The Church of the Open Sky is the beautiful 2017 feature length film from award winning independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, creator of Lines From A Poem, Seaworthy, The Heart & The Sea and Gathering.
Shot on location in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, the film features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, CJ Nelson, Alex Knost, Johnny Abegg, Neal Purchase Jr, Jasson Salisbury, Devon Howard and many others.
The Church of the Open Sky is a luscious, visual love poem that explores gratefully lived surfing journeys. It is a sea-soaked celebration of the exquisite preciousness of being alive.
This film is an inspired and endearing representation of the surfing experience, where all participants are worthy and welcomed – to learn, play and grow together – in inclusive, sacred playgrounds beneath The Church of the Open Sky.
“Nathan Oldfield is a maverick, a filmmaker who wants a surf movie to say something important, to move us and make us grateful for the sea around us and the life within us. His films are quiet, beautiful and brimming with sacred purpose.”
Tim Winton, Acclaimed Australian Novelist
Main Presentation at 7:30pm
Bar, Music and Food from 6:00pm and during intermission
Come in early to the Byron Theatre to enjoy some live acoustic music, a tasty Taco and an icy cold Stone & Wood in the Beer Garden. Catch up with the local surf community and perhaps bump into a surprise guest or two involved in the making of this beautiful film.
Filmmaker Profile: Nathan Oldfield
Nathan Oldfield is a husband / father / surfer / photographer / filmmaker / school teacher / sea gazer from the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. He is interested in beautiful things and making stuff.
Nathan has been making films for over fifteen years. Past awards include Best Feature Film (San Diego Surf Film Festival), Best Feature Film (Berlin Surf Film Festival), Best Cinematography (Florida Surf Film Festival), Best Editing (International Surf Film Festival, Anglet) and Special Honor For Most Heart (Xpedition Film Festival, Colorado).
Nathan’s photographs are regularly published in international surfing magazines and he was included in Surfing World Magazine’s ‘Fifty Most Intriguing People In Surfing.’
Nathan is a local team rider and contributing filmmaker and photographer for Patagonia.
5.30pm – Internet Sales close
6.00pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Venue Bar open
7.10pm – Theatre doors open
7.30pm – The Church of the Open Sky
8.15pm – Intermission (20 minutes)
9.30pm – Event concludes