Hydroflight Takes Off in this 1 Hour Documentary Film
On Wednesday November 2, 2016 H2RO had the pleasure of screening the new film Hydro Fest: Hydroflight Takes Off
For us at the magazine it couldn’t have come at a better time. It encompasses everything we hope for our sport and industry to achieve and reminded us why we fell in love with flying in the first place. We hope you will find it as entertaining and visually stunning as we did.
From the first two trailers that were released (embedded in this post) it was immediately clear that David Quittman (Director/Editor), Eric Mulker (Camera/Drone Operator), the Surf Channel and Jetpack America had committed to bringing the world the most beautifully captured 4K action anyone had ever seen. (and H2RO has put out some great looking 4K video ourselves but hats off to these film pros for enhancing their footage to the fullest). Whether on a phone, a television or the big screen this film will look amazing and for the general public provide a captivating look at the beauty of our sport.
(photos courtesy of Jack Stone Photography)
The second, and most important, goal that we were happy to see Hydro Fest Hydroflight Takes Off achieve was them going beyond the flying on the water and taking full advantage of their long format (1 hour) running time to provide audiences who may not be familiar with our industry/sport enough backstory, product introductions, athlete profiles and overall context so that they could really understand and get excited about what they were watching. The film does a great job of spotlighting the entertaining personalities involved while clearly walking the viewer through the competition from start to finish.
Finally, for us at H2RO, it was really cool to see on camera our friends talking, as we have with them many times, about the future of our sport, about the community of passionate people who are driving it all forward, about the satisfaction in seeing an event pulled off where multiple manufacturers, various products, divisions for Jetboards, Jetpacks and Jetbikes could all come together and deliver an event where the end result far exceeded the sum of the parts. If you look closely you will see the ‘real’ future of our sport twinkling in the eyes of every athlete on camera regardless of who they are sponsored by. You can hear the optimism for a unified Hydroflight community in their voices and for us at H2RO this is what we see and hear when we talk to people.
Zapata Racing Community, FlyDive Community, X-Jets Community, DEFY Hydroflight Community, Jetavation Inc Community, trust us when we say if everyone had been able to personally experience Hydro Fest 2016 you would all fully understand that OPEN competitions are the greatest thing Hydroflight can offer the world. CEO’s you battle in the board rooms, collect your royalties, enforce your patents, but global community members of Hydroflight our energy needs to be channeled towards competition formats like Hydro Fest. Jetboard athletes, Jetpack athletes, Jetbike athletes, ALL of you are so fucking awesome and it’s going to take ALL of you to make Hydroflight massive. We cannot afford to have any of you on the outside looking in. … ok rant over.
WATCH HYDRO FEST HYDROFLIGHT TAKES OFF
HOW TO WATCH:
The Surf Channel presents …
— via DirecTV, Comcast/Infinity, Cox and Cablevision.
The movie is *FREE* to view and you can watch it all you want 24/7 on the Video on Demand national network.
The Video On Demand network is available via the following TV providers: DirecTV, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Cablevision.
For more information on how to access The Surf Channel via your television, review the specific instructions for each provider below.
> The Surf Channel on DirecTV
The Video On Demand page is on Channel 1860. The Surf Channel is available on Channel 1000.
> The Surf Channel on Comcast Xfinity
Under TV On Demand, via Comcast Xfinity, go to Networks and find our channel under the “SKICHANNEL.”
> Cox Communications
Find The Surf Channel by visiting Channel 1 > Freezone > Sports > Action Sports Net.
Access The Surf Channel via Set Top Box and through the Optimum App via smartphones & tablets. Find Action Sport Networks within the On Demand menu. Then click through the following settings: On Demand > Free On Demand > Sports > Action Sport Networks > The Surf Channel
To get more information about the film H2RO spoke with one of the driving forces behind the film Eric Longabardi:
H2RO) Eric, please introduce yourself and what role you played in the Hydro Fest event?
