Rocky Romano, an award winning filmmaker, has announced that the premiere of an episode from his documentary series “Maverick Moments” will be shown at this years highly praised San Diego Film Festival. Romano is an action sports athlete turned an acclaimed writer, producer and director with 20 short films and three feature films under his belt. Romano is more than honored that the San Diego Film Festival has recognized his work in this forum.
The short selected, titled “The Swell”, is a dramatically crafted film that glorifies the best swell to hit Mavericks in the 2011/2012 season.
Romano stated, “I am stoked and honored to be part of this prestigious surf film festival. We are proud to represent big wave surfing through our style of story telling. The humans that ride the biggest waves in the world deserve the highest level of recognition. The festival organizers stated that the competition was really tough this year, and to be selected along side talented filmmakers such as Kai Neville (“Lost Atlas” and “Sincerely Suburbia”) is humbling.”
The film features personal interviews with surfers like Ken “Skin Dog” Collins. Alongside Skin Dog, are professional surfers like Peter Mel, Greg Long and many more. Interestingly, several of the episodes were actually filmed during the same swell used in “Chasing Mavericks”, the Hollywood film starring Gerard Butler. Footage from the web series was actually used in the feature film produced by Walden Media/ 20th Century FOX as well as the TV special “The Making of Mavericks.” Footage from the series can also be found in the new documentary film titled “Discovering Mavericks” a documentary about Half Moon Bay’s dangerous surf break by Josh Pomer.
Alongside his San Diego FIlm Festival accomplishment Rocky and his V.P. of Operations Miranda Winters are continually re-defining “independent” filmmaking. Episodes from the series have also been been selected for the 2012 Spanish Surf Film Festival and the 2013 Shore Shots Irish Surf Film Festival. His film ”Learning to Breathe” played as a closing at the 2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival.
“Mavericks Moments” was created by The Go Big Project, an award-winning production company founded by Romano in 2006. Based out of Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz California, The Go Big Project Inc., also launched its website in 2010 highlighting action sports lifestyle. Rocky Romano and his companies have been featured on HBO, ABC, ESPN, The NY Times, Transworld Surf, USA Today, Surfline, Santa Cruz Sentinel and many others. He also founded the trans-media company iTVbranding in 2011, and has had his work premiered and been awarded at international film festivals. With many accomplishments and more to come “Mavericks Moments” is something you don’t want to miss.