"It'll help you find God!" says its maker Ray "Runman" Klein…
You’ve never heard of Ray Kleiman. Long ago, he and his buddy Morgan Runyon made a series of hilarious Super 8 surf movies under the moniker, Runman. The series peaked in 1990 with the third of the series, Runman 69.
And then Runman vanished.
(Although you can click here for a very sweet tribute by What Youth)
So, there was rapture, at least in my heart, when I discovered Runman’s own version of 2005’s The Bruce Movie in that film’s DVD extras. In the six-minute short, we go deep into Bruce’s off-tour life on Kauai. We see a wild pig killed for a wedding feast. We see a drunk getting decked for hassling Bruce. We watch Bruce eat it jumping a motorbike. We see Andy and Bruce drunk together, we see tourists getting smashed on rocks and a wild stationary wave. We see giant whip-in airs and loving closeups of Bruce’s (now ex-girl), Mia’s, ass and titties.
Surf movies don’t get any better, or shorter.
I gave Ray a call on Thanksgiving to give us the low down on his contribution to The Bruce Movie all those beautiful years ago…
BeachGrit: Hey, Runman! Happy Thanksgiving!
Oh fuck, anything to do with celebrating killing people we love…
Your movie is a masterpiece. How would you define your style?
I film reality as I see it. I don’t like to set anything up. I just like to film. And I get people as they usually are.
Talk me through the scene on the stationary wave where Bruce and Kamalei Alexander collide and then Bruce steals Kamalei’s board? Was Bruce serious?
That was pretty serious.
I would’ve thought that Kamalei would’ve squashed him like a bug given his awesome reputation.
You know how it is, when someone’s mad and the other person probably isn’t mad.
There’s many scenes of tourists being washed into rocks or into the ocean. Why?
That’s just… comedy.
It’s a common theme in your movies.
We do that a lot.
Do you live on Kauai?
I’m on earth.
I admit, I loved the juxtaposition of Bruce’s parents cheering when he crashed the bike.
Yeah, that’s a good one! They loved that!
Have your heard if Bruce liked the movie?
It looks like he likes it. I see him, I hang out with him. I don’t really to talk to him about it. We know each other real good.
Your lens ponders Mia at length.
Yeah! She’s hot!
Tell me about the guy getting slapped by Chava Greenlee (Bruce’s friend, noted surfer on the North Shore)?
He was kinda mouthing off and was drunk and getting in Bruce’s face. The best story I heard about that was a guy came up to me and said, Hey man, my friend is in your Bruce movie. I said, Really? And he said, Yeah, it’s the guy getting punched out. This guy went up to his friend and said, You’re in the new Bruce movie! And he said, What am I doing? And he said, You’re catching two feet of air!
The pig’s in a bad way in the opening scene.
That’s the real deal.
And it was classic, the stickers: Welcome to Hawaii – now go home and Aloha also means goodbye.
You gotta show how it really is…
What do you do for leaves when you’re not filming?
I work on the land.
Are you a farmer or a shephard?
I caretake big pieces of property.
Do you carry a shotgun and ride on a four-wheeler?
No, it’s all on foot.
Is movie making a hobby?
I film for love. And it makes money sometimes.
How much did you get for this sweet little extra?
I made the the Bruce movie for love. I don’t think I got directly paid for it.
Did you get a hat?
I got a pat on the back with and I love you and a sticker.
Will this movie help non-believers find God?
It’ll definitely save a lot of people.
And to conclude?
If you want to see the real deal, watch my movie. And thanks to Volcom for letting me put it out there.