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Last night, as 1st Thursday wound down, I headed over to Elsie's to catch a set by my friend and neighbor Sean Kennedy. He played mostly original works on the viola de gamba - which you might hear some afternoons wafting down De la Guerra St. Then, after a short break, brought out the guitar, the second set included covers of "Love Hurts" and, one of my favorites, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Sitting there, listening, surrounded by friends and neighbors it was a perfect end to the evening.
One of the friends and neighbors there was Russ Spencer who directed and produced Hana Surf Girls. Sean contributed a great deal of the music for the film and overall it was a great soundtrack. (Should be available soon...) The film is about two young women from the small town of Hana on the island of Maui. One of the things that struck me right away was the way the community worked together to put on the local surf contest, From the start there's a clear sense of community that flows through. Support for the young people of the area through the surf contest, a touching graduation ceremony that involves the whole town, and support for the challenge of rebuilding a life after a fall from grace.
It's this kind of community that can and sometimes does exist elsewhere, even here in Santa Barbara. Film makers, musicians, artists, supporting one another and creating a space in time and place that allows for everyday magic. Experience it when you can.
For more on Hana Surf Girls check out: www.hanasurfgirls.com
Other films from Bison Films: www.bisonfilms.com