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During the five years of production we have sustained one drowned camera, one drowned microphone, one almost drowned cameraman, one blown transmission, two broken ribs and one hideously disfigured finger (thankfully now healed). Now the real costs are mounting; music, graphics, polishing the edit, mastering, dvd publishing, festival submissions, maybe even some animation if we can afford it.
Let me not bore you with too many figures and costs straight off the bat though, let me tell you a little about Montauk Rocks.
To many outside the angling community, the east end of New York's Long Island, the Hamptons, Amagansett, Sag Harbor etc, is simply the legendary summer home of the world’s elite, and those who aspire to be. On the "east end" you can stroll shoulder to shoulder with Hollywood royalty, captains of industry and the self professed masters of the universe, from Wall Street, a mere 45 minute helicopter ride away.
As summer draws to a close however and both the leaves and the mercury start to fall, the Lamborghinis and Bentleys with their Versace and Prada clad passengers start to head back west. A new crowd descends on the eastern tip of the island, on the very rocks that define the town of Montauk.
These newcomers bring with them their own labels, Lamiglas, Korkers, Simms and Van Staal. Their vehicles are even more unique than those they passed heading back to Park Avenue. A full armada of custom four wheel drive, high clearance trucks, vans and SUVs will take up residence on the beaches and shoreline around Montauk Point for the next few months.
Every fall this terrestrial migration takes place, coinciding with the oceanic migration of the striped bass. Anglers come from around the country, and from as far away as Europe and Japan. The competition for prime fishing spots increases every year as more and more anglers arrive on the beaches and rocks around Montauk Point vying for an elusive “cow bass”, of 50 pounds or more.
Montauk surfcasters come from all walks of life, all occupations and all social classes. During the course of filming we interviewed the anglers who have not only helped Montauk to become "The Surfcasting Capital Of The World" but who have help it to maintain its unique position while surrounded by the playground of the rich and famous. No respecters of no parking or private property signs, Montauk's surf fishermen pursue their trophy quarry regardless of the changes taking place around them.
With the advent of online fishing reports and even tweets right from the beach the numbers of anglers struggling for a place on Montauk's hallowed rocks has increased exponentially. The increased competition for space, has lead some to don wetsuits and swim out to offshore rocks where they can fish with reduced competition. An increase in the popularity of this practice has even put a squeeze on the rock fishermen. An elite (some say deranged) few have abandoned their stony perches altogether and simply drift along in the currents and rips several hundred yards off shore in a practice known as skishing, buoyed up only by their wetsuits, oftentimes in the dead of night. Our cameras followed them into the cold dark Atlantic in search of huge striped bass, and we were there, camera rolling, when 33 and 36 pound bass fell to a couple of skishers one lucky night, not so lucky for the stripers.
Montauk Rocks will take its viewers on an unforgettable journey with their own neighbors. A fringe society, which exists right in our midst, yet whose motivations, inspirations and adventures, are completely unknown to the majority of society. This is not your granddaddy’s fishing. No heading down to the pond chasing bluegills and tommy cods. Fall surf fishing in Montauk bears little relation most peoples concept of "recreational fishing".
From Shagwong on the north side to Ditch Plains on the south, our cameras lived for three seasons where the big bass, and the larger than life anglers who call Montauk home, congregate. Outposts like Montauk, Key West and Alaska have always attracted a special breed of person, adventurous spirits - not the condo commandos or rich address status seekers that infest Montauk, the Hamptons and the Keys now. As Paul “The Skisher” Melnyk so succinctly says in his interview, “distant and far away places attract crazy people”.
For some it’s a one-time deal, not something they wish to make a habit of. For others, well lets just say it’s not only the fish that get hooked. For everyone with a sense of adventure and a taste for pure unfiltered, undiluted adrenalin it’s a must, even if only once.
As I mentioned at the beginning we are trying to raise money to cover the films finishing costs. In order for Montauk Rocks to ever see the light of day, we need to be able to pay for Music, Illustrations, Sound Mixing, Polishing The Edit, Grading, HD Masters, and of course getting the DVDs published and distributed.
Make a pledge today via Kickstarter. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, will make a difference, and all contributions will be rewarded! With your help, Montauk Rocks will see the light of day, and the world at large will learn why Montauk carries the title of Surfcasting Capital Of The World. In return for all levels of your very generous support we have lined up some fantastic rewards, all of which are closely tied to Montauk and the film. Check out the donation tiers to your right to find the level and reward that’s right for you!
We really appreciate your support, and we look forward to being able to share the wonder that is Montauk in the Fall with you and everyone else who has equally impeccable taste.
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