If you were to produce a surf thriller, who would you cast as the villain? Garrett McNamara? Then you and the crew over at NYSea and Transition Productions are on the same page. From breaks in Montauk to Rockaway, Empire Now is a fast-moving film that enlists the surfing and acting chops (?) of New York’s best, including Kurt Rist, Leif Engstrom, TJ Gumiela, Brian Pollak, Will Skudin, Balaram Stack, Zack Dayton, Tyler Maguire, Cliff Skudin, and Dylan Stott. Also shot in Hawaii, Indonesia, NJ, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Tahiti, don’t be surprised when you see the aforementioned McNamara menacingly brandishing a bat.
This comes at a good time as the northeast is pushing its way deeper and deeper into surf as a presence to not only be noted, but respected and perhaps revered. And it was only a matter of time until the the Empire State followed suit to their neighbors in New Jersey.
The premiere is this week — New York Surf Week — on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. It shows at Villain on North 3rd Street in Brooklyn. Purchase your tickets here.