The history of surfing can be traced back through many different eras, most popular being the time of the 60s and 70s when beach life was the dream of hundreds of thousands across the country. Witness the stories from the front lines as Gidget, who rather than lived the life created it, transcends gender barriers on and off shore at the Hollywood premier of Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story. Intrigued yet? Check out the full release below. Grab your tickets. We’ll see you there. – JESS BRAAM
HOLLYWOOD PREMIER OF “ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY”
AT FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL!
Saturday, August, 14, 1:30 pm
Egyptian Theater (American Cinematheque)
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY will have its Hollywood Premier at the 2010 FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL, Saturday August 14th, 1:30 pm. (Doors open at 1 pm.) The venue is the landmark Egyptian Theater (American Cinematheque), now totally renovated and state-of-the-art. Kathy “Gidget” Zuckerman, the central subject of the 60-minute documentary, will attend the Premier with the director and members of the cast and crew.
The film first screened in March at Australia’s Noosa Festival of Surfing, the biggest surfing event in the world, and was hailed as a “Huge success” by surf media impresario Peter Townend. The Newport Beach Film Festival hosted the project in April, where it played to an enthusiastic standing-room-only audience. (See additional comments and a clip)
Narrated by Jorja Fox (“CSI”), produced by Brian L. Gillogly and Robert Masters, and edited by Brian Denny, ACCIDENTAL ICON explores the largely untold story of the real “Gidget” and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-50’s became the basis for a best-selling novel and a series of feature films and TV shows. A half century later, “Gidget” is celebrated as a slice of Americana, with considerable impact on popular culture and the sport of surfing.
In ACCIDENTAL ICON, surf legends and present-day “surfer girls” set the stage and take the Gidget story full circle. Prominent actors, writers and directors, many of whom brought Gidget to the big and small screen, provide an often enlightening behind-the-scenes perspective. Some of them include:
Sally Field-Oscar winning actor (“Gidget” TV Series)
Cliff Robertson-Oscar winning actor (“Gidget”)
James Darren-Actor/Singer (“Gidget”)
Gregory Harrison-Actor (“Ed,” “North Shore”)
Caryn Richman-Actor (“The New Gidget” TV Series)
Paul Wendkos-Prolific director (“Gidget,” “Gidget Goes Hawaiian”)
Layne Beachly-Seven-time World Surf Champion
Summer Romero- Women’s Longboard Surf Champion
Jericho Poppler Bartlow-Former US Surf Champion
Kassia Meador-Top Longboard Surfer/Roxy Model
Belen Kimble-Top Longboard Surfer
Carla Rowland-Malibu Surf Champion
Lance Carson-Surf Legend (”Endless Summer”)
Mike Doyle-Surf Legend/Former US Champion
Mickey Munoz-Surf Legend
Together with Kathy “Gidget” Zuckerman they weave an entertaining and ultimately life-affirming true account of a young girl coming of age amongst the waves at Malibu’s fabled Surfrider Beach—and how a somewhat idealized vision of that girl became a true American icon.