“Odd Todd” is an exceedingly humble, reluctant participant in the telling of his own story. Through a series of interviews and anecdotes from friends and admirers alike, a universally loved, “renegade soul” emerges. In this age of shameless self promotion, we find a rare individual, as defined by the proud tradition of the surf community’s oral history. Within this resplendent collective consciousness, indelible memories of only the most honorable legends live on in a state of timeless respect.
As Sachi Cunningham, Professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, pointed out, SeaLevelTV’s approach follows the genre of literary journalism invented at Esquire Magazine in the 1960’s by writer Gay Talese with his piece known as “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”.
When we showed up to our first location to begin shooting, it was blatantly evident that we had set out on a fool’s errand. Though we’d contacted Todd and he seemed open to the idea of filming a story, the opening sequence shows the moment we knew we had to look for other ways to tell the story.