Wednesday, December 2, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 39
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BLOW THE MAN DOWN
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
DA 5 BLOODS
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET
FIRST COW
GREYHOUND
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAPPIEST SEASON
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LYING AND STEALING
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE OPERATIVE
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO SEVEN
THE VAST OF NIGHT
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: COBRA KAI
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EVIL
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: GENERATION KILL (2008)
TV REVIEW: HANNIBAL (2013-2015)
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)
TV REVIEW: RAISED BY WOLVES
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: TRIAL 4 (2020)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
VINYL NATION

SLO Motion Film screens 'Stoke Chasers' and 'Unnur' on Dec. 5

'STOKE CHASERS' AND 'UNNUR'

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF JO ANNA EDMISON & CHRIS BURKARD

'STOKE CHASERS' AND 'UNNUR'


Where is it playing?: SLO Motion Film, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., in-person at Whalebird Kombucha or online

What's it rated?: Not Rated

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Virtual or in-person screening on Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., through SLO Motion Film, either at Whalebird Kombucha or slomotionfilm.com/events/stoke-chasers

Two local filmmakers—Jo Anna Edmison and Chris Burkard—will screen their short films at a SLO Motion Film event on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Edmison’s 16mm eight-minute film explores a group of young women who break into the male-dominated skate and surf scene, with lots of recognizable local scenery. Burkard’s Unnur is a 17-minute documentary about Icelandic surfer and photographer Elli Thor, his near-death kayaking experience, how fatherhood changed him, and his deep desire to pass on his love of the outdoors to his young daughter, Unnur.

Glen: I’m often blown away but how much power can be packed into a short film, and these two shorts by local filmmakers are both worth seeing. Jo Anna Edmison’s Stoke Chasers was shot on 16mm, lending it an air of nostalgia, and with a filter that gives the footage a quintessential California feel. You see young women skateboarding and surfing, with narration that explains how women are all too often discounted and discouraged from trying “dangerous” sports. Burkard’s Unnur brings viewers to the wilds of Iceland and depicts the life-changing experience of parenthood. Elli Thor wants to pass to his daughter, Unnur, his love of a simpler, wilder, more natural life, one that’s not about chasing money but instead chasing experiences that nurture the soul. Unlike the decidedly lo-fi no-budget feeling of Stoke Chasers, Unnur is gorgeously shot and captures Iceland’s inhospitable beauty. They’re very different films but share a love for adventure and taking the path less traveled. The filmmakers will talk about their craft as well as entering their films in film festivals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Anna: Both films deal with the feeling of being an “other.” Stoke Chasers confronts the idea of being a girl in what has always been seen as “boy sports,” and Unnur explores the conscious choice of wilder living and focusing on connection with nature over having the conventions of a “normal” life where a big home and steady job are your focus. Any woman who has gotten into skating or surfing knows the reality of showing up and being the only female out there and how intimidating that can be. Luckily, our culture is changing to reflect the reality that women are not lacking in ability or strength in these traditionally male scenes, and watching the young women in Stoke Chasers is beautiful affirmation of that. Unnur is Thor’s love story to his daughter and his chosen path to raise her with appreciation for nature and adventure at the forefront. It’s beautiful to hear his struggle within that as well. Will she ever know that her upbringing was unusual and her quest for adventure born from it? Will there be resentment of a life that differs from others? Wholly beautiful with epic shots of the remote Icelandic spots they travel to, Burkard takes us on a short but compelling journey through Thor’s path in life. Both of these films are absolutely worth tuning in for, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing from the filmmakers themselves on their journeys. 

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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