Chasing the Lotus

David and I were having dinner with friends at a new restaurant in town--Big Fish & Cold Beer--and the surf film Chasing the Lotus came up in conversation. Comprised of previously lost reels of super8 mm film shot by Greg Weaver and Spyder Wills, this documentary is a gem. It's got a groovy soundtrack, beautiful surf footage from places both exotic (Indonesia) and local (our own Oak Street, in the 60s) and narration by Jeff Bridges, the Dude himself. Yes, the word "consciousness" is used a few times too many, but, hey, it's kind of a period piece. I have to watch it again.

Out of the mud, grows
the lotus. Lost reels reveal
green walls, perfect peaks.