*Online Premiere* After getting rejected from space camp, Dan is forced to hang out with his “dark energy” cousin and discovers something far stranger than he ever would at camp. A silly but somewhat earnest comedy reminiscent of bad 80’s movies, Serf’s Up is a welcome antidote to “smart” movies everywhere.
Dan is so disappointed and resentful that he doesn’t answer the FaceTime when his best friend, RogerSpaceBoy, calls from camp. That’s when his very New Jersey mom barges in and orders him to go hang out with his cousin, Noel. Little do they know about the secret project Noel and his Biff-like friend have been cooking up in their backyard. When Dan discovers the dangerous operation, he wants nothing to do with it but he’s dragged in against his will.
Littered with intentionally awkward line-readings, and goofy one-liners, it’s not without some actual filmmaking chops as well — it knows how to build moments with clever visual details and production design, and it’s efficiently edited and plotted. Directed by Will Kempner, Serf’s Up is on its own trip through space and New Jersey, and it’s a fun little ride. (12 minutes) Starring Matt Kempner, Simon Johnston, Dan Lynch, Laura Pelliccia and Martin Pfefferkorn. Written, Directed and Edited by Will Kempner. Produced by Sarah Corrigan and Colin Garland. Cinematography by Alex Fjellberg Swerdlowe. Production Design by Mitchell Johnson. Sound mix by Hunter Berk. Original Score by Chris Fortunato.