But Quiksilver's Cypher Vision is just too cool to look at to dismiss.
Using some kind of new fangled camera never before used in surfing, the very short flick catches surfers like Dane Reynolds, Jeremy Flores and superstar Kelly Slater gliding effortlessly through the waves, with each of splash of water in clear focus. You can't take your eyes off it.
But, as mentioned above, it is very short. Fortunately, Cypher Vision screens with two other documentaries that, while they were not previewed by yours truly, I do know they have received awards before coming to Newport. So someone liked 'em.
A Day at the Park is about the Seattle skateboard scene, especially at the town's 15 skateparks. Tom's Creation Plantation covers alias surfboard shapes, how shape your own (featuring Tom Wegener), and how to ride 'em, apparently. Be careful taking that DVD player into wave zone, kids.
Action Sports Shorts screen at 12:30 p.m. today at Edwards Island Cinemas.
Also recommended and playing today at NBFF: Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio; Fiberglass and Megapixels; Westsiders.
The long list (today's entries that sound promising): Cleanflix; Climate Refugees; Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child; Looking for Jackie Chan; Multiple Sarcasms; 180 South; Pelada; Quit.
Theaters: Regency Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach; Regency South Coast Village Theatre, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana; The Studio at Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Dr., Newport Beach. Visit newportbeachfilmfest.com for times, theaters and ticket information.