I’m a (semi-retired since 2013) Broadcast TV Producer and journalist who spent over 20+ years working in Network TV as Broadcast Story Producer and Investigative Journalist. I’ve worked for ABC News, CBS News, CNN and Fox News, and many other major TV news orgs in my TV/Journalism career. I’m a Alfred I. DuPont (Pulitzer Prize equiv.) national-award-winning producer and journalist, who has been named -TV Journalist of the Year (twice) by Los Angeles Press Club (2000 & 2008) among a long list of national TV and print/online producing and journalism awards. My full 20+ year broadcast producer/journalism career CV is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/
re: Hydro Fest
Since mid-2012 I have been working as a media and business consultant to Dean O’Malley of Jetpack America (JPA) in Newport Beach (my hometown and residence) I met Dean via a chance viewing of the Jetlev Jetpack at an event he put on in Newport Beach in mid-2012. As you see in my CV I was hired by Dean after I conceived, then produced the Jetpack America media project called -The Catalina Project-. Hydroflight’s first major MSM project that resulted in massive world-wide media exposure for JPA and helped birth the new hydro-jetpack technology and industry to the general public far beyond what had been done by Jetlev itself. Since then I have created and executed on an endless list of MSM media content projects for JPA and been a key player in building the “brand name and value” of Jetpack America to what it is today along with Dean.
Hydro Fest itself was born in early 2016 when Dean decided he wanted to host and put on the event. We had considered staging similar events going back years (and explored it, but never pursued them past the initial stages for a variety of reasons) I was second only to Dean in the planning, design, work load and execution of the HydroFest event on all fronts (including sponsors, media, and event planning/design. The hydro-competition format and practical logistical execution was Dean’s primary responsibility. You name it I was second only to Dean as I explained. I was even the primary designer for the event’s logo and t-shirts! (with help from our graphic designer) In addition, all media, public outreach and other marketing aspects of the event where my specific responsibility.
This media-project was conceived by me to produce a long form TV “Hydroflight” program that would be at a min. broadcast on the cable TV network that is owned by Steve Bellamy. Steve is a very successful TV/media/businessman who created and built The Tennis Channel into a cable TV success. He also owns and operated many other businesses, including his current national cable tv network, which is branded as The Surf Channel, The Ski Channel and Action Sport Cinema. For more on Steve: https://www.linkedin.com/in/
I brought the idea to Steve Bellamy, who I have been in touch about the sport of hydroflight off and on for a few years. Hydro Fest as a sporting / public event was a perfect match for a long form action sport media-product. Steve agreed and he provided his production team to me in order to produce an action sports program that his network could air and that the hydroflight industry would embrace. Working with Bellamy’s crew (David Quittman is the program’s Director/Editor and Eric Mulker its Camera/Drone Operator, we produced the program after shooting it on-site at the 2016 event. We also did various pre-event promo spots and have produced a ‘movie trailer’ for the program.
H2RO) What distribution channels are you employing to bring this to the masses?
I am self-distributing this doc with the primary assistance of Bellamy’s company and also minor assistance from Jetpack America in a multi-part dist. approach.
- First — we will be premiering the doc via an online Video-On-Demand — special 3 day online only release.
The cost to view the movie/doc is $15 for 3 days (72 hours of access) between Nov 4 – 7 (12A), 2016 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
- Second — We are attempting to set up live public screenings throughout the country after the initial online premiere.
We are still seeking program sponsors and other approaches to support such a public screening tour.
- Third — The program will be presented on Mr. Bellamy’s national cable TV network “The Surf Channel” in 2017.
The cable network is in approx. 50M U.S. cable households. It will also be presented on The Surf Channel’s popular YouTube channel.
H2RO) What are the top three things you hope people take away from this film?
1) Exposure of the Hydroflight sport/industry itself to the general public (what it is, how it works, the people/companies involved in it etc.)
2) The fact that anybody can do this sport from A to Z.
3) That it is NOT an extreme sport, but just like other sports it has its very skilled expert/pros who are pushing the limits of the sport.
H2RO) Can the public and Hydroflight industry expect another HydroFest in 2017?
That is Dean’s call, but he has expressed an interest in doing it, so the answer is YES.
We hope you will support this film either by renting it now or viewing it and turning friends onto it when it becomes available on VOD. H2RO is super stoked for Hydro Fest 2017!