ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons has been privately financed by us, TGR. We believe in the power of Andy’s stories. We believe in helping Andy accomplish his ultimate goal, showing people what it’s like to wrestle with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction.
TGR’s films are typically funded by brand partners and tour sales, neither of these financing channels were appropriate for this film. That is why we are looking for the support of the community, the people who want to honor Andy’s life by helping make this film a reality.
The Andy Irons Story is a documentary film that focuses on the true, untold story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. The intent of the film is to show the unfiltered life of Andy Irons, one that was filled with energy, passion, success, and challenges. Challenges that pushed Andy to the brink and were both the best parts of Andy and the hardest to handle. The filmmakers, Steve and Todd Jones, wanted to create a film that captured the true essence of Andy Irons - his family, his friends, and those who later realized a friendship that at times was hard to understand.
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. Andy’s friends, family, and competitors share their stories of intimacy and fire with Andy Irons throughout the film. The unabashedly honest testimonials compel the story and reveal the very real side of Andy. This is not a film about surfing; this is a film about a person that lived life to its fullest at the top of his industry, but did so facing insurmountable internal challenges. This story is about everything that made Andy Irons the man he was. The filmmakers invite you to be a part of this project and see it through to its fullest extent. The teaser presented here showcases the film’s intent. We’ve shot hundreds of hours of interviews and principal cinematography is wrapped. With your support we can make this film better. The additional support will go towards the finishing touches, including sound design, archival footage remastering, color enhancement, and the soundtrack.
Andy was a legend, a once in a generation talent who dominated his sport and influenced the future of his sport. He grew up and learned to surf North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii. During his professional career, he won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003, 2004, 2005), two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006 and 2007) and 20 elite tour victories including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing four times from 2002-2006. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti. He and his family hosted the Annual Irons Brothers Pinetrees Classic, a contest for young surfers. The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13 forever "Andy Irons Day". He was the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.
“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. This project is the hardest thing I have ever done. We wanted to shine an honest light on the truth—both the struggles and the triumphs—and tell an accurate story of who Andy truly was.”
Bruce Irons – Andy’s Brother
“[Andy] was looking me in the eye, talking to me like I was his best friend. So loving and happy, just beaming with life he had never known. He came up to me and he goes, ‘Hey can we talk?’ He said to me, ‘Look, you know I have had this crazy thing.’ He goes, ‘I want to make a movie with you.’ He's like, ‘What do you think about doing a movie? I want to tell my story.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ He goes, ‘Even if I just change one kid's life. Even if I can just change one kids life, I'll feel like I'm a success in my life.’ He goes, ‘I really wanna do this with you.’ And I said, ‘Man you got my word, I'll do anything you want. I'll do whatever.’ He's like, ‘I've never felt like this in my life.’ He goes, ‘I didn't know I could feel like this. Had never knew life could feel the way I feel right now... I can't believe I'm alive’”
Kelly Slater, Professional Surfer and 11 Time World Champion
All rewards receive exclusive backer updates throughout the project and get the inside scoop on the filmmaking process as it unfolds.
Billabong House: A $10,000 Pledge
A week long dream experience for you and 14 of your friends or family at Billabong's home base on the North Shore of Oahu, where Andy stayed during his reign at Pipeline. (Flights and transportation not included)
Donavon Frankenreiter In-Home Concert: A $10,000 Pledge
An in-home private acoustic show from Donavon Frankenreiter for you and up to 20 of your friends. You will also receive a signed Donavon poster, a signed cd or poster, and some film gear.
TGR VIP Tour Experience - A Pledge of $10,000
You will receive a VIP TGR experience at one of TGR's legendary annual snow film tour stops. The VIP experience includes up to 15 VIP passes to one of the 2017 tour stops listed below, a one hour VIP pre-show party for up to 15 with the TGR crew and athletes, and a VIP pack of gear for all attendees.
*Available for the following tour stops: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Portland OR, Salt Lake City, and Boulder. Dates are TBD, the 2017 Tour will start in September of 2017.
Andy Irons Ridden Board - A Pledge of $8,500+
A backer of this reward will receive an authentic Andy Iron’s ridden surfboard and a pack of AI Forever gear.
Lollapalooza VIP Experience - A Pledge of $7,000+
a one of a kind VIP Lollapalooza Experience with Perry Farrell, the frontman of Jane's Addiction and co-founder of Lollapalooza. The experience includes VIP access for 2 to all 4 days of the event, golf cart transportation, catered meals, special viewing platforms, air conditioned bathrooms, and most importantly a meet and greet and personal escort by Perry Farrell to watch a band of the backer's choice (except for the last two headliners) on stage with the Farrell family.
Billabong Tahiti - A Pledge of $6,500+
This backer will receive a unique, VIP experience for two in Tahiti at the Billabong Pro Tahiti Event (August 19th-30th) and a pack of custom gear. (Flights & Accommodation not covered)
TGR Hero Experience - A Pledge of $5,000+
The ultimate VIP Teton Gravity Research experience for two in Jackson, WY. The experience will include two passes to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for three days, a session on the mountain with Steve and Todd Jones (Directors of this film and the Co-Founders of TGR) and TGR athletes, a custom TGR edit of the session, a tour of TGR Studios, and a pack of TGR Gear.
