Lieber Films announced today that production is underway in Hawaii on BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE, a new documentary project that chronicles the life of the inspirational professional surfer.
The 2011 hit film SOUL SURFER, starring AnnaSophia Robb and Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt, was inspired by Bethany Hamilton’s real-life experience as a teenager when a tiger shark claimed one of her arms. The film dramatized Bethany’s courage and determination to get back into the water after the tragic attack.
UNSTOPPABLE is Hamilton’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood – the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time. In 2016, Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Hamilton is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete, and brings new meaning to the phrase “Surfs Like a Girl”.
The film is being directed by Aaron Lieber, who also serves as producer. Jane Kelly Kosek of Meritage Pictures and Penny Edmiston (BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY) are producers on the film.
“We had an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to start things off and were completely blown away by the passion and support of Bethany’s fans,” says director Aaron Lieber. “She has inspired millions and we’re excited to be able to share her spirit, enthusiasm and life story with audiences all over the world. With complete access to Bethany and her family, we’re able to present a special side of her that’s never been seen before.”
The producers are currently planning a summer release for the film and shopping it to potential distributors.
About Lieber Films
Lieber Films is a production company based in San Clemente, California and led by Aaron Lieber.
Today, Aaron Lieber is traveling the globe filming the world’s best surfers and cutting national ads, full-length films, and digital shorts with his newest prize – the RED EPIC DRAGON he won for top honors at the REDirect Surf filmmaking contest hosted by RED Digital Cinema. Over the past 10 years Lieber has worked with the world’s best surfers, was hired by Nike Surfing to produce an all women’s surf film called Leave A Message, and later went on to direct and produce another women’s surf film called Lakey Peterson: Zero to 100 which was #1 on iTunes Sports and featured on Netflix Documentaries. His work has been featured across multiple platforms and media outlets, and his strong media relationships have created effective digital campaigns and social reach, but ultimately what drives him is a passion for untold stories that will inspire the next generation.