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About

THE STORY OF SURF BERLIN: In a time when almost every phenomena in the western world is documented; one perfect wave, in a land without an ocean, has been left un-documented. Although breaking in nature, and appearing real, this rare German wave is a beautiful mistake of man-meets-nature: its head-high celestial curve is formed by a giant ship passing by a shallow Baltic harbor sandbar just two hours north of downtown Berlin. However, this unusual wave is almost impossible to catch, breaking big enough to surf about once a week, if that. And like many good things in life, the wave is ill-fated. The 30 year old ship that spawns this beautiful accident, will be replaced soon by a new ship that most likely won't make a wave. Surf Berlin is a documentary film about one man on a winter-long quest to document a historic ride on this lone German wave before it, and the ship that creates it, are gone forever.

THE FILM STYLE: A slow-narrative visual-aural experience, Surf Berlin tells the tale of a lone man set out on what he thought to be "a simple task of surfing a single wave," yet he soon realizes it is anything but that. The surfer's harmless idea turns into a kind of spiritual monster, enslaving him to his own obsession and stubbornness. Months pass tired, distressed, and unsuccessful; he finds himself stuck in a repetitive nightmarish life of failure. Long takes, dreamlike music, and personal narrations document a life spiraling out of control. In a film blurring the line between documentary and feature, the wave is his only escape: escape from a reality that has become deeply confused with his dream world. 

Learn more on surfberlin.com, facebook, and in the interviews & links below:

                   

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT, AND WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT: We've taken this project as far as we can on our own, yet to keep this art house documentary independent, which comes with it a freedom to produce it exactly how we want, we come to you, our friends and fans, for support. The hard part is over - the wave has been surfed and documented (see below video for a tease). Yet, there's still a long way to go before the film is transformed into the final 60 minute feature. The first step will be getting the final video footage needed to tell this tale.

Shortly after Ira Mowen (Director & surfer in the film) first witnessed the wave, he emailed the company owning the ship to learn more about the vessel, its schedule, and history. Unexpectedly the response would change the course of this once simple project with a date only four months in the future for the ship's replacement. It would be a race against the clock to try to catch the wave. With little time left, it was impossible to find immediate funding, or to put together a proper production crew. Ira took it upon himself to produce the film, as well as be the one trying to catch the wave.

Catching it turned out to be WAY more difficult than expected. With no other surfers to observe, or previous documentation to learn from, Ira's first trips out to the spot were all about learning the many variables to catching the wave. He learned how the varying speed of the ship affected the wave, what wind conditions were ideal, the right triangulation for where to wait for the wave, and the type of wave to expect from an unusually flat sandbar absent of sculpting ocean swells.

After this important research period, Ira was met each day he paddled out by at least one skilled cameraman. The most important thing was to capture a beautifully composed long take of Ira's ride on the wave. Everything else was secondary and thus not always documented.

There were a handful of moments pivotal to the story that occurred while the camera wasn't rolling. These new clips will fill in gaps left from the spontaneous, under-staffed, and time stressed, production.

Your generous donations will pay for hiring cameramen, a sound guy, a photographer, transportation, renting equipment, producing an original soundtrack, getting rights to music, sound recording, sound designing, color editing, finding & hiring an experienced film editor to finalize the film, assistant editor, creating the film credits, subtitles, etc.

The schedule for post-production:

  • January, February & March: Finish filming
  • March & April: Prepare footage for editing, rough draft edit
  • April, May & June: Edit film, produce credits, animations, etc.
  • June: Film Ira's dream sequence in foggy Santa Cruz
  • July & August: Score soundtrack, edit film sound & color
  • September: Finalize film, print film, & send to film festivals
  • September & October: Produce backer rewards
  • November & December: Send backer rewards & premiere film in Berlin

Which brings us to the next category....

THE REWARDS!

Your support to our fundraiser will first and foremost make it possible for us to finish the film, but it will also be your unique chance to get some very special Surf Berlin thank-you-goodies. Below is a list of bonus gifts we'll add on top of the Reward you select depending on the amount:

  • Every person donating $25 or more will be gifted a full HD download of the film & soundtrack.
  • Every person donating $50 or more will be gifted the film & soundtrack on disc (Blu-ray, DVD, VHS & CD) plus receive everything 10 days before its official release.
  • Every person donating $75 or more will be gifted their name in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS.
  • Every person donating $100 or more will be gifted the Surf Berlin coffee table book and one ticket to the premiere.
  • Every person donating $1000 or more will get one of every single Reward.

*Free shipping to Germany and the U.S.A.

THE BOOK + film ($50):

Designed by haw-lin artist Nathan Cowen, the Surf Berlin coffee table book features 300 off-set printed pages of photographs, video stills, scans from Ira's journal, and many pictures from behind-the-scenes - making this the perfect companion to the film. A Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads.

