San Diego Surf (film)

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San Diego Surf
Directed byAndy Warhol
Produced byPaul Morrissey
StarringTaylor Mead
Joe Dallesandro
Eric Emerson
Ingrid Superstar
Nawana Davis
Michael Boosin
CinematographyPaul Morrissey
Andy Warhol
Edited byPaul Morrissey
Release date
  • October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16) (MOMA)
Running time
90 min
CountryUnited States

San Diego Surf is a 1968 feature film directed by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, and filmed in La Jolla, California in May 1968. On June 3, 1968, Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas, bringing work on the film to a halt. In 1996, the Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned Morrissey to "finish editing the film based on Warhol's notes".[1]

The film stars Viva, Taylor Mead, Joe Dallesandro, Ingrid Superstar, Tom Hompertz, Eric Emerson, Nawana Davis, Michael Boosin, and Louis Waldon. The film was a follow-up to Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys (released December 1967) with much of the same cast.


Mr. and Mrs. Mead (Mead and Viva) are a married couple renting a seaside mansion to a group of young male surfers. Their daughter (Ingrid Superstar) is pregnant and on the hunt for a husband. Mr. Mead, who is gay, tries to pawn her off to one of the surfers.

Meanwhile, Viva wants a divorce from her husband, who wants a surfer of his own. Tom (Hompertz), a surfer, is inveigled by Mr. Mead to urinate on him. In a close-up, Mr. Mead receives Tom's offering ecstatically, after which he comments, "I'm a real surfer now."


The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on October 16, 2012.[2]

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