(93 min) Australia/New Zealand/US

THURSDAY 10/19, 6:45 PM (SESSION 1)
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Director: Isaac Halasima
Producers: Steven Ungerleider, David Ulich, Michael Cascio, Chet Thomas, John Murphy


Hawaiian Icon. American hero. Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. Narrated by Jason Momoa, features commentary from surfing’s biggest stars, including Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore. From modest roots in Waikiki, Duke swam his way to fame, becoming the face of a changing Hawaii - and a vital part of its tourism industry - as it evolved from an independent Kingdom to the 50th American state. Through Duke’s incredible athletic accomplishments, personal doctrine of Aloha, and enduring gift of surfing to the world, the film explores a theme that still resonates today – the role of sports in breaking societal barriers.


Isaac Halasima made his first big national move as a director with his music videos Demons and Gold for the band Imagine Dragons. His documentary The Making of Night Visions, which chronicled the making of Imagine Dragons first studio album, played in select theaters nationally. With Audio-Files he worked and continued to direct artists and musicians like LOW, Neon Trees, Mason Jennings, Trampled by Turtles, Paper Route, and Imagine Dragons.

Steven Ungerleider was a producer and director, known for Munich '72 and Beyond, Positive All the Way and Waterman.

David Ulich is an American film producer and attorney who has supported abuse prevention in sports. Ulich is a founder and producer of Sidewinder Films best known for producing documentaries, including Award winning At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, the Oscar-nominated short documentary End Game,] and the Emmy-nominated Munich '72 and Beyond.

Michael Cascio is known for Biography, Investigative Reports, and Naked Science.

Chet Thomas is a producer and director, known for Minority Report, The Abolitionists and The Abolitionists: Searching for Gardy - Part 7.
John Murphy began composing music scores for films in the early 1990s, working on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtracks to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. He has worked with some of the industry's most respected and luminary filmmakers, including Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears and Michael Mann, and produced several prominent and diverse successes, including 28 Days Later, Miami Vice, Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later.

Contact Information:

e: sidewinderfilms2022@gmail.com
w: https://watermanthemovie.com/

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