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For some, surfing is a leisure sport. For others, it is a lifestyle, and becoming pro is a dream. For the surfers of Papua New Guinea, surfing is their key to a better life. It all started in the 1980s, when an intrepid Australian left behind his surfboard in the remote seaside village of Vanimo.

In Adam Pesce's directorial debut, he follows four determined surfers leading up to the inaugural Papua New Guinea National Surfing Titles. Two friends, Angelus and Ezekiel, both yearn to be pro surfers but have different perspectives on how to achieve their goal. Sisters Lesley and Susan share the same goal as Angelus and Ezekiel but must also prove that women can make it too. At the center of the film is the challenge for the surfers to win a chance to train with world-class surfers in Australia. Talent is a must for all of them, but coming from village life, where running water is scarce and life options are limited, there is more at stake than just surfing glory. Touching on issues of economic development and women's roles, Splinters sheds a new light on the sports dream.

Film Information
Year: 2011
Length: 95 minutes
Language: English, Tok Pisin
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Adam Pesce
Producer: Perrin Chiles, Adam Pesce
Director of Photography: Adam Pesce
Editor: Kim Roberts
Executive Producer: Paul Morgan, Catherine and Daniel Dávila, Danielle Robinson and Alan Siegel
Co-Producer: TJ Barrack and Wes Brown
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Co-hosted by

New York Surf Film Festival

About the Director(s)
ADAM PESCE was born in California and learned to surf at a break called Rincon. While studying Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College he stumbled on an image of a Papua New Guinean boy riding a broken surfboard smiling ear to ear. With no cinema training, Adam left for Melanesia with a vow not to return without a film.


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