In the 1980’s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea.
- Adam Pesce
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In the 1980’s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Twenty years later, surfing is not only a pillar of village life, but it’s also a means to prestige. This story unfolds in the months leading up to the first National Surf Championships and explores the hopes and dreams of the surfers, the effect that surfing has had on relationships, societal changes, and the rivalries that surface between friends and families within this tight knit, male-dominated community.
Featured in Pacific Heartbeat Season 5
ADAM PESCE - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER/EDITOR
Adam was born in California and learned to surf at a break called Rincon. While studying Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, he stumbled on an image of a Papua New Guinean boy riding a broken surfboard smiling ear to ear. The idea for Splinters was born.
With no cinema training, Adam left for Melanesia with two cameras, hundreds of tapes, a few surfboards and a vow not to return without a film. Living in Vanimo Village and operating without a translator Adam taught himself the national language, Tok Pisin. He even got malaria a few times for good measure. For six out of the total nine months of production he shot alone.
Splinters is Adam’s first film and Variety hailed it as a “noteworthy debut.”
PERRIN CHILES - PRODUCER
Perrin Chiles is an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer with a background in private equity, finance and entrepreneurship. Currently, Perrin is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Member of Adaptive Studios. Adaptive Studios is a first-of-its-kind content creator that reimagines previously abandoned intellectual property from studios, production companies, agencies and estates for engagement across a wide range of digital platforms.
Prior to launching Adaptive, Chiles founded In Effect Films to produce socially-conscious documentary films such as the Oscar Short-Listed and Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical and the award-winning Splinters. Before moving to Los Angeles, Perrin worked at Elevation Partners, a leading media and entertainment fund, and Silver Lake Partners, a premier technology private equity fund. Perrin graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA Economics & History.
KIM ROBERTS - EDITOR
Kim is an Emmy Award-winning editor of feature documentaries. Her recent work includes Waiting for Superman, Food, Inc. (nominated for a 2010 Oscar) and Autism: The Musical (HBO). Kim won an Emmy for Autism: The Musical, her third nomination. She was also nominated for an ACE Eddie award for Food, Inc. Her other films include: Oscar Nominees Daughter from Danang and Long Night's Journey into Day; Two Days in October (Peabody ‘06); Made in L.A. (Emmy ’09); The Fall of Fujimori; Lost Boys of Sudan; A Hard Straight and Daddy & Papa. She won a Student Academy Award and is a WGA Award nominee. Kim received her Masters in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.