Andy Irons: Kissed by God


TIFF Lightbox 1 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 6:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 10:00 AM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Sat, May 5, 2018 3:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Families & Family Stories
Health, Mental Health & Addiction
Sports & Recreation
Travel, Adventure & Exploration
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Steve Jones
Todd Jones
Co-Director(s):Josh Taft
Producer(s):Enich Harris
Executive Producer(s):Steve Jones
Todd Jones
Brett Hills
Lyndie Irons
Chris Hemsworth
Eric Christian Olsen
Andrew Logan
Drew Holt
Editor(s):Justin Fann
Cinematography:Todd Jones (Director of Photography/Principal Cinematography)
Josh Taft (Director of Photography/Principal Cinematography)
Nick Kalisz (Principal Cinematography)
Composer:Kathleen Cook
Sound:Chris Manning


Gorgeous, outrageously talented and a world champion, surfing phenom Andy Irons was living the all-American dream on Hawaii's golden coasts. But while chasing perfect pipe atop jaw-dropping waves, he raced against far darker demons on shore. Master sports filmmakers share the tragic story of a peak athlete lost in the troubled waters of mental illness and substance abuse. Home movies reveal the rivalry between the star and his brother, pro surfer Bruce, their fierce bond and early signs of trouble. Diagnosed as bipolar, the invincible youngster thought he could control his health and his meteoric career all on his own. Sublime water photography reveals his staggering feats of athleticism, but it's the emotionally raw interviews with his competitors and staunch fans, and poignant archives of Andy speaking for himself, that power this intensely stirring look at a champion locked in an unwinnable battle. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Additional Information

Samaritan Mag - "Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs a Bonanza of Titles for the Conscious-Minded"

POV - "Emotional rollercoaster."