NOTE DATE CHANGE. This meetup has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 24 because there is no showing around 7:00 pm on Thursday (there is a 5:15 showing and a 9:15 showing).
We will be attending the 7:15 pm showing of the film “Storm Surfers 3D” at the SIFF/Uptown Cinemas in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood. This is an action packed documentary about two former world champion surfers who are attempting to conquer the big waves fifty miles from the nearest Australian beach. Here is a description of the film copied from The New York Times:
“Storm Surfers 3D,” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_eIeKyjSo) the latest in a series of films about two Australian big-wave hunters and tow-in surfing (http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Z6p/2013-mazda3-tow-in-surfing-featuring-laird-hamilton), feels something like a breed apart. In tow-in, a surfer is ferried by Jet Ski to huge waves that couldn’t be caught by paddling. Backed by a support team that includes a forecaster, local surfers, charter boats, the occasional helicopter and a platoon of cinematographers, the two surfers spend a winter (May through August, mate) stalking the biggest storms down under and conquering the waves they bring. It all builds to a trip to a shoal almost 50 miles from the coast of Western Australia that has rarely been visited, let alone surfed.
The vistas are spectacular, the waves fearsome, the filming often amazing. The 3-D effects are minimal, though, mainly tossing sea spray at the audience. Better footage comes from cameras embedded in the surfboards or held aloft. When Tom wipes out or feels the side of the pipeline he’s shooting through, it’s as close as a viewer can get to riding a wave, no wet suit or sunscreen required. “Storm Surfers 3D” revels in its high-tech ways but works best when it focuses on the sport’s simplest pleasures.”
Here is a preview of the film:
Storm Surfers 3D – trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_eIeKyjSo)
This film has an 89 rating on rottentomatoes.com. Here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer – Storm Surfers 3D (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/storm_surfers_3d/)
Meet me in the lobby of the SIFF/Uptown Theater at 7:00. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black rain hat). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program. [Note: I use a “dumbphone” (minimal features but it does meet Military Standard 810G, e.g., it will operate in a sand storm) so do not text me or post messages on the meetup web site – I will not be able to read these. Phone me if you need to contact me.]
There will be an optional food and beverage stop after the film has ended (i.e, after all the credits have scrolled by). Meet me in the lobby if you are interested in this. Save your ticket stub – if we patronize a particular pizza restaurant they will provide a free soft drink with the purchase of a pizza slice.