Between the Lines explores the choice that most draft age surfers faced during the Vietnam War era: either go to war or evade the draft. It was one or the other. Between the Lines delves into the lives of two surfers who choose opposite paths, Pat Farley and Brant Page.
Pat Farley, a heavy combat vet, volunteered for service in Vietnam and was discharged with a full psychiatric pension. Conversely, Brant Page evaded the draft and fled to the surf rich Hawaiian Islands where he was unceasingly pursued and eventually arrested by the FBI.
While following the lives of these two surfers the film chronicles the impact of the Vietnam War on the surfing lifestyle. From GI’s surfing in enemy territory, to the anti-war movement at home, to the living aftermath of the war, Between the Lines excavates the surfing cultures response to an extraordinary circumstance.
I caught this surf/ war documentary during it’s opening in my town and the discussion after the film was heavier than the film itself from Vets and those that are against war. This film is pretty heavy too. I know Pat Farley, he comes and hangs out in the shop all the time and is a great guy.