Charleston, SC, April 30, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- When independent film and video producer/director Jarrod Tallman was looking for the quintessential song to close his surf documentary “Mundaka,” he had only to look as far as beloved local rock group Band of Horses. The third track on their 2006 album “Everything All The Time” was the ideal choice.
“Mundaka” is a 46-minute documentary film that recounts the transformation of a thousand-year-old Basque fishing village after surfing is introduced in the early 1970s. It describes how the residents have coped with the influx of visitors to their sleepy town from the beginning until now, with Mundaka serving as host to the prestigious Billabong Pro Mundaka event on the ASP Men’s World Surfing Tour. It is also a surfer’s homage to the legendary tubes that break at the mouth of the Guernika River.
“Bringing ’Mundaka’ to life was a labor of love as it combined my passions of surfing, music and filmmaking,” explained Tallman, a producer/director of commercials, action sports videos and documentary films for the past 10 years. “I felt a great responsibility to share the town of Mundaka’s story with warmth, compassion and accuracy, which made it even more critical to choose the most appropriate song for the movie’s climax.”
“As a Band of Horses fan for years, I was thrilled that the group not only permitted me to include their song, but embraced the project as fervently and respectfully as I did,” added Tallman. “This has truly been a great partnership, and we hope that the Charleston International Film Festival community enjoys the movie as much as we took pride in creating it.”
That their relationship is close is evinced by the fact that Band of Horses tagged Tallman to direct and produce their next music video, “No One’s Gonna Love You,” which is slated for release later this month. The documentary-style video with a cinema verité look, shot in Super 8, shows the guys having fun, playing music on the road, and just being themselves at home.
And for Band of Horses, Charleston is home. Band members Ben Bridwell (lead singer), Creighton Barrett (drummer) and Rob Hampton (guitar) all hail from the area, and jam with Ryan Monroe (keyboards), Tyler Ramsey (guitar) and Bill Reynolds (bass) as Band of Horses. When they’re not playing gigs at The Village Tavern or The Music Farm, touring the United States, or on an International Tour, they’re catching waves at Folly Beach.
Presented by Billabong, “Mundaka” was first introduced at the 2007 Billabong Pro Mundaka event in October 2007. The documentary film was directed and produced by Tallman, who also co-wrote the script with David Malcolm. The original score is by Michael Sterling Eaton.
“Mundaka” will be shown on Friday, May 2 at 9:00 p.m. at the Terrace Theater as part of the Charleston International Film Festival. For more information on the film, visit http://www.myspace.com/mundakathemovie . For Band of Horses’ press kit, http://www.subpop.com/media/band_of_horses.
Contact: Jericho Tallman 760/ 815- 1770