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Surfalorus Film Fest Kicks Off Sept. 24

Surfalorus Film Festival will feature “A-Frames and Tube Drains,” a still shot is shown here, for a drive-In screening Sept. 24 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island.

State music project Come Hear NC kicks off the ninth annual Surfalorus Film Festival Sept. 24 on the Outer Banks and online.

Throughout the festival Sept. 24-27, there will be interviews and Q&As with various filmmakers, surfers and surf culture figures, including members of the cast of Netflix’s “Outer Banks.” An overview of the films is at

Surfalorus, a collection of surf-oriented films, is brought by Come Hear NC, the Cucalorus Film Foundation, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Dare County Arts Council and sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

The first film begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 with a drive-in event at the North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island. The opening night “A-frames and Tube Drains” program includes Logan Marshall’s love letter to the barrier island chain, “Abeyance,” along with four other stoke-filled shorts taking you from Costa Rica to Senegal. The cost is $20 per car and tickets can be purchased online.

“The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is excited to be a co-sponsor and host of this year’s Surfalorus Film Festival.  We are delighted that our facility’s layout and location provide a unique outdoor event opportunity that not only focuses on ocean recreation and appreciation, but supports local OBX talent as well,” Aquarium Director Larry Warner said in a statement.

The remainder of the schedule will be offered online at no charge, but an option to donate to the festival will be featured.

The festival’s 15 selections includes Sean Santiago’s call to action about his hometown Isabela in Puerto Rico, “Lo Que Hay,” to a look at niche board hoards in Anthony Gentile’s “Collectors: Vol. 1.”

This year also features a pair of entries from the World Surf League, a number of international shorts that illustrate the reach of the sport, and a classic documentary on the rise of surf culture in San Francisco, Mark Gunson’s “Great Highway.”

The festival wraps with a collection of films made by women who surf. “Just Go F#%$ing Surfing” from director Juul Hesselberth follows four Aussie surfers as they navigate the world of professional surfing. “Tofino Is A Place offers” a glimpse into the world of the core female surfers of British Columbia’s hidden surf enclave. “Sea, Salt, Wind” is a narrative film from Winston-Salem director Zack Fox starring University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate Arriana Tysinger.

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