Runman is to surfing as the New York Dolls are to music. Eccentric, playful, raunchy, raw and real— cacophonous to many, but uniquely emblematic of a time and a spirit.
Conceived in the early 80s as surf accessory company, the name was a natural amalgam of the creator’s last names, Morgan Runyon and Ray Kleinman. Though they made board bags, t-shirts, and films (among other things), the enterprising duo became better known for their movies, banned by many of the surf shops who bought them.
Runman One, Runman Two, and Runman 69 all followed the same general convention: Super 8 footage of Runyon and Kleinman’s friends (and themselves) surfing and causing mayhem in the beach zones between Sunset Boulevard and Pt. Mugu Naval Airbase. Their aesthetic harkens to the punk spirit of the times. DIY low-fi. Expression by whatever means possible.
Directed by Tyler Manson as part of our POV Shorts series from 2011.