"Chapter One: The Kiteboarding Legacy Begins." The San Francisco Movie Premiere & Film Review
I expected to like Chapter One— the first full-length feature film about kiteboarding— but what I did not anticipate is the utter display of talent, beauty, inspiration, and passion that is so eloquently portrayed throughout the entire film.
Produced by Eyeforce—in partnership with WeTransfer and Red Bull Media House—I ultimately experienced the film as less about kiteboarding and more as an overall depiction of inspiring individuals living to their full potential; regardless of setbacks (cancer), fears (jumping from the top of Richard Branson's island...for the record, I didn't ask if he was actually scared), or storms (when the winds are just too powerful).
Watching this film is like buying a VIP ticket to a series of remote destinations, that most of us have no reason to go to, or would get bored visiting if we did not kite. This movie is not just for kiteboarders, surfers, or adventure sports lovers, but it appeals to those who have a dream or may be looking for their dream. Whether you need to find the courage to jump into your dream career, drop your 9-to-5, write that book, or be a stay at home mom, you will bask in the beauty of watching passionate people pursue their ultimate love. In this movie, that love looks like kiteboarding, but also includes deep friendships, the act of pushing limits, and the joy of traveling the world.
It was an exceptional experience being at the world premiere in San Francisco for a film that truly is history making— a masterpiece and timeless testament to those living the life that they want to live. I was invited by WeTransfer to attend the premiere and because of this, I was able to obtain a unique perspective that I wouldn't have had otherwise. When I go someplace as a writer, I pack an extra jacket of curiosity. It makes trips like this so fun because I exist in that moment to discover why people do what they do, what makes this story unique, and why you should care.
Meeting the people involved in, and behind the movie was a refreshing experience. So much talent and so much humility were packed into The Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco and exploding from the big screen. Both onscreen and behind the cameras, it's undeniable that the athletes and the creatives are at the top of their craft for a reason.
Arthur— Director of Photography for Chapter One and second-half to Eyeforce— has an insanely sharp eye for all things beautiful. The shots and footage is stunning. I'm not certain who was responsible for the music, but that is an incredible adventure in itself. Dylan or Jay spent hours editing and perfecting the cuts and voiceovers. It would have been much more simple to create an action packed film, but somehow, the story weaves and is guided by the twenty-one characters and nine destinations that make an appearance throughout the 90 minutes of footage.
After the showing, someone in the audience asked the professional kiteboarders at the premiere what they would be doing with their lives if they did not kite for a living. Not one of them knew what to say. I would say, they are where they want to be (for the most part I imagine). And, if you have ever had the feeling of knowing you are living your destiny or "in the flow," you know it's such a fresh feel. And if you have never had that, find it. It's magic.
So, how do you find that passionate purpose? I'm not exactly sure if there is an answer that always stays the same in every circumstance, but I believe one way to find your destiny is by mirroring successful people who you admire. Inspiration by osmosis. The people who you surround yourself with matters. Find your tribe and love them hard.
I was able to spend a day watching the kiters play on The Kiteboat and Jet Foils. With the sunshine hugging my skin and a smile dancing on my face, I felt thankful for one more opportunity to be around people who intrigue and fascinate me. As a creative myself— who dabbles in freelance writing, blogging, and various entrepreneurial pursuits— the amount of respect I have for the filmmakers, riders, and those surrounding the act of making a project like Chapter One come to life is high. It was striking to notice Ruben Lenten's spirit, his Fiance's sure strength, and their bond of mutual respect, love, and admiration. The childlike excitement of Kevin Langeree, coupled with a smart business sense and drive. And seriously, I don't even know how to say this, but I'm now absolutely starstruck by Don Montague, and I should have known this, but Nick Jacobsen is from Copenhagen. And that means he's Danish. And that means I'm already a fan.
This film is worth watching. Whether you kiteboard every day of your life or have no clue what the sport is, you will connect to the spirit and be awed by the destinations. I believe 'story' can move us to do incredible acts of greatness in this world, and this story may inspire you to travel on your own path to greatness.
If you want to travel and just haven't, start here: With Chapter One. If you want to do that one thing you have wished you would do, but haven't yet: Watch the movie. If you want to be inspired to live that crazy dream of yours, find more than a little inspiration by taking time to view Chapter One. And if you travel all the time, this film is completely your jam.
Chapter One will be available to view for free, for 24hrs, exclusively on Red Bull TV.
ON OCTOBER 10TH.
Watch it and tell me what you think!