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‘Bunker77’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of the Boundary-Pushing, Controversial Surf Star Bunker Spreckels, Stepson to Clark Gable

In his lifetime, Spreckels redefined surfing, mentored skateboard legend Tony Alva and collaborated with filmmaker Kenneth Anger.



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For the past six days, DOC NYC has screened numerous documentaries that shine a light on untold stories, marginalized figures and crucial history. Tomorrow, the festival comes to an end, but before it closes, the festival will screen Takuji Masuda’s new film “Bunker77,” the true story of Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable’s stepson and heir to a sugar fortune, who lived fast and died young. A classic American rebel in the vein of James Dean and Andy Warhol, Bunker turned his back on his fortune to live a simple life out of the public eye. He pushed surfing’s boundaries by riding very short boards in Hawaii and the Jeffrey Bay in South Africa. He also mentored skateboard legend Tony Alva and collaborated with filmmaker Kenneth Anger, leaving behind a complicated, nuanced legacy. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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This is Masuda’s first feature-length documentary. It’s narrated by Mike Judge, creator of “Silicon Valley” and “King of the Hill.” The music was created by Adam Peters, best known for composing the scores for Oliver Stone’s “Savages” and “Snowden.” It’s executive produced by Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”), Edward Norton (“25th Hour”) and more.

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“Bunker 77” will screen tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. at Cinepolis Chelsea in New York as a part of DOC NYC. A Q&A with Takuji Masuda will occur after the screening.


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