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CHASING MAVERICKS
Fox 2000 Pictures, Walden Media's Comedy, Sci-Fi directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted starring Gerard Butler "Frosty Hesson", Jonny Weston "Jay Moriarity", Leven Rambin "Kim Moriarty", Elisabeth Shue "Kristy Moriarity", Abigail Spencer "Brenda Hesson". Screenwriter: Kario Salem. Story by: Jim Meenaghan, Brandon Hooper . Producers: Curtis Hanson, Jim Meenaghan, Brandon Hooper, Mark Johnson . Executive Producers: Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Georgia Kacandes, David Weil . Director of Photography: Bill Pope, ASC . Production Designer: Ida Random. Costume Designer: Sophie De Rakoff. Score: Chad Fischer. RELEASE DATES: 28 NOVEMBER 2012 (FRANCE) / 26 OCTOBER 2012 (USA)
JAY’S WORLD Brandon Hooper and producer Jim Meenaghan – who together wrote the story – went directly to Frosty Hesson and Jay’s widow, Kim Moriarity, for permission to bring Jay and Frosty’s journey to the big screen. Other filmmakers had previously approached them, but Hooper and Meenaghan’s enthusiasm and ideas made Kim and Frosty comfortable with the idea of a film inspired by Jay’s life. Hooper notes, “Kim and Frosty have been supportive throughout the entire project, and we were grateful they entrusted us to tell the story. We wanted to do justice to them and, especially, to Jay.” When director Curtis Hanson came on board the project, he joined Hooper and Meenaghan in Santa Cruz for scouting expeditions and research. “I met Frosty and Kim, and had long talks with them,” Hanson says. “We told them our film would resonate because everyone will identify with the struggles of these characters, and knowing that they’re based on real people will strengthen that identification and the emotional connections.” Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston, like the producers and directors, immersed themselves in the world of Jay and Frosty. Weston shares, “I came to Santa Cruz and basically got adopted by Frosty and Kim and by some of Jay’s closest friends. They took me in and they told me everything they know about Jay.” CHASING MAVERICKS was filmed on locations where much of Jay’s life unfolded, including Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mavericks itself, as well as residential streets where the real-life characters’ actual homes had been situated. “It’s beautiful that we were able to film where everything really happened,” says Butler. “It’s great for the story because it gives it an additional layer of verisimilitude.” LIVE LIKE JAY In addition to Frosty and Kim, many others who crossed paths with Jay participated in the film, including legendary surfboard shaper Bob Pearson, photographer Bob Barbour – and one thousand Santa Cruz locals who served as extras in a scene that reenacts Jay’s legendary triumph at Mavericks. The Santa Cruz community was thrilled to celebrate and share the legacy of “Live Like Jay.” Hooper explains, “Ten years after Jay’s passing, there’s so much love still out there for him. These people did not turn out for the scene because this was a big Hollywood movie; they turned out for Jay.” Gerard Butler adds, “I’ve never heard people talk about anybody so positively as they did about Jay Moriarty. He touched people’s lives, had a kind word for everybody, and he affected an entire community. They all just wanted to be a part of that and were so proud that this story is being told.” Weston adds, “Everybody recognized Jay’s purity and his selflessness. And whatever it was that made people love seeing Jay, whatever that energy he was putting out, people couldn’t really describe it. Everybody just knew what it meant.” The filmmakers did not have to look far to find an impressive list of big wave surfers who wanted to participate in the making of CHASING MAVERICKS. In doing so, they paid tribute to an impressive legacy: When Jay had what was considered the biggest surfing wipeout to date and shortly thereafter rode the perfect wave, it changed the world of big wave surfing forever. CHASING MAVERICKS rides into theaters everywhere October 26. LE MONDE DE JAY Brandon Hooper et Jim Meenaghan, producteurs et coauteurs de l’histoire, ont directement contacté Frosty Hesson et la veuve de Jay, Kim Moriarity, afin d’obtenir la permission de porter leur histoire à l’écran. Kim et Frosty avaient déjà été approchés par d’autres cinéastes, mais ils ont été convaincus par l’enthousiasme et les idées de Brandon Hooper et Jim Meenaghan. Brandon Hooper commente : « Kim et Frosty nous ont soutenus tout au long du projet, et nous leur sommes reconnaissants de la confiance qu’ils nous ont témoignée en nous autorisant à raconter cette histoire. Nous avions un devoir d’authenticité envers eux, et surtout envers Jay. » Lorsque le réalisateur Curtis Hanson a pris part au projet, il a rejoint Brandon Hooper et Jim Meenaghan à Santa Cruz pour effectuer des repérages et entreprendre des recherches. Il raconte : « J’ai rencontré Frosty et Kim, et j’ai longuement discuté avec eux. Nous leur avons expliqué que la force de notre film reposerait sur le fait que tout le monde pourrait s’identifier aux difficultés de ces personnages. Savoir qu’ils s’inspirent de personnes réelles facilite le sentiment d’identification et renforce l’empathie. » Gerard Butler et Jonny Weston, à l’instar des producteurs et des réalisateurs du film, se sont plongés dans l’univers de leurs personnages. Jonny Weston raconte : « Je me suis rendu à Santa Cruz, et j’ai en quelque sorte été adopté par Frosty et Kim, ainsi que par certains des plus proches amis de Jay. Ils m’ont accueilli et m’ont raconté tout ce qu’ils savaient à son sujet. » CHASING MAVERICKS a été filmé sur les lieux mêmes où Jay Moriarity a passé la majeure partie de sa vie, notamment à Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay et Mavericks Point, ainsi que dans les quartiers résidentiels où ont vécu les vrais protagonistes de l’histoire. Gerard Butler commente : « C’est merveilleux d’avoir pu tourner là où tout s’est réellement passé. Cela ajoute une touche de réalisme à l’histoire. » LIVE LIKE JAY : ÊTRE FIDÈLE À SOI-MÊME Outre Frosty et Kim, de nombreux autres compagnons de route de Jay ont participé au film, notamment le légendaire créateur de planches de surf Bob Pearson, le photographe Bob Barbour – ainsi qu’un millier d’habitants de Santa Cruz qui ont fait de la figuration lors de la reconstitution du mythique triomphe de Jay à Mavericks. La ville de Santa Cruz a été ravie de célébrer, et de partager, l’héritage de « Live Like Jay ». Brandon Hooper explique : « Dix ans après la disparition de Jay, sa mémoire est encore très présente là-bas. Ces gens ne sont pas venus parce qu’il s’agissait d’un grand film hollywoodien, ils étaient là pour Jay. » Gerard Butler raconte : « Je n’avais jamais entendu parler de quiconque en des termes aussi élogieux que ceux employés à l’égard de Jay Moriarity. Il a changé la vie des gens, il avait un mot gentil pour chacun, et il a marqué une communauté tout entière. Ils souhaitaient tous prendre part à cet hommage, et étaient très fiers qu’on raconte cette histoire. » Jonny Weston ajoute : « Tout le monde connaissait la pureté et l’altruisme de Jay. Personne n’était vraiment capable de décrire la raison pour laquelle les gens aimaient le regarder surfer, ou l’énergie qu’il dégageait. Mais tout le monde en ressentait le sens. » L’équipe du film n’a eu aucun mal à trouver de nombreux surfeurs de grosses vagues souhaitant participer au tournage de CHASING MAVERICKS. Ils ont ainsi rendu hommage à un formidable exploit : lorsque, peu après ce qui est considéré comme l’une des pires chutes de l’histoire du surf, Jay a surfé la vague parfaite, il a transformé à jamais l’univers du surf extrême. © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Property of Fox. Permission is hereby granted to newspapers and periodicals to reproduce this text in articles publicizing the distribution of the Motion Picture. All other use is strictly prohibited, including sale, duplication, or other transfers of this material. This press kit, in whole or in part, must not be leased, sold, or given away.
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CHAD FISCHER (Score) is a Los Angeles-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He wrote the scores for the independent feature drama “The Loosies,” the acclaimed “Garden State,” directed by and starring Zach Braff, the comedy “The Rocker,” starring Rainn Wilson, the romantic comedy “Little Manhattan,” and the comedy “The Babysitters.” Previously, Fischer wrote, produced and performed the theme song "Superman" for the hit sitcom "Scrubs," starring Braff. Fischer is the main composer of the television series “Private Practice,” the successful spin-off from “Grey’s Anatomy” and "North Mission Road." He composed all the original songs and underscoring for the WB series "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star" on which he also served as the actors' musical coach. He has written songs for the opening sequence of the ABC docudrama "Prince William: The Boy Who Will Be King," a Beach Boys documentary and the end title theme for the features “Bubbleboy” and “The First 20 Million is Always the Hardest.” After playing drums for the '90s alternative rock group School of Fish ("Three Strange Days"), Fischer went on to form the band Lazlo Bane. His music production credits have included Colin Hay, Everlast, Jude, Lisa Loeb, Liz Phair, Josh Clayton-Felt and Alexi Murdoch. *** CHAD FISCHER (Musique originale) est compositeur, auteur de chansons et producteur, et joue de plusieurs instruments. Il a dernièrement composé la musique de LOOSIES de Michael Corrente, 10 YEARS de Jamie Linden, THE ROCKER de Peter Cattaneo, avec Rainn Wilson, GARDEN STATE, écrit et réalisé par Zach Braff, avec Braff et Ian Holm, de la comédie romantique LITTLE MANHATTAN de Mark Levin, et de la comédie LES BABYSITTERS de David Ross. Il a également écrit, produit et interprété la chanson-thème « Superman » pour la sitcom à succès de NBC, « Scrubs ». Il a aussi écrit la bande originale de la série « North Mission Road ». Chad Fischer a composé la musique des séries « Private Practice », « The Class », et toutes les chansons originales et la musique de la série « My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star », et en a été le coach musical pour les acteurs. Il a écrit des chansons pour la séquence d’ouverture du docudrame « Prince William: The Boy Who Will Be King », la musique d’un documentaire de E ! Entertainment sur les Beach Boys et le thème du générique de fin de BUBBLE BOY de Blair Hayes et THE FIRST $ 20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST de Mick Jackson. Après avoir été batteur du groupe rock alternatif School of Fish dans les années 90, il a créé le groupe Lazlo Bane. Il a produit des artistes comme Colin Hay, Everlast, Jude, Lisa Loeb, Liz Phair, Josh Clayton-Felt et Alexi Murdoch.
CHASING MAVERICKS Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler, left) and his protegee Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) take a break from their rigorous training to conquer the legendary surf break known as Mavericks.
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CHASING MAVERICKS Fox 2000 Pictures, Walden Media's Drama, Sport directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted starring Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston.
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FILM CLIP #1 "Conveyor Belt" (VO)
FILM CLIP #2 "The Mag 3" (VO)
FILM CLIP #3 "Jay Surfing" (VO)
FILM CLIP #4 "Kitchen Cabinet" (VO)
FILM CLIP #5 "Night Swim" (VO)
FILM CLIP #6 "Paddleboards" (VO)
FILM CLIP #7 "Train Me" (VO)
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B-ROLL "Frosty Hesson" (VO)
FILM CLIP #8 "I Want To Take That Drop" (VO)
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