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A Pleasant Surprise, the First 16mm NJ Surf Film, Now Available on DVD!

| posted on December 23, 2009

New Jersey, December 23th, 2009 – The buzzed about surf film, A Pleasant Surprise, makes its way to DVD after a wildly successful world premiere at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, a sold out screening at the New York Surf Film Festival & successful screenings in Philadelphia and Long Beach Island. The film, a collaboration between cinematographer Kyle Pahlow & creative director Nick Zegel, offers an honest look at the talents of a select group of surfers who live in a truly special part of the United States. Almost three years in the making, A Pleasant Surprise documents a world of contrast as daily changes in weather and waves prove to be all part of a larger picture; thumping beach breaks, cold water, and quick tropical storms are just a fraction of what you will find.

A Pleasant Surprise is a timeless, action packed surf film, delivering a genuine look into New Jersey’s surf culture. The trailer, posted to Youtube last spring, received a huge amount of attention and within days a clip from the film had been featured on Pepsi’s weekly YouTube show POPTUB. A Pleasant Surprise is the first full length film from Cinematographer Kyle Pahlow. The impressive soundtrack features original compositions from New York based Las Flores Project and singer/songwriter Brian Parnagian. Indie acts Yeasayer, Here We Go Magic, Moondoggies, School of Seven Bells, & White Williams expose viewers to new sounds that compliment the films genuine and organic nature.

The surf talent includes Ian Bloch, Ryan Daly, Luke Ditella, Andrew Gesler, Sam Hammer, Zach Humphries, Rob Kelly, Chris Kelly, Matt Keenan, Ben McBrien, Jamie Moran, Tom Petriken, Randy Townsend & Brendan Willem. Voiceover Interviews with Rob Kelly, Randy Townsend, Brendan Willem, Jamie Moran, & Matt Keenan. DVD bonus materials include “Director Commentary” featuring Cinematographer Kyle Pahlow & Creative Director Nick Zegel; “Behind-The-Scenes,” a look into the making of the film with its producers; the “Cutting Room Floor” un-used 16mm footage from the film; “Archived Footage” from cinematographer Kyle Pahlow & more! This stunning and unique film will be available December 16, 2009 for $24.99 on DVD just in time for the holidays.

The DVD is available online at http://www.apleasantsurprisefilm.com – Distribution and Retailer inquires please e-mail apleasantsurprisefilm@gmail.com or call (609) 202-1581.

A Pleasant Surprise DVD BONUS FEATURES

DIRECTOR COMMENTARY – Watch the film with directors commentary about the personalities, swells & the challenges of shooting film in challenging conditions.

BEHIND THE SCENES – Cinematographer Kyle Pahlow and Creative Director Nick Zegel offer insight into the process of making A Pleasant Surprise. The team talks about everything from naming the project to designing the graphic identity of the film and their acceptance into the New York Surf Film Festival.

CUTTING ROOM FLOOR – Check out footage left on the cutting room floor. Wipeouts, B-Roll & Everything else cut to songs by Brooklyn based Dirty Fences.

ARCHIVED FOOTAGE – Footage shot by cinematographer Kyle Pahlow from his first short film, Break the Bridge, in addition to water footage and random clips all edited to “Stuck in A Battle” by Boston-based indie group You Can Be A Wesley.

WORLD PREMIERE COVERAGE – Experience the world premiere of A Pleasant Surprise, hosted at the legendary Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ.
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Pleasant Surprise TRAILER – The films trailer released March 16, 2009

Spectacular Adventures TRAILER – The trailer for the anticipated film by Jerry Ricciotti, Spectacular Adventures!

STREET DATE: December 16, 2009
Suggested retail price: $24.99 (DVD)
Rated: “Unrated.”
Feature run time: Approximately 58 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: 16:9
DVD Sound: Stereo
Languages: English
About ‘A Pleasant Surprise’
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.apleasantsurprisefilm.com
OFFICIAL TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_B3ARaJpD0

A 16mm Surf Film by Kyle Pahlow, Creative Direction by Nick Zegel
Kyle is a 23 year old aspiring cinematographer. He currently works with NFL Films freelancing on commercial shoots around the tri-state area. Nick Zegel is a 24 year old freelance graphic artist living and working in Philadelphia. When not working on personal projects like A Pleasant Surprise Nick works with a large variety of clients and leads the creative side of a small independent clothing label, Jetty.

Synopsis
A Pleasant Surprise offers an honest look at the talents of a select group of surfers who live in a truly special part of the United States. Almost three years in the making, this film documents a world of contrast as daily changes in weather and waves prove to be all part of a larger picture; thumping beach breaks, cold water, and quick tropical storms are just a fraction of what you will find. Brought to you in Super 16mm, A Pleasant Surprise allows for the full beauty of this region and its surfers to be realized.

Shot on location in New Jersey & New York

Featuring
Ian Bloch, Ryan Daly, Luke Ditella, Andrew Gesler, Sam Hammer, Zach Humphries, Matt Keenan, Chris Kelly, Rob Kelly, Ben McBrien, Jamie Moran, Tom Petriken, Randal Townsend, Brendan Willem.