Rocky Romano, Chris Renfer, & Thomas Hill of The Go Big Project

From the Go Big Project, Film Producer-Rocky Romano and recent UCSC graduates from the Film and Digital Media program, Senior Editor-Chris Renfer and, Assistant Editor-Thomas Hill came into the studio about their latest projects particularly their feature length documentary Ruffo.

Ruffo is about local surfer, Anthony Ruffo, who has had some challenges with addiction. Anthony is facing a potential five-year prison term for alleged distribution of methamphetamine. Last year, Ruffo voluntarily checked himself into the Clear Mind Healthy Planet treatment center, in New York.

“I have filmed Anthony through this journey and can honestly say that I have some of the most compelling and amazing footage that I have ever captured. The end of this story is yet to be determined. I hope that this film will serve as one of the most effective anti-drug use documentaries ever made”, says filmmaker Rocky Romano.

The movie screened in rough-cut to a packed udience at the Rio Theatre May 14, 2011 as a part of the Closing Night Awards Ceremony of the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Their intention is to complete the editing in time for late September Sundance Film Festival submission and after the final court date of their main character.

If you want to see some the of content from the Ruffo – The Film, August 16th, at 10:00pm on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will feature their work.

Almost exactly a year ago, Rocky came onto Arist on Art to talk about his projects and filmmaking particularly Riding a Wave, a great short. How quickly life changes. Little did he know he was going to get bitten by the Ruffo bug.

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Here’s a quick movie we took right before the show: