Australian director/producer Kai Neville brings his new piece of surf cinema to Charleston this weekend. Neville’s new brainchild, Lost Atlas, is making its North American rounds after a successful release at the Nike US Open of Surfing earlier this month. The tour, spanning the country from California to New York, includes a screening at downtown’s Fuel restaurant sponsored by Las Olas surf shop.
Lost Atlas follows Neville’s first production, Modern Collective, but does not hide in the shadow cast by its 2009 predecessor. The film is meant to be a more free-flowing piece. Neville followed 12 elite surfers (everyone from Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicole to Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith) as they abused waves across the world.
With Neville there to film the fruits of friendly competition, Lost Atlas captures some of surfing’s best runs at some of the world’s best beaches. The film also includes a soundtrack calmer than most extreme sports movies. The result is a new Neville piece that is a definite departure from the normal world of surf cinema.
Lost Atlas is now for sale on iTunes, but the free screening runs from 6-11 p.m. on Sun. Aug. 14.