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FILMS

West Beach Films is the area’s most experienced producer of feature and short documentaries for theatrical, television, and online distribution.  
As long-term members of the International Documentary Association, we are active in major market film festivals, and support documentary directors and producers with cinematography, lighting, and finishing services.  
 
WBF has also produced documentaries internally which can be seen on iTunes, Netflix, and most streaming platforms.
Wheels Over Paradise (2016)

“Wheels Over Paradise” is the story of the outlaw, downhill skateboarders of Santa Barbara, CA.  One of the most special and traveled to downhill scenes of the world, the hills above Santa Barbara attract some of the best riders... and the law.

 

Proposed in the summer of 2015, and quickly voted in by County Supervisors, a new law bans downhill skateboarding on the most dramatic and dangerous roads in California.  The local riders who risk their lives pursuing the sport they love, now face another challenge of avoiding authorities.

 

Premiering in February 2016, the film finishes with the 2nd annual "Santa Gnarbara" downhill race, organized by Tom Flinchbaugh and featuring riders from both around the U.S. and abroad.

Wheels Over Paradise  (2016)

“Wheels Over Paradise” is the story of the outlaw, downhill skateboarders of Santa Barbara, CA.  One of the most special and traveled to downhill scenes of the world, the hills above Santa Barbara attract some of the best riders... and the law.

 

Proposed in the summer of 2015, and quickly voted in by County Supervisors, a new law bans downhill skateboarding on the most dramatic and dangerous roads in California.  The local riders who risk their lives pursuing the sport they love, now face another challenge of avoiding authorities.

 

Premiering in February 2016, the film finishes with the 2nd annual "Santa Gnarbara" downhill race, organized by Tom Flinchbaugh and featuring riders from both around the U.S. and abroad.

Selling America  (in production)

“Selling America” is the story of multi-level marketing, the world’s most notorious business model.

A product of the post-war 1950’s business boom, the proliferation of these thinly-veiled pyramid schemes has enabled companies such as Amway and Herbalife to prey upon the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of millions of unsuspecting citizens both, in the U.S. and worldwide.

 

These economic cults disguised as legitimate business opportunities use coercive psychological tactics to lock the unsuspecting participants into a culture of deceit that promises a false American Dream. The results; empty bank accounts, shattered friendships, and billions of dollars of annual profit for the founders of MLM’s.

 

Featured in the film are whistleblowers, industry experts, government regulators, and MLM participants who detail their experiences within the tumultuous, dog-eat-dog business of multi-level marketing. 

MatchMakers  (2008)

“MatchMakers” explores the contemporary history of matchmaking, starting with the psychoanalytical profiling and university studies that gave rise to modern Internet dating sites and traditional services. Featured stories include that of Scott Rose, a computer geek looking for his soul mate; a Russian bride from Moscow; an arranged marriage in India; and a California girl that allows her friends to set her up on blind dates in hopes of meeting the perfect man. The results will surprise audiences.

 

“MatchMakers” also features some of the largest online dating services, such as FriendFinder.com, and a class action lawsuit filed against Match.com. Interviewees include national radio host Delilah, relationship authors including Santa Barbara’s own Barbara De Angelis, the nation’s top sociologists (UCSB’s John and Janice Baldwin), and other experts in their respective fields who shed light on this cultural phenomenon. From a shopping mall selling Vietnamese brides in Singapore, to a computer- laden basement in Littleton, Colorado, “MatchMakers” tells all. 

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FILMS

The Surf Shapers  (2017)

in association with KCRW (NPR)

The legacy of surfboard shaping in Santa Barbara 

Break Dreams  (2014)

in association with Tricycle Flicks

starring: Susan Isaaks, Garrett Swann, Mary Jo Eustace

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On the Trail  (in production)

An exploration of Santa Barbara County's lost, but not forgotten history.

hosted by Hattie Beresford & Gail Kvistad