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SYNOPSIS

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 . . .

SURFER
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Sage Burke

Surfer

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

Lifeguard

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.

FUTURE SCREENINGS

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The Grand Berry Theater

2712 Weisenberger St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Anthology Film Archive Theater

32 Second Ave.
New York NY 10003

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
9:00pm

The Trylon Cinema

2820 E. 33rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

PAST
SCREENINGS

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Houston, TX

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Anthology Film Archive Theater

New Filmmakers
32 Second Ave, New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Arena Cinelounge Hollywood

6464 Sunset Blvd. Lobby Level 
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Friday, June 28, 2019
***Stay tuned for July show dates***

Austin Public Theater

1143 Northwestern Avenue 
Austin, TX 78702

Friday, May 10,, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Avalon Theatre

2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Friday, September 7 at 9:30 pm
Saturday, September 8 at 9:30 pm

Bristol Improv Theatre

50 St. Paul's Rd.
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP
United Kingdom

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 8:00pm

SOLD OUT!!!

Central Cinema

Knoxville, TN

Friday, January 25, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019

Cinema at Tramshed

Cardiff, UK

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Cinematheque - Cleveland Institute
of Art

11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Saturday, September 22 at 9:15 pm
Sunday, September 23 at 8:25 pm
Saturday, December 7, 2018 @ 9:30pm

Film Noir Cinema

122 Meserole Ave.
Greenpoint, NY 11222

Monday, June 24, 2019

Gardena Cinema

14948 Crenshaw Blvd,, Gardena, CA 90249

Thursday, September 13 - 8:30 pm
Sunday, September 30 - 10:00 am

Guild Cinema

Albuquerque, NM

Friday, January 25, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Kailua Cinemas

1090 Keolu Dr #114, Kailua, HI 96734

Sunday, September 2 at 12:30 pm
Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 6 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 pm
Monday, September 17 at 8:00 pm

La Paloma Theater

471 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Saturday, September 8 - 11:00 pm
Saturday, September 15 - 11:00 pm
Saturday, September 22 - 11:00 pm

Ran successfully for 5 weekend matinees in May and June

Laemmle Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

February 16 - 22, 2018

Lido Theater

3459 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663

April 6 - 12, 2018

Majestic Ventura Theater 

26 South Chestnut St, Ventura CA 93001

Saturday, September 2, 2018

Mayfair Theatre

1074 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3
CANADA

Friday, April 19, 2019


Midtown Cinema

250 Reilly St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Music Box Theatre

3733 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613 

Friday, January 4, 2019 @ Midnight
Saturday, January 5, 2019 @ Midnight

PhilaMOCA Cinema

531 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Monday, April 1, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spectacle Theatre

124 S 3rd St,
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(between Bedford Avenue & Berry Street)

Thursday, April 4,, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Saturday, April 6,, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Monday, April 22,, 2019 @ Midnight
Thursday, April 25,, 2019 @ Midnight
Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ Midnight
Friday, March 29, 2019 @ Midnight

The Frida Cinema

305 E 4th St, #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at  7:30 pm

The Lyric Theater

1209 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Every Friday in September 2018 at 11:00 pm

The Royal Cinema

608 College St.
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1B4
CANADA

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 7:00pm

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

ABOUT SURFER: TEEN CONFRONTS FEAR


"...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'"

"...an unintentionally revealing look into another person’s soul"


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PRESS 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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