San Diego Surf Film Festival Celebrates Fourth Year With Star-Studded Line-Up | May 20-23

May 3, 2015

Rumor has it, The Rolling Stones planned their San Diego concert around the the San Diego Surf Film Festival, which plans to kick off its fourth year with a special tribute to the late Sonny Miller on opening night, Thursday, May 21. The event, which will celebrate the life of the legendary surf cinematographer through an exclusive presentation, will also include special guests. The SDSFF, held at the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, will take place from May 20-23 and offer 25 international surf films, a VIP party, dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, in-depth Q&As, filmmaker panels, live music, great food, epic surf sessions and raging after-parties.

"Unfortunately, the world of surf cinematography lost one of its brightest stars, and for us closer to home, San Diego lost ones of its finest sons,” said Pierce Kavanagh, co-founder and executive director of the SDSFF. “Sonny Miller had a contagious stoke that infected everybody around him, and his spirit will live on. With the blessings of his family, the SDSFF is bringing the tribe together to honor a truly remarkable human and to pay tribute to ‘Miller Time.’”

The SDSFF will present another well-known lensman, Chris Burkard, on Saturday, May 23 during a photography workshop led by the legend himself. The event will include an in-depth peek into Burkard’s amazing body of work. His photography transcends the surf world and brings us the beauty of the planet as never seen before. He is truly inspiring and we are honored to feature Surfer Magazine's senior staff photographer. Burkard was recently invited to speak at a Global TED Talk.

"We pushed our San Diego gig back to Sunday so we could hang at the fest. Keith and I can't wait to surf Blacks between films," said Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger

Inspiration will be flying all four days of the festival, with live art by SDSFF art director Skye Walker, Matt Beard, Nathan Ledyard, Paul Elder, Keith Boyd, and others. You won’t want to miss these masterminds creating in one venue – you never know what’s going to happen.

The San Diego Surf Film Festival has quickly become one of the largest of its kind in the world. Last year’s festival sold out all four days and attracted more than 2,200 people, who came from all over the globe to celebrate the art of surf cinema.

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