LOS ANGELES (Oct. 2012) – XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. rights to the epic adventure documentary STORM SURFERS 3D, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. The deal was announced today by the filmmakers and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. XLrator Media will release the film next Summer.  

“With its spectacular, cutting-edge 3D technology and bravura filmmaking, STORM SURFERS 3D will absolutely blow people’s minds with the most immersive 3D experience since Avatar,” said Gordon. “This instant surf classic is going to become the must-see, reference-quality 3D experience for all distribution platforms, transforming theaters and living rooms into the ultimate 3D big-wave thrill-ride.”

“We’re really excited to be working with XLrator in the U.S. on the release of STORM SURFERS 3D,” said producer Marcus Gillezeau. “We’ve had great success with the film in Australia and we expect it will be the same in the U.S. The film was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival. The audience went crazy at the San Sebastian Film Festival with a standing ovation and then a near riot when Ross and Tom came on stage. We expect American audiences will go mental when they see Ross pull in to a 20-foot barrel in 3D!””

As we meet best friends and professional surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, middle age is upon them and their children are getting older - but they can’t stop exploring the globe for that elusive rush of adrenaline and thrill of danger, in search of the ultimate wave.  The film follows Tom, Ross and surf forecaster Ben Matson’s adventures as they track and chase giant storms across the Great Southern Ocean, braving gigantic waves, freezing conditions and near-death experiences. Using state-of-the-art 3D technology and narrated by Academy-Award nominee Toni Collette, directors Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan's STORM SURFERS 3D is a visually stunning and inspiring cinematic adventure unlike any other 3D experience captured on film.

STORM SURFERS 3D is produced by Marcus Gillezeau and Ellenor Cox and executive produced by Alaric McAusland, Anthos Simon and Philipp Manderla. The film was financed through Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Deluxe, Red Bull Media House and Fulcrum Media Finance and produced by 6ixty Foot Films in association with Firelight Productions. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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XLrator Media, LLC is a multi-platform releasing company founded by industry veteran Barry Gordon. It is focused on acquiring feature films, event programming and libraries, in addition to producing programming for enthusiast genres and categories that are  under-served by the major studios and most independents. Recent XLrator Media releases include Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, Bunraku, Killing Bono, the Sundance documentary Knuckle, Mario Van Peebles’ We The Party and 96 Minutes.


Screen Australia is Australia's leading film funding agency, which provides investment for the development and production of film, television, documentary and interactive media, as well as resources for industry and business development. In addition to STORM SURFERS 3D, other Screen Australia productions including Wayne Blair's festival sensation The Sapphires about an Aboriginal music group in 1960s Melbourne; Robert Connolly's thriller Underground, which focuses on the teenage years of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and the upcoming productions which include Jonathan Teplitzky's epic tale The Railway Man starring Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine and Nicole Kidman; Matthew Saville's thriller Felony starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson, and David Michod's futuristic western The Rover starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.


6ixty Foot Films is the production company behind the Storm Surfers franchise. In 2008 and 2010 they delivered two earlier Storm Surfers films made for Discovery Network Asia. Storm Surfers 3D is the biggest and most ambitious production to date.


International Emmy® Award winning producers Marcus Gillezeau and partner Ellenor Cox established the Firelight Productions in 1998. They joined the Storm Surfers team in 2007 to produce the Storm Surfers – Dangerous Banks, Storm Surfers – New Zealand and now Storm Surfers 3D. They have produced more than 30 hours of international prime-time television for major networks including ABC TV, National Geographic and Discovery Channel.