Alex Israel: SPF 18

Feature-length film and multi-platform project

2015 – 2017

Production | Acquisition Grant

SPF 18 is a multifaceted project by LA-based artist Alex Israel. Comprised of a feature-length film, soundtrack, artwork, digital outreach program, and accompanying high school curriculum, SPF 18 is an innovative work that challenges traditional definitions surrounding art, entertainment, and teen culture. In partnership with high schools across the country, SPF 18 creates an ecosystem of social storytelling, digital content, and physical experiences to bring the world and lessons of the project to life. The feature-length film, influenced by early surf films, LA film noir, and 80s teen films, uses entertainment to spark imagination, creativity, and self-expression for a diverse teen audience and was screened in high school auditoriums in 30 cities around the country in 2017. 

 In addition to the high school tour and digital hub, content was distributed through partnerships in television, museums, and online. Within the curriculum portion, the SPF 18 challenge will invite students to make 2-3 minute documentaries about what inspires them in their daily lives. The top ten films, based on voting totals will be featured on media partner platforms and each student will receive a $2,500 grant to support the continued pursuit of their passion.

To learn more about Alex Israel, visit Almine Rech Gallery.

Images: Alex Israel, Self Portrait (Seagull), 2014, Acrylic and bondo on fiberglass, 96 x 84 x 4 inches; Self Portrait (U.S. Open of Surfing), 2014, Acrylic and bondo on fiberglass, 96 x 84 x 4 inches. All images courtesy of the artist.