18 | January 25, 2018 | Malibu surfside news Faith malibusurfsidenews.com In Memoriam Daniel Atticus Anderson Daniel Atticus Anderson, 26, of Malibu, died Jan. 10. Anderson was born on May 24, 1991. Anderson His parents brought him home to Latigo Canyon, and it is there that he died. He was a maker, an inventor, and an admirer of all things sensible and beautiful. There was never a thing he felt he could not do, whether it was pioneering Calculus DE at Malibu High, attending Berklee School of Music’s summer program, painting his Volvo matte black, studying product design at Stanford University’s D-School or marching in the band. His enthusiastic, hands-on approach was obvious when he brewed batches of beer, worked at the family business, AFX Studio, as a lab technician, and invented the Grip Clip — a small device that attaches your pencil to your eyeglasses — for his senior project at Stanford which he and classmate, Blake Crowe, Kickstarted and took to market. Anderson was 20 years old when he was dealt a difficult hand: brain cancer. Yet, even with a grim diagnosis, he spent no time in fear or self pity. He lived with joy and intensity, offering laughter, friendship and an easy smile. In 2016, he and his soulmate, Lina Bardovi, renovated a van and pursued life on the back roads of America. Atticus adored the American landscape and felt a profound freedom living off of it. Over his lifetime, Anderson had adventures in eight countries, 20 states and took three trips to Burning Man. His final months were spent with those he cherished. Months that included camping trips, dart tournaments, Dodger games, delicious meals, strong coffee and always music. Anderson is survived by his devoted sister, Isabelle; mother and father, Heather and David Anderson; grandparents, Lance and Jean Anderson; Robert Dobie Langenkamp and Mary Alice Langenkamp; and his beloved dog, Boo Radley. A memorial service will be held at Malibu West Beach Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the National Park Foundation. Austin Paul Murray Austin Paul Murray, M.D., 84, died Dec. 30, 2017 in Malibu. Murray was born in Girardville, Pa., in Murray 1933. He was a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College followed by an Internship and General Surgery Residency at VA Hospital and Ophthalmology Residency at Jefferson. He practiced ophthalmology in Philadelphia for 38 years. In 1989, Murray was a contributing author to “Tradition and Heritage, A History of Thomas Jefferson University.” Murray moved to Maliibu in 2012 to be with his children. An avid reader and tournament bridge player, he loved music, travel, cars and especially people. Beautiful Malibu nurtured and made his later years full and abundant. His love of dogs, the outdoors and his wonderful Malibu Senior Center friends contributed to his longevity. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan; children Tiffany, Tracey, Austin; their spouses and four grandchildren; brother John Murray M.D.; and sister Marcia Cooke. Mass will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter Canyon Road). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Project Night Night, which offers care packages for homeless children, at projectnightnight.org, or to Performing Animal Welfare Society at pawsweb.org. Herbert Reich Herbert Reich, 85, of Malibu, died Jan. 1 in the very early morning. He was the son of Lester and Ella Reich and born in New York. Reich and his wife, Ellen, Reich were happily married for almost 47 years. When they married in 1971 they joined their families together. Reich grew up in Newark, New Jersey and met Ellen when they were in the fifth grade. After high school, Reich served in the Air Force and then moved to California. He attended USC and up until his death you’d see him wearing his SC cap. Reich and Ellen re-met when he was back east on business in ’71, and they married the same year. He brought his family to California and for three years they lived in Pacific Palisades. In 1971, Reich started H.R. Medical Supply, delivering durable medical equipment to people in need at their homes. His company became known as “The Company With a Heart.” He had three locations, one in Ventura, one in the valley and the original one in Santa Monica. In 1974, the family moved to Malibu. At that time, Malibu was a township of Los Angeles County. Reich was very active in the cityhood movement, taping the town hall meetings on Monday nights and rushing them over to the Surfside News’ then-publisher, Anne Soble, so that she could include the news of the meetings in her paper the next morning. He participated in many other community services and served on the board of Senior Health and Peer Counseling, now known as WISE. He also was actively involved in fighting against the LNG proposal in our Malibu ocean waters. Reich had many passions. He flew a single engine Cessna, enjoyed sailing, boating and fishing, rode motorcycles, and traveling in the U.S. and other countries. He crafted beautiful ceramics, painted pictures, and wrote poetry and stories. He was a devoted husband and father and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Reich was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Reich is survived by his wife, Ellen; children, Paul Reich, Julie King, William Gaynor and James Gaynor; brother, Richard; sister-inlaw, Dorothy Reich; nine grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Reich and Ellen’s youngest son, Barry Gaynor, died on Dec. 9, 2017. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email lauren@ malibusurfsidenews.com with information about a loved one who was a part of the Malibu community. Faith Briefs Malibu Presbyterian Church (3324 Malibu Canyon Road, 310-456-1611) Sunday Worship Services 10:15 a.m. Sundays Malibu United Methodist Church (30128 Morning View Drive, 310-457-7505) Alateen Meeting 10 a.m. Saturdays, Alateen meeting AA Meetings 6:30 p.m. Sundays; noon and 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; noon and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; noon and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; noon and 8 p.m. Fridays; noon and 5 p.m. Saturdays. Sunday Worship 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sundays. Child care available. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (28211 Pacific Coast Highway, 310-457-7966) Contemplative Worship 8 a.m. Sundays Traditional Worship 10 a.m. Sundays Martial Arts 4-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Class with Kurt Lampson. Sacred Yoga 7:15-8:15 p.m. Thursdays. Class with Cecily Breeding. Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue (24855 Pacific Coast Highway, 310- 456-2178) Tot Shabbat 11:30 a.m.-noon. Fridays. Celebrate Shabbat with prayers, music and dancing. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays Chabad of Malibu (22943 Pacific Coast Highway, 310-456-6588) Evening Shabbat Services 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Saturday Services 9 a.m., Kabbalah on the Parsha; 10 a.m. Shabbat service; 11 a.m. Words from the Rabbi & Torah Reading; 12:30 p.m. Kiddush lunch Sunday Services 9 a.m. Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter Canyon Road, 310-456-2361) Learn About Catholicism This group meets on Sundays and shares stories of faith and community. Contact the rectory office for meeting times. University Church of Christ (24255 Pacific Coast Highway, 310-506-4504) Worship Assembly 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Calvary Chapel Malibu (30237 Morning View Drive, 424-235-4463) Service 10 a.m. Sundays Have an event for faith briefs? Email lauren@malibusurf sidenews.com. 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malibusurfsidenews.com Life & Arts Malibu surfside news | January 25, 2018 | 19 Malibu Film Festival offers broad scope of works Barbara Burke Freelance Reporter Attendees of the 18th annual Malibu International Film Festival enjoyed an eclectic array of first-rate documentaries and shorts involving 17 Malibu residents on Jan. 13. Awards were presented the next evening at Little Beach House Malibu/Soho House. The series began with “Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross,” an action-packed thriller directed by Malibuites Paul Taublieb and Jon Freeman that won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Long Sports Documentary in 2017. The work is narrated by Josh Brolin, and one of the film’s executive producers is Malibuite Susan Cooper. The edge-of-your-seat documentary captures all the “firsts” in freestyle motocross, including the first dirt bike soaring 300 feet aloft, and visuals of sport pioneers Travis Pastrana and Brian Deegan performing backflips and double backflips on dirt bikes. “When Carey Hart did a backflip with a dirt bike, it was like the day someone landed on the moon or broke a four-minute mile,” Taublieb told Malibu Surfside News. “It was a seismic event in sports history. These athletes taunt death — if they were alive a thousand years ago, they would have been gladiators.” Attendees were aghast and amazed as they saw Pastrana land the first double flip at the 2006 X Games in Los Angeles. The film interviews the participants, showing how a crew built a special mock set-up at Pastrana’s house with a ramp long enough and high enough to launch him further into history books when he completed three rotations with a 100kg+ Honda CRF450 into specially designed airbags. Next, the athletes performed the feat on dirt. The true merit of the adrenaline-pumping piece lies in its depiction of the angst the athlete’s family and friends experience as the individual defies gravity and tempts fate, often suffering severe injuries. The documentary received the festival’s Best Action Film award. “The best part about this win was showing the film to our hometown,” Taublieb said. “What was really a validation of the creative efforts of so many people who brought the film to life was virtually no one in the theater had any interest in freestyle motocross, and ended up being captivated and enjoying the film.” Next in store was “Poisoning Paradise,” an eyeopening documentary by