As plans shape up, Del Mar Cinema Series still in need of donations

By Claire Harlin

Staff Writer

The Del Mar Shores Cinema Series has made significant gains in the last few days in fundraising for its two beachfront movie nights scheduled for Sept. 10 and 24.

Organized and hosted by Friends of Del Mar Parks, the event has raised about $2,500, but it’s far from it’s goal of $5,000 — the amount needed to cover overhead costs of the event. While the event is free to the public, organizers hope community members will make a donation on the event’s Kickstarter page in advance. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects that provides information on the Cinema Series and facilitates online donations. Donors can log onto and search for the Del Mar Cinema Series to make a contribution.

Organizer Ian Leggat announced Thursday, Aug. 18, that the final movies have been added to the film line-up. On Sept. 24, viewers will get to see “The Krill is Gone,” a children’s movie about ocean stewardship, “Soul Surfer,” a recent box office release, and “First Love,” a story of three female surfers who live their dream.

“We are trying to put something out there for everyone,” said Leggat, who is spearheading planning with his wife, Emma.

The 2011 Cinema Series kicks off Sept. 10 at sunset (around 7:30 p.m.) with a trio of award-winning films that put a new twist on the traditional surf flick. “Dear and Yonder” looks at the history of women’s surfing, and “The Physics of Surfing” will offer a scientific glimpse into the logistics of surfing, explaining everything from how it works to what makes the perfect swell.

Special guest Maggie Franks will also be present for the screening of “The Board Meeting,” the endearing story of “old guy” surfer dudes who were the inspiration behind famed clothing line Old Guys Rule. In this documentary short, San Clemente filmmaker Maggie Franks, herself a lifelong surfer, joins 79-year-old surfers, best friends and entrepreneurs, Don Benson and Ross McAdam for one of their weekly morning surf sessions. “Board meetings” as they call them, have been the setting for some of their most nostalgic moments, greatest ideas, and even a little work now and then. This film is a celebration of doing what you love for the sake of it — a philosophy anyone, surfer or not, can embrace.