The innovative documentary, filmed during a three-week stretch in August, takes viewers on a journey that explores the relationship between the athletes, media, crowds and nature.
"We captured every kind of person, from the fisherman on the pier to the surfers and skaters to the other media," Green said. "It was really cool to see this fusion of people in a condensed space and how the locals blend in."
Set in part to music by a local band, The Growlers, and also heavily incorporating the use of background noise and personal interviews, sound effects play an influential role in bringing the audience "into the atmosphere" of the event, said Sandys, who engineered the sound for the film.
"This was another means of setting our film apart from typical action sports movies," he said. "It [enables] you to feel like you're actually there."
Prior to the screening, a photographic exhibit of classic and edgy raw images captured by Olson and Barnard with 120mm film will be on display starting at 6:30 p.m. at Hurley, 225 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach. The opening reception will also feature vegan hors d'oeuvres, a sneak-peek at the film, and an opportunity to meet the artists and have their photographs made into T-shirts.
The inspiration for the project, Sandys said, came from a proposal by Hurley's founder, Bob Hurley.
"We thought it was a really cool idea and an opportunity to lend a creative 'Planet Earth' approach to the project," he said. "It's been a great experience that's unfolded as we envisioned it."
This is LEAF's second project with Hurley, following their opening of "Time Tablets" in February. The group's vision is to create art that represents free-thinking, culturally connected, soulful innovation, and the group has spent the last decade immersed in film, photography, multimedia and all forms of fine and not-so-fine art.
Tickets to the film premiere are free, and can be picked up at 225 Forest Ave. starting Wednesday. To inquire about the event, call (949) 494-7506. For more information about LEAF, visit http://www.youarewithleaf.blogspot.com.