Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Portuguese Premiere

Hangs Upon Nothing will be premiering in Portugal on 30 October as part of SAL - Surf At Lisbon Film Festival! The screenings will take place at Cinema Sao Jorge in Sala 3, pictured below. Looks like a beautiful cinema. A big thanks to Luis and crew at SAL for making this happen! Screening times are:

30 Outubro, 19h30 - Sala 3

31 Outubro, 15h30 - Sala 3


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Little Sea Shop

Introducing the new Little Sea Shop:

Some of the above Little Sea Films - 9 waves screen prints are still available, as are a handful of prints of the Hangs Upon Nothing - Triangulation poster, and Triangulation t-shirts. More items coming soon. All designs by me, Jeremy Rumas. The screen print posters were hand pulled by my friend, Matt Ginsberg, in Chicago.

Thanks to Mrenc and his wife down in Forida for sharing the above photo of the awesome frame they chose for their Little Sea Films poster. Thanks for the support guys! Mrenc makes some really cool music, check it out here:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Asian Premiere at Balinale - 15 Oct - Bali

The Asian premiere of Hangs Upon Nothing is set to happen this Wednesday at Balinale International Film Festival! The screening will take place at Cinema XXI, Beachwalk Mall, at Kuta Beach, at 21:00. More information here:

Hongs Upon Kong, en route to Bali.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gloucester, MA - Sat, Oct 4 - 7:30pm

Excited to announce that Hangs Upon Nothing will be showing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 4th, at 7:30pm, as part of Doctoberfest. This looks like a really cool independent art theater. I will be attending the screening and bringing some hand printed posters, shirts, and some art too. What the Sea Gives Me by Pierce Kavanaugh will be showing earlier at 5pm, and it looks like Pierce will be attending also. Really looking forward to this event. -Jeremy

Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street * Gloucester, MA 01930

Below are some of the screen prints I'll be bringing. Just picked up this stash of trial proofs that my silkscreen printer friend Matt Ginsberg had been hanging onto.

Friday, June 6, 2014

esta noche!

Hangs Upon Nothing is showing tonight in San Sebastian, Spain, at Surfilmfestibal 12:

This is the longest running surf film fest on planet earth! A big thanks to festival director Sancho Rodriguez for putting this event together. Sidenote: this will be the first screening of the final final edit of the film. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

film burn

Film burn frame from the opening title sequence of Hangs Upon Nothing. I really dig some of the designs that show up in these film burns at the beginning and end of each roll of film. Each frame is totally unique. Visual snowflakes.

This project is on Twitter now too:

& Facebook:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

film titles

Preparing to shoot the film title on 16mm film with my Bolex.  I've decided to make a 16mm print of the entire movie to tour with later this year.  So going to need to have the movie title on actual film.  I figure after going through all the work of shooting this movie on 16mm film, it's worth it to make a print and do an independent tour of the movie projecting it from 16mm film.  I've put together a new lineup of musicians to tour with the film, and we started rehearsals recently.  So far it is looking very promising.  Still need to cut the entire 16mm negative!  It is going to be one huge reel of film.  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

kona surf film festival

Hangs Upon Nothing is screening tonight on the Big Island of Hawaii during the opening reception of the Kona Surf Film Festival.  A big thanks to fest director Chad Campbell for making this happen. Looks like a really awesome fest he has going out on the Big Island:

The journey of making this film in a way started on the Big Island.  It's hard to really pick a spot where it formally started, but it was there that I really dedicated my energy into making this film.  I went out there to join Chuck Corbett as crew on his boat, the Tuaraoi(Tuaraoi means to share or trade in Kiribati).  He told me I'd better get out there quick, as he was leaving for Kiribati in two weeks.  I was to help out finishing getting the boat ready, he was fixing it up he said.  He was cool with me filming him as long as I pitched in as crew.  I was interested in just filming a bit of what his life as like.  I was mostly interested in getting down to Kiribati and filming him there, where he'd spent about 30 years.

