Humberto, Chloë (in her pink Chloë for OC Vision Cuffed Shorts), Derek, Chris, and Carol
Just getting to the Six Senses Yao Noi resort, where Film on the Rocks was held, required a 40-minute boat ride from Phuket through the crazy-gorgeous limestone island mountains.
Carol on the boat to Yao Noi
On our first day, we took a longboat ride to a neighboring island for a picnic and a hike to "the Big Tree" (more on that in a bit). Carol and Derek sat on the bow and Carol almost lost her new Kenzo hat!
Chloë and Ryan waiting for everyone else to get off the boat
Basically the only thing bluer than the water was the sky!
Our lunches were brought in cool Thai tiffin boxes
It turns out "the Big Tree" isn't just a whimsical nickname
Arto Lindsay and Rikrit Tiravanija put on a performance piece at the Big Tree. Originally Arto was going to play his electric guitar (which he brought, along with a generator) but he was warned the noise would wake the tree spirits.
Tilda with Ryan and Sandro at the performance
Gregg and Humberto at the picnic
Gregg, Ryan, and me hiking on the way
Me, Ryan, and Chloë exploring the island
Delfina, back at Six Senses for dinner and film screenings on the beach
Patrick, Chris, and Chloë
On the second day, we took a boat out to Phi Phi Island (the island from the movie The Beach) for snorkeling and scuba-diving.
Me jumping into the water!
Derek snacking on watermelon
Me and Chloë
For dinner, we took a ride across the island at sunset to a Dan Flavin-inspired pier.
Derek, Ryan, and Humberto
Carol, Annabelle, André, and Delfina at dinner
Pow, Tom, and Caroline on the ride to the next part of the evening...
A Thai-style carnival with the locals, complete with carnival games, food vendors, and the evening's film screenings! Here's Chris trying (in vain) to win a tiffin box
On the third day we attended a workshop by Tom
Chloë, Carol and Cleo, my three favorite C's!
Cleo going down the slide!
That night was the final night, so for the grand finale we took a boat ride in the dark to a movie screen on built on the ocean. It was full-on furnished with chairs, couches, a bar, and even a popcorn machine. Watching the 1903 silent version of Alice in Wonderland reflected on the ocean water was about as cool as a film festival can get.
Group pic: Humberto, André, me, Sara, Josh, Carol, Annabelle, Derek, Patrick, and Chloë
This year's FILM ON THE ROCKS festival in Thailand felt so monumental that the organizers, our friends Nat Sarasas and Chomwan Weeraworawit, are calling it the first of an annual event!
Hosted by actress Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the creatives who were invited to the four day-long festival on the stunning southern Thai island of Yao Noi came together to share some of their favorite films with each other. Everything about the festival was over-the-top and spectacular, and involved so much more than just film. Our days were filled with island-hopping, forest trekking, limestone cliff-gazing, scuba diving, and batiking, while our nights saw carnivals, light installations, and moonlit dinners on the beach. Check out some of my photos from the trip!