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Surfwise (2007)

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Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.

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Doug Pray

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Doug Pray
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Credited cast:
Juliette Paskowitz Juliette Paskowitz ... Self
David Paskowitz David Paskowitz ... Self
Jonathan Paskowitz Jonathan Paskowitz ... Self
Abraham Paskowitz Abraham Paskowitz ... Self
Israel Paskowitz Israel Paskowitz ... Self (as Israel 'Izzy' Paskowitz)
Moses Paskowitz Moses Paskowitz ... Self (as Moses Zyus Paskowitz II)
Adam Paskowitz Adam Paskowitz ... Self
Salvador Paskowitz ... Self (as Salvador Daniel Paskowitz)
Navah Paskowitz Navah Paskowitz ... Self (as Navah Paskowitz-Walther)
Josh Paskowitz Josh Paskowitz ... Self (as Joshua Paskowitz)
Dorian Paskowitz Dorian Paskowitz ... Self (as Dorian 'Doc' Paskowitz M.D.)
Adrian Paskowitz Adrian Paskowitz ... Self
Rob Jones Rob Jones ... Self
Brent Weber Brent Weber ... Self - Sportscaster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Alexander Daniel Alexander ... The Duke
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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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Documentary | Sport

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

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David Paskowitz was the first person interviewed for this documentary. See more »

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Dorian Paskowitz: My theory is: You don't get educated in Stanford. What you get in Stanford is knowledge. But education means wisdom. Wisdom you get from experience, living, people that you meet and in everyday kind of life. And this is what my children get a lot of.
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Soundtracks

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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Regardless of how you feel about its subject, it's a great and open minded documentary.
10 January 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Generally speaking, I'm not that big on documentaries but I can of course appreciate a good one and can get intrigued by a great and interesting concept. And while it's not like this movie has an incredible subject, it still manages to be a great watch.

This is not a documentary about an all important subject or world changing event, or a legendary, influential person. It's the story of a not so very ordinary man, living a not so very ordinary live, with his wife and 9 children.

It's the story of a man, giving up basically everything he had in life and had build up with other persons, to explore himself and to do just the things he wants to do. That means surfing and traveling from beach to beach, in a camper, without a steady income or responsibilities to anyone else. He's living by his own ideologies and has his very own, sometimes very peculiar, ideas about what true happiness, wisdom is and how to achieve it all and what is good for you and not. It would be fine if he lived this life on his own but having a kid and 9 children living in a small camper with you, living by the same ideologies it's of course a bit troublesome and perhaps even irresponsible.

But it's not like the documentary is picking sides with anyone or condemns anything. Actually the things I really liked about this documentary was that for its first half it showed one big, happy family, that were really living the life and everything seemed just perfect. But then suddenly the second half started to show a far more less happy side of things and suddenly everything seemed not as cool and perfect as it did before. It shines two different lights on the same subject basically, which was an admirable and a bit of an unexpected thing for this documentary to do.

It's also a documentary that is good and pleasant to watch due to its pace. Some documentaries tend to dwell on for too long because they are so love in love with their subject. This documentary doesn't do this. It doesn't put anyone on a pedestal and actually does a rather surprising good job at giving as many people as possible an equal amount of screen time. This is a documentary about a large family, consisting out of 2 parents with 9 children but everyone gets to tell their side of things- and their own personal story, without ever making the documentary feel overlong. It tells you just enough and everything you really need to know.

Just in case you hadn't figured; a great documentary to watch!

8/10

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surfwise See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$127,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,304, 11 May 2008

Gross USA:

$269,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$318,478
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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