Jack


Jack Norton, whipping through a signature drop-knee swoop on his Sealegged log, shaped by good mate Aaron Frost.

What Is The Joy


'What is the joy that death does not have the power to destroy, and how might I discover it?' Meister Eckhart

All Men Matter

“All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe.” G.K.Chesterton


Please take the time to check out this short produced by friends, which documents the important, sacred work of Robin Lim & her colleagues in Bali.

The Heart & The Sea / St-Pierre d'Oleron


The Heart & The Sea is playing next week in Île d'Oléron, France, which sounds like a perfect place to be at this time of the year. Here are the detailsIf you can't make it to a little island off the west of France, you can always order a DVD directly from me. Please email me nathanoldfield@yahoo.com if you'd like to order The Heart & The Sea on DVD. $40 in Australia, $50 worldwide, delivered to your door. Many thanks for supporting independent surf filmmaking. 

Awakening


'What is love's urgency, but the urgency of the awakened heart? How might I die to the cherished illusions that I'm anything less, or other than, the oceanic love of God that is my life? And how might I realize that tonight, with the directness and the clarity with which I see the palms of my own hands, or hear my own breathing? That's really it: there's this unexplainable desire for an awakening, that one is powerless to attain, but short of which nothing makes any sense. This is the flavour of the Way.'    James Finley.

DIY


The glamorous world of DIY filmmaking. Here I am dodging ever present rain squalls while working on The Heart & The Sea. Photo by my good friend Rudy Jacques. 

If you haven't seen the film yet, I'd be stoked if you ordered a copy directly from me. 

Please email me nathanoldfield@yahoo.com if you'd like to order 'The Heart & The Sea' on DVD. $40 in Australia, $50 worldwide, delivered to your door. Thanks for supporting independent surf filmmaking. 

Mill Valley Surf Film Festival


The Heart & The Sea has been selected for the finale of the Mill Valley Surf Film Festival. Click here for more information about screening times & purchasing tickets.

If you would like to see the film but you can't make it to California, I'd be stoked if you order a copy from me directly. Please email me nathanoldfield@yahoo.com if you'd like to order 'The Heart & The Sea' on DVD. $40 in Australia, $50 worldwide, delivered to your door.

Thanks for supporting independent surf filmmaking.

Emptiness & Solitude



"There is another self, a true self, who comes to full maturity in emptiness and solitude – and who can of course, begin to appear and grow in the valid, sacrificial and creative self-dedication that belong to a genuine social existence. But note that even this social maturing of love implies at the same time the growth of a certain inner solitude. Without solitude of some sort there is and can be no maturity. Unless one becomes empty and alone, he cannot give himself in love because he does not possess the deep self which is the only gift worthy of love. And this deep self, we immediately add, cannot be possessed. My deep self in not ‘something’ which I acquire, or to which I ‘attain’ after a long struggle. It is not mine, and cannot become mine. It is no ‘thing’ – no object. It is ‘I’. " Thomas Merton, Disputed Questions.

HB

The Nature of a Wanderer from The Harvest Creative & Co on Vimeo.

You may remember my old mate Heydon Bunting from my film Seaworthy. Here's a nice piece on him via The Harvest. More here.

We Are Invited To Forget Ourselves


"The world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity, and despair. But it does not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not. Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance." Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation.

Home Coming

HOME COMING TRAILER 2 from debolex films on Vimeo.

My friends just released a second trailer for the documentary Home Coming featuring my family & I journeying in the Basque Country while I was making The Heart & The Sea, just in time for the World Premiere of the film tonight in Zarautz.














Stillbirth & Surfing


Stillbirth & Surfing from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.



I just found out my little short film, 'Stillbirth & Surfing' - which is really an excerpt from my feature length film 'Seaworthy' - was singled out for a Special Honour Award for Most Heart in the XpeditionTV Short Film Competition.

It means a lot to me that our daughter Willow's story still reverberates out there in the world. The telling of this personal narrative took many tears & many groans & many hours, & while the grief journey still requires its treading, there was some hope & healing to be discovered in making this surfboard & this film.

As always, thanks for watching.

Brett


Brett Caller, lit up across wintery slipperies.

The Tonic of Wildness



“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Sacred Playgrounds


Happy at home in sacred playgrounds. Photo: Mike Brown

Tide Pools & Stars



“It is a strange thing that most of the feeling we call religious, most of the mystical outcrying which is one of the most prized and used and desired reactions of our species, is really the understanding and the attempt to say that man is related to the whole thing, related inextricably to all reality, known and unknowable. This is a simple thing to say, but the profound feeling of it made a Jesus, a St. Augustine, a St. Francis, a Roger Bacon, a Charles Darwin, and an Einstein. Each of them in his own tempo and with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Mill Valley Surf Film Festival



Stoked to just hear that 'The Heart & The Sea' has been selected to play at the Mill Valley Surf FIlm Festival, Mill Valley, California. Details here.