Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
World Premiere

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

Spotlight Documentary
| USA | 98 MINUTES | English
Documentary, Sports, First Time Filmmaker
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

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Aaron Lieber
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.
Aaron Lieber
Penny Edmiston, Jane Kelly Kosek
Aaron Lieber, Carol Martori
Aaron Lieber
Carol Martori
Kris Bowers
Executive Producer
Shannon Millard, Tracey Gluck, Jeff Brooks, Erin Brooks
Music Supervisor
Liza Richardson
Supported by
Rip Curl & Corkcicle
Art Director
Scott Grossman
Dolby Digital
Jurgen Scharpf, David C. Hughes, Angus McGilpin, Helena Ngo
Bethany Hamilton, Adam Dirks, Alana Blanchard Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Kelly Slater

International Sales Contact
Matt Burke
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Press Contact
Kevin McLean
K2 Publicity
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: 310 955 1057
US Sales Contact
Matt Burke
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410


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