Scottsdale filmmaker debuts ‘Girl on Wave’ documentary

EchoHouse Films, based in Scottsdale, announced today it has sold worldwide distribution rights to its sports documentary Girl on Wave. The film, produced by Scottsdale resident Steven Esparza, is already available for pre-purchase online and will have limited theatrical release in August. This is Esparza’s feature film debut.

The Orchard Distribution group acquired Girl on Wave and has made it available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Playstation, Xbod, Vudu and Vimeo. GIRL ON WAVE will be available to rent on those platforms as well as iN Demand Events on Aug. 22.

The film features New Caledonian athlete Sarah Hauser and follows her quest to become the North American women’s windsurfing champion. Despite financial challenges, Sarah maintains her passion for competition and elevates her mental preparation as she tackles the monstrous waves of Pe’ahi on Maui’s north shore where she trains.

Girl on Wave includes interviews with world-class athletes and fellow windsurfers who inspired Sarah. Beautifully shot on location in 5K on the breathtaking beaches of Maui, this film is reminiscent of watersports classics like Riding Giants and Blue Crush.

In less than one week, the film has reached No. 3 on iTunes advance purchases for Aug. 8 release.

Harkins Theaters, based in Phoenix, will host the film’s premiere at its Harkins Theaters Shea 14 location on Aug. 7. Go Pro, a sponsor of the film, will host a California premiere at its campus in Carlsbad on Aug. 9.

Locally, Girl on Wave can be seen on the big screen at Valley Arts Theater in Tempe at from Aug. 11-17. Advance purchase of tickets for this limited release are highly recommended.

Girl on Wave has already been singled out with a Hollywood Independent Documentary Award of Excellence.  It also was named Best Documentary by Gold Movie Awards in May.

Anyone who has dared to follow what might be considered an impossible dream will relate to Sarah’s story of leaving behind the safe but predictable life her parents had planned for her for the volatile, exciting world of professional sports. It also explores the challenges faced by athletes who participate in lesser known sports who do not have multi-million dollar endorsements that allow them the luxury of training full time.

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