“Surfwise” by Local Director Doug Pray
Local Director Doug Pray was on hand to discuss his most recent documentary, “Surfwise”, which was shown at a free screening last week by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council in the Jack and Denny Smith Multi Purpose Room at the elementary school. This documentary has been both a critical and commercial success when it was released in May this year, and was directed by Mt. Washington resident Doug Pray. It explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children who were all home-schooled and raised in a small camper on the beach, where they surfed and had to adhere to a strict diet and lifestyle.
The New York Times describes Doug Pray’s work as:
"Mr. Pray, a filmmaker with a thing for youth subcultures (his earlier films include 'Hype!,' about the Seattle music scene), has an easygoing, accessible, silky-smooth style."
The evening began with a Reception and free dinner, followed by the screening, then Q&A after the film.