The Los Angeles premier of  the highly anticipated surf movie by Thomas Campbell entitled The Present will be going down on March 10, 2009 over at The Montalbán as part of the wildly popular Cinema Tuesdays event that happens on a monthly basis. Presented in conjunction with Blisss magazine and ANP Quarterly, the night will feature a Q&A with Thomas Campbell, and live music with Ray Barbee and Mattson 2. On display will be an art exhibition featuring original works by Thomas Campbell, Kyle Field, Evan Hecox, Steve Keene, Alex Kopps, Serena Mitnik-Miller, and Nathaniel Russell.

“The Present
Californian artist/photographer/filmmaker Thomas Campbell’s new Super 16mm film, The Present is a colorful and artistic exploration of the beautiful environment surfers play in everyday. Through his uniquely artistic style of filmmaking and intimate city-by-city screenings, Campbell hopes to help keep alive the nearly dead tradition of surfers gathering at a local theater to view a new independent surf film. Like his other films, The Present covers several surfing sub-cultures, and he hand picks some of the sport’s most talented and creative individuals including Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Joel Tudor, Sofia Mulanovich, C.J. Nelson, Ry Craike, Devon Howard, Dan Malloy, Harrison Roach, Kassia Meador, Jacob Stuth, Chelsea Georgenson Hedges, Chris Del Moro, Michel Junod, Ian King, Danny Hess, Alex Knost, and Rob Machado and captures them riding waves in exotic locales around the world from West Africa, Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii, Sumatra and Java. Throw in a funny skit and some exotic overseas travels and you end up with a classic surf film narrative. All of this happens to the backdrop of a timeless, down-tempo soundtrack that has been a hallmark of Campbell’s other works. According to Campbell, The Present’s basic premise is, “Taking a view into our lives as surfers on this planet, and showing that this moment—in our surfing lives right now—is a gift.””

Horses go to water / West Africa / photo: Thomas Campbell

Horses go to water / West Africa / photo: Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell / Sumatra / photo: Nate Lawrence

Thomas Campbell / Sumatra / photo: Nate Lawrence

You can RSVP for this event here.