Nate Tyler, Point of View – Canyon Meadows
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Joe G, director of Year 0000, takes us behind the scenes and into the life of Nate Tyler and his father, who look to be some of the most casual guys ever. Nate and his wife live in a Yurt, classically styled, and powered by the sun. Nate’s avionic surfing was honed on his skate ramp, which he shows us under the oak trees.
Central California’s Nate Tyler has been portrayed prolifically in various surf media and surf company advertisements for the last decade, usually on his surfboard and in the air. Generally photographic media only, the portrayal has been absent a proper telling of his and, possibly more importantly, his father’s story, and the soulful side of Mr. Tyler hasn’t been understood. In fact, it’s never really surfaced.
Encamped on pure Steinbeckian Californian dirt among the oaks and tall grass, the Tyler’s meld a stalwart environmental stance with a functional DIY ethic. The result is an existence that harkens to some place other than California, possibly foreign to much of the country. Were it not for their proximity to mega-cities, sandwiched a half-day’s drive between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, you might mistake their homestead for New Zealand or Chile.
In this two-part portrait, filmmaker Joe Guglielmino plumbs the moods, musings, and machinations of the Tyler life. The result is an esoteric composition that gives the viewer a feeling for the father and son, yet projects a universal ideal of the relationship between generations.