TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton

TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done.

Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage, with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird as well conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

Take Every Wave provides an intimate, uncompromising look at a lifetime devoted to riding giant surf—and the price an athlete pays for greatness. The world premiere was at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“People are often impressed with the types of waves Laird rides but for me living with him I am most impressed with his dedication and passion in his pursuit. Passion is something we can all relate to.
Rory Kennedy did a great job capturing the person that Laird is in a surprisingly emotional way.” ~Gabby Reece

RED CARPET INTERVIEWS: PARK CITY TV
“Sundance 2017 Red Carpet – Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” January 24, 2017.

 

 

Laird Hamilton, left, and director Rory Kennedy pose for a portrait to promote the film, "Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton", at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Laird Hamilton, left, and director Rory Kennedy pose for a portrait to promote the film, “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton”, at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)


HEROLDEXTRA
‘Take Every Wave’ a gnarly respite from Park City snow
http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/movies/sundance/take-every-wave-a-gnarly-respite-from-park-city-snow/article_6a6fe419-a297-5ed4-907d-d0239cf21ab0.html

FURTHERMORE
“4 Fitness-Focused Films at Sundance,” by Kristin Tice Studeman, January 19, 2017.
http://furthermore.equinox.com /articles/2017/01/sundance-201 7

PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
“Canon Sponsors Sundance Film Festival,” by Zoltan Arva-Toth, January 20, 2017.
http://www.photographyblog.com /news/canon_sponsors_sundance_ film_festival/

SOUND AND PICTURE
“Canon Creative Studio Announces Schedule for Sundance 2017,” by Kendra Ruczak, January 20, 2017.
http://soundandpicture.com/201 7/01/canon-creative-studio-ann ounces-schedule-for-sundance- 2017

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

“2017 Sundance Film Festival – “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” Portraits,” by Taylor Jewell, January 22, 2017.
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
“‘A Different Kind of Surf Movie’: Director Rory Kennedy | Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” by Staff, January 22, 2017.
http://filmmakermagazine.com/1 01127-a-different-kind-of-surf -movie-director-rory-kennedy-t ake-every-wave-the-life-of-lai rd-hamilton/#.WIV3G7YrLVo

DAILY MAIL
“Pierce Brosnan looks cheery at premiere of Laird Hamilton documentary at Sundance,” by Staff, January 23, 2017.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs howbiz/article-4146746/Pierce- Brosnan-looks-cheery-premiere- Laird-Hamilton.html


LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Government corruption and big-wave fever: Two docs look at California’s fraught relationship with water,” by Kenneth Turan, January 23, 2017.


BEACH GRIT

“REVEALED: LAIRD’S SECRET UNLOCKED!” by Chas Smith, January 23, 2017.
http://beachgrit.com/2017/01/r evealed-lairds-secret-unlocked /

 

DAILY HERALD
“‘Take Every Wave’ a gnarly respite from Park City snow,” by Doug Fox, January 23, 2017.
http://www.heraldextra.com/ent ertainment/movies/sundance/tak e-every-wave-a-gnarly-respite- from-park-city-snow/article_6a 6fe419-a297-5ed4-907d-d0239cf2 1ab0.html


RADIO KPCW
“Sundance Reel – January 23, 2017,” by Leslie Thatcher and Linda Jager, January 23, 2017.
http://kpcw.org/post/sundance- reel-january-23-2017#stream/0

GEAR PATROL
“4 Outdoor-Inspired Films You Should Watch Now,” by AJ Powell, January 24, 2017.
http://gearpatrol.com/2017/01/ 24/outdoor-inspired-films-sund ance-2017/

DEADLINE
“‘Take Every Wave’ Director Rory Kennedy On The “Uniquely Independent” Life Of Laird Hamilton – Sundance Studio,” by Matt Grobar, January 25, 2017.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’: Film Review | Sundance 2017,” by David Rooney, January 27, 2017.


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Post film screening QA session with Laird Hamilton, Rory Kennedy, and the Take Every Wave team at Sundance Film Festival

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