From the maker of The Seedling and Sprout. The highly anticipated new release from one of our tee shirt guys, artist and filmmaker Thomas Campbell.
The title "The Present" and the general under lying theme to the film comes from the idea of the true surreality and great gift that surfing really is. In our modern consumer based society, most people are driven toward an end of acquiring mass amounts of stuff and dreaming about the next purchase and or status step. When in fact the real wildly true gift of this existence is just that -existence- and the ingredients that so magnificently have occurred to make life on this planet possible, air, water, gravity, light and heat from the sun all in there magical combinations to let us and all things exist and happen. While the observation and celebration of such subtleties of existence are rare in 2008 mainstream culture, "The Present" is set to be conduit to show just how lucky we are to be engaged in life on this planet, and participation in the one of most surreal activity on this planet or in the known universe (surfing).
Cast: Dave Rastovich, Joel Tudor, Sophia Mulanovich, C.J. Nelson, Ry Craike, Devon Howard, Kassia Meador, Rob Machado, Jacob Stuth, Chelsea Georgenson Hedges, Michel Junod Dan Malloy, Alex Knost, and Dane Reynolds
About Thomas Campbell:
Thomas Campbell is a self taught painter, sculpture, photographer and filmmaker. He splits his time between painting/sculpture/stuff making studio in Bonny Doon, California and traversing the globe making films. Campbell's artworks combine scribbles and scriptures, taking slogans and anecdotes from his unique vocabulary and juxtaposing them with a profound look at human nature. His movement -oriented paintings are as layered with meaning as they are with paint. The works, typically composed of several panels, are free-flowing with wide expressionist swipes of colour, bold graphics and intricate renderings of characters and text. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Morocco. In 1999, he completed his first feature length surfing film, The Seedling, and in 2004 released his second, Sprout and released his 3rd 'The Present' in early 2009.