Surfwise: The Amazing True Odyssey of the Paskowitz Family

Surfwise: The Amazing True Odyssey of the Paskowitz Family

Director: Doug Pray

Cast: Doug Pray, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathon Paskowitz

     
 

As far as raw eccentricity is concerned, few American families could top the Paskowitzes. The patriarch, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, began life on a commendable, even enviable course, with an M.D. under his arm, rippling sandy-haired good looks, and experience almost single-handedly teaching the country of Israel how to surf. But in the years to follow, bitterness and… See more details below

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As far as raw eccentricity is concerned, few American families could top the Paskowitzes. The patriarch, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, began life on a commendable, even enviable course, with an M.D. under his arm, rippling sandy-haired good looks, and experience almost single-handedly teaching the country of Israel how to surf. But in the years to follow, bitterness and inveterate disappointment ensued as Dr. Paskowitz tried to settle into a conventional existence. Two broken marriages and a medical career that Dorian would later describe as "miserable" left him clawing his way out, desperate for an "alternative" lifestyle. He soon met, courted, and married his third wife, a ravishing, sexy young woman named Juliette; these two free spirits jointly decided that they would live life, budding family in-tow, on the open road, in a series of low-budget trailers. As one child after another cropped up over the course of a decade, the family toured the country winning one surfing competition after another, and Dr. Paskowitz accepted low-rent medical jobs for the poor that reeled in little to no income. In theory, this all seemed idealistic, even utopian; in reality, Dorian Paskowitz was reportedly a severe disciplinarian who denied his children the benefits of school and financial security, forced everyone to stick to an almost unbearable diet of a gruel-like substance, and -- even more alarmingly -- felt comfortable having open and noisy sex with his wife, with the children only a few feet away. In time, as one child after another grew up, left the clan, and attempted to survive, they found it difficult, if not impossible to function in the day-to-day world without the education, social skills, and monetary know-how that so many young adults take for granted. With his documentary Surfwise, filmmaker Doug Pray tells the Paskowitzes' strange, bewildering, and ultimately heartbreaking story via incisive interviews with family members, still photographs, and telling archival footage.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0876964000932
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
44,740

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Doug Pray (director), Matt Weaver (producer) and Salvador Paskowitz; Doc on Health; A Walk on Water: Surfer's Paskowitz; Dave Homcy surfing cinematographer; Outtakes and breaks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz Surfer
David Paskowitz Participant
Jonathon Paskowitz Participant
Abraham Paskowitz Participant
Israel Paskowitz Participant
Moses Zyus Paskowitz Participant
Adam Paskowitz Participant
Salvador Paskowitz Participant
Navah Paskowitz Participant
Joshua Paskowitz Participant
Juliette Paskowitz Participant
Steve Pezman Participant
Sunny Garcia Participant
Hunter Knox Participant
Taylor Knox Participant
Marc Occhilapo Participant
Andy Irons Participant
Adrian Paskowitz Participant
Sonia Darrin Participant
Rabbit Kekai Participant
Woody Brown Participant
Orian Kancepolsky Participant
Naomi Kancepolsky Participant
Shaul Ziner Participant
Delilah Paskowitz Participant
Terry Tracy Participant
Phyllis Tracy Participant
Wolf Walther Participant
Max Walther Participant
Aviva Walther Participant
John Henry Walther Participant
Nina Poskowitz Participant
Rodney Frias Participant
Kelly Slater Participant
Isaiah Paskowitz Participant
Danielle Paskowitz Participant
Elijah Paskowitz Participant
Nancy Paskowitz Participant
Doug Sawin Participant
Phaedra Paskowitz Participant
Arthur Rashkovan Participant
Noah Zane Paskowitz Participant
Jacob Zion Paskowitz Participant
Tracey Paskowitz Participant
Kristin Paskowitz Participant
Halo Paskowitz Participant
Shelly Paskowitz Participant
Levi Paskowitz Participant
Jeff Antoci Participant
Jeff Tallett Participant
Chris Owens Participant
Makua Rothman Participant
Eddie Rothman Participant
Stephanie Riedel Participant
Shai Pniel Participant
Alexander Participant
Allaire Participant
Janna Barker Participant
Austin Beller Participant
John Michael Participant
Wayne A. Brown Participant
Hannah Davich Participant
Laura Davich Participant
Ben Fassbaugh Participant
Kainalu Froiseth Participant
Bryce Howard Participant
Cole Howard Participant
Hayden Howard Participant
Jackson Howard Participant
Sofie Howard Participant
Caia Jaisle Participant
Ryan Krutz Participant
John Nugent Participant
Margaret Nugent Participant
Kate Orford Participant
Robert Orford Participant
Alexis Picard Participant
Henry Taylor Participant
Michael Tracy Participant
Brian Urquhart Participant
Christine Participant
Caleb Wilborn Participant
Judd Williams Participant
Nisan Agbaria Participant
Kala Alexander Participant
Ronen Armony Participant
Scandar Copti Participant
Maya Dauber Participant
Thomas A. Drazin M.D. Participant
Teene Froseith Participant
Avi Harel Participant
Jen Homcy Participant
Malia Jones Participant
Brendan Lee Participant
Gilad Lewandowski Participant
Solly J. Melzer Participant
Tamar Melzer Participant
Mofid Participant
Sheikh Sliman Abu Hamid Participant
Mahumud Participant
Paul Palenapa Participant
Norman Palenapa Participant
Bonga Perkins Participant
Ronen Raz Participant
Josef Roiter Participant
Haim Sakal Participant
Abedella Sirri Participant
Erica Spangler Participant
Crystal Thornburg Participant
Josh Tracy Participant
Mary Urquhart Participant
Elon Vasdias Participant
Gali Zine Participant

Technical Credits
Doug Pray Director,Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Nate Bressler Cinematographer
Graydon Carter Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
John Dragonetti Score Composer
Alie Goldstone Production Manager
Dave Homcy Cinematographer
Punch Hutton Associate Producer
Lasse Järvi Editor
Jason Kliot Executive Producer
Tony Lord Co-producer
Tommy Means Producer
Dana Merwin Associate Producer
Jonathon Paskowitz Producer
Jonathan Pine Co-producer
Chris Povall Editor
Janet Billig Rich Musical Direction/Supervision
David Rich Musical Direction/Supervision
Kyle Schember Sound/Sound Designer
Sharon Shamir Producer
Ryan Stuit Sound Editor
Joana Vicente Executive Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Matthew Weaver Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Surfwise: The Amazing True Odyssey of the Poskowitz Family
1. The Surf is Up [4:24]
2. That Little Wave [15:18]
3. Children [8:36]
4. Surfboard Fishing [6:10]
5. Funny Philosophy [9:20]
6. Changed My Life [7:11]
7. Surfing World [6:43]
8. Surf Camp [3:13]
9. The Board Room [4:47]
10. Uneducated [7:38]
11. Dorian [6:43]
12. The Family [12:58]

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