Grimey Times + The Church of the Open Sky

We are saying farewell to the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 with a double premerie from down under in the surf city.

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The Church of the Open Sky
Adelio and Surf the Greats are thrilled to bring to Toronto big wave surfer Andrew Mooney and filmmaker Owen Milne for the Canadian Premiere of 'Grimey Times'. We are also thrilled to premiere Nathan Oldfield's 'The Church of the Open Sky'. And to complete the night, we are welcoming co-founder of Surf Anywhere—Neil Egsgard—for a presentation on how they are spreading the stoke by building river waves in Alberta, Oregon and abroad.

Grimey Times

Live Q&A with Andrew Mooney, Owen Milne and Neil Egsgard to follow the screenings.

This event will sell out, so get your tickets right away before tickets are gone.

The Church of the Open Sky


Grimey Times documents Andrew Mooney's first surf mission after being out of the water for 12 months due to a sever injury. The Journey takes him and Owen Milne to the remote parts of South Australia where the desert meets the sea. The location is so remote you don't want anything to go wrong and when it does, large lengths are gone to to overcome the issues which in turn make the rewards of the mission all the more sweeter.

Grimey Times


The Church of the Open Sky is the latest feature length release from award winning independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, creator of Lines From A Poem, Seaworthy, The Heart & The Sea and Gathering. Shot on location in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, the film features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, CJ Nelson, Alex Knost, Johnny Abegg, Neal Purchase Jr, Jasson Salisbury, Devon Howard and many others. The Church of the Open Sky is a luscious visual love poem that explores gratefully lived surfing journeys. It is a sea soaked celebration of the exquisite preciousness of being alive. This film is an inspired and endearing representation of the surfing experience, where all participants are worthy and welcomed—to learn, play and grow together—in inclusive, sacred playgrounds beneath The Church of the Open Sky.


Surf Anywhere is a Wave Design and River Surfing consultation firm. We improve wave performance and increase the return on investment while reducing project costs. We provide information and direction on all aspects of creating successful and safe river surfing waves and vibrant communities. Our mission is to bring successful river surfing waves and all the bene ts to communities around the world. Surf Anywhere was born out of the need for the Alberta River Surfing Association (ARSA) to have a world class wave. This quest quickly turned into a project to improve the world. The local Kananaskis River is dam operated and turns off daily creating the unique and ideal location to test new wave designs and share that information with the world.

Andrew Mooney hails from the Central Coast, Australia. Chasing airshow results and video parts in his teens and then mainly chasing large slabs in his early 20's Andrew has grown into one of the most rounded surfers in the business. In recent years he's taken his hand to crafting surfboards and chases swells as often as possible to test out his creations. 

Nathan Oldfield is a husband / father / surfer / photographer / filmmaker / school teacher / sea gazer from the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. He is interested in beautiful things and making stuff. Nathan has been making films for over fifteen years. Past awards include Best Feature Film (San Diego Surf Film Festival), Best Feature Film (Berlin Surf Film Festival), Best Cinematography (Florida Surf Film Festival), Best Editing (International Surf Film Festival, Anglet) and Special Honor For Most Heart (Xpedition Film Festival, Colorado). Nathan’s photographs are regularly published in international surfing magazines and he was included in Surfing World Magazine’s ‘Fifty Most Intriguing People In Surfing.’ Nathan is a local team rider and contributing filmmaker and photographer for Patagonia. 

Neil Egsgard founded Surf Anywhere in 2008 and handles wave building & design, grant applications, construction approval applications, association creation & maintenance, safety information creation, surfer data collection and raising political support. Neil started river surfing in 2005 and has travelled around the world researching wave building & surfing river waves. Neil has been building river waves and working in rivers since 2006. In 2006, Neil founded the Alberta River Surfing Association, one of the first river surfing associations and a model which many associations followed. Neil also spent a decade developing and running the very successful western Canadian region of a canadian submetering company.


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