Beyond The Surface

Beyond The Surface Film


A Documentary Film Project

Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer, is joined by a unique and talented group of women –
Crystal Thornburg-HomcyLiz ClarkLauren HillEmi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. With unshakable determination for a better world they will travel through Southern India documenting the ways that surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fueling change for local people and the Planet.

The saturated hues of India set the scene for this documentary that will touch upon eco-tourism, youth and women’s empowerment, biocentrism and personal growth. We will be integrating these causes with the pursuit of India’s perfect waves, highlighting the undeniable power of surfing to bring joy amongst suffering. Documentary-style interviews with the local Indian community, filmed by award winning cinematographer, Dave Homcy, will capture this rare and inspiring endeavor with the goal of sharing these stories with the global surf community and beyond. Homcy is best know for critically acclaimed work in Sliding Liberia, Surfwise, A Broke Down Melody, El Mar Mi Alma, Come Hell or High Water, One Track Mind, Shelter, and Dear and Yonder.

We intend to bring a spark of hope to a country that faces social disparity and suffering, and empower those without voices. All the while, we will discover more about ourselves, exchange life experiences and – through the medium of film – inspire others to seek a deeper connection to their fellow humans and to the wonder of mother nature.

We are teaming up with Beyond The Surface International. A Non-Profit organization whose mission is to use surfing as a highly effective tool to assimilate underprivileged, homeless and orphaned children into society. They have been able to strengthen and create communities to promote social justice and peace.

We would be grateful if you would join the team and become part of this inspiring adventure. In order for this project to come to life, we are kindly asking for donations. Your contribution will help with costs of film, processing and post production. Dave strongly believes that this project should be shot on film, as he has done on past award winning projects ( His approach to using film sets the tone for his creative process. While shooting with film every frame is treasured.