New Film on Surfing Legend Andy Irons

Teton Gravity Research Announces Marketing Details and Trailer for Andy Irons: Kissed by God 

LOS ANGELES (April 24 rd , 2018) — Teton Gravity Research recently announced the release of Andy Irons: Kissed by God, directed by Steve and Todd Jones. The world premiere will take place in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 2nd. The Los Angeles premiere will be followed by special premiere screenings and events in Hawaii on May 6th and New York on May 10th.

Andy Irons: Kissed by God is a documentary film that focuses on the untold story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. Andy won three World Titles throughout his career and is regarded as “The People’s Champ” around the world, for his blue collar rise to fame and his relatability. Despite all the success, Andy’s personal demons ultimately led to the heartbreaking tragedy that became part of his legacy.

Filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones interlace breathtaking cinematography with archival footage and interviews with family, friends, and Andy’s competitors. Andy Irons: Kissed by God spotlights the effect of mental illness on one of the millions who struggle with the disease every day. 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. “The time to tell Andy’s story is now, not because we want to glorify his life or accomplishments but because Andy wanted to share the truth of his struggles to educate future generations,” said his brother, Bruce Irons. “We wanted to share the whole story — both the struggles and the triumphs — and give intimate insight as to who Andy was as a whole .“

Andy Irons

Photo by Grant Ellis

The film, three years in the making, honors the legacy of Andy Irons and focuses on his struggles with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction. This is a film about a person who lived life to the fullest, at the top of his industry, but did so facing insurmountable internal challenges. Fellow surfing champion and friend Kelly Slater said, “Andy was an absolutely gifted individual. I am lucky to have known him and had the times we had together. He was the most intense competitor I’ve ever known and one of the most sensitive people.”

Fans nationwide can now purchase tickets for a one night only exclusive theatrical showing of the film on Thursday, May 31st, presented by Fathom Events. The film will be featured in over 500 theatres in the United States for this very special event. Visit fathomevents.com for more information and ticket availability.

Teton Gravity Research will also unveil a TGR Film Experiential Tour in late spring, the latest in the company’s world-famous series of events. These events will be held around the country and will bring together a fan experience along with a viewing of the film.

Check out the film’s trailer here, and click here for more information and ticketing.

Andy Irons

Andy catching air. Photo by Brian Bielmann.

Andy Irons

2010 Billabong Pro Teahupoo. By Brian Bielmann

Andy Irons

Andy at Pipemasters. Photo by Grant Ellis


About Teton Gravity Research

Teton Gravity Research is regarded as one of the premiere lifestyle and action sports brand in the world. Known for original, custom and branded content. TGR’s world-class storytelling has captivated audiences for more than 21 years. With 39 award-winning films, numerous television series, and national commercial spots TGR delivers a global, multi-channel footprint. Teton Gravity Research is one of the fastest growing media brands with a thriving millennial audience, award-winning multimedia film projects, a rapidly growing experiential platform and unprecedented viral content. TGR is a proud member of the Surfrider Foundation, 1% For The Planet, BICEP, IMBA, and Protect Our Winters.

For more information on TGR, visit TetonGravity.com.

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