Why This Film Matters To Us
Dusty archives have been painstakingly tracked down and remastered to bring a new perspective to one of the most crucial periods in surfing’s evolution. This is a film compiled of never-before-seen footage from surfing’s Golden Age, with outtakes and extras from some of surfing’s most well known filmmakers to tell a history that has never been told before.
“Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story” is an exploration of how one of the most significant corners of the world produced, and continues to produce, some of the most talented surfers and innovators. Deeper than all is a story of craftsmanship, work ethic, renegades and tradition, a film that goes beyond the time spent in the ocean to define how one spends a lifetime.
At this stage, supplemental funding will allow for archival footage to be transferred and licensed. It will also allow for submissions and appearances for a proper film festival run, which will be crucial for getting Spoons in front of audiences and distributors.
We are passionate about surfing and about stories of dedication, and we’ve pooled our money and resources to this point because we believe this film should exist for the next generation to build on.
Who We Are
This film started as a solo project and grew to a large team of passionate surfers, friends, supporters of the story and supporters of us as filmmakers. There are too many to list here, but we are the two keeping it together.
Wyatt Daily - Director & Producer
Wyatt cut his teeth in surf documentaries by working alongside Chris Malloy on "The Fisherman's Son" (2015), and as Assistant Editor for Keith Malloy on his bodysurfing classic "Come Hell or High Water" (2011). With an observational approach defined by exploring the relationships between mentors, students, and innovators, he seeks to present the shared experiences of humanity.
“I’m making Spoons because it's a vital story to surfing's history that hasn't been told from Santa Barbara's perspective. The younger generation should know their history but also how craft, heritage, and place are relevant to communities beyond surfing.” - Wyatt Daily
Justin Misch - Producer
While working alongside Producer/Director Takuji Masuda as Production Coordinator on the documentary “BUNKER77” (2016), Justin developed a keen ability to creatively navigate the fickle world of surf documentary production. With his passion for environmentalism and storytelling, Justin’s short film “PICK UP TRASH” won the “Best Environmental Story” award at the 2017 Patagonia Film Festival.
“I’m stoked to share this inspiring origin story with our surf community. To me, Spoons is a special opportunity to preserve the archives of some of the greatest original surf filmmakers, which might otherwise get lost in the ethos.” - Justin Misch
Why $ 46,520?
This is the bare minimum we need to pay for the music and archival licensing. Here are the areas that we need to put money towards:
We have three iconic songs that tell the story of the eras we traverse. These are the bulk of the music licensing. For the rest of our 22 pieces of music, we are working closely with Nashville based Hi-Low Sonics to record and score our unique soundtrack.
Image & 3rd Party Video Licensing
Much of the footage compiled has never been seen before, but some of it is from some of the most iconic names in surf filmmaking.
In order to get the attention that Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story deserves, we will submit this film to film festivals all around the world.
Risks and challenges
As with any creative project, fundraising is a key challenge. We waited for our Kickstarter campaign up until this point so that backers can see exactly how their support helps the film. We bootstrapped it this far, and are in the final steps of post-production. Our greatest risk lies in simply being unable to license the music and the footage that make the film shine. We would love your support to help us make this film the best possible version it can be and help us share it with the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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