*VHS copy will not be letterbox
*VHS copy will not be letterbox
THE VINYL + film ($50):

The album, pressed in black vinyl, and over one hour in length, will feature original music from such musicians as Palmbomen, Fenster, Daniel Merrill, and Leyland Kirby to name a few. Click here to hear a few sample tracks, or watch any of the Surf Berlin videos for a taste. A Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads.

*Front and back images combine into one image of the ship and wave when opened.
*Front and back images combine into one image of the ship and wave when opened.

THE T-SHIRTS + film ($50):

The T-shirts will be manufactured at Groceries Apparel in L.A. out of 50% Post-Consumer recycled plastic & 50% Organic Cotton Jersey. They have no tags, and because of the "plastic" are quite possibly the fluffiest, most comfortable shirts in the world, not to mention made by a good company. The shirts feature sketches Ira made in his journal during his quest. Unisex sizes XS-XL available. A Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads.

THE SWEATSHIRT + film ($75):

The sweatshirt features the “Surfer” sketch inverted on black and like every donation above $50, this puppy comes with a Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS of the film and CD soundtrack, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads.

*Sweatshirt is twice as warm as the T-shirt
*Sweatshirt is twice as warm as the T-shirt

THE HUGE PRINT + film ($50):

The Surf Berlin poster (Black & white, A1 paper size, 59.4 x 84.1cm, 23.4 x 33.1 inches). Choose the huge poster, or if you like smaller things you have the option to receive 10 postcard stickers of the same image. A Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads.

THE SILK-SCREEN PRINT + book & film ($200):

The two tone silk-screen print poster (A3, 29.7cm x 42.0cm, 11x17). Printed by hand with all natural paints in San Francisco by Colpa Press. This limited run of 50 copies will be numbered. Also included is the book plus the Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film and CD soundtrack, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads, and your name in the credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

THE MUSEUM PRINT + book & film ($200):

The poster image of Ira and the ship printed as a museum quality photographic C-print (28 x 43cm, 11 x 17in). The frame will be in the same style as the thin black wooden Polaroid frames with a white mat. Also included is a Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads, and your name in the credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

THE POLAROIDS + book & film ($400):

Own a piece of surf history with an original Surf Berlin Polaroid triptych. Selection goes on a "first come, first serve" basis depending on when you backed our Kickstarter. The book plus the Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads, and your name in the credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

See more polaroid examples here: http://www.surfberlin.com/polaroid

SURFMAT + book & film ($300):

Hand-made in California; The legend Paul Gross has generously offered to support our project by making a limited run of signed & numbered Surf Berlin surfmats. Choose from any of the 4th Gear Flyer styles on his website. Perfect for traveling (weighing almost nothing), and great for ocean beginners! Watch a nice film about how to surfmat here. The book plus the Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads, and your name in the credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

SURF-SKATE-BOARD w/ BOARD BAG + book & film ($300):

These bodysurfing hand-planes will be hand carved from Ira's collection of old school 90's German (pre-concave) skateboards. Comes with a matching hand-made carrying bag. Choose from 3 shapes (flat, pin-tail or inverse pin-tail), and if you'd like get an uplifting concave carved into the plywood (as Ira did to his). And yes, they float! Perfect for traveling, and great for ocean beginners! Boards will be given away on a “first come, first serve” basis depending on when you donated to our project. http://surfberlin.com/skateboards will be updated every time a board is “sold.” The book plus the Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film and CD soundtrack are included, as well as the film & soundtrack downloads, and your name in the credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

*All surf-skate-boards can be seen in the video below:
*All surf-skate-boards can be seen in the video below:
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THE PREMIERE(s):

Surf Berlin - The Quest for the Last German Wave will premiere in December 2015 in Berlin, followed by London, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and L.A.. Tickets to the premieres are given to everyone Pledging $75 or more. Director Ira Mowen will conclude each screening with a question & answer session.

YOU MADE IT TO THE END!

Thank you for your curiosity. We like people like you!

 

Risks and challenges

The main challenge we see for Surf Berlin's future would be getting everything finished on schedule. You never know what unexpected obstacles might present themselves around the bend. We promise to do our best to keep a steady post-production pace, because, like you, we really want to see this film in it's entirety!

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    FILM RENTAL: Everyone who donates any amount to the Surf Berlin Kickstarter fundraiser will get a private online stream of the film in Super VHS quality. We figure that if the fundraiser is a success, then ALL "Kickstarter backers," no matter the amount pledged, should get to see what they helped make possible. The truth is: if we don't reach our $40,000 goal, Kickstarter won't give us any of the money, making it impossible for us to finish the film, and the footage will most likely be forgotten about on some old hard drive that some people from the year 3030 will discover hidden under the floorboards of their futuristic Berlin apartment, only to learn that: Germany ONCE had surf, and not just any surf, but a perfect wave, that until some crazy artist from Santa Cruz, California, dedicated his life to trying to catch, had never been documented. As exciting as it might be for these future people, thanks from the bottom of our hearts for not letting THAT happen, and lets ALL enjoy this film soon!

