ASB MAGAZINE: Andy Irons: Kissed by God is a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily. Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.” He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of his internal battles that led to his demise.
And as the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths associated with these two ferocious diseases.
According to the website, 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 world premier is slated for Los Angeles’ New Regency Theater on May 2. Nothing is set yet for it’s Australian release. On May 31st Teton Gravity Research will be partnering with Fathom Events for a special one night theatrical event at 700 theaters nation wide. This exclusive event will include added bonus Q&A session with the directors of the film, Andy’s friends & family, and a mental health specialist.
For additional film information please visit: tetongravity.com/andy or the hashtag #andyironskissedbygod