Release Date : Sep 1, 2007 Wide Genre Movie :Documentary,Sports & Fitness,Special Interest
Mpaa Rating : R
Actors :Sonia Darrin,Rabbit Kekai,Sunny Garcia,Andy Irons,Taylor Knox,Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz,Jonathon Paskowitz,Bonga Perkins,Kelly Slater,Brian Urquhart,Steve Pezman,Moses Zyus Paskowitz II,Kala Alexander,Wayne A. Brown,Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz M....,David Paskowitz,Abraham Paskowitz,Adam Paskowitz,Salvador Paskowitz,Navah Paskowitz
As far as raw eccentricity is concerned, few American families could top the Paskowitzes. The patriarch, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, began life on a commendable, even enviable course, with an M.D. under his arm, rippling sandy-haired good looks, and experience almost single-handedly teaching the country of Israel how to surf. But in the years to follow, bitterness and inveterate disappointment ensued as Dr. Paskowitz tried to settle into a conventional existence. Two broken marriages and a medical career that Dorian would later describe as "miserable" left him clawing his way out, desperate for an "alternative" lifestyle. He soon met, courted, and married his third wife, a ravishing, sexy young woman named Juliette; these two free spirits jointly decided that they would live life, budding family in-tow, on the open road, in a series of low-budget trailers. As one child after another cropped up over the course of a decade, the family toured the country winning one surfing competition after another, and Dr. Paskowitz accepted low-rent medical jobs for the poor that reeled in little to no income. In theory, this all seemed idealistic, even utopian; in reality, Dorian Paskowitz was reportedly a severe disciplinarian who denied his children the benefits of school and financial security, forced everyone to stick to an almost unbearable diet of a gruel-like substance, and -- even more alarmingly -- felt comfortable having open and noisy sex with his wife, with the children only a few feet away. In time, as one child after another grew up, left the clan, and attempted to survive, they found it difficult, if not impossible to function in the day-to-day world without the education, social skills, and monetary know-how that so many young adults take for granted. With his documentary Surfwise, filmmaker Doug Pray tells the Paskowitzes' strange, bewildering, and ultimately heartbreaking story via incisive interviews with family members, still photographs, and telling archival footage. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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New Review For Movie SurfwiseThe fallout decades later provides the drama in this documentary by Doug Pray, who lets his eccentric octogenarian subject off a little too easy.
Andrea Gronvall-Chicago Reader
A provocative documentary about a man who dropped out to follow a dream that gradually evolved into something not unlike a nightmare.
Joe Leydon-Houston Chronicle
Not just the story of one man's obsessive quest to find harmony on a plank of wood, Surfwise offers a cautionary tale about parenting, homeschooling (camper-schooling, actually), sibling rivalries and family sacrifice.
Steven Rea-Philadelphia Inquirer
The film's director, Doug Pray, has been able to track down each and every Paskowitz child, and he weaves their memories together with old home movies, still photos and news clippings to create an evocative portrait of their lives.
Roger Ebert-Chicago Sun-Times
A riveting documentary that focuses more on weird family dynamics than big waves.
Colin Covert-Minneapolis Star Tribune
The unorthodox upbringing of the Paskowitz clan is the subject of Surfwise, the story of a family who lived on the road, camped at the beachfront and fashioned its own vanguard version of 1960s-'70s alternative lifestyles.
Sid Smith-Chicago Tribune
New Bohemian lifestyle: good, bad, or neutral?
Marty Mapes-Movie Habit
This documentary about a famous family of nomadic surfers is fascinating not only because of the certifiable oddball patriarch, but also because of his endlessly creative offspring.
Robert Roten-Laramie Movie Scope
Intriguing family story of the sunny and dark sides of extreme home-schooling by surfing, through a trove of photos, home movies, and reminiscences, but little insight.
Nora Lee Mandel-Film-Forward.com
Surfwise will make you hug your parents a little harder the next time you see them.
Christian Toto-What Would Toto Watch?
Provocative but even-handed subculture lifestyle film.
Dennis Schwartz-Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Doug Pray, has made a fascinating look at a man who not only was a great revolutionary, but a pure human being.
Austin Kennedy-Sin Magazine
Pray's fast-paced editing matches the Paskowitzes' rootless existence, though at times it's difficult to keep track of who's who.
Sean Means-Salt Lake Tribune
The most fascinating parts of the movie explore how the Paskowitz children -- who are now in their 30s and 40s -- continue to adjust to a more 'normal' lifestyle.
Jeff Vice-Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Surfwise is a graceful, searching film that seems to have missed no opportunity to reveal truths about parents and children and how they come to understand each other.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)-St. Paul Pioneer Press
Some documentarians think like essayists, propagandists, abstract painters, or magazine reporters. Doug Pray approaches his documentaries as though he's writing books.
Noel Murray-AV Club
...captures both the lure of the proto-hippie life and the often unresolved tensions...
Jim Lane-Sacramento News & Review
Surfwise spills the gripes, the frustrations and the pain onto the screen like damaged driftwood finally feeling the steadiness of shore after a long, stormy voyage at sea.
Larry Ratliff-San Antonio Express-News
In the end, Surfwise is a fascinating portrait of a family that manages to be both radical and conventional, divided but still tightly bound by blood.
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Movie Overview For SurfwiseThe inspiring and tumultuous story of 85-year old surfer, health advocate and sex guru, Dr. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children who were all home-schooled and raised in a small camper on the beach, where they surfed and had to adhere to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild.
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