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    FILM & T-SHIRT:
    Donate $50 or more and we will gift you the Surf Berlin T-Shirt. Shirt designs will be screen printed on the softest, most fluffiest organic cotton in the world, from our friends at Groceries Apparel in L.A.. Unisex sizes XS-XL available. Included with the T-shirt will be your very own Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film, CD soundtrack, and a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release.

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    Donate $50 or more and we will gift you the Surf Berlin soundtrack album on VINYL. Featuring original music from Palmbomen, Fenster, Daniel Merrill, and Leyland Kirby to name a few. Included with the LP will be your very own Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film, CD soundtrack, and a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release.

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    TICKETS TO PREMIERE + SPECIAL THANKS: By donating 75 big ones, you, and a friend or loved one, will be cordially invited to the premiere of Surf Berlin. The film will first premiere in Berlin, followed by a small tour westward. (Scroll down the page to see the current list of cities to be visited by Surf Berlin on this tour.) Included with the deal will be your very own Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film, CD soundtrack, and a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. AND your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    FILM & BOOK + 2 ITEMS: Donate $140 or more and you will be rewarded with the BOOK, plus two of the following items of your choice: POSTER, VINYL, SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT. Also includes 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, your very own Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film, CD soundtrack, and a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. AND your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    FILM & BOOK + ALL ITEMS: Donate $175 or more and you will be rewarded with the BOOK, POSTER, VINYL, SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT, Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS copy of the film, CD soundtrack, 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release, AND your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    FILM & MUSEUM PRINT: Donate $200 and you will receive the original poster image of "Ira and the ship" printed as a museum quality C-Print. This will be a limited run printing of only 50 numbered copies. Also included is 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, the book, film & soundtrack discs, plus a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. Plus your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS! Add $100 to your donation amount and get the poster, vinyl, and shirt/sweatshirt added to the package. Add another $125 to your donation amount to have the photo professionally framed behind glass (in the same style as the Polaroid frames).

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    FILM & SILK-SCREEN POSTER: Donate $200 and you will receive the Surf Berlin poster printed with all natural paints on heavy archival paper (in A3 format 29.7 x 42.0cm, 11 x 17in). This will be a limited run printing of only 50 numbered copies. Also included is 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, the book, film & soundtrack discs, plus a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. Plus your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS! Add $100 to your donation amount and get the book, poster, vinyl, and shirt/sweatshirt added to the package. Plus your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    FILM & SURFMAT: With this pledge amount you will receive a SURFMAT handmade in California by the legend Paul Gross! With your pledge you'll be able to choose from any of the "Fourth Gear Flyers" on his website surfmats.com. Also included is 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, the book, film & soundtrack discs, plus a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. Add $100 to your donation amount and get the poster, vinyl, and shirt/sweatshirt added to the package. Plus your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    FILM & SURF-SKATE-BOARD: Get a your hands on a unique bodysurfing "hand-plane" with custom towel tote-bag for on the go schlepping, and if your forget a towel, the BAG is a towel! The boards, from Ira's collection of old school skateboards, will be carved to the shape your desire. Also included is 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, the book, film & soundtrack discs, plus a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. Add $100 to your donation amount and get the poster, vinyl, and shirt/sweatshirt added to the package. Plus your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    FILM & POLAROIDS: Receive 3 original Surf Berlin polaroid pictures. There are a total of 20 sets of three. Selection goes by the "first come, first serve" rules. Also included is 2 tickets to the premiere nearest you, the book, film & soundtrack discs, plus a full HD download of the film & soundtrack all 10 days before its official release. Add $100 to your donation amount and get the poster, vinyl, and shirt/sweatshirt added to the package -OR- have them set on a white mat behind glass in a beautiful handmade wooden frame (add $200 for both above options). Plus your name will appear in the actual credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: You will receive the honor of being Associate Producer of Surf Berlin (real or imaginary names only please / No company names) in the film credits & on IMDB. Also included is the book, both posters, vinyl, T-shirt, sweatshirt, the museum print, and 4 tickets to the premiere nearest you!

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    CO-PRODUCER: You will receive the honor of being a Co-Producer of Surf Berlin (real or imaginary names only please / No company names) in the film credits & on IMDB. Also included is the 2 books, 2 of each poster, 2 vinyl, 2 T-shirts, 2 sweatshirts, 2 museum prints, and 4 tickets to the premiere nearest you!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: You will receive the honor of being the one and only Executive Producer of Surf Berlin (real or imaginary names only please / No company names) in the film credits & on IMDb. By being the biggest supporter of this project you will be gifted 5 books, 5 of each poster, 5 vinyl, 5 T-shirts, 5 sweatshirts, 5 museum prints, 5 silk screen posters, 10 tickets to the premiere nearest you with your seats reserved next to the seat of the Director, and one framed Polaroid set will be made special for you!

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Funding period

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