A FILM MADE WITH LOVE AND IN HONOR OF SURFING PIONEER AND ICON, MARGE CALHOUN (1924 – 2017)

Surfing Pioneer and icon, Marge Calhoun shares memories and reflects on her long life, in handwritten letters to a friend. The film chronicles stories from her adventurous life that began in a little Hollywood cottage to her last days while sitting in her home next to a “picture window” with views to the sea and Morro Bay, CA. Though age had taken a toll on her body, Marge’s mind was sharp and could take her anywhere she wanted to go!

This sweet and personal film shines a light on the life of the 1958 Makaha International Surfing Champion, an inspiring woman who lived life to the fullest. She loved the ocean, surfing and especially BIG waves! Her glass was half full, not empty. She offers words of encouragement and expresses a joy of life and the fact that one is never too old to enjoy the ocean and as Marge says, “the gifts from the powers that be.”

This is filmmaker, Heather Hudson’s third film that documents female surfers.
Featuring:  Marge Calhoun (1924 – 2017)
Includes Vintage Archival Footage and Photos by:
Bud Browne, Don James, Leroy Grannis, Ron Church & more.
DVD AVAILABLE NOW
STREAMING ON THE SURF NETWORK
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Testimonials

Every surfer needs to see this film.

Linda BensonWorld Champion, 5X U.S. Champion, International Surfing Hall of Fame

A nod to the history of surfing and (Marge Calhoun’s) place in it.
Thank you for honoring her memory in such a wonderful and long lasting way!

Wendy EidsonDirector, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Heather has captured a unique, rare, dignified lady and introduced the world to her and Hawaii.  Mahalo.

Ron Sizemore1961 West Coast Surfing Champion

You’ve created a meditation, a meditation on life that transcends surfing. You’ve imparted Marge’s wisdom and joy in a profound way. This film is universal. The “to the sea…” theme is haunting, the editing is seamless, and best of all, your film touches that divine spark, that mystery that is in each of us.

Terry EselunYoungest finalist (age 16) 1965 United States Surfboard Championships Competitor U.S.S.A., Western Association Sponsored Events Founding member of the Women’s International Surfing Association (WISA) and co-director with Jericho Poppler
Wonderful work!  In tears through many segments as it hit home on what shaped my life to become a surfer and shaper.  So incredible to hear her letters and the people that paved the way for all of us.
Wayne RichSurfboard Shaper

Thank You
Beautifully Capturing some of Life’s Essence Soulfully Expressed by You
Lived By Marge
Congratulations
I So Enjoyed and Agree with Marge’s Expression of “Skidding In”
Oh Yeah

Frosty HessonSurfer, Mentor, Author; Chasing Mavericks

Film Festivals & Screenings

WORLD PREMIERE!

Surf Film Festival Official Selection

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival- Surf Nite Opening Film
March 17, 2020 – “Event screened virtually at the last minute due to 2020 Covid restrictions.” 

April, 2020:  
Public screenings and Events put on hold in 2020.  We are looking forward to sharing Marge’s stories with you!  In the meantime, DVD is available for purchase here on website & film is streaming at TheSurfNetwork.com

San Diego Surf Film Festival – Official Selection
May 14 – 17 , 2020 – POSTPONED
“Everyone is looking forward to the SDSFF 2020…only 15 films have been Officially Selected… Looking forward to seeing the films on the big screen!”
SDSFF Festival Director

Heal the Ocean SURF NITE 
Santa Barbara, CA.  May 14, 2020 – POSTPONED
Come Join Us for:  Happy Hour, Music from the Film, Screening, Benefit for Heal the Ocean.
Check back here for new event/screening date.


Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020-
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER!

VIRTUAL Screening+ Filmmaker Introduction
Sunday, August 2, 2020 1pm HST/4pmPST
To View Film Page Click here!


Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Screening
A Film Screening with Q&A—Zoom Webinar presentation by
Filmmaker, Heather Hudson
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00