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Teton Gravity Research presents the first film teaser and the associated Kickstarter campaign for the untold story of one of the world’s greatest surfers.
JACKSON, Wyo. (October 13, 2016) Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the global leader in action and adventure culture media, is proud to announce the release of the first teaser and Kickstarter campaign for its groundbreaking feature length documentary film, ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons.
The film is the life story of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons who died at age 32 from a heart attack with the secondary cause being an acute mixture of drugs. Andy and brother Bruce came from humble beginnings on the small Hawaiian island of Kauai. The film chronicles Andy’s struggles with dyslexia, bi polar disease, self-medication, addiction, fame, failure, and success. Andy was the blue collar, “people’s champ” of surfing who dealt with issues that millions of people around the world struggle with every day. Andy died on Nov 2, 2010. His wife Lyndie, was eight months pregnant with their first child.
The Kickstarter campaign is being launched to support the film’s ongoing post-production and finishing touches. The rewards offered through Kickstarter will be a collection of limited edition film merchandise, limited edition AI Forever merchandise, limited edition TGR merchandise, signed Bruce Irons boards, used Andy Irons boards, VIP surf experiences around the world and more. The campaign is intended to engage the community in support of Andy Irons and the power of his story.
Filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones of TGR wanted to create a film that captured the true essence of Andy Irons, told through stunning footage and unabashedly honest testimony by the family and friends who knew him best. "We privately financed the film. We do not want any corporate influence in it because we wanted a true story to be our soul focus and did not want any external forces influencing our decision process."
For Bruce Irons, Andy’s younger brother, the film’s production has been cathartic. “It will get into the good days and the dark days,” says Bruce. “It has definitely been touchy for me, but it has also been therapeutic. We aren’t going to sugarcoat it. We’re going to tell the whole story. At the end of the day I hope it can be a positive thing for young kids coming up in the sport.”
The film will be released in early 2017.
About Teton Gravity Research
TGR is the leading brand in action and adventure culture media company. TGR’s world-class storytelling has captivated audiences for more than 21 years. With a global, multi-channel footprint, a thriving millennial audience, award-winning multimedia film projects, a rapidly growing experiential platform, and unprecedented viral content, Teton Gravity Research is one of the fastest growing media brands on the planet. TGR is a proud member of Surfrider Foundation, 1% For The Planet, BICEP, IMBA, and Protect Our Winters. For more information on TGR, visit TetonGravity.com.