Sarah Gerhardt became a star in the surfing universe in 1999 as the first woman to slice across a monster wave at Northern California’s legendary Maverick’s. Media coverage, sponsorship and adulation followed, but Sarah’s dramatic journey from poverty and despair to accomplishment and peace went unnoticed. One Winter Story traces Sarah’s strength and determination to their roots in a beautiful montage of film, voice, memory and emotion. The surfing footage is an awesome sight but the fine, intensely immediate rendering of Sarah’s experience is this unforgettable film’s real reward. (Mill Valley Film Festival Review) – 56min, Super 8 & 16mm film

Credits:
Producer/Director: Elizabeth Pepin
Producer/Director/Editor: Sally Lundburg

Festival Screenings:
2012 Chamonix Adventure Festival, Chamonix, France
2011 Honolulu Surf Film Festival -The Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu HI
2010 Taranaki Surf Festival, New Zealand
2008 San Diego Women’s Film Festival
2008 New York Surf Film Festival
2007 Montreal International Adventure Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
2007 Scene First Student Film Festival Opening Night Party Film, Wilmington, NC
2007 Surfilm Festibal, San Sebastian, Spain
2007 Maui Film Festival
Input 2007: One of 17 films selected to represent the United States in Berlin
2007 Ocean Film Festival, SF, CA
2007 St. Jean du Luz International Surf Film Festival du St. Jean de Luz, France
2007 X-Dance, Park City, UT
2006 Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival – selected for state tour
2006 Mill Valley Film Festival, CA


Making of One Winter Story
In this behind the scenes glimpse, filmmakers Sally Lundburg and Elizabeth Pepin discuss the difficulties of shooting on location at Maverick’s a monstrous wave in Northern California. Their hour-long film, One Winter Story, explores the nature of fear and faith through the experience of one young woman, big-wave surf pioneer, Sarah Gerhardt.