Andy Irons- Kissed By God Film
Thursday September 6th
Olympic Village Lodge
Squaw Valley, Ca
Doors open at 6p.m. Show at 7p.m
Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) invites you to attend the film premiere of “Kissed By God”, a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily.
The Hidden Battle
Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.” He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue-collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of his internal battles that led to his demise. As the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths associated with these two ferocious diseases.
The Andy Irons Story is a documentary film that focuses on the true, untold story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. The intent of the film is to show the unfiltered life of Andy Irons, one that was filled with energy, passion, success, and challenges. Challenges that pushed Andy to the brink and were both the best parts of Andy and the hardest to handle. The film features in-depth interviews with Andy’s brother Bruce Irons, his wife Lyndie Irons, Joel Parkinson, Nathan Fletcher, Sunny Garcia, and Kelly Slater. This is not a film about surfing; this is a film about a person that lived life to its fullest at the top of his industry, but did so facing insurmountable internal challenges. The film was created by Teton Gravity Research (TGR). TGR is regarded as one of the premiere lifestyle and action sports brand in the world.
The Life of Andy Irons
Andy was a legend, a once in a generation talent who dominated his sport. He grew up and learned to surf North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii. During his professional career, he won three world titles, three Quiksilver Pro France titles, two Rip Curl Pro Search titles and 20 elite tour victories including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing four times from 2002-2006. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti. The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13 forever “Andy Irons Day”. He was the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.
This extraordinary evening will inspire and inform all ages of how powerful this drug is and what it did to one of the strongest athletes on the planet. The Executive Director of Squaw Valley Institute, Matt Reardon, worked on the film’s soundtrack for over a year composing the original film score with his song writing team, Grammy Award winner Randy Cantor and Austrian phenom Manfred Plessl. This composing team also penned soundtracks for Jeremy Jones’ “Higher” and Red Bull’s film “Streif” One Hell of a Ride to name a few.
Squaw Valley Institute’s very own extraordinarily talented summer band camp musicians will open the presentation with live music from 6:00 -7:00pm. The event will be held at the Olympic Village Lodge (1901 Chamonix Place) in Squaw Valley. Admission is FREE for all SVI Members! Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child/student. Doors open at 6:00 pm, presentation and film starts at 7:00 pm. Cash bar will be available for purchase.
Free to SVI Members
General Admission $15
The Squaw Valley Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the community through inspirational programming celebrating the arts, wellness, education and adventure. The goal is to enrich our mountain culture and inspire uncommon conversations to effect innovative and authentic change for a stronger future. SVI memberships are available that include free admission to most events.