I landed in Hilo and straight away was a bit in shock as to what I walked into.  Chuck showed up at the airport barefoot, covered in grease and dirt, this weathered pirate stare out of one eye, and a light footed wander to his walk.  He was friendly though.  The boat, a 60 foot steel cutter, was a project if I've ever seen one.

Two weeks turned into four months of hard work before we set sail.  We lived on the boat, and worked on the boat six days a week.  Sundays were for relaxing and surfing.  I tried to surf just about every day, riding a beat up rusty old cruiser bike to Honoli'i at days end, and riding back in the dark.  I remember riding back in the pouring rain at night many times.

During month four we dry docked the boat in Kona for two weeks.  That was hard work, dirty work, sanding the entire boat down.  You don't want to breathe that dust in.  Boat paint is nasty stuff.  I almost threw the towel in during this time, wondering what on earth I was doing.  I felt about a million miles from making a surf film at that point.  I was so close to quitting, I remember it clearly.  I had a talk one night with Chuck and crewmate Eddie, a surfer from Texas, about quitting on the boat project, and quitting on the notion of filming Chuck to include him in this film, and just going home to Indiana.

I was able to explore the Big Island quite a bit, and filmed whenever I could.  It is one of the most majestic places on earth.  Some shots of the Big Island are in the intro of the movie, including one of a humpback whale who just happened to breach right in front of my camera.  The coolest thing about that moment was there were little baby whale calves breaching too, they looked so happy, and looked like they were copying the older whales. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Hangs Upon Nothing is showing tonight in Munich, Germany, as part of Surffilmfestival Munich. This will be the German premiere. Show starts at 10pm. Heard that it looks like there is set to be a good turnout!

* update: Got word back from Munich that over 200 people attended the screening and that it was a big success.  Stoked!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Received this photo of a newspaper clipping from Santander, Spain.  Thanks to Carlos Restegui of Cine Los Angeles for sending this back.

Next screening is this Wednesday, January 22nd, at 10pm in Munich, Germany.  Hangs Upon Nothing is showing as part of Surffilmfestival Munich, and this will be the German premiere:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

final mix

Just wrapped up the final sound mix for the final edit of Hangs Upon Nothing. Silhouetted in this photo is Mike Regan, sound engineer and contributing musician for the project, hard at work mixing at Another Country in Chicago. It was an 11 hour session. Mike has done so much work on this project it's ridiculous. Without him, the original score would have never been possible. We're really excited with how it's turned out.

The few screening we've done so far were with a near final edit of the film, and a rough audio mix. Final edit is now locked, sound mix is done, and just a few more technical things to finish up. Looking to arrange many more screenings in 2014. If you have interest in Hangs Upon Nothing being shown in your area, hit us up on the contact page of the site:

Sunday, December 8, 2013

next screening - Santander, Spain - Dec. 15

Sunday, Dec. 15, at 8:00pm/20:00h, Cine Los Angeles, Santander, Spain.  More info here:

If you are in that area, hope you can make it out to the screening!  We are screening a near final edit of the movie, the same version that has shown at the Honolulu Museum of Art and the London surf Film Festival.  The Cine Los Angeles theater looks awesome.  It is a classic movie theater that was built in the 1950's.  Carlos Restegui who runs it is a surfer and and someone who is passionate about showing surf films on the big screen.  He seems like quite a character.  This theater was passed down to him by his father.  A big thanks to Carlos for making this happen and for giving Hangs Upon Nothing a prime time slot!  Pictured below is a photo of the theater from way back.


Monday, November 25, 2013


Hangs Upon Nothing was awarded an Honorable Mention at the London Surf Film Festival as runner up for best film.  A big thanks to everyone who made it out to the sold out screening, and a big thanks to Chris Nelson and Demi Taylor, the fest's organizers.  

