Surfing since as young as he can remember,
at the age of 13, Sage is crippled by fear
after suffering a wipeout on a huge wave.
The wave slammed him to the bottom and held him
pinned there without air until he nearly died.

With his whole life still ahead of him
yet now paralyzed by fear,
Sage no longer surfs the waves.
But unable to ignore the mystical and
powerful pull of the ocean,
he fishes in the surf,
and finds more than he bargained for.

This is the story of a teenager who confronts fear . . .


This is an insightful Q&A with Director, Writer, Producer Douglas Burke for his full-length feature film  "Surfer - Teen Confronts Fear" prepared for a screening for Kult Movie Gang in Switzerland. 

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Sage Burke


Born Julian Sage Burke, 21 November 2001 in Laguna Beach, California, Sage has surfed since he was three years old with his father, Douglas Burke.

Douglas Burke

Father of Surfer

Douglas Burke was born 25 July 1963. He has studied physics his whole life and is a professor at USC in the Physics and EE departments where he lectures.

Nick Snyder


Nick has appeared on stage as Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun" and Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" at the stage productions of Corona Del Mar High School, Newport Beach, CA.

Gerald James

Captain Bancroft, M.D. (aka "Banks")

Gerald James is a los Angeles based actor, director, teacher and writer. He is a teacher at the west coast Lee Strasberg theater and film school of acting.

AnaLia Lenchantin

Military Hospital Patient

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, AnaLia began at a very early age concertizing worldwide in a piano duo with pianist Olga Romero, receiving numerous awards, recording records, and performing in a film that won critical acclaim at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2003.

Marian Thomas Griffin

Military Hospital Receptionist

Marian was born in the US but raised in a small village in County Mayo in Ireland from the age of 5. After graduating from high school she returned for the summer, fell in love with New York and that was that!

Sergeant Marks

Alex Angelikis

Sergeant Marks

Alex Angelikis was born and raised in Los Angeles, California He attended the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute for the 2 year conservatory and was a member of The Group Theater at Strasberg.

Chris Rodrick

Naval Security Guard

Chris Rodrick is a US Navy Veteran who has performed on stages and sets since he was a kid, His first acting job was for a Woodland Hills Mall commercial in Tulsa,,OK.

Coleman Kelly

Naval Security Guard

Currently studying in New York where he is on the Actor’s Beat for parts in theatre and film, Coleman Kelly has already had a starring role in several recent dramatic films on the West Coast.

Mitch Feinstein

Admiral Fenwick

Mitch Feinstein came to acting late in life after a career as a lawyer and businessman. He studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute.

Turk Bartee

Navy SEAL Trainer

Turk has been a student of Method acting since the early nineties at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. He has acted in countless plays and a few independent films in the Los Angeles.

Mike Estrada

Surfboard Shaper

Riding waves since the age of 5, Mike Estrada surfed competitively and traveled extensively during his teen years. It was his love for surfing and his fascination with the board under his feet that motivated him to channel his energies into designing surfboards.

Simon Hall

Fisherman on Rocks

Simon Hall is a high school student in Newport Beach, California. His role as a fisherman in the film “Surfer” is his acting debut.

E. J. Herbst

Fisherman on Rocks

E J Herbst is a high school student in Newport Beach, California. His role as a fisherman in the film “Surfer” is his film acting debut.


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"...I did feel it affecting me on a personal level."

"...a future cult classic that I'd recommend to any  consieur of movies this strange and original."

"A sacrosanct vision. The future of cinema."

"....a surreal meditation on faith and surfing..."

"This Christian surfing movie is the next 'The Room'"

" unintentionally revealing look into another person’s soul"

See VICE Review See LETTERBOX Reviews


"...pontificating spirit...sustains interest from scene to scene..."

"Made with intense passion...Burke's performance becomes downright feverish."

"...A surreal meditation of Faith and surfing...Burke...he reminded me of Robin Williams..."

"...manages to do something which few blockbuster movies or even Academy Award nominees do successfully...create something unforgettable..."

"Talking seriously about life in front of a dead whale is the kind of thing that should resurrect Bertolt Brecht."

"There's a grace that permeates all of the narratie weirdness...thundering Hamlet-era Laurence Olivier."

"...ultimately, it is a film that is worth your time and attention. "

"Needless to say, this is a film that needs to be seen. "

 "...the film feels more sincere than anything I’ve seen in ages, if not ever."

Interview on Flickering Myth

David J. Moore chats with filmmaker Douglas Burke

Interview on Australian Radio

Accepting the Energy: An interview with Douglas Burke by Kent Hill.

Interview on Movie Elite

Nathan Phillips discusses SURFER: Teen Confronts Fear with father, surfer and filmmaker Douglas Burke and the application of Aristotle's theory to the film.. 

Interview on Movie Elite

Actor/Director Douglas Burke Talks w/411 about his new movie SURFER: Teen Confronts Fear, with an in-depth discussion of squid.

Interview with Mike White and Timon Singh

Timon Singh joins Mike White to discuss the 2018 film from writer/director/actor/producer/etc. Douglas Burke, SURFER: Teen Confronts Fear.

Interview with Bristol Theatre, UK

Timon Singh sits down and talks to Douglas Burke, the director/writer/actor and composer of SURFER: Teen Confronts Fear, a film he has been working on for several years.


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