About this project
At its core, Frio will be a 40 minute surf film but more than that it will be a documentary about the personal transcendence of two avid, prodigy surfers, Kevin Cortez and Jackson Obando. The two kind-hearted young men hail from (the ironically named small town of) Gigante, Nicaragua.
In 2014 JP Veillet (Director) left his home town of Montreal to escape the cold Canadian winter. His destination was relatively unknown but after months of travelling along the Central American coast he eventually found himself at Playa Gigante, a tropical surfing paradise and fishing village with a population of no more than a few hundred.
After spending weeks surfing and bonding with the locals, JP couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to see someone like Kevin or Jackson out of their element, away from the warm sandy beaches of Nicaragua. Soon after, it came to him; he should take them on a surf trip they’d never forget, to the icy waters of BC, Canada.
On the coast of Vancouver Island lies the town of Tofino, a place that parallel’s Gigante in many ways; gnarly waves as well as an economy based on fishing and tourism. The goal of the film is to take Jackson and Kevin out of their comfort zone and follow them as they experience new firsts; flying in a plane, travelling to another country, enduring cold weather, having to wear a coat, standing (“surfing”) on snow, strapping on ice skates, and best of all, riding with full wetsuits.
We plan to take a different approach to a surf video, shedding light on culture shock from a rare perspective and exploring the challenges our two protagonists will face. The Canadian hospitality will be warm, the surfing will be hot and our two travellers will be Frio!
With production tentatively scheduled this winter (our actual production days will be determined based on the conditions and swells in Tofino) we plan to grab all our gear, hop on a plane and meet Kevin and Jackson down in Nicaragua. We'll be documenting their journey from the moment they leave their hometown in Gigante to the moment their reunited with their families.
A large part of what will make this story interesting, is witnessing the difficulties and struggles our protagonists will face and it's no doubt their friends and families back home will be stoked to hear stories about what they've seen and done as well. We want to be there to capture those moments, those emotions and tell the story of their adventure as it unfolds.
We want to explore the notions of dedication and personal transcendence through the love of a sport. How far will someone go to catch a good wave and how will an experience like this change their perspective on surfing? We also aim to focus on the culture shock and difficulties Kevin and Jackson will encounter navigating foreign waves and surfing in full wetsuits for the first time!
We’re no strangers to the skate / surf / snowboard scene.
Sequence Films has been around since 2007 but we had our first real break in 2009 with our second full length effort Dirty Peace, which premiered nationwide and got the ball rolling not only for us but for the riders we put the spotlight on. Our follow up effort Split The Sin (2010) was also well received and after a short time off, we’re turning a new leaf with our latest project, a documentary entitled Frio.
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We have some great rewards to offer!
OUR SPECIAL EDITION DVD WILL COME WITH BUNCH OF B-ROLL FOOTAGE, OUTAKES AND BONUS MATERIAL!
FIVE PANEL FRIO HAT
CUSTOM MADE FRIO FCS FINS
A year membership to LATER MAG
PRINT TATTOO SHEET
HANDMADE COLAB WALLETS
HANDMADE MUSE/FRIO SURF BAGS
SURF TRIP - STAY FOR TWO
It's no secret but producing a film of this magnitude is going to require spending some (or a lot of) money! We've made a list of the key expenses we'll need to consider and with your help we can get most of these costs covered so that we can focus on the filming instead of our growing debts.
- Plane Tickets + Oversized luggage fees for boards + Camera gear
- Transportation: Car/Van Rentals + Gas + Ferry Rides + Sketchy Taxi's
- Kevin and Jackson's Travel Visa's
- Food for 35 days on location
- Accommodations in Tofino
- Warm clothes for Kevin and Jackson
- Travel and Production Insurance
- Specialty camera gear (underwater housing, etc...)
- Attorney Fees
- Subtitle Translations
- Advertising and promotion
- Music Licensing
- Camera/Drone Repair (it's a little hazardous filming surfing!)
- Theatre bookings for the film's premieres
- DVD Authoring and Distribution Costs
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest difficulties in putting this film together (other than the funding, obviously!) is getting these boys Canadian Visa's. Applying for Visa's from Nicaragua has proven to be very difficult and we already had to enlist the aid of some immigration lawyers to help us facilitate the process.
We've also already discovered that filming surfing is a little different than what we're used to; the sand and salty sea water has not been kind to our gear. We've already destroyed one drone and lost a tripod to corrosion during our pre-production shoot. Now that we have a good idea of what to expect we plan to be well prepared for our upcoming shooting days and we will be enlisting the help of some additional crew members to help us on set in Tofino.
Lastly -yeah, we do have to bring it back around and talk about the funding. We know this film is ambitious and ultimately, that's why we're here on Kickstarter asking for your help. We've crunched the numbers over and over but despite how awkward it is to crowdsource, ask for your money and sell our souls, we have no choice. There's no other way we can make this film without the help of the community and your support.
So we thank you, in advance. If you don't do it for your love of surfing or lack thereof, do it for the good karma you'll get or that feeling of knowing that you helped change the lives of these kids and everyone involved in this project! #SupportFRIO!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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