The Los Angeles Film Festival, which is taking place in downtown LA June 17-27, has awarded The Westsiders with an Honorable Mention in Documentary Filmmaking. This marks the fourth film festival to recognize the outstanding work and impact accomplished with the film.
Having already screened at The Newport Beach Film Festival and The Santa Cruz Film Festival, the edgy and raw documentary was recognized as an Official Selection and awarded Excellence in Action Sports Filmmaking, in addition to being nominated for The Jury Competition for Best Documentary, respectively. Lastly, The Honolulu International Film Festival awarded the film with an Aloha Accolade Award.
The Westsiders crew continues to promote the film locally and hopes to announce additional public screenings very soon. Currently, a FUEL TV interview session is being scheduled for The Daily Habit. More information on the air date can be found on the film's Facebook Group Page or by clicking the links below.
From surfing innovations to gritty localism, follow the rise and fall of The Westsiders surf tribe through the eyes of three best friends from the original 'Surf City': Santa Cruz, California. Best friends Daryl "Flea" Virostko, Shawn "Barney" Barron, and Jason "Ratboy" Collins bonded by common tragedy and their love of surfing. They live through shattered homes, drug addiction, other psychological issues and hard-core localism to achieve their dream of becoming professional surfers before the age of 24. To surf the notorious Steamer Lane, they had to join 'The Westsiders' Surf Tribe and go face to face with Vince Collier, aka "The Godfather of The Westside". Vince, a massive brute force, ran Steamer Lane with his own version of street justice. This film explores The Westsiders as the latest chapter in the fascinating history of Santa Cruz, California. Narrated by Rosanna Arquette directed by Joshua Pomer.
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