Writing feature for Duke Kahanamoku from Sidewinder Films is in pre-production | News

The company that produced the hit documentary WATERMAN is now in the early stages of producing a feature film about it Duke of Kahanamoku life.

Los AngelesAnd May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ – After the festival and theatrical successes of her documentary WATERMAN – and May 10 American Masters TV premiere on PBS – Sidewinder Films has begun pre-production of a written fiction feature based on the inspiring story of… Duke of Kahanamoku. The producers announced the new project at a special screening of WATERMAN at the Los Angeles Asia-Pacific Film Festival. WATERMAN covers the life of this five-time Olympic medalist and his extraordinary legacy who has spread surfing around the world while overcoming racism and lifelong personal challenges.

The documentary’s production team was inundated with requests and popular support for the Hawaiian hero. “We were overwhelmed with enthusiastic reactions at shows across the country,” the producer said. David Olish. Producer Dr. Stephen Ungerleider. “Finally, the Duke got what he deserves as a true Hawaiian hero,” said WATERMAN director Isaac Halasema.

In pursuit of a written feature, Sidewinder Films has taken the first steps toward treatment and script and has actively begun discussions with potential production partners. The feature film offers ample opportunities for, among other things, a lead actor portraying a heroic character, an action-based storyline, and a vibrant Hawaiian atmosphere.

Narrated by Jason MomoaWATERMAN won the “Best of Festival” award at the recent Malibu Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival, among other awards. The documentary is currently in theaters and had a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its PBS American Masters premiere in May 10. The movie features commentary from surfing’s biggest stars, including Kelly SlaterLaird Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist Carissa Mor. Through rare footage, contemporary visuals and insightful interviews, the film covers topics that resonate today – the role of sport in breaking down barriers and the struggle to overcome racial prejudice.

The documentary takes a number of dramatic turns with the film’s potential. Unlike other Olympic champions who achieved more glory, Duke’s dream of playing Tarzan in films did not come true, as the role went to the competing swimmer. Johnny Weissmuller, most likely due to discrimination. With that, Duke went on to play Pacific Islanders in minor roles in Hollywood and eventually became the “Aloha Ambassador” to Hawaii. By the time it became the 50th state, surfing had spread across the United States and around the world — all because Duke of Kahanamoku.

Sidewinder Films has an award-winning track record in sports-related films, including the acclaimed At the Heart of Gold: Inside the United States of America Gymnastics Scandal for HBO, which won Academy of Television Honors, News Industry and nominee for the 72nd Munich Emmy Award and Beyond for PBS.

Sidewinder Films is a division of the Global Sports Development Foundation, which supports initiatives that promote accessible, fair, and abuse-free sports for youth through media and community efforts.

About the Global Sports Development Foundation and Sidewinder Films

Founded in 1996, the Global Sports Development Foundation was founded out of a desire to promote and protect the best aspects of sport. Guided by its original mission, the Foundation advances and supports initiatives that promote accessible, fair, and abuse-free sports for youth. The Foundation achieves this goal through grants, awards, educational projects, and filmmaking. In 2015, the Foundation launched its media company, Sidewinder Films, to inspire and educate audiences with films that highlight the incredible, untold stories that celebrate the sport of life. Visit http://www.globalsportsdevelopment.org and http://www.sidewinderfilms.org to learn more.

Media connection

Brock BaumgardnerGlobal Sports Development Foundation, 5416839278, brooke@gsdswf.org

Source: International Sports Development Foundation

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