"Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story" is an exploration of how one corner of the world produced some of the most talented surfers and surfing innovators. The documentary features never-before-seen footage from surfing's Golden Age, with outtakes and extras from some of surfing's most well known filmmakers.
When Director Wyatt Daily and Producer Justin Misch brought Dana the raw media of this film, he felt the hair stand up on the back of his neck: "It’s hard to describe how much of a relic these lost reels and archived 16mm cans were," Dana says of that moment. "They are unseen moments of surfing history as told by the legends that I studied cover-to-cover my entire life. I could only compare these pieces of history to the lost ark of the Covenant."
The greatest challenge of the project was having never scanned cans of Bruce Brown’s 16mm archive, Alby Falzon or Sonny Miller footage, and having to be selective about the puzzle pieces ultimately used to tell the story.
"My takeaway was a greater understanding of a history I care deeply about in my own life, and a deeper respect for the documentarians out there choosing which slice of life to roll film on." And the funniest takeaway? " I am now able to tell what year the 16mm cans came from just based on George Greenough’s haircut."
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