NYSEA and Transition Productions team up to produce the first ever New York surf thriller: “Empire Now”
Using the landscapes and culture of New York, this new film combines a fasts paced thriller with high action surf. With a mix of surfers from every beach in NY, Montauk to Rockaway “Empire Now” embodies the care free personalities of the NY surf community. Starring many of New York’s premiere surfers including Kurt Rist, Leif Engstrom, TJ Gumiela, Brian Pollak, Will Skudin, Balaram Stack, Zack Dayton, Tyler Maguire, Cliff Skudin , Dylan Stott and many more. Guest appearances from NYSEA friends Garret Mcnamara, Kealii Mamala and Tamayo Perry.
The thriller focuses on a magic treasure chest that reveals hidden surf talents. Sharing the chest with each other and tackling all obstacles along the way. The surf sections of the film jump around from NY, Hawaii, Indonesia, NJ, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Tahiti.
With aerial surfing, tube riding, big wave paddle ins and giant slab tow ins “Empire Now” showcases a full variety of New York surfers pushing the limits.
Directed by JR Jensen
Visual Effects by Frankie Principe
Produced by Will Skudin and Kemp Curley
Photography by Grant Monahan