Andy Irons: Kissed by God (2018)

Andy Irons took the surfing world by storm in the early 2000’s.  His untimely death shook the surfing community as well as his wife and unborn child.  The story of Andy Irons is one of relentless perseverance and struggle.  From his heroin addiction to his battles with manic depression, Andy Irons succeeded where most would not stand a chance. Andy Irons: Kissed By God combines interviews, mesmerizing imagery, and family footage to tell his life story.

Funny Story (2018)

“A comedy about good people who do bad things” – Michael Glave

Walter, played by Matthew Glave, is a self-absorbed and promiscuous actor still riding the coat tails of an old fantasy television show.  After finding out his new young girlfriend is pregnant, Walter begins to look for a way to both get away and reconnect with his estranged daughter.  When he gets the chance to see her, he takes it and drops everything to head up to Big Sur.  The ensuing road trip and reunion brings plenty of surprises and laughs at every corner.

Sledgehammer (The Abyss of Peleliu) (2018) – Short

I am the harvest of man’s stupidity.

A raw and gripping dive into the horrors and bloodshed that took place during World War II.  Sledgehammer is based on the memoir, With the Old Breed, written by Eugene Sledge.  Baker’s use of archival footage superimposed by animation highlights the carnage and emphasizes the intensity.  Narration from the point of view of Sledge, combined with the intense archival footage, creates a visceral look at the fear and torment soldiers went through during the Pacific Ocean theater.  Imagine, if you can, a condensed version of Apocalypse Now meets a humorless and haunted version of the narrator from A Christmas Story.