Quite often, one yearns for the ocean, especially in such a landlocked place as Kentucky. The big blue – which is, indeed, big and blue – contains an irresistible allure. It is a sight to behold, a truly unimpeded sight of the horizon, stretching seemingly infinitely off into the distance, so far and clear that you can literally see the curve of the Earth. It is truly awe-inspiring. It is also a significant source of recreation, a tourist draw for those who wish to swim or fish or boat. Or surf.
Surfing has a culture all its own, and this is what filmmaker Jack McCoy explores with his documentary A Deeper Shade of Blue. The film explores the roots of the sport, as well as the evolution of surfing culture and surfboard technology. It also focuses significantly on the role of women in the history of surfing, including how Hawaiian princess Kaiulani resurrected the sport in the 1800s. The film is supplemented by an all-star musical soundtrack, including songs by Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Angus and Julia Stone, Jack Johnson, Iggy Pop, and Paul McCartney.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Fathom Events presents a special one-night screening of A Deeper Shade of Blue at various theaters nationwide, including two here in the Kentuckiana area. The broadcast will begin with a musical performance from Kaukahi and Jack Johnson from the red carpet premiere in Hawaii. Following the documentary, the presentation continues as director McCoy is joined by a bevy of famous surfers, including Kathy Kohner (“Gidget”), Tom Wegener, and the Marshall Brothers, among others, to further discuss the evolution of surfing and its culture. McCoy will also present the music video to Paul McCartney's “Blue Sway,” which he wrote specifically for the film.
It all happens tomorrow at 7:30. This event can be seen at Stonybrook 20 IMAX, located at 2745 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy, or at New Albany Stadium 16, located at 300 Professional Court. Complete event information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Fathom Events website.
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