The Ace Hotel and Swing Club will be presenting the Kona Surf Film Festival, complete with musical acts like The Allah-lahs and Matt Costa. It will be the first time a film festival is brought to the Palm Springs desert. The event is on June 19 at 6 p.m.
The Kona Surf Film Festival is a creation of Chad Campbell, a surfer and filmmaker, founded in 2003 as a means of bringing together Hawaii’s surfing family for a communal love of all things surf. The foundation is teaming up with the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, a 173-room hotel, spa and resort in Palm Springs. The festival has curated independent shorts and feature length films for eleven years and it is now known as a Big Island tradition for vast communities of surf, art and music enthusiasts. The event will run alongside the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and all proceeds will benefit Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our oceans and beaches.
“The Kona Surf Film Festival is a chance for filmmakers to expose their work to surfers and non surfers alike in a super fun festival atmosphere,” Campbell. “The films are really diverse and creative, with awesome stories, action and soundtracks.”
Be sure to check out the live performance by Tomorrow’s Tulips, Darren Rademaker of TheTyde and Matt Costa along with DJ sets by special guests The Allah-Las for a memorable night in the desert.
The Kona Surf Film Festival 6/19
Doors @ 3 PM
Screening and Live Music @ 6 PM