Groundswell (Or the King of the Beach)

In the midst of a dry surf spell, an aging beach bum pursues a storm rumored to hit many miles away.

  • Arminio S. Rivero
    Masters Of War, Speak Only Good of the Dead, Doomsday
  • Arminio S. Rivero
    Masters of War, Speak Only Good of the Dead, Doomsday
  • Daniela Mejia B.
    La Tumba
  • Josh Russell
    Key Cast
    Chicago P.D., Homicide Hunters, Scoundrels: A Star Wars Fan Film
  • Michael Dean Walker
    Key Cast
    "Old Timer"
    Wild Things, Clean Slate
  • Francisco Gonzalez
    Key Cast
    "Sea Dog"
    Clean Slate, Low Tide Drive
  • Sarah Burns
    Key Cast
    "Eerie Bartender"
  • Pablo Velho
    Production Design
  • Chris Amaya
  • Samuel Romero
    Speak Only Good of the Dead, Doomsday, 3 Seconds to Midnight
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Road, Surf, Dark Comedy, Adventure, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    January 13, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Arminio S. Rivero

Arminio S. Rivero is a Venezuelan/Brazilian filmmaker currently based in Miami, FL. After immigrating to Miami Beach as a child, he quickly fell in love with cinema, music & literature, spending the majority of his adolescence obsessing over Hitchcock films, dystopian novels & the electric guitar. He is a frequent collaborator with Miami based art collective 7th Wind and has worked with a multitude of filmmakers/musicians/artist/non-profits around the city. His debut short film “Masters of War” has been accepted into film festivals around the world including the United States, Europe, Japan, India, & Africa. With all of his projects he hopes to convey a greater moral message by addressing social or political issues within the narrative. In addition to filmmaking, he is also an accomplished musician, having performed at many music festivals and venues across the United States.

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Director Statement

At its simplest, this a film about my fear of getting old and my fantasy about going out in a beautiful blaze of glory.

I know that life is going to get stagnant one day. As my body and my youth slowly drain away, the joys of life will slowly drain away with them. Although I like to think that when that starts to happen I will have one last hoorah and go out doing something epic like surfing a giant wave or rescuing people from a burning building, deep down I know that I will most likely just fade away like most people. This film is me coming to terms with that harsh reality through my protagonist King, an aging surf bum searching for his last big wave.