Rory Kennedy’s new documentary Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton examines the life, sport, and personality of surfing icon Hamilton. The film premieres at Sundance.
“Most surf films operate like their own contained love stories: Man (or woman) meet wave; Man rides wave; Man reflects on riding wave before going off to ride another,” Kennedy tells Filmmaker Magazine. “It’s an age-old aesthetic that works – featuring buff surfers, beautiful tropical settings and a rocking score. But more often than not, there’s no real character development, no story arc, no plot. What drew me to Laird – and indicated to me from the get-go that there may be a different kind of surf movie here – was how to unlock the secret of what motivated him throughout his life. How do you become the best at what you do? And at what cost? Why, in his early 50s, does he continue to push himself as hard as he does? I was interested in all these questions. They inspired me to make this film.”
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