Jason “Ratboy” Collins / Director Josh Pomer
The Westsiders—Friday February 4th at 7:30 PM
The Westsiders surf movie been picked as a selection for the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival taking place January 27 through February 6th. A screening of the film will take place at the historic Arlington Theater in downtown Santa Barbara on Friday February 4th at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the film festival can be purchased online, or by visiting the Arlington Theater between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. The theater is located at 1317 State Street.
With a degree in Film Studies from The University of California at Santa Barbara, The Westsiders director Joshua Pomer is reeling with pride over the announcement. “To be screening The Westsiders in Santa Barbara where I grew my passion for film and directing at UCSB, is an incredible honor and proud moment for me,” he said after the festival’s press conference on Thursday announcing this year’s films.
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, and directed by Joshua Pomer.
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The Westsiders Awards Received to Date:
2010 Newport Beach International Film Festival - Official Selection, Awarded Outstanding Achievement in Action Sports Filmmaking 2010 Santa Cruz Film Festival - Nominated for Best Documentary, Jury Selection - Awarded Special Recognition 2010 Los Ageles Movie Awards - Honorable Mention in Documentary Filmmaking 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival - Aloha Accolade Award 2010 Portland Maine International Film Festival - Awarded “Golden Lobster” For Best Film 2010 Canadian Surf Film Festival – Awarded “Best Attendance” 2010 California Surf Film Festival – Awarded “Best Story”
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