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Surfwise (2007)

R  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  9 May 2008 (USA)
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Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.

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Cast overview:
Juliette Paskowitz ...
Herself
David Paskowitz ...
Himself
Jonathan Paskowitz ...
Himself
Abraham Paskowitz ...
Himself
Israel Paskowitz ...
Himself (as Israel 'Izzy' Paskowitz)
Moses Paskowitz ...
Himself (as Moses Zyus Paskowitz II)
Adam Paskowitz ...
Himself
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Himself (as Salvador Daniel Paskowitz)
Navah Paskowitz ...
Herself (as Navah Paskowitz-Walther)
Josh Paskowitz ...
Himself (as Joshua Paskowitz)
Dorian Paskowitz ...
Himself (as Dorian 'Doc' Paskowitz M.D.)
Adrian Paskowitz ...
Himself
Rob Jones ...
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Brent Weber ...
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The inspiring and tumultuous story of 85-year old surfer, health advocate and sex guru, Dr. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children who were all home-schooled and raised in a small camper on the beach, where they surfed and had to adhere to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild. Written by Doug Pray

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Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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9 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$127,000 (estimated)

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$10,304 (USA) (9 May 2008)

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$268,560 (USA) (1 August 2008)
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The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2007. While all Paskowitz family members were scheduled to attend, four brothers were stuck in New York, as bad weather in both New York and Toronto prevented them from getting on the plane. See more »

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Got You (Where I Want You)
Written by Adam Paskowitz, James Book, Nick Lucero and Peter Predichizzi
Performed by The Flys
Published by Ensign Music o/b/o itself and Coach And Hooch Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Windswept Holding LLC o/b/o Kirtland Records
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Surf Uber Alles
11 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After, "Crumb", "Capturing The Friedmans", and to a much lesser extent, "The Devil And Daniel Johnston", I assumed I had seen my fair share of dysfunctional documentary families, but the Paskowitz also known as the "First Family Of Surfing", maybe the new heavy weights.

Assume for a second you father is a Jewish Stanford educated Dr., President of the medical association for the island of Hawaii, who has a mental breakdown/breakthrough...gives up his possessions, and moves to Isreal to live off the land. Here he introduces surfing to the 'Holy Land", and is in turn, taught the finer things in life, such as the application and enjoyment of Cunnilingus (an event which Dr. P claims "completely changed his life".) Dr. P, decides to abandon the pursuit of money or financial security, live in his van with his wife, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and surf. Dr. P, has 9 children who he raises in such a Camper.

The family is something of a surfing Partriges of the 70's, and are seen as a symbol of freedom, escape, and adventure to just about everyone they meet. Of course the kids are miserable, desperate to join the real world, which there father forbids them involvement with. . They listen to their parents have loud energetic sex, every single night, separated by a bed sheet. They are forbidden to have any formal education(one actually wants to be a DR.). At one point a family photo is on screen, everyone out in the water and smiling, and one brother says, "Adams bleeding in this picture actually, he didn't want to be in it. Dad made him". Which is the movie itself in microcosm.

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