his journey through a landscape of unfeeling nature and distant urbanity highlighting the tension between his fragility and strength in a hostile world.

K ☾ RONALD PEET


Ronald is a Bahamian-born, Brooklyn-based actor and musician. Stage credits include: Atlantic Theater Company, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, American Shakespeare Center, Barrington Stage Company, La Mama, PS122, Ars Nova, and The Brick. Proud graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. ronaldalexanderpeet.com

Ronald portrays the enigmatic K, The Rockaway's disappeared son. K wanders aimlessly in a mist of deep melancholy, searching for connection and fleeing an unseen terror. The film follows his journey through a landscape of unfeeling nature and distant urbanity highlighting the tension between his fragility and strength in a hostile world.

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FREDDIE ☾ frankie lapace


Frankie LaPace is an actor living and working in New York City. He can be seen regularly in the long-running downtown hit Blogologues, has appeared in numerous short films (including the Cannes-selected short "When the Party Ends") and toured with The Source Productions, a Planned Parenthood funded youth education company.

In "The Surf Report", he embodies Freddie, a millennial Morrissey searching for answers. Since K has gone missing, Freddie hasn't been himself. When he wanders into Vivian’s tarot room, he’s desperate to connect with the only person who ever saw through his façade, K. His emo affectations are no longer ironic as he experiences real loss for the first time in his life.

FREDDIE ☾ frankie lapace


Frankie LaPace is an actor living and working in New York City. He can be seen regularly in the long-running downtown hit Blogologues, has appeared in numerous short films (including the Cannes-selected short "When the Party Ends") and toured with The Source Productions, a Planned Parenthood funded youth education company.

In "The Surf Report", he embodies Freddie, a millennial Morrissey searching for answers. Since K has gone missing, Freddie hasn't been himself. When he wanders into Vivian’s tarot room, he’s desperate to connect with the only person who ever saw through his façade, K. His emo affectations are no longer ironic as he experiences real loss for the first time in his life.

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VIVIAN ☾ ALICE CAREY


Writer, actress, and style icon Alice Carey has dazzled the streets of Greenwich Village for her entire adult life with her originality and elegance . Though she and her husband have restored a Georgian house in Ireland, she is proud to be a New Yorker. Alice is regularly featured in Ari Cohen's style blog, ADVANCED STYLE, and appeared in the film of the same name.

She portrays Vivian, a part-time "celebrity" psychic who moved to the Rockaways from Manhattan to fulfill her dream of living by the sea (without leaving NYC). Her life is a long ride of hell-raising – William Burroughs told her when she was very young she reminded him of his mother and she’s been channeling spirits ever since. Vivian seems like the real thing, but who’s to say what her spiritual smuggling means... after all she set up shop in the back of a bar.

VIVIAN ☾ ALICE CAREY


Writer, actress, and style icon Alice Carey has dazzled the streets of Greenwich Village for her entire adult life with her originality and elegance . Though she and her husband have restored a Georgian house in Ireland, she is proud to be a New Yorker. Alice is regularly featured in Ari Cohen's style blog, ADVANCED STYLE, and appeared in the film of the same name.

She portrays Vivian, a part-time "celebrity" psychic who moved to the Rockaways from Manhattan to fulfill her dream of living by the sea (without leaving NYC). Her life is a long ride of hell-raising – William Burroughs told her when she was very young she reminded him of his mother and she’s been channeling spirits ever since. Vivian seems like the real thing, but who’s to say what her spiritual smuggling means... after all she set up shop in the back of a bar.

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TEAM


Ana Veselic, Producer

Ana Veselic produced and edited the recent SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning film, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. She is a Brooklyn-based producer, director, and editor working with a wide range of commercial clients including Youtube, Logo, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and A&E. She is originally from Zagreb, Croatia and is a graduate from Williams College.

