I had the privilege of interviewing John Beattie, the man behind the surf film “A Hundred Miles to The End,” which premiered last Saturday night at Long Beach Public Library.
This past winter, John gave me a sneak preview of a rough cut of his film and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall emotional connection I felt as I watched the footage. I grew up surfing Gilgo Beach in the early ’70s and spent a good part of my summers cruising to Montauk to surf the uncrowded breaks, that today (some 40 plus years later), I consider my home break. Though I’m a lifelong surfer, I knew there was something more to this film than just raw surf footage.
Now, I donâ€™t really know John. I only met him a few months ago when I responded to his Facebook post about needing music for his film. But the strong connection I felt was rooted in the heart of the film. It’s a film for all Long Island surfers. It’s about honoring and remembering all the good things we experience from surfing on Long Island. And how lucky we truly are.
I sat down with John after Saturdayâ€™s premier. Here’s some of what he had to say:
Could you fill us in on your thoughts about Saturday’s world premiere of your film?
Thanks to Tyler Breuerâ€™s Smash Fest, the film played to a packed house. The audience loved the film. It took me 3 years to film and complete and I wanted to make a film that New York surfers could be proud of. Based on the comments I received after the show about how much they enjoyed the film and how they picked up on various little things that I did with the presentation, it seems that what I set out to do was accomplished. My dream of giving back to the surfing community of New York–for all the good people and places I’ve been in my life because of surfing–came true last night in Long Beach.
The opening night was a huge success, whatâ€™s your hope for the rest of the show dates this summer?
I hope that the word will get out that this is one film that New York surfers should definitely see. Even non surfers who have seen it have told me that they really enjoyed it. The film isnâ€™t about me. I’m not even in it except that you see me driving for a few seconds. Its about New York surfers and the places we surf. I wanted to show the love we have for the sport and I think you can feel that coming through the screen out to the audience. And people are going to love the soundtrack. This film has one of the best soundtracks of any surf film ever.
You’ll have three chances to catch a screening of the movie this week.
Starting tomorrow night, July 24th at the Sayville Cinemas at 6:45pm and 8:30pm.Â This is a great venue with great audio and video, not to mention popcorn, candy, and drinks. Since it’s centrally located, people from Southampton to Massapequa can easily get there from Sunrise Highway. Tickets can be purchased at the theater orÂ online here.
The following night, July 25th, the movie will be screened at The Villian Space in Brooklyn at 7pm.Â Tickets can be purchased atÂ eventbrite.com.
The film will end it’s tour at Sole East in Montauk on Sunday July 28th. There will be live music including songs performed by the artists that are featured on the film’s soundtrack. Following the closing ceremonies of SMASH FEST 1Â the movie will be screened at 8:30pm.Â Tickets can be purchased atÂ eventbrite.com.
Not only am I excited to see the finished version of the film for the first time on Sunday in Montauk, but my band and I will also be playing at the event.
Thanks to John Beattie for the time and for putting together such an excellent surf film. Be sure to make it out to one of the screenings this week and also check out the entire soundtrack below or at bandcamp.com.