“[E]ven someone who knows nothing about surfing can’t help but sit mouth agape at Hamilton’s athleticism, optimism and determination.”
-Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
About The Film
Unstoppable takes the viewer on an incredible journey as a girl becomes a woman and a resilient athlete rises to the top her game against all odds, becoming one of the leading professional surfers in the world. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continuously rewriting the rules by living an Unstoppable life, and brings new meaning to the phrase “surfs like a girl.”
Filmmaker Aaron Lieber weaves intimate observational footage of Hamilton and her family, archival footage of the surfer as a young woman, and gorgeous ocean wave panoramas into a heroic tale of bravery, perseverance, athleticism, and hope.
I loved Soul Surfer, but this is the real me.
Born into a family of surfers in Kauai, Bethany Hamilton began surfing competitively at eight years old. In 2003, at age 13, she was out surfing when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark, a run-in that cost her her left arm. But not only did she survive the attack—she was back on the competitive circuit just a year later. More than a decade later, Hamilton undertakes the greatest challenges of her life.
Hawaii International Film Festival — Made In Hawaii: Best Feature
San Luis Obispo Film Festival — Audience Award: Best Documentary Feature
2018 Surfer Poll — WOMEN’S BEST PERFORMANCE: Bethany Hamilton in “Unstoppable”
“Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is the Rocky film for surfers.”
-Frank Buckley, KTLA
Want a peek at some of the places where the movie was shot? Then check out my book Be Unstoppable, available now online and wherever books are sold.
Bethany Hamilton is an American professional surfer who began her surfing career at age 11. By age 13, she was an accomplished surfer and well-respected in the surfing world. She came to national attention after her left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark on October 31, 2003. She has since made a full recovery and has returned to surfing. MTV Books published Hamilton’s Book, ‘Soul Surfer’ from which the major motion picture is based. Hamilton is a Hawaii native and currently resides there with her husband and two sons, and she continues to touch and inspire lives globally as a professional surfer, author, and motivational speaker. She currently has her own blog on helping others become unstoppable.
Aaron Lieber is a director, cinematographer, and producer born in Southern California. Lieber released his first film “The Pursuit” through Studio 411 in 2008, the same year he graduated with a BA from CSU Long Beach. “The Pursuit” premiered in the USA and internationally and was the first surf film to be released on Blu-Ray. In late 2009, Nike Surfing hired Lieber to produce surf content and he had the opportunity to work on the Nike Chosen – Just Do It commercial, as well as the filming and editing of the all women’s surf film “Leave A Message”. His most recent documentary was “Zero to 100 – The Lakey Peterson Story”, and it was #1 on iTunes and featured on Netflix. Today, Lieber is traveling the globe filming the world’s best surfers and cutting national ads, full-length films, and digital shorts. Aside from Bethany Hamilton, Lieber has worked with world’s best athletes including Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, and more.
“This truly is one of the most inspirational stories of this generation.”
Teaser | Jaws
It’s heavy… but I don’t need easy. I just need possible.
Teaser | Air 360
Go after it. Again and again and again until you nail it.
Music Video | The Best Thing
Song by JJ Heller, Containing exclusive footage from the film.Check the FAQ's
"Visually, the audience will be captivated by the powerful vistas, but the audience’s heart will be moved by the triumphant spirit of Hamilton and her faith in believing that God was with her all along."
List of territories for iTunes:
Antigua and Barbuda,
Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
Micronesia, Federated States of,
Moldova, Republic Of,
St. Kitts and Nevis,
Trinidad and Tobago,
Virgin Islands, British,
When it will be showing in other countries?
The film is available in some form in most major countries, except Japan (which a deal is in the works). It’s available in the territories listed above on iTunes, you can also check Amazon Instant Video or any other platform you use. It’s on Netflix now in most countries, except NZ, Australia and Japan. If you cannot find the film on any of these platforms in your country, you can sign up below for my email list and patiently wait an email update pertaining to your country.
Can I bring the film to my town, church, event?
Yes! We are working with a company in the USA called Gathr on a theatrical-on-demand model, where you can host the film in your hometown. CLICK HERE for more info or to sign up as a Film Event Captain! If you want to host the film at a non-theatrical venue, please select the Community Screenings option.
Do you have Resources for Churches or Youth Groups?
Yes! Sign up to get our youthworker materials here.
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