Watch: A 40-Minute ...Lost-style Surf Film Full Of Punk Rock Brazilians
"Everybody's heard about the Brazilian Storm. Well, this ain't it. These guys don't shave their armpits or do pilates, and they're not friends with soccer stars. They grow their hair like cavemen..."
Sometimes things just land in your inbox, unannounced, and leave you scratching your head: really? Well, I'll be damned.
This morning, Brazilian photographer and filmer Guilherme Calissi hit us with The Calabuouco, a ...Lost circa '95-style surf flick featuring the molotov cocktails, masked protesters, rubber bullets, The Misfits, and a bunch of raw, occasionally rough surfing.
We'll let Guilherme explain:
"Everybody's heard about the Brazilian Storm. Well, this ain't it.
These guys don't shave their armpits or do pilates, and they're not friends with soccer stars.
They grow their hair like cavemen and go slam-dancing at any given night of the week.
Amidst worldwide socio-political clashes and a bleak future, what is there left to do but go surfing through the apocalypse? The Calabouço offers just that. There's no electronic-acoustic-feel-good-bullshit-music here. This is forty minutes of pure balls-to-the-wall-punk-rock-beer-drinking-surfing.
Independently filmed and directed, the film stars Dávio Figueiredo and his father, Brazilian surfing legend (and still ripping at 53) Dadá Figueiredo. The duo is joined by Wesley Santos, Sydney Guimarães, Murillo Graciola, and Gilmar Teixeira in an attempt to lure the audience into the dungeon that is the Brazilian underground surfing scene.
Clearly influenced by early …Lost videos, the Runman series, and horror flicks, The Calabouço (The Dungeon) is sure to keep you wondering where all that punk rock surfing savagery went all these years.
Filmed in black & white with occasional blood-red titles, it not only depicts the underbelly of Brazilian surfing, but also the D-list of Brazilian punk rock. Bands like LoFi Punk Rock, We Suck as a Band, and The Boneyard Club complement the soundtrack of well-known punk rock bands with street-level realness. The movie also gives you a taste of the bands' energetic performances in basement-type venues called “Junkie Box” and “Jailhouse Pub”, or even in someone's actual basement.
If you find yourself in Brazil within the next couple of months, you can check those bands play live on “The Calabouço - Stupid Tour” which will showcase premieres of the film along the Southern and South coast of Brazil.