Winner – Best Cinematography 2012 – DEAR SUBURBIA, Dir. Kai Neville, USA
Game changing surf filmmaker Kai Neville fuses an epic sound track, irreverent style and cutting edge performance surfing from Dane Reynolds, John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Dion Aigus et al exploring Japan, Oz, NZ, Indo and The Caribbean in this hotly anticipated follow up to ‘Modern Collective’ and ‘Lost Atlas’. It is spontaneity versus routine. The unknown versus the familiar. An interpretation of our lifestyle, culture, riding waves, traveling the world — a pirouette into the absurdity of it all. The result is a graceful, often schizophrenic glimpse at modern life with a surfboard and a passport.
“What did Kai Neville mean by ‘an excursion into the absurd’? It’s absurd that progressive surfing has reached its current apex. It’s absurd that Kai still makes films that define and perfectly snapshot that level. It’s absurd what John Florence does. And, most of all, it’s absurd what Dane Reynolds does…If this is to be his third act, following the hard-to-follow Modern Collective and Lost Atlas, then Dear Suburbia is surely Kai Neville’s pièce de résistance.” Stab Magazine