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World Premiere of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

World Premiere of Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau on April 26th at the Tribeca Film Festival, cohosted by New York Surf Film Festival

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau examines the legacy of the fearless big wave surfer and first-ever North Shore lifeguard beyond inspiring one of surfing’s most famous catchphrases, “Eddie Would Go.” Through interviews, reenactments and dynamic historical footage, professional-surfer-turned-filmmaker Sam George uncovers Aikau’s little-known personal and family history and finds a compelling allegory for the reclaiming of Hawaiian culture.


Producer and NY Native Paul Taublieb shared with us his experience growing up as a New York surfer:

“Having grown up in Great Neck I made the drive for years to Laurelton Blvd in Long Beach, sometimes 38th St in the Rockaways, a rare session at Breezy Point, and lots of sessions on the east end, not to mention many a day at Gilgo.  One time I had my board on the Long Island Rail Road and was told ‘no surfboards.’  Keeping in mind this was the heyday of Andy Warhol, I told the guy I bought the thing as a piece of modern art and had no idea what it was — and made it to Long Beach that day.  I ran the ESA in NY for a couple of years and once held a contest called “the Saint Valentine’s Day Masochism.”  I wrote quite a few articles about the NY scene for Surfer and Surfing mags and jumped over many a snowbank into the ocean once upon a time – and once in a two-piece dry suit which exploded and I almost drowned that one February day. From the surf of NY to being entrusted to the story of Eddie Aikau.  Who would have thought?  Now to be able to bring the film back to the NY surf community that I grew up in to World Premiere, it’s cool!”

Screening Times:
Friday, April 26 at 6:45pm, Clearview Chelsea Cinemas
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm, Tribeca Cinemas
100 minutes

Directed by Sam George

Cast Clyde Aikau, Myra Aikau, Sol Aikau, Nainoa Thompson, Linda Ipsen, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew

Producer Stacy Peralta, Paul Taublieb, Agi Orsi, Dan Silver

Cinematographer Chris Zamoscianyk, Patrick Darrin

Co-Producer Stacy Griffith, Cecy Rangel

Editor Joshua Altman

Narrator Josh Brolin

Executive ProducersBob McKnight, Josh Brolin, Susan Cooper, John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons, John Walsh

View Full Press Release Here.

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