Billabong Pipe Masters - A Pledge of $3,500+
VIP access for two to either the 2016 or 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters Event (December 8th-20th) in Oahu, get a chance to meet your favorite pros, and receive a pack of film gear. (Flights & Accommodation not covered)
Ian Walsh Surf Experience $3,500+
Surf on the Island of Maui with big wave charger and world-class surfer Ian Walsh. Spend an afternoon surfing and talking to Ian about Big Wave Surfing, contest, video parts, surfboards or anything else you want to ask to Ian about. Once in a life time opportunity.
Surfer Magazine Hawaii VIP Experience - A Pledge of $3,500+
Receive an unique, VIP Surfer Magazine dream experience for two in Hawaii and an AI Forever gear pack.
Bruce Irons Signed Surf Board - A Pledge of $3,000+
This reward includes a signed Bruce Irons surfboard and two custom t-shirts.
Donavon Frankenreiter signed Guitar - A Pledge of $2,500+
A Donavon Frankenreiter signed Martin Guitar and a pack of film gear.
Jeremy Jones Signed Snowboard - A Pledge of $2,500+
A signed Jeremy Jones snowboard and a pack of Jones Boards & TGR gear. Including Jeremy Jones Trilogy Box Set (Deeper, Further, Higher).
Rising Sun Eric Arakawa Surfboard Pack - A Pledge of $2,500+
Pledge will receive an Andy Irons Rising Sun Eric Arakawa Surfboard and a pack of gear.
Jeremy Jones Flagship Snowboard Pack - A Pledge of $1,800+
Includes a ride ready Jones Snowboard Flagship Snowboard and related items from both TGR and Jones Snowboards.
TGR Total Fandom Pack - A Pledge of $700+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive access for two to one TGR Proximity surf film tour stops. Proximity is TGR’s 2017 surf film co-produced with Garage Entertainment and directed by Taylor Steele. This is a separate TGR project and is not associated with the ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons documentary. Also, includes a bundle of TGR merchandise.
Jeremy Jones Pack - A Pledge of $500+
Image: Coming Soon. A package of Jeremy Jones related items from both TGR and Jones Snowboards. Also, a massive set of TGR merchandise.
Full Experience Pack - A Pledge of $350+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive a bundle of the custom limited edition gear including the stickers, a hat, t-shirts, posters, and more, all made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Committed Supporter Pack - A Pledge of $200+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive VIP access for two to one TGR Proximity surf film tour stops. Proximity is TGR’s 2017 surf film co-produced with Garage Entertainment and directed by Taylor Steele. This is a separate TGR project and is not associated with the ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons documentary. This also includes a bundle of TGR merchandise.
TGR Snow Fan Pack - A Pledge of 125+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive access for two to one of TGR’s 2017 Snow Sports Film tour stops.
TGR Surf Fan Pack - A Pledge of $125+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive access for two to one TGR Proximity surf film tour stops. Proximity is TGR’s 2017 surf film co-produced with Garage Entertainment and directed by Taylor Steele. This is a separate TGR project and is not associated with the ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons documentary. This will also include a bundle of TGR merchandise.
AI Forever Pack - A Pledge of $95+
For the ultimate AI fan, receive a bundle of the custom limited edition AI Forever gear including the Hat, T-Shirt and Poster made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Film Zip Hoodie - A Pledge of $90+
Receive a custom limited edition ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons zip hoodie made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Limited Edition AI Forever Hoodie - A Pledge of $80+ Receive a custom limited edition AI Forever zip hoodie made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Film T-Shirt – A Pledge of $50+
A custom limited edition ANDY: The Untold Story of Andy Irons T-Shirt made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Teton Gravity Research T-Shirt - A Pledge of $45+
Image: Coming Soon. A custom limited edition Teton Gravity Research Branded T-Shirt made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
AI Forever T-Shirt - $40+ Pledge
Get a custom limited edition AI Forever T-Shirt made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
AI Forever Hat - A Pledge of $35+
Receive a custom limited edition AI Forever Hat made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Supporter Pack - A Pledge of 30+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive a package of assets that include a custom AI Forever sticker, a TGR Sticker, and a custom film supporter sharable asset.
Film Poster - A Pledge of $20+
Receive a custom limited edition AI Forever Poster made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
AI Forever Custom Sticker - A Pledge of $10+
Image: Coming Soon. Receive a custom limited edition AI Forever Sticker made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Project Backer Shareable Asset - A Pledge of $5+
Receive a custom digital sharable asset made exclusively for the backers and supporters of this project.
Risks and challenges
With a story as emotionally charged and layered as this it is extremely important to us that we get the film right and that every level of the film is detailed and polished. This project has been a true labor of love for the team here at TGR, it’s a project that has been independently funded without any corporate involvement and influence. We have traveled across the world to capture Andy's story, finding any piece of relevant footage through a sea of tapes and images.
As Kickstarter campaigns go, the risk on this project is very limited. Principal photography is finished and the edit is well under way without the need of this community. The ask is to join us in simply assuring that the finishing touches and music are the best they possibly can be. This is an opportunity to join us in telling the true, untold story of Andy Irons.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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