Here is what Chris had to say about the Hangs Upon Nothing screening:  "Just wanted to drop you a line to say that the screening of Hangs Upon Nothing went down a storm. The film looked stunning on the big screen and the show was a sell out."

The above S16mm film frame is from the climax of the movie.  I was shooting into the sun one morning with Mikala and Daniel, and I remember looking through the viewfinder at some amazing colors and amazing waves exploding and thinking that this would be a special session.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


The checkered patterns are seaweed farms, 16mm film frame.

3 days left until the European Premiere of Hangs Upon Nothing, tickets here:

Magicseaweed posted a piece that Chris Nelson put together about the film here:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

European Premiere - London Surf Film Festival

I'm very excited to announce that the European Premiere of Hangs Upon Nothing will be happening soon at the London Surf Film Festival.  Looks like an amazing line up of films:

Tickets will be on sale soon.  If you are in London, hope you can make it to the premiere!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

world premiere: honolulu - july 20

Hangs Upon Nothing is going to premiere in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 20, 7:30pm, at the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre. Tickets available here:

I am going to be making the trip there to narrate the film live with a mic, similar to how surf films of old were toured.  It's 88 minutes long.

This S16mm film frame is of Demian Amar during a really memorable sunrise session. It's one of my favorite shots in the movie. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

atoll, orion, & a poster

16mm film frame of Chuck Corbett paddling back out in the distance. I shot this footage from the deck of Chuck's boat, the Tuaraoi, anchored in the calm lagoon quite far away. There was a bit of a breeze, and the 60 foot boat rocked back and forth slowly and gently. I used a really long lens and my tripod. In motion these shots have a really nice life to them, there is this gentle sway to them.

Two days ago we added the final percussion touches to the finale of the soundtrack, a song called Orion. Aside from deciding on a song for the end credits, the original score of the movie is now done. Orion is an 8 minute song that stretches over the last few scenes of the film. My idea for it was something that had the feel and scope of the earth and space, I also wanted it to be the sonic equivalent of a grand finale at a fireworks show. It's sort of fitting that the final song of the film was by far the hardest to create. 

This Rogers marching drum is a big part of the soundtrack, and you can hear it in the trailers. It's the deep boom, the one you feel. In the movie it feels like the pulse of the earth to me. That's kind of how I've looked at it in the soundtrack. You don't always notice it, but it's there.

I bought this drum on a whim about ten years ago from Dynamite Music in NW Indiana. I noticed it up on a shelf, and figured someday I could probably use it for something...turns out it has helped shaped this soundtrack.

Rough sketch of a poster concept I've had for a while now for the film, a lineup of silhouettes of all the surfers in the movie.

Monday, March 11, 2013


I've got all the final 2K color corrected footage back now and just started going through it today.  Really stoked with how it's turned out.  Couldn't be happier with it.  A huge thanks to Ryan Emerson and crew at Process Blue in Connecticut for their work transferring well over 20,000 feet of film, and coloring all the select shots that are in the final movie.  It was a ton of work.  It's been awesome collaborating with Ryan on this project.  

Here is Process Blue's site:

This is definitely one of the most spectacular waves I've seen.  And the light during this end of day session was absolutely beautiful.  I shot this from the boat and it was during this session that we nearly got flipped by a very wide set.  My heart stopped for a moment as the small boat went vertical and we just scratched over the lip of the wave as it threw over just under and then behind us.  

