"It Ain't Pretty" is a documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry with the support of a closely-knit community of like-minded women. Featuring Ocean Beach surfer Bianca Valenti’s journey from childhood phenom to world-class big wave charger, this probing, incendiary and thought-provoking film takes you inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualized images of female surfers in the media. Including interviews with top female athletes and awe-inspiring big wave surf footage filmed in the icy waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Mavericks - one of the biggest waves on the planet - this film empowers a new generation of girls to live their dreams and overcome the challenges they face along the way.
Co-writer/Editor Jody Banks will be in attendance at the event and will host a Q&A after the screening.
The screening of this film will benefit Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley. It's been made possible to host thanks to Jon Kane, Marcia Liebich, Janet Debard, Gail Landis and Maryanne Whitcomb.
CO-PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, DIRECTOR
Having surfed my whole life I am deeply passionate about the ocean and the lifestyle. I was frustrated with the films that are out on women surfers because they all just seem to portray this stereotype of a beach bunny. I decided to make this film because I wanted to share the truth about who we are as female surfers and show the ability, skill and determination it takes to surf here in Northern California. I have been filming IAP since March 2013.
My photography and film segments have been featured on OutsideTV, Comcast GameON, CBS, ABC, Mode TV and local San Francisco news papers and radio. I have organized, produced and directed 8 major events/benefits for this documentary and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that earned $36,000 for our equipment. I am a member of The Women's Surf Institute and continue to be an advocate for the first ever Women's Big Wave World Tour!
I wanted to make a film that authentically portrays who we are as women surfers/athletes and encourage women and youth to not be defined by what others say. Women surfers can create their own paths to fulfilling their dreams and stand up for what they believe in; never second-guessing who they are or what shape, look or ability they have! This film documents a new movement in the Bay Area that is rippling throughout the world. The next generation of female surfers are defined by how women are portrayed in the media. Told through the lens of surfing, this film is about creating new role models based on ability and determination. It's not just about the waves. - Dayla Soul
Jody Banks is an award-winning producer, writer, director, DP and editor based near Ocean Beach in San Francisco. His work includes features, broadcast documentaries, TV spots, reality shows, music videos, fashion, entertainment, and live concerts and performances. His favorite documentary projects focus on cultural and human rights issues that receive little attention in the mainstream media. Examples include films about the animal rights and peace movements, life in the barrios of L.A., the sport of street luge, and Southern California custom car culture.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxqcD2phP2g