Inspirational film to debut in Del Mar on Sept. 26
From filmmaker and professional surfer, Bryan Jennings comes "Walking on Water," a film about the adventure of two boys finding faith on the journey of a lifetime.
"Walking on Water" will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Grace Point Church at 13340 Hayford Way, San Diego 92130. The screening is free and features a performance by three-time World Champion surfer Tom Curren along with prize surfboard give-away.
Movie producer and professional surfer Bryan Jennings will introduce the film and share some behind-the-scenes experiences from the making of the movie.
Luke and Tyler, two teen surfers from Orange County, Calif., star in the adventure. They are joined at various points on their journey by a group of professional surfers as they travel to the world's greatest surf breaks. Three-time World Champion Tom Curren takes to the waves in Indonesia and Hawaii. Billabong Pro and Quicksilver Pro champion Damien Hobgood surfs with the boys in Australia and France. His brother, C.J. Hobgood, 2001 ASP World Champion, joins the group in France, as well.
World famous "soul surfer" Bethany Hamilton joins up with the boys in Indonesia. Hamilton, who at the age of 13 lost her left arm in a shark attack in Kauai, has overcome remarkable adversity through her faith, even earning a national title and building upon her success in the pro ranks. "Through 'Walking on Water,' " Jennings says, "viewers will gain inspiration from seeing how this courageous teen turned what might have been a career-ending tragedy into an incredible opportunity."
"Bethany has been an encouragement to people faced with physical challenges and tragedy around the world," remarks producer Bryan Jennings. "Even when things that you don't understand happen to you, you have two choices. One is to get bitter and walk away from God and walk away from your heart's desires. The other is to walk towards God and say, 'I don't understand why this happened, but I'm going to trust You and keep moving towards my dreams.' That¹s what Bethany did ... She's such a testimony to hope even in the midst of dark times."
Since the world tour of the film started in October of 2007, it has been shown to over 40,000 people in screenings on the East and West coasts of the United States, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Bali.
Having introduced "Walking on Water's" message to audiences worldwide, Jennings says he's overwhelmed by the viewers' support.
"The response has been incredible from both surfers, as well as non-surfers, from teens, as well as adults. Everyone's said that they really enjoy getting to know Luke and Tyler through this film as they travel the world," remarks Jennings. "Audiences tell us that it's a beautiful film and that they enjoy seeing not only the adventure these boys experience, but seeing the stunning beauty of the exotic locales where the movie was made: Hawaii, Peru, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa and France."
The story behind the story is as powerful as the film itself. Jennings, who himself went on a life-changing cross-country trip at age 14, pays the lessons he learned forward.