So last night I was fortunate enough to be one of few to witness the premiere of one of the most amazing “documentaries” possibly of our time, The Drifter. The Drifter, at first glance, seems to be just another surf film made for sponsor promotion by pro athletes, but little did I know.
I had heard of this movie coming to SLO to be premiered, and i thought it would be pretty cool to see some gnarly surf footy. Plus getting the chance to meet Rob Machado, and listen to live music by Jon Swift sounded pretty enticing. I also knew i was going to be able to get in for free since I had a connection through a friend.
The movie essentially documents the wanderings of Rob Machado, a pro surfer, on a trip to Indonesia. While there was some awesome surf footage of beautiful waves, what made the movie was basically the chasing of Rob by the camera crew. In the beginning of the film Rob is mostly walking, taking buses/taxis, to all of his destinations, but he stumbles upon a motorcycle that’s for sale. He then proceeded to ditch his cell phone and remove himself basically from everyone. In interviews the camera crew said once he got the motorcycle, it was tough keeping up with him. Rob also got the chance to meet some of the locals, which contained some inspiring, and touching, moments as well.
Throughout the film there are shots of Rob writing in his journal, which was used to do most of the voice overs and story telling. All of his stories and quotes were so deep and moving, it made me feel so connected to his journey. His entries were absolutely mind-blowing. At one point of the film, he is camping on a hill near the beach, and he said, “sometimes when your most alone, your not alone at all. ” This was a lot to take in, but it is so true. Another one of his entries said, “In life, we dream of the perfect wave, the perfect job, the perfect love, the perfect house…and when we get there we dream of something else.” This is what I’m talking about when I say this isn’t your typical surf film.
Along with the amazing wanderings of Rob, the cinematography was absolutely amazing. Not just shots in the water, but the shots they got on land were beautiful. Also the soundtrack for the film was unbelievable as well.
All-in-all i would highly recommend everyone see this inspiring film. I truly think it will move you and really make you analyze yourself and how you are living life.