SMASH is pleased to announce it’s curating panel for the film section of SMASH FEST 1. The Official SMASH FEST 1 Curating Panel is made up of well respected filmmakers, producers and a fashion legend both in and out of the surf industry. The Curators are responsible for selecting the films that will be screening at SMASH FEST 1, the first ever profit sharing surf film festival. These Curators were chosen in order to create a well rounded film program that will appeal to both a core audience and the general public. They are all well respected in their fields of expertise and are tasked with watching every film submitted with a careful eye.
Julie Gilhart, Fashion Consultant: Julie is a veteran and pioneer in the fashion business. Her interests are vast and cross several sectors, but she is most focused on not just the pursuit of “fashion for fashion” sake but also how to raise the consciousness in fashion. Currently her role is a fashion consultant with a diverse client base including Amazon.com. She continues to support causes that in some way reflect fashion such as Fashion Girls For Humanity and serves as an Ambassador for 1% For The Planet. She struggles with finding enough time to surf.
Mark Jeremias, Filmmaker: Mark has a successful track record of creating innovative lifestyle and youth culture based television and film topics that fuse his life-long love of surfing and skateboarding culture, with his passion for filmmaking. In 2002, Jeremias launched Build Worldwide, as an outlet for developing, producing, and releasing compelling, story driven youth culture based content. The company’s releases include ONE CALIFORNIA DAY DAY, STYLEMASTERS 1 and 2, and SINGLEFIN: YELLOW, and the critically acclaimed documentary series DRIVE. In a world of disposable media, Jeremias mission remain simple, to create content that inspires people, leaving a positive mark that stands the test of time.
Heather Hudson, Film Producer: Heather Hudson is a film producer living in Santa Barbara, California, where she is a community volunteer, a wife and mother of two sons. The one constant in Heather’s life is her absolute love for surfing and the ocean. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UCLA in 1984, Heather worked in advertising until she became a full-time mother in 1991. In 2007, she started her film production company, Graciegirl LLC, and created the groundbreaking documentary surf film, “The Women and the Waves,” with co-producer and mentor, Peck Euwer of Swell Pictures Inc., Santa Barbara. For nearly 15 years, Heather has supported and volunteered for “Heal the Ocean,” a successful Santa Barbara-based non-profit citizen’s action group committed to ending ocean pollution. In 2012, she was named to the Heal the Ocean Board of Directors where she heads up fundraising and events.
Mikey DeTemple, Filmmaker/Pro Surfer: Mikey DeTemple is a New York native, professional surfer and filmmaker. Matt Pruett, editor of Eastern Surf Magazine, described Mikey this way: “Few surfers personify the essence of modern East Coast long boarding like Mikey DeTemple –classic yet rebellious, stylish but aggressive, competitive though utterly soulful.” Mikey has been an integral the East Coast’s surf scene since the age of 16, when he won his first pro contest and became a staple in the world of pro surfing. He has graced the covers of numerous worldwide surf publications and produced two of the best-selling surf films of the past several years. Since Hurricane Sandy, Mikey has been constantly active in the relief effort, coordinating and participating in volunteer rebuilding efforts, hosting multiple events, donating artwork for fundraising purposes and using his high profile to keep attentions focused on the continuing needs of those affected.
Toddy Stewart, Filmmaker: Todd Stewart is a filmmaker working out of an Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He wrote and directed critically acclaimed surfing short film “The Surf Magazines Don’t Talk About Lapsed Catholics” and is a partner at Picture Farm Productions. He is a wannabe sometime surfer, Toddy in fact spends more time writing about not surfing for the surf blog The Endless Bummer.