Step into Liquid

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Overview

Second generation surfing documentarian Dana Brown son to Bruce Brown, who directed The Endless Summer 2 strikes out with his own original piece of filmmaking with his 2003 ode to the world's surfing enthusiasts entitled Step Into Liquid. Part travelogue, and part attempt to redefine surfing's image, Brown travels to some of the ordinary surfing locales -- such as Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States -- as well as some rather unexpected ones, including the west coast of Wisconsin on Lake Michigan to ...
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Overview

Second generation surfing documentarian Dana Brown son to Bruce Brown, who directed The Endless Summer 2 strikes out with his own original piece of filmmaking with his 2003 ode to the world's surfing enthusiasts entitled Step Into Liquid. Part travelogue, and part attempt to redefine surfing's image, Brown travels to some of the ordinary surfing locales -- such as Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States -- as well as some rather unexpected ones, including the west coast of Wisconsin on Lake Michigan to Easter Island to a secular surfing school in Ireland. While in these diverse locations, Brown interviews the numerous souls whose lives have been taken over by the lure of surfing, ranging from seasoned professionals to casual hobbyists, in an attempt to dispel the myth of surfers being perpetually stoned slackers. Step Into Liquid was selected to screen at a handful of film festivals in 2003, including the Nodance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
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Special Features

Director's commentary; Deleted scenes/alternate footage; "Let's Go Surfing" surf lessons; "Making a Surfboard"; "Capturing the Wave featurette; "Passion for Liquid" Dale Webster interview; Interviews; Music montages
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director Dana Brown -- whose dad, Bruce, helmed the classic surfing flick Endless Summer -- follows in his father's footsteps and takes a 21st-century look at the sport, employing up-to-date cinematographic technology to bring the audience right into those monster waves. The film stars dedicated surfers Ken "Skindog" Collins, Laird Hamilton, Rochelle Ballard, and Gerry Lopez as they test the waters around the globe. Where Bruce Brown cast his beach bums as nomads, wandering in search of the perfect wave and sharing smiles with like-minded dudes, junior is eager to capture the sport as a broader phenomenon, showing women, kids, and men caught in curls everywhere from shores of Ireland to the beaches of Vietnam. In one sequence, he latches onto a group of top female surfers and takes to Tahiti's famous Teahupo'o Beach. He also follows three Irish brothers as they not only introduce some local kids to surfing but also invite Protestant boys and girls to join Catholic kids for the lessons. As can be expected, the surfing footage is heart-pounding stuff; you'll be amazed just how close Brown will bring you to the action. Slow-motion camera work elongates some of the most spectacular rides, and you'll feel every wipeout as though it had happened to you. Well, almost. Don’t be surprised to find yourself reaching for a towel when this movie is over, and that's a powerful tribute not only to the effectiveness of the director's staging but also to the passion he brings to documenting this exhilarating sport.
All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Step Into Liquid is an unrelentingly positive and upbeat film that offers more boosterism and hagiography (and occasional good-natured teasing) than insight into the lives of surfers. While it does show that many surfers don't conform to the stoned slacker stereotype, it doesn't really explore what makes them tick beyond stating the obvious platitudes. Also, the attempts to depict surfing as a positive social force may seem a bit much to some viewers, particularly the sequence in which the Molloy Brothers bring together Protestant and Catholic children in Ireland by teaching them surfing. But the main reason to watch this type of film is to watch surfing, and Step Into Liquid does deliver in this regard by showing different styles and locations, including the obvious, the exotic, and the somewhat unexpected (e.g., riding waves created by supertankers in the Gulf of Mexico). The highlight of the film is the footage from the Cortes Bank, located 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, where a small group of surfers ventured to ride waves that reached over sixty feet high. After seeing these images and hearing the enthusiastic descriptions by the surfers of this experience, it's not hard to understand why someone would be fascinated by surfing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • UPC: 012236191582
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 53,004

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Knost Participant
Alex Knost Participant
Dan Malloy Participant
Chris Malloy Participant
Keith Malloy Participant
Laird Hamilton Participant
Rob Machado Participant
Kelly Slater Participant
Dale Webster Participant
Rochelle Ballard Participant
Layne Beachley Participant
Keala Kennelly Participant
Shawn "Barney" Barron Participant
Jesse Brad Billauer Participant
Taj Burrow Participant
Ken Collins Participant
Darrick Doerner Participant
Brad Gerlach Participant
Dave Kalama Participant
Peter Mel Participant
Mike Parsons Participant
Mike Waltze Participant
Technical Credits
Dana Brown Director, Editor, Screenwriter
George Acogny Musical Direction/Supervision
J.P. Beeghly Cinematographer, Producer
Joe Fischer Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Scott Waugh Associate Producer, Co-producer
Ray Willenberg Jr. Executive Producer
C. Rich Wilson Associate Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Returns to the essence of surfing...

    Having surfed (almost to the exclusion of studying at the Univ of Hawaii) during my college years, I enjoyed 'Step Into the Liquid' immensely for returning the viewer to what surfing is all about: the commune of sport, fun, and nature. Too often today, surfing is devolving into a commercial venture, a sport that is highlighted only by cameras focusing on the professional aspects (pro surf meets, etc) of the sport. It is much bigger and more important than that. Surfing is a sport that exists for the enjoyment of riding the waves, the friendships made, and the memories cherished...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a different type of surf movie

    This movie is really great, and very well done! I've been surfing for a few years, and I am certainly no expert, but this movie made me want to grab my board and hit the waves every minute of every day!! The best part about this movie is that it doesn't fall into the steriotypical surfing movie category, it's all about pros and ordinary people alike, and the fact that anyone and everyone can surf. Just like no two waves are ever the same, this movie sheds light on the fact that no two surfers are the same either: surfing is something as individual and personal as a person's mind. I highly reccommend this movie to beginners and veterans alike!!!

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