'Dear Suburbia' (Kai Neville, 2012)
It's anyone's guess if 'Dear Suburbia' will stand the test of time, but if you want to know what's happening at this very moment in high-performance surfing and its film industry, this is your ticket. Here's what you'll witness: The best Japanese waves ever captured on film, and shaggy-haired dreamboat-hipster Dane Reynolds at his high-flying, power-gouging best. Brian Eno, Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Joy Division, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are all on the bleak, fantastic soundtrack, which means filmmaker Kai Neville is either swinging some serious budget, or has A-grade music industry connections (or both). Viewer's Choice winner at the 2012 New York Surf Film Festival.