Courtney Faye Powell, Director

Courtney Faye Powell is a producer, director, and editor working in televison and film. She is a creative leader, with fifteen years experience across every aspect of production, from writing to post, working as Director of Video Production for Comedy Central Digital and staff director/editor for Logo. Her work has been nominated for GLAAD, Mark, & Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She has produced and directed commercial work for clients such as Absolut, Levi's, Expedia, Red Bull, & Orbitz and music videos for Ava Luna, Lights, and The Blood Arm. This is her first film.

Jess Chermayeff, Producer

Jess Chermayeff recently field produced the PBS mini-series A Path Appears, inspired by New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book of the same title. She produced Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace and line produced a series of short documentary films for the Emmy award winning “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce”, Sesame Street’s first content addressing divorce. Jessica also co-produced Google’s announcement video for the launch of their YouTube space LA, an innovative production space in Los Angeles.

Wyatt Garfield, Director of Photography

Wyatt Garfield is a New York based director of photography from Portland, Maine. After studying cinematography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wyatt's thesis film premiered at Sundance, launching his career as a narrative DP. He recently premiered his fourth feature at Sundance, and has had films shown at Berlin, TriBeCa, South by Southwest, and many other festivals. Wyatt often shoots in remote locations, far from the conveniences of established film industry. His most recent adventure, MEDITERRANEA, filmed in Italy and Morocco, and will premiere this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Joyeux Noel, Producer

Joyeux Noel is a Supervising Producer working for MTV Networks/Logo. She was a producer at American Masters and travelled through the middle east producing an international awards show, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, in Abu Dhabi.

Tate Nova, Writer

The Surf Report is an adaption of Tate's feature length script, Aloha, which recently won the bronze award for best horror script in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. When she is not writing, she is a member of the Directors Guild of America and works as a 2nd Assistant Director, mainly on commercials productions. She is the editor of QueerFilmReview.com and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing.

TEAM


Ana Veselic, Producer

Ana Veselic produced and edited the recent SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning film, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. She is a Brooklyn-based producer, director, and editor working with a wide range of commercial clients including Youtube, Logo, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and A&E. She is originally from Zagreb, Croatia and is a graduate from Williams College.

Courtney Faye Powell, Director

Courtney Faye Powell is a producer, director, and editor working in televison and film. She is a creative leader, with fifteen years experience across every aspect of production, from writing to post, working as Director of Video Production for Comedy Central Digital and staff director/editor for Logo. Her work has been nominated for GLAAD, Mark, & Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She has produced and directed commercial work for clients such as Absolut, Levi's, Expedia, Red Bull, & Orbitz and music videos for Ava Luna, Lights, and The Blood Arm. This is her first film.

Jess Chermayeff, Producer

Jess Chermayeff recently field produced the PBS mini-series A Path Appears, inspired by New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book of the same title. She produced Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace and line produced a series of short documentary films for the Emmy award winning “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce”, Sesame Street’s first content addressing divorce. Jessica also co-produced Google’s announcement video for the launch of their YouTube space LA, an innovative production space in Los Angeles.

Wyatt Garfield, Director of Photography

Wyatt Garfield is a New York based director of photography from Portland, Maine. After studying cinematography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wyatt's thesis film premiered at Sundance, launching his career as a narrative DP. He recently premiered his fourth feature at Sundance, and has had films shown at Berlin, TriBeCa, South by Southwest, and many other festivals. Wyatt often shoots in remote locations, far from the conveniences of established film industry. His most recent adventure, MEDITERRANEA, filmed in Italy and Morocco, and will premiere this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Joyeux Noel, Producer

Joyeux Noel is a Supervising Producer working for MTV Networks/Logo. She was a producer at American Masters and travelled through the middle east producing an international awards show, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, in Abu Dhabi.

Tate Nova, Writer

The Surf Report is an adaption of Tate's feature length script, Aloha, which recently won the bronze award for best horror script in the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. When she is not writing, she is a member of the Directors Guild of America and works as a 2nd Assistant Director, mainly on commercials productions. She is the editor of QueerFilmReview.com and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing.

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