Bonus Footage Of “Beyond The Surface” Film Presented By FREE-THEO Productions. Directed By Crystal Thornburg-Homcy & Dave Homcy. Edited By Tom Penna.
Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer, is joined by a unique and talented group of women –
Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. With unshakable determination for a better world they traveled through Southern India documenting the ways in which surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fueling change for local people and the Planet.
The saturated hues of India set the scene for this documentary that will touch upon eco-tourism, youth and women’s empowerment, biocentrism and personal growth. They have integrated these causes with the pursuit of India’s perfect waves, highlighting the undeniable power of surfing to bring joy amongst suffering. Documentary-style interviews with the local Indian community, filmed by award winning cinematographer, Dave Homcy, has captured this rare and inspiring endeavor with the goal of sharing these stories with the global surf community and beyond. Homcy is best know for critically acclaimed work in “Sliding Liberia”, “Surfwise”, “A Broke Down Melody”, “El Mar Mi Alma”, “Come Hell or High Water”, “One Track Mind”, “Shelter”, and “Dear and Yonder”.
They intend to bring a spark of hope to the people they meet who face social disparity and suffering, and empower those without voices. All the while, they have discovered more about themselves, exchange life experiences and – through the medium of film – inspire others to seek a deeper connection to their fellow humans and to the wonder of nature.
The group is teaming up with Beyond The Surface International. A Non-Profit organization whose mission is to use surfing as a highly effective tool to assimilate underprivileged, homeless and orphaned children into society. They have been able to strengthen and create communities to promote social justice and peace.
Music From EarthSync India, a record label and audio-visual production company, with a passion for music and unique collaborative projects.
Shubha Mudgal | Ursula Rucker | Business Class Refugees
No Stranger Here is inspired by the poetry of the 16th century Indian poet Kabir from the Bhakti Movement (500-1700 AD) that swept across India as a rebellion against religious orthodoxy, and caste distinctions, propagating peace, harmony and love – an ancient movement as relevant now as it was then.
Expressed across time by lovers, artists, saints and devotees, humanity is no stranger to the search for higher ground, the ecstasy and pain of earthly or divine love, of being a stranger in a familiar world; seeking sublimation through artistic expression.
With individual sensitivity, respect and deep artistic understanding of their own and different cultures, Shubha Mudgal, Ursula Rucker and Business Class Refugees come together in distinct diversity to unite with the timeless, spiritual voice of humanity.