La Paloma theater hosts the first Solento Surf Festival
The inaugural Solento Surf Festival raised over $ 30,000 for charity during its three days at La Paloma Theater from September 22-24.
The festival included film screenings, conversations with athletes and filmmakers, and other events.
Screenings included the California premiere of “Girl’s Can’t Surf”, the world premiere of “Color of Winter”, “Reckless Isolation”, “Save This Shark” and “Drive Thru”.
The festival was started by Taylor Steele, a filmmaker in the surf genre for about 30 years. Steele had lived abroad and then in New York before returning to North County.
“When I came back here, I was missing some of the culture and community of New York City and how you know your deli owner and the butcher,” Steele said. “It’s really small. And then I was missing some of the art, the music and the vibes.
He started surfing at 12, grew up in and around Encinitas, and then started making his own surf videos at 15.
“I was such a fan of surfing that I loved watching surf movies so I just started making my own,” said Steele, whose career took him to the music industry and the world. commercial work with brands.
Along the way he met some of the best professional surfers, such as Rob Machado and Kelly Slater.
His recent work as a director includes two episodes of “Save This Rhino,” a documentary miniseries; “Proximity”, a documentary that follows eight of the world’s best surfers; and “Missing”, a short film that follows surfer Mick Fanning around the world.
Proceeds from the festival were donated to the Changing Tides Foundation, the Rob Machado Foundation and SurfAid. Steele added that the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for an event to bring everyone together.
“We needed something to come together and celebrate and be a tribe, a community and connect everyone,” Steele said.