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:
Vote for your fav #kindawesome shorty & help @kindsnacks and @smashsurf to restore NY beaches //bit.ly/16iYpqe
You can Vote hear: //www.kindsnacks.com/dtkt/smash-24-hour-short-film-competition/
Thomas Brookins & Davina Grincevicius
/ Ebb & Flow
Nate Best & James Katsipis / Desperate Times
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.