Chris Dixon is a Charleston based journalist and the author of the book Ghost Wave, The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Surfer, Surfers Journal, Outside and Garden & Gun,
He’s stoked to be a part of the festival.
Jenny Brown’s love of the ocean began at a young age .”I had many beach days with my Mom and fishing trips with my Dad. I lived and sailed in the Abacos. I always knew I’d be in and near the ocean forever.” Nearly three decades of surfing and 7 years living aboard a sailboat left an impression on her. ‘I learned just what one truly needs to live and thrive, and it’s not so much really. The sea, open sky and simplicity of life on a boat bring awareness of the elements and our surroundings that sometimes go unnoticed in a fast-paced world. This connection with the ocean helps my own balance in life.”
A daily yoga practitioner, Jenny has been teaching consistently for 16 years.” I think yoga and surfing bring you to a place of timelessness, a state of complete immersion in what you are doing. They bring you to a positive, happy state where you can be creative and grow on a personal level.”
Aside from the ocean, her greatest passion is sharing her knowledge of the ocean by teaching people of all ages how to surf at her school, Shaka Surf School. She finds that teaching women is especially rewarding. In the past, surfing was pretty much a male dominated sport, but recently there are more women in the lineup. Jenny loves helping them discover that surfing is as natural for women as it is for men. One of the most rewarding aspects of Jenny’s vocation is experiencing the energy and confidence people have after they’ve been in the ocean. Her greatest blessing comes from watching kids find their love of the ocean.
When Jenny isn’t helping others find peace and confidence in the ocean, she loves to travel and surf with her family. “The ocean stirs my creativity. My children, Grace and Georgia, inspire me. My husband Chris is a major influence in my life. His ocean knowledge and love of surfing come naturally, and being with him pushes me to be my best.”
Jenny’s philosophy and inspiration are consistent with her love of nature and art, and they bring her to a place of soulful expression that motivates her to be present in nature, living moment to moment. Meditating on the timelessness of nature, Jenny has learned that more than anything else, love inspires her. The team at Carolina Surf Film Festival couldn’t agree more. We’re stoked and honored to have her on board!
Contact: Jenny Brown
Shaka Surf School LLC
PO Box 720
Folly Beach, SC 29439
With over 25 years of surfing experience, instructor Kai Dilling is dedicated to helping students of all ages and abilities safely learn to surf and to appreciate a sport that can become a healthy, relaxing love of a lifetime. Kai is a native to the area, former middle school science teacher and has surfed internationally and competed in amateur local and national events.
Alex DePhillipo is the co owner of the award winning production company Dark Fall Productions. The New Jersey Native is widely known for his 2010 movie Dark Fall, which won various awards including Best Picture and Viewers Choice at the NY Surf Film Festival and a nomination at the Surfer Poll awards for Best Documentary. His recent and controversial comedy “Death 2 Hipsters,” won best picture at the 2014 Carolina Surf Film Festival.
Colleen Glenn is an assistant professor of Film Studies and English at the College of Charleston. She has published articles on Jimmy Stewart, Woody Allen, and Mickey Rourke. In addition to movie stars, she researches film history and gender on film. She also writes film reviews for City Paper.
With over 25 years of surfing experience, James Island resident Chuck Gainey still has the stoke of a grom. On dry land, he enjoys spending time with his foxy wife, Sarah and their genius daughter, Nina. An avid gardener and birdwatcher, he spends as much time as possible in the great outdoors. A laid-back go-getter, Chuck has a way of producing results without ruffling feathers. An alumnus of the College of Charleston who majored in English, he is CSFF’s de facto proofreader and copywriter. Professionally, he brings over 20 years of sales, marketing, and management experience to the table, and is currently the vice president of Atlantic Stone.
Ted Roach is a director, producer and editor who has worked in the film and digital media industries for almost twenty years. His productions have screened in over 30 film festivals, won several awards, and have been broadcast internationally. We first met Ted as a fellow C of C student back in the 90’s, and he still comes back to Charleston every chance he gets.
Most recently, Ted wrote, directed and edited the feature documentary “120 Days” about an undocumented Mexican family caught up in the throes of deportation. The film screened in the Austin, Atlanta, Durango, Dances With Films (LA), and Charleston International film festivals over the past year, and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary in the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival in April. A distribution deal is currently in the works, so watch out for this doc coming soon (www.120daysmovie.com).
Ted served as a producer and co-editor on the MTV docu-series “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” in 2012-2013, and has produced/edited several other award-winning, broadcast documentaries (“Somay Ku; A Uganda Tennis Story”, “Ecoviews; Three Stories from the Chesapeake Bay”, and “Saving the American Wild Horse”). As a freelance video journalist, he has also created many digital video shorts for organizations such as the National Park Service, NOAA, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the American News Project.
Ted holds an MFA Film degree from American University in Washington DC, where he won the University Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship in 2011. He also earned a BA History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a directing/editing certification from the Los Angeles Film School.