April 30 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Apr. 30, 2015—The Surfrider Foundation, the largest non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, unveils a new public service announcement today with Academy Award winning actress, screenwriter and director, Helen Hunt (view PSA here).

Hunt has a very personal connection to the ocean and our coasts. This is what inspired her to write, produce and star in her newest film, "Ride," where she is thrust into a sea of change and self-discovery, finding solace in surfing. She aims to increase awareness about the importance of protecting the nation’s waters in a new public service announcement for the Surfrider Foundation. The film premieres in theaters and will be available for download on May 1. A portion of ticket sales from “Ride” will go to the Foundation. View the movie trailer, purchase tickets or download the movie at Surfrider.org/RIDE.

“My father has been surfing in Santa Monica all of his life. I grew up playing in that ocean and now my daughter plays in that same water,” says Helen Hunt. “I count on the Surfrider Foundation to make sure that the water is clean and safe for her and future generations.

Every year, there are more than 20,000 beach closures and swim advisories issued to protect public health at the beach. Exposure to polluted water can cause skin rashes and infections, flu-like symptoms, and gastro-intestinal illnesses such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

With the impacts and threats are very real, Surfrider identifies water quality issues and the sources of ocean pollution in order to address, advocate and prevent pollution. Right now, Surfrider is asking the public to support the Environmental Protection Agency in their efforts to restore Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands, because clean water at the beach starts with healthy waters upstream. Learn more about Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative at Surfrider.org.

View the 60-second spot and request a copy to air locally and nationally at Surfrider.org/PSA.

About Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit Surfrider.org.

About Screen Media

Screen Media acquires the rights to high quality, independent feature films for the US and Canada. Recent acquisitions include “Ten Thousand Saints,” starring Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield and more, and Helen Hunt’s “Ride” starring Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and David Zayas. Other recent theatrical releases include Chris Messina’s “Alex of Venice” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke; Jake Paltrow’s “Young Ones,” starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning; and “Faults,” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick; “Stephen King’s A Good Marriage” starring Joan Allen and Antony LaPaglia; and “About Alex,” starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, and Jane Levy.
Screen Media Films is a division of Screen Media Ventures, LLC.  With a library of over 1,500 motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high quality motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit screenmediafilms.net.