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June 12th, 2013
San Francisco - What do musicians, graffiti artists, surfers, Roman Polanski, and an S.F. murder mystery have in common? They are all subjects of the 7th annual SF Frozen Film Festival. It is tempting to escape on the weekends from San Francisco's notoriously cold summers. But in July, when you're huddled against a BBQ blaze, or in Golden Gate Park swaddled in a hoodie wondering what else SF has to offer – many take refuge in San Francisco’s flourishing film community and toasty theaters.The meteorologically sound S.F Frozen Film Festival brings talented artists from around the globe to warmly bond as a creative community.

Founded in 2006, the S.F. Frozen Film Festival strives to melt away the chills of prejudice, poverty, or lack of confidence that can freeze filmmakers. This year’s lineup is set to chill out July 12 and 13th! SF FFF Friday 7/12 showings: 6:00 - From Nothing, Something – an incredible documentary about the creative process, 7:25pm Best Short Documentaries- graffiti artists, skateboarding, Syrian revolutionaries, and Indian sustainable energy. 9:20pm- Blood Brother award winning HIV orphanage spiritual journey. 11:10pm- true story behind the film Rosemary's Baby, from Spain with a new short horror. SF FFF Saturday starts with Local SF films at 2pm, Comedic shorts at 3pm, Experimental shorts at 4:25 pm, Environmental Documentaries at 5:40pm (surfing through a rainforest in Canada?!), Dramatic Shorts 6:50pm, and wild S.F. documentary/murder mystery THE INSTITUTE headlining at 9pm, followed by the always crazy 10:40pm Best Animation.



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Shot entirely in 16mm in New Jersey, this film definitely transcends the Garden State borders. The story is one that every surfer, New Jersey surfers more so, can relate to. We've all surfed clean waist-to-chest-high surf, and sometimes that surf can be the most fun. But don't be fooled either, there are your classic Jersey bombs on those freezing winter days as well. Pair that with an incredible soundtrack that seems to make the tale flow even more, and it's evident that Pahlow's and Zegel's hard work has paid off. Do yourself a favor and check out the best surf movie to ever come out of the Garden State. - Ryan Brower - Transworld Surf.

Catch the Late Evening Screening:

Saturday, July 3rd, 11:00 PM
at The Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco. Tel: (415) 863-1087

Tickets: Ticketweb
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About the Film:

A Pleasant Surprise, lauded by Transworld Surf as "a Must-See Surf Movie for 2010," offers an honest look at the talents of a select group of surfers who live in a truly special part of the United States --New Jersey. Almost three years in the making, this film documents a world of contrast as daily changes in weather and waves prove to be all part of a larger picture; thumping beach breaks, cold water, and quick tropical storms are just a fraction of what you will find.

Filmed in 16mm, A Pleasant Surprise delivers a good glimpse into the beauty of this region and its surfers. The film is the product and labor of two longtime friends Kyle Pahlow and Nick Zegel. Their story is one that every surfer can relate to.

A Pleasant Surprise features the music of Yeasayer, Moondoggies, The Rubies, Here We Go Magic, The Chicago Underground Quartet, and ORIGINAL music from Brian Parnagian and Las Flores Project!

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[photos courtesy of Nick Zegel]

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