70 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL | OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 ACTION SPORTS Au Revoir From diffident youth to living legend, this is the story of Raph Derone, the wakeboarding champion who transformed the sport by doing things his way, earning the accolade of most influential rider of the decade in 2020. Chronicling Raph’s competitive family legacy, the brotherly rivalry that fueled his rise, and his last ride as he retires from the sport, Au Revoir is the ride of a lifetime. Director: Justin Loiselle Producer: Charlene Brochu, Justin Loiselle Writer: Anders J. Svensson Cast: Raph Derome, Olivier Derome, Parks Bonifay, Ben Leclair 2022 - Canada ACTION SPORTS FILMS BigWave Guardians: First Responders of the Sea Hawaii’s North Shore is the world’s most dangerous 7-mile stretch of beach. Massive swells, life-and-death rescues, and “the best job in the world”—yet often the most hazardous one—this is the compelling drama of Hawaii’s big wave guardians. The film highlights some of the world’s best athletes, first responders and surfers, who risk their lives in the world’s most dangerous waves while deploying innovative water safety techniques previously unimagined. Director: Luke Stirtz Producer: Mark Collins Writer: Jim Kempton Cast: Terry Ahue, Eddie Aikau, Nathan Fletcher, Kelly Slater 2022 - United States FacingMonsters Facing Monsters digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian ‘slab wave’ surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. Far more than a surfing story, it’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to a ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep Southern Ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before. It’s a film is about fear, addictions, and family bonds as we explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces. Director: Bentley Dean Producer: Frank Chidiac Writer: Bentley Dean Cast: Kerby Brown 2021 - Australia Gnarnia Facing extreme adversity from a serious crash on a longdistance motorcycle jump, Colby Raha shows what it takes to overcome his anxiety and injuries to come back and conquer his fears of jumping over 300 feet and back flipping the biggest natural terrain jump of all time. Director: Jay Schweitzer Producer: Jay Schweitzer Writer: Jay Schweitzer, Colby Raha Cast: Colby Raha, Tyler Berreman, Scott Kranyak, Josh Hill, Alex Harvill, Tanner Chadwick, Adam Jones 2022 - United States