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FABRIC Documentary Series Chronicles Change- Makers Affecting Widespread Change.
October 12, 2020
A first-of-its-kind documentary series chronicling a group of athletes, artists, and activists across snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding, FABRIC is a five-part series that illustrates what’s possible when sport is leveraged as a vehicle to affect fundamental change.
Each of the five episodes is centered around a specific theme—from Knowledge and Adaptation to Activism, Cultural Heritage, and Community—and showcases a group of groundbreaking humans united by their connections to people, place, and pursuit.
The brainchild of Canadian big-mountain snowboarder, backcountry guide, and inaugural 2021 Natural Selection Tour winner Robin Van Gyn, FABRIC breaks the traditional action sports filmmaking mold with candid narratives, world-class action footage, and poignant insights into real-world issues.
The series stars nearly two dozen change-makers whose causes extend beyond themselves. In surf, this includes big wave maverick Paige Alms, and Izzi Gomez, Leah Dawson and Suay Sew Shop, Hanna Scott, Sanoa Olin, Mainei Kinimaka, and the Black female collective Textured Waves. In snow, Estelle Pensiero, Robin Van Gyn, Jessa Gilbert, Marie-France Roy, Ireland Smith, Spencer O’Brien, Sandy Ward, Leanne Pelosi; and in skate, Kristin Ebeling, Alexa Berriochoa, Rose Archie, Juliette Pelchat and Hannah Eddy.
Debuting in November 2021, FABRIC captures a level of talent and grit seldom seen in action sports and highlights the ways in which experience culminates outside individuals or athletics.
FABRIC will premiere virtually at select viewing parties across North America beginning November 10, with screenings happening on subsequent Wednesdays through January on evo.com. The series World Premiere will be held on November 20 at the Changing Tides Foundation Event Space in Encinitas, California.
Screening links and additional tour dates and locations will follow soon. To inquire about distribution or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Robin Van Gyn at email@example.com.
FABRIC is a partnership between FBRC Media and Happy Okay LLC. It’s produced and directed by Robin Van Gyn (Depth Perception, Full Moon Film) and Justin Taylor Smith (Depth Perception, The Fourth Phase), edited by Smith and Emily Lea, written by Mary Fenton (ESPN, The Snowboarder’s Journal), and executive produced by Wasserman’s Yulin Oliver.
Episode synopses are as follows:
1: Knowledge: An introduction to the complex human connection to the natural world.
Robin Van Gyn, Paige Alms, Izzi Gomez, and Estelle Pensiero star in this episode about gaining experience and understanding through research and practice, developing confidence and intuition, and passing on knowledge via mentorship.
2: Adaptation: Challenge your standards to change your perspective.
Snowboarder Maria Thomsen rethinks the narrative of motherhood; painter Jessa Gilbert leaves New York to make the mountains her canvas, surfers Hanna Scott and Sanoa Olin go off-grid to recapture the freedom of surfing.
3: Activism: Fight for a better future by doing what you can with what you have.
Snowboarders Marie-France Roy and Ireland Smith demonstrate macro and micro approaches to environmental reform. Surfer Leah Dawson, Suay Sew Shop, and skateboarder Hannah Eddy, impact positive shifts for people and planet.
4: Cultural Heritage: Embrace identity to empower future generations of Indigenous youth.
Snowboarder Spencer O’Brien finds her voice as an Indigenous leader with help from Sandy Ward and Rose Archie. Surfer Mainei Kinimaka preserves ancestral tradition through her stewardship of language and the natural world.
5: Community: Create space, opportunity, and a platform in action sports.
With Skate Like a Girl, Kristin Ebeling has turned skateboarding into an outlet for LGTBQ and BIPOC skaters like Alexa Berriochoa. Filmmaker Leanne Pelosi and Juliette Pelchat chart parallel paths to open new doors, and Textured Waves increases visibility in surfing for women of color.