Surfwise: The Amazing True Odyssey of the Paskowitz Family

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • UPC: 876964000932
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,123

Cast & Crew

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

Disc #1 -- Surfwise: The Amazing True Odyssey of the Poskowitz Family
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Set Up
      Commentary With Doug Pray (Director), Matt Weaver (Producer) and Salvador Paskowitz - On
      Commentary With Doug Pray (Director), Matt Weaver (Producer) and Salvador Paskowitz - Off
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Doc on Health
      A Walk on Water: Surfer's Healing
      Dave Homcy Surfing Cinematographer
      Outtakes and Breaks
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