January 16-19, 2014
As if the surfing, sunning, swimming, sailing, people-watching, dancing in the streets, and the all-around fiesta atmospherethat lights up Sayulita in the high season isn’t enough, now Sayulita has got—a Film Festival!!
And not just a predictable, show-the-movie film festival but one that couples movie viewing with tequila tastings, live music, and a lot of great food served up in some of our best restaurants.
Movie screenings on the beach. On the beach, where movie-goers can lounge in beach chairs or simply throw a towel on the sand, relax, and watch a movie—a documentary about a great surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington, an English woman who spent much of her life in Mexico City, or one about the first punk band in the world, A Band Called Death.
And well, it wouldn’t be a film festival in Sayulita without at least one surf movie, and we’ve got one, Drift, an Aussie offering about a couple of pioneer surfers from the glory days of the sport.
From home, here in Mexico that is, we’ve got El Andalon, a documentary about a man in Chiapas who has spent the last 45 years among the indigenous people, healing them and preserving their culture in a museum in his home.
Another documentary gem from Mexico is Circo, written and directed by part-time Sayulita resident Aaron Schock, which tells the story of Circo Mexico, Tino Ponce’s family circus, as the troupe roams the small towns and countryside of Mexico, trying to find an audience and keep the circus economically viable. This is moving, clear-eyed yet sympathetic look at a vanishing way of life.
See the current lineup of Festival films on festivalsayulita.com. There are movies in every genre on the Festival Sayulita schedule, but what they share is originality, and a sense of adventure and creativity a little outside the mainstream, but not so far that anyone will feel lost.
This is what Sayulita is all about—adventure, exploring your passion, finding your waves, and now, discovering some great movies—and along with the movies, a few shots of great tequila, fine food, excellent and comfortable places to stay, and a couple of red hot bands playing around town during the festival. This is going to be a great party. Don’t miss it.
A special privilege for Playa Escondida guests: private screenings of many of the Festival films will be screened at Playa Escondida.