Film
SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY

BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE

Directed by Aaron Lieber
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 98 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE
Born into a family of surfers in Kauai, Bethany Hamilton began surfing competitively at eight years old. In 2003, at age 13, she was out surfing when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark, a run-in that cost her her right arm. But not only did she survive the attack—she was back on the competitive circuit just a year later. More than a decade later, Hamilton, now a mother, undertakes her greatest challenge—chasing a toddler, and chasing the biggest wave of her career.

Filmmaker Aaron Lieber weaves intimate observational footage of Hamilton and her family, archival footage of the surfer as a young woman, and gorgeous ocean wave panoramas into a heroic tale of bravery, perseverance, athleticism, and hope. Unstoppable takes the viewer on an incredible journey as a girl becomes a woman and a fearless athlete rises to the top her game, becoming a world champion. Hamilton’s story gives new meaning to the term “surf like a girl.”

—Deborah Rudolph
Documentary, Sports, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Aaron Lieber is a director, cinematographer, and editor, who has worked with brands such as Nike, Jeep, Lifeproof, and Samsung. In 2015, Lieber won the Red Digital Cinema REDirect Surf competition.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Composer:
    Kris Bowers
  • Cinematographer:
    Aaron Lieber
  • Cast:
    Bethany Hamilton, Adam Dirks, Alana Blanchard Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Kelly Slater
  • Producer:
    Penny Edmiston, Jane Kelly Kosek
  • Dolby Digital:
    Jurgen Scharpf, David C. Hughes, Angus McGilpin, Helena Ngo
  • Director:
    Aaron Lieber
  • Supported by:
    Rip Curl & Corkcicle
  • Editor:
    Carol Martori
  • Add'l Editors:
    Daniel Mayfield, Rommel Mendoza
  • Screenwriter:
    Aaron Lieber, Carol Martori
  • Art Director:
    Scott Grossman
  • Music Supervisor:
    Liza Richardson
  • Executive Producer:
    Shannon Millard, Tracey Gluck, Jeff Brooks, Erin Brooks

Contacts
  • US Sales Contact
    Matt Burke
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    matt@submarine.com
  • Press Contact
    Kevin McLean
    K2 Publicity
    Los Angeles, CA 90068
    Phone: 310 955 1057
    kevin@k2publicity.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Matt Burke
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    matt@submarine.com