filmmakers Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico, and Executive Producer Pierce Brosnan. The work shows native Hawaiian communities surrounded by experimental test sites where pesticides are sprayed and drift into neighborhoods and school grounds in idyllic Kauai. The documentary explains that the world’s largest biotech companies test genetically engineered seeds and crops on the Garden Isle’s fertile land. The well-researched documentary includes inter- 2018 Malibu International Film Festival winners • Best Original Screenplay: “Trump’s America” directed by W. Peter Iliff • Best International Short: “Never Better: A Closure Comedy” directed by Lucie Guest • Best Performance In A Leading Role: Rob Belushi in “Dylan” • Best Performance By A Minor In A Leading Role: Hunter Payton in “Father’s Day Breakfast” • Best Comedy Short: “Protagonist” directed by Alec Roth • Best Action Film: “Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross” co-directed by Paul Taulieb and Jon Freeman • Best Producer: Cameron Burnett, director of “Alibi” • Grand Prize: “Poisoning Paradise” directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico • Audience Choice Award: “Poisoning Paradise” views with indigenous people, scientists, health care providers and politicians lamenting the ecological and health dangers. Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance, noted the travesty of the agricultural firms spraying hazardous chemicals. “One has to ask if this is a form of environmental racism,” he said. “Poisoning Paradise” won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Choice awards. Other works were equally impressive. W. Peter Iliff’s “Trump’s America” won the Best Original Screenplay award. Shot in only a few days in Southern California, the film depicts a homeless man named Frank who gets evicted by police officers from Royal Oaks and relocated to Skid Row after being roughed up by the officers. Frank and an enterprising reporter arrange for him to return to Royal Oaks, peeving the officers who evicted him. The officers again beat Frank up while the reporter tapes the incident. The timely and thoughtprovoking work excellently illustrates America’s growing homelessness problems. The hilarious short “Never Better: A Closure Comedy” by writer/director/cast member Lucie Guest won Best International Short. The piece tells the all-toofamiliar tale of a rejected lover who travels to reconcile with a former mate. After awkward moments between the two, the spurned lover wanders off into the sunset, forlorn, but on her way to achieving closure. Rob Belushi won Best Performance in a Leading Role for his portrayal in “Dylan,” a thriller about things going terribly wrong when Nick asks his girlfriend to let his old college buddy, Dylan, visit. “The programmers and hosts of 18th annual Malibu International Film Festival went out of their way to make us feel like locals,” said Belushi, the writer, (Left to right) Seth Eslow, Jon Freeman and Paul Taublieb take part in a Q&A Jan. 13 after showing “Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestyle Motocross” at the Malibu International Film Festival. The film won an award for Best Action Film. Dave Teel/22nd Century Media producer and director of the work. “We were delighted to be counted among so many beautiful films and talented filmmakers in such great venues among so much support.” Other awardees included Hunter Payton for Best Performance by a Minor in “Father’s Day Breakfast,” a tale about a son taking his deaf father to an elementary school breakfast. The award for Best Comedy Short went to “Protagonist,” directed by Alec Roth, which depicted characters in an ongoing screenplay coming to life and helping the author finalize the work. The Malibu Film Festival was the first festival to which “Protagonist” was submitted, Roth noted. “It was an honor to have the film not only be accepted, but to achieve an award,” Roth wrote in an email to the Surfside. “We have submitted to about 20- 25 festivals, that we are incredibly eager to hear back from in the future. Many of these festivals are Los Angeles based, however we are aiming for the film to be seen across the country as well, and even at some international festivals.” Finally, one of Malibu’s own, up and coming director Cameron Burnett, won Best Producer for “Alibi.” “I’m so honored to share my film at the film fest in my hometown surrounded by friends and family,” Burnett said. “‘Alibi’ is about forgiving those closest to you, a theme I think is very important.” As attendees left the event, many commented on the quality of work. “We are very fortunate to have a film society and festival of this caliber in our community,” said Catherine Malcolm Brickman, chairwoman of the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. “The Malibu Film Festival puts forward an eclectic program that expands the frame and opens dialogue to new stories, social issues and political action. Having emerging filmmakers featured alongside some of the world’s best cinema artists isn’t just special, it highlights the best of Malibu’s unique artistic mosaic.”