Jem Cresswell shot photos in the water this session and got some amazing shots.  One empty in particular that I'll post sometime soon.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

shooting stars

I taped the trigger button down on my Canon AE-1 to get this photo, with a little pebble under the tape to engage the trigger.  That blur around the tripod is me shooting time-lapse footage of stars out at my cousin's place in rural Indiana last month with my Bolex.  I shot frame by frame, 30 second exposures or more, some up to about 5 minutes each, holding the trigger button down for the duration of each exposure.  This was the coldest weather I have ever tried this in, it was well below freezing.  I dressed for it with snowpants and winter boots and thick mittens.  I did this for hours at a time, and had to work out a method where I'd switch hands for exposures because the longer I did it the more feeling I lost in my fingers.  My coffee froze, actually turned to ice.
By the end of my first night doing this, I turned on my headlamp and found that all my gear including my lens was covered in frost.  By the end of the second night shooting, my feet were almost completely numb.  I had originally planned on shooting this out in South Dakota, and after experiencing what it's like trying to do this in the cold, I was really glad I was only an hour from home.  The shots turned out, even the one where the lens frosted up.  Really excited about that.  They were the hardest shots to shoot of this entire film project.  This was the final roll of 16mm film exposed for Hangs Upon Nothing.  I was really surprised by how red one of the stars that makes up Orion turned out in the footage.  It's completely red. I plan on opening the movie with shots from this last roll of film. 

this project on fb:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Shot the final roll of 16mm film this week for this movie, and dropped it off at the lab today. I froze under the stars out at my cousin's place in rural Indiana, clicking away frame by frame, shooting time-lapse of starfields. By the end of one four hour session one night I turned my headlamp on to discover all my gear including my lens covered in frost. The next session a few nights later was not as frosty. I hope those shots turn out. Doing final color next week on the digital transfer at a post-house called Process Blue in Connecticut. There's a ways to go on the original score, but that's coming together nicely. And I'm looking into how to do an independent tour with a 16mm film print of the movie and a 16mm projector or two, mixing in our music and adding in some live narration too. That's the biggest goal. Stay tuned

Thursday, January 3, 2013

it's nice under here

S16mm Bolex film frames.  This session won't be in the movie, but I really dig a few shots from it.  I think they probably work better as still images than motion picture footage.  I love diving under beautiful reef waves and looking up at them as they pass overhead, feeling the force of them move through and seeing the sun shine through the moving water.  One of the most beautiful places to be on earth.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

time tunnels or space kites

Graham Mace is a knee boarder and glass artist from Marrawah, Tasmania. I had the good fortune of meeting him and his wife, Esther, while visiting Tasmania, and got to stay at their place for a while too. They built their own house with methods Graham described as being influenced by 1960’s counter-culture. One of their walls is filled with beer bottles that are full of water. When the sun hits it from the outside, they all glow this beautiful amber and help warm the house. All throughout their place, there is beautiful light from the sun shining through Graham’s colorful glass art, a lot of it inspired by waves. Their bathroom is a separate little room outside. It’s more like a capsule to the sky--three sides of it as well as overhead at an angle is all glass, the room is elevated a bit, so that when you sit down, just about all you see is blue sky and clouds.

He had this one trippy rainbow spiraling sort of tunnel piece. I asked what it was and he replied, “Oh that’s a time tunnel or space kite...” I thought that was so awesome, a space kite.

He told me it was a complete surprise when he got this issue of the Surfer’s Journal in the mail and saw his art on the cover.  I am pretty sure it’s the only time the Journal has ever ran a piece of art other than a photograph on the cover.  Graham’s art is breathtaking in person. If you are interested in his work, Graham can be contacted at: egmace (at)

(this is lifted from the piece on mentioned in the previous post)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

triangulation tees

This is the first run of T-shirts for Hangs Upon Nothing.  Hope you dig them!  They are available over at the store at

Monday, December 10, 2012

the moon

The moon shining down on Christmas Island, Kiribati.  I shot this with my Bolex and a 300mm Canon FD lens, single frame exposure from a time-lapse shot.  I remember this night very clearly.  Just sat out under the stars and clicked away while listening to the sounds of the ocean.

This project on fb:

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Block print out of a series of about 80 or 100, I can't remember now. I use them as greeting cards.  And also here's another custom dvd case/poster concept.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

sun & wave

Here's the latest poster/cover design for Hangs Upon Nothing.  I made this for the latest film fest submission I sent out yesterday.  This one really reminds me of Apocalypse Now.  I love some of the poster designs for the movie.  And I'd call that film one of the influences on this project.  I've only seen it once, but it made a strong impression on me.  There's some imagery in that movie you just can't forget.

I think I'll likely explore a lot more designs in this realm.  I love how free it feels, and how the quick spontaneous brush strokes feel to me a lot like an actual wave in motion.  I also like the simplicity of this design, and how the colors match the trailer cover image with Mikala in the barrel.

If you dig this project, you can keep up to date through the film's fb page:

Also, here's the film's main site:

And for some hand printed posters from the film, here's the store at 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

jump for joy

Sketched this at a bar tonight.  Me and my friend Dom sketched lots of stuff: whales, women, birds, random or abstract lines and shapes, lots of fun.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

d e v a

Got the rough idea for this poster design right before I was ready to go to sleep at a reasonable hour a few nights ago.  I decided to jot down a few quick sketch notes on this big piece of newsprint so that by morning I hadn't forgotten about it.  I ended up staying up all night drawing and painting this up.

The brushstrokes of color at the upper left and some other random ones throughout the design were there before I even started drawing.  I had used this piece of newsprint as a table cover when I painted up the dvd case that's in the previous post.  I was using the newsprint to test out my brush as I painted.  I dig those random brush strokes and how they work with this design.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Latest custom dvd case I just painted up today.  I've had this idea for a while now, I want to try out some more designs with it.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

the left & the bucket ladies

This is how some of my poster design ideas start out, as quick small sketches without a lot of thought put into them. I'd like to revisit these two designs sometime. Daniel Jones on the left and his brother Mikala on the right, both inspired by rides I filmed of them.  the one of Daniel I painted up bigger.  It can be viewed in the art gallery on the Hangs Upon Nothing site:

& stop by and say what up! on the film's fb page:

Monday, September 24, 2012

the sun and the barrel

Just finished the rough cut of Hangs Upon Nothing a couple days ago.  This is a custom dvd case I made for the very first film fest submission as a documentary feature film.  There's a ways to go with tightening up the edit and finishing up the original score, but I feel like we are now past the most difficult part of the creative process.  Really happy about this.  I'm also really happy with how the film is turning out.  It's turned into more than I envisioned when I first got the idea to make this.

I keep thinking about all the places, all the experiences, and all the people I have met while making this.  Watching the footage from places worlds away from where I am from, it almost feels like it was all a dream.  I keep thinking to myself, wow, did all this really happen?  What I have left from it now are memories, some vivid, some faded, footage burned into 16mm film, also some sound recordings.

There's usually something interesting about anyone's journey in life.  But I also think that surfers have more amazing journeys than most people.  The things one sees and experiences as a surfer are just on a different level than anything else.

I've had flying fish jump out of waves and just miss my face, rocketing past me.  I've been wrapped up in powerful clear barrels watching and filming as my friends flew by right in front of my face.  I can't even put into words what that feels like.  It makes me feel alive, really alive.  Right there in that place you feel the earth's raw energy all around you, passing through you.  You are a part of it.  There have been times I've even felt the energy of the surfboard through the wave as a surfer passed right in front of my face and camera, it's like a wake of energy you can feel.  I've seen dolphins leave trails of glowing phosphorescence in the water as I stood on the bow sprit of Chuck's boat, the Tuaraoi, as we sailed through the night.  I've looked into those dolphin's eyes from a few feet away as they swam excitedly, turned sideways to look up at me, illuminated by the moon and the stars.  I sensed a connection with them, like when you look into a person's eyes and feel something.  What I mean by this is that I sensed these dolphins were thinking something, I sensed I was looking into the eyes of an intelligent creature.

I've been out there in the water after sunset surrounded by skies that just lit on fire 360 degrees.  There was one in particular I saw in Samoa that I don't think could ever be topped.  It was as if the entire sky was painted with billowing beautiful fire, in every direction.  

I've been out there on my board when a water spout came right through a crowded lineup.  It trailed down from the sky like a tornado, all the way down from the clouds.  We watched as it worked its way slowly down off in the distance until it touched the surface of the ocean, and then it slowly approached.  Everyone out there just kept surfing.  And it came right through the middle of the lineup, with everyone hooting and hollering.  It reached shore and flared and then dissipated with the setting sun shining right through it.  With the light shining through it reminded me of the end of The Raiders of the Lost Ark, when they open the ark and spirits and energy swirl through the screen.  It was literally no more than 50 feet away from me when it passed by, and there was a guy riding a wave right in front of me as it passed through.  Would have made a spectacular shot, riding down the line with a water spout 40 feet behind him.  I thought it might lift us up and slam us into the rocks, but I barely felt anything from it.  This was at Honoli'i, Big Island of Hawaii, during the time I was crew on Chuck's boat.  I probably would not believe this story had I not experienced it.  I swear that's a true story.

Surfing to me is so much more than just riding waves.  It's also everything that comes along with it that makes   surfing throughout life such an amazing journey.  It's the people you meet, the friends you make, the music you hear, the music you make, the food you eat, the stories you hear, the stories you will have to tell, the close calls, the risks, the setbacks, the experiences that make you feel very mortal and humbled, the energy you feel in the ocean, the energy you are a part of.  

This is all what I've been trying to capture and convey with Hangs Upon Nothing.  What this experience feels like.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

the editing room

While editing my 16mm workprint a couple weeks ago to project for a preview screening, I at first found it slow and challenging.  It had been a while since I edited actual film with a razor blade and tape.  Because of the time it takes to separate and string together shots, hang them on the wall, hand crank the reels, it can make for a different style of editing.  Often times less cuts.

After I was all finished, I thought it might be an OK edit.  I quickly edited together 18 minutes of my band's jam recordings mixed with some field recordings to play along with the footage, not in complete sync with the edit, as I had no way to sync them up.  This audio-visual edit is basically a really rough edit of the beginning of my movie.

I had already done an edit of this section of the movie digitally, a more compicated edit.  I thought it was going to be the better of the two.  But after comparing them, I like the simple edit I did with my workprint way more, and the way the audio goes with it too.  I was really surprised by this.  It just feels fresher I think.  It was less thought out, and I was under pressure to get it done quickly.  So I'm now going back to my digital edit and conforming it to what I did with my workprint.

this project on fb:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

tonjo & bleronk

Twin brothers Darmaputra Tonjo and Darmayasa Bleronk, from Padma, Bali.  Scott Goldsbury shot this.  The brothers just make a few brief appearances in the long trailer, but they will be a really big part of the entire film.  I feel really fortunate to have met these guys and been able to film with them the last few years.  They rip, and they're always fun to hang out with, surf with, and film with.  Their whole family is awesome., too.

More of Scott's photography can be seen at:

I'm pretty sure he shot this photo with this huge old stills camera that you can only shoot one shot per film load with.  I'll try to get a photo of his camera to post sometime soon.  It's classic!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

brush & ink

My good friends Deduk and Sarah over in Bali asked me to draw some girls with surfboards.  Here's some that I just kicked out with brush and ink.  Hope they dig em.

You might notice the unique holes punched at the bottom of these pieces of paper, also the drawings numbers, and strange line drawings...this is animation paper I got from a small animation studio I freelance for.  They trace the shadow animations onto separate sheets of paper...shadows that animate over a character's body.  Since the paper is barely handled, and only a small portion is usually drawn on, it makes for awesome sketching paper.  This paper is seriously the best sketching paper in the world, from Cartoon Colour in California, I've never found anything else like it.  I have stacks of this stuff, all pre-used for shadow animation that I've collected over the years(with permission from the studio).