Surfalorus Film Festival  celebrates 6th year

Audience members of the 2016 Surfalorus Film Festival gather for a quick photo.


The Surfalorus Film Festival will bring an eclectic array of local, regional, national, and international surf films to the Outer Banks when it returns for its sixth year September 21-23.

The free, family-friendly event will showcase numerous surf films at various venues on the Outer Banks.

Surfalorus screenings will be held at the following locations:

  • Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head (Thursday, Sept. 21)
  • Dare County Arts Council in Manteo (Friday, Sept. 22)
  • Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills (Saturday, Sept. 23).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and screenings will start at 7 p.m. each evening.

On Thursday at Jennette’s Pier, guests can enjoy acoustic music by Sensi Trails and frozen yogurt from Nags Head’s Surfin’ Spoon while taking in surf films.

Feature film “Take Every Wave,” by Rory Kennedy and “Limitless,” which features Jesse Hines and Nathan Greenlee, and created by Manteo High School film student Logan Marshal, will be screenedl.

“I’m super stoked on being a part of Surfalorus this year,” says Logan Marshall. “I have always wanted to make a film, but having this opportunity with a local film festival gave me a reason to create one. Watching the films that evening with a view of the ocean is going to be a lot of fun.”

Dare County Arts Council will be filled with all things surf art when Surfalorus travels to Manteo on Friday, Sept. 22. A variety of short films will be shown at the center, including “Maranasati” and “Protecting the Atlantic” by Outer Banks filmmaker Chris Hannant and “Fish People” by Keith Malloy.

A collaborative trailer for a 2018 documentary film honoring the late Mickey McCarthy will also be screened.

Surfalorus guests will be treated to vinyl tunes by DJ Ninja, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a book signing by Chris Bickford for Legends Of The Sandbar, a photography exhibit honoring Mickey McCarthy curated by Daniel Pullen, and a longboard exhibit curated by Steve Wise.

“We are always stoked to see the classic longboards and the art they induce,” says Steve Wise. “We will have a display of Hobies upstairs and a photography exhibit downstairs in memory of our friend and surf photographer Mickey McCarthy.”

Enjoy surf films and local craft beer under the stars in the backyard at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills the final evening of Surfalorus.

Feature films “Under an Arctic Sky,” by Chris Burkard and “The Church of the Open Sky” by Nathan Oldfield will be shown this evening.

Folk rock band The Damn Truth will take the main stage at the Brewing Station after the last screening for the Surfalorus After Party.

“‘The Church of the Open Sky’ is an independent surf film I’ve been working on for nearly three years,” says filmmaker Nathan Oldfield. “It is entirely self-funded and homemade. I’m humbled and happy to see how far it is traveling around the world and how it is being so well received. It’s an honor for me to have the film screened at the Surfalorus Film Festival.”

All three evenings of Surfalorus will also feature a raffle. Prizes include a Mickey McCarthy- shaped New Sun board, a print from Daniel Pullen Photography, an authentic Outer Banks seaglass necklace from Cloud Nine, 3 Pegasorus Passes to the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, a skateboard from Outer Banks Boarding Company and a gallery quality canvas print from Surfline’s Great Breaks Gallery.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 7 tickets. They can be purchased at the screenings and at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo beginning Sept. 1

Surfalorus is a premier collaboration between Dare County Arts Council and Wilmington-based Cucalorus Film Festival, which will celebrate its 23rd anniversary this fall.

This project is funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Surfalorus is sponsored by Outer Banks Blue and supported by The Town of Manteo.

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