SMASH Productions LLC is excited to announce the SMASH FEST 24 Hour Short Film Competition presented by KIND healthy snacks

In addition to hosting world-class independent films, SMASH FEST & KIND Healthy Snacks will be giving local New York filmmakers the opportunity to participate in New York’s first-ever, 24-hour short surf film competition. Six local filmmakers have been chosen to represent their respective surf communities; Benjamin Potter, Davina Grincevicius, James Katsipis, Nate Best, Thomas Brookins. On July 8th, these filmmakers had their skills put to the test in this unique competition, where they assembled a team to write, film, direct, edit and screen a two-minute short film within 24 hours.

Now through August 31st, you have a chance to return the act of kindness by voting for your favorite film. Your vote will determine which team will receive a $1,000 grant from KIND to carry out an act of kindness for New York City’s coastlines, in partnership with Waves for Water. Watch the films, cast your vote and share these #kindawesome surf stories with your friends

Thomas Brookins & Davina Grincevicius / Ebb & Flow

Thomas W. Brookins, Jr. is the founder of Earthmovers Video Productions, based in New York. Thomas is an independent writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. In 2010, Shadows of the Same Sun, a documentary feature film uncovering New York City’s underground surf culture and history, opened the New York International Surf Film Festival and was featured at various venues including the Honolulu Independent Film Festival. Thomas earned Best Directorial Debut at the New York International Film Festival in 2011. Currently, Thomas is writing and directing Fire and Water, a piece highlighting a Firefighter and untold New York surf pioneer, Don Eichin, and his legacy. The film reveals the little-known relationship between New York and surfing’s rich history. A native of Melbourne Australia, Davina moved to New York City 7 years ago and now lives and surfs in Rockaway Beach. She is a co-founder of Lava Girl Surf, which offers surf workshops and lessons designed to inspire and empower women through learning, creativity and community building. She is a freelance broadcast producer and recently launched her own boutique film production company, Staska, which creates online content for lifestyle brands and documents events, travel and surfing culture in New York.

Nate Best & James Katsipis / Desperate Times

James, who was born in Southampton and raised in Montauk, studied photography in high school and college and is a senior photographer at Eastern Surf Magazine. Known for his environmental portraits, he most recently staged a solo exhibition of his #coldwatersurferseries, at Neoteric gallery in Amagansett. The show was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign and featured photos and video shot over in the past winter in New York and Ireland. Nate, moved to Montauk in 1996 the same year he took his first class in video editing. He continued to study film and photography at Ithaca College, and has since worked as a freelance filmmaker, photographer, and editor in New York City, DC, and the on East End. He specializes in documentary and photojournalism based work. He is currently working on his first feature surf film titled “Scatter” due out next year.

Benjamin Potter / The Schralper

Ben Potter was raised on a farm in Amagansett, NY just a minutes from the beach. Living in an area of abundant nature and beauty, Ben developed an eye for imagery at a young age. Currently, Ben studies film and television at NYU Tisch and splits his time between the city and East End of Long Island. When he is not in the city studying and working, he is back home surfing and spending time with his friends and family. Ben has made a number of short surfing videos, including his own Good Water series and a short film called What is New York to You? with the New York based production company NYSEA. In addition to surf content, Ben also works in both narrative and documentary and has worked with a variety of companies including yU + co and The Brain Music, both based in Los Angeles. Ben attributes his style to the environment he grew up in, and applies that vision to all creative endeavors he engages in.