Director RC Cone finds it “humbling” that someone like Rhea Scott pays attention to him. Scott, who has a track record of building directorial careers, is at the helm of production house Little Minx. She brought Cone into the company fold, drawn to his work, most notably The Accord, a documentary-style short about surfers in Iceland who brave the North Atlantic wind—personified by Cone as a temperamental drunk—to find good waves. Their relentless battle against the elements pays off when the wind cooperates and they find the perfect waves, captured by epic drone footage shot by Cone himself.
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Surfing in Iceland's breaking waves https://t.co/KJYGJtCCJp
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 30, 2017
Unbelievable. What an honor.
We we’re so excited to wake up this. An amazing way to start our day, week, year. Thank you Kendal Mountain Festival! What an honor.
Here’s director RC Cone’s acceptance speech.
— Tributaries (@tributaries_) November 21, 2016
Again, thank you for the support!
From Banff Mountain Film Festival jury member, Ciaran Flannery:
“Your protagonists are a pair of surfers. Your set pieces are the rocks, waves, and raw nature of Iceland. And your antagonist is visceral yet unseen – the unpredictable and relentless North Atlantic Wind. So what can a filmmaker do when he cannot control, much less visually capture a tempermental star? The filmmaker truly breaks new ground in creative achievement. He gets the wind drunk.”
Our heads are still spinning with The Accord winning this award! We never thought such a small, passion project type film could make it into Banff, let alone win an award. We’d like to sincerely thank the jury and staff at Banff and everyone who’s supported this film along the way. Thank you!
Last time we checked in, The Accord was about to world premiere at Telluride MountainFilm.
Fast-forward through a crazy 6 months and here we are. It’s truly a dream come true – this is something we’ve wanted to say for a long time, our film is an Official Selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival. Director RC Cone is headed there in a couple short weeks, so if you’re around – please say hello!
Secondly, we never thought The Accord would go this far! We’ve been lucky enough to win multiple awards for the short film, including:
- Best Short – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
- Best Short – Paris Surf & Skateboard Film Festival
- Best Cinematography – Berlin Surf Film Festival
- Best Cinematography – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
- Best Soundtrack – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
We are humbled, we never thought a silly, fun film like The Accord could get this kind of attention. We’d like to thank everyone for including us in their programs for 2016.
Development, working with sponsors and what’s next in this interview with Tributaries’ director.
The initial idea came from your friend and surf photographer Elli Thor Magnusson’s desire to make a movie about Icelandic surfers. How did you turn his writings about surfing in Iceland into a workable script?
We did that together. During the month of production in November, there were many, many down days where the surf wasn’t happening. Over beers and plenty of coffee, we hashed out Elli’s concept of the wind as a character. What worked, what didn’t. From there, I helped bring some of Elli’s ideas about Icelandic surfers to the screen – luckily he’s an amazing still photographer, so once we were past the conceptual pieces the practical visuals came easy to us.
We are so excited to announce that The Accord has been awarded Best Cinematography at the Berlin Surf Film Festival. Check out a re-cap video from the 2016 festival below:
This summer flew by. Wow. So many fun projects in the works. We wanted to update you with the some festival showing updates with The Accord.
First, we couldn’t be more excited to be featured on the MountainFilm tour. There are so many showings, it’s hard to fathom. Check the schedule here!
Second, there’s a whole host of other showing happening around the world. We’re keeping those updated on The Accord’s Facebook event page. Stay tuned for more!
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