NB Film Fest Presents The World Premiere of Birth of Endless Summer

October 18, 2021

At the Newport Beach Film Festival, Laguna Beach-based production company Curtis Birch, Inc. and San Clemente, non-profit, Surfing Heritage and Culture Center present the World Premiere of the feature documentary Birth of The Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis on Tuesday, October 26 at 5 p.m. at the New Port Theater in Corona del Mar, and Thursday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at THE LOT. 

The film will screen in the Festival’s Action Sports Film Series. A filmmaker Q&A with director Richard Yelland and Dick Metz will follow the screenings. 

Birth of The Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis tells the never-been-told-before story behind one of the most beloved and watched documentaries of all time, Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer– a travel adventure that captured the hearts and imaginations of surfers and non-surfers alike. Birth of The Endless Summer follows Californian surf pioneer, Dick Metz, as he vagabonds the globe from 1958-1961. Metz's train-jumping, steamship-hopping tour led to his discovery of "the perfect wave" at Cape St. Francis, South Africa. Dick's travels not only inspired his friend, Bruce Brown, and his making of The Endless Summer but also paved the way for the sport of modern surfing, as we know it. 

It follows the 90-year old Metz back to South Africa to retrace the steps of his original journey and captures the magic at the center of Metz’s work as founder at San Clemente’s Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC), which is considered the world’s most important archive of surfing artifacts, surfboards, memorabilia, and scholarly works. 

It features interviews with Dick Metz, Hobie Alter, Robert August, Mike Hysnon, Bruce Brown, Dana Brown Joyce Hoffman, Walter Hoffman, Indie Hoffman, Greg MacGillivray, Nat Young, Mikey February, Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, and Tyler Warren, and many more. 

“We are thrilled to have a film that unearthed such an important piece of Orange County history starring a Laguna Beach native, Dick Metz at the Newport Beach Film Festival,” said Todd Quartararo, the Festival’s co-founder. 

"This film originated over 60 years ago in a town where I grew up. It’s such a personal story for me and to world premiere at such an esteemed festival like Newport Beach to a hometown crowd is a dream come true,” said director, Richard Yelland. 

Purchase tickets to Birth of The Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis, here. For information about the Newport Beach Film Festival 
visit newportbeachfilmfest.com.

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