"Most parents say, 'Go to school. Don't go swimming with sharks, that's dangerous. Our parents said, you can go swimming with sharks, but you're not fuckin' going to school, that's dangerous!" -Salvador Paskowitz, 7th son
Directed by Doug Pray
Produced by Matt Weaver, Tommy Means, Jonathan Paskowitz and Graydon Carter
Executive Producers: Jason Kliot, Joana Vincente, Todd Wagner, and Mark Cuban
Director of Photography Dave Homcy
Edited by Lasse Jarvi
Music by John Dragonetti
A presentation of HDnet Films In Association with Prospect Pictures, Mekanism, and Consolidated Documentaries.
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
NEW YORK TIMES Manohla Dargis "Wonderfully engaging... he makes documentary filmmaking of this sort look deceptively easy. It isn't."
WALL STREET JOURNAL Joe Morgenstern "Surfwise, in its wisdom, shows how binding, as well as blinding, family ties can be."
CINEMATICAL "Surfwise is a powerful documentary. Funny, sad, hopeful, spiritual, and tremendously engaging. Watch this one."
MEN'S JOURNAL 15 Best Surf Movies: #2 SURFWISE (#1 Endless Summer)
SURFWISE is a feature-length documentary film that follows the odyssey of 85-year-old legendary surfer Dr. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children — all of whom were home-schooled on the beaches of Southern California, Hawaii, Mexico and Israel, surfed every day of their lives, and were forced to adhere to a strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild, by their passionate and demanding health-conscious father.
The film is an inspiring yet gut-wrenching tale of what happens to a loving family when a father pursues his dreams and drags his family along for the ride. Do they get tired of living in a 24-foot camper and hearing their parents have sex every night? Do they long to eat donuts and go to high school like other kids? Do they rebel against their extremist father? Do they continue to follow him? Do they re-join society? Do they become rock stars? All this and more, as told in both painful and hilarious detail by the now-adult Paskowitz children.