In May 1968, Andy Warhol filmed San Diego Surf on the shores of La Jolla. It was only partially edited and never released—until now.
MCASD La Jolla will host the West Coast premier of the film on Saturday, March 16. Guests are invited to come early for a pre-screening happy hour beginning at 4:30 PM, which will include light snacks and a no-host bar as well as the opportunity to view archival footage of Warhol and Paul Morrissey making the film.
This never-before-seen footage was filmed by La Jollan Lee Pratt.
San Diego Surf was filmed on the shores of La Jolla in May 1968. Shot in color on 16mm with two cameras manned by Warhol and collaborator Paul Morrissey, the film features Factory superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, Eric Emerson, Nawana Davis, and others. Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva) that rent their beach house to a group of surfers.
After it was filmed, the work was only partially edited and never released. In 1995-96, The Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned Morrissey, under the supervision of Foundation curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley, to complete the editing based on existing notes and the rough cut. Andy Warhol produced more than 4,000 reels of film between 1963 and 1971, when the works were withdrawn from circulation. In the early 1980s a project began to preserve and re-release his films. One of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement, San Diego Surf is being released by The Andy Warhol Museum.