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Kai Neville makes good films. There's no doubt about that. Call it artistsick: creative visuals with the sickest surfing on the planet.
These aren't documentaries so much as documents. You won't hear narration or follow a plot. But make no mistake, Neville has a story to tell.
On Monday, Neville premiered his latest "Dear Suburbia," to the world via an online stream at Whatyouth.com. For real. You can watch it free all day. This medium in it of itself is a sign of where Neville is at.
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"Dear Suburbia" features not only critical surf and mind-bending airs, but a lot of mind bending airs in critical surf, which is, most likely the future of surfing. Like his prior work, it features Dane Reynolds, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Yadin Nicol, Craig Anderson, Chippa Wilson, Dillon Perillo, Conner Coffin, Mitch Coleborn, Dion Agius, Evan Geiselman, Taj Burrow and Jack Freestone on the global trot.
I spoke with Neville briefly when he came through the East Coast last week.
"The film is an evolution from my first two projects, 'Modern Collective' and 'Lost Atlas.' "Dear Suburbia' pairs high-performance surfing with surreal images of travel and the road, raw landscapes and artifacts of suburban life. Spontaneity versus routine; the unknown versus the familiar," he said, "It's an interpretation of our lifestyle, culture, riding waves, traveling the world -- a pirouette into the absurdity of it all. I really wanted to show a schizophrenic glimpse at modern life with a surfboard and a passport."
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His films also seem to be over electro-synth pop soundtracks, which is nice.
If you're more of a hoots in a theater type than online premieres, check out "Dear Suburbia" at the New York Surf Film Fest at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Brooklyn. You can buy the DVD or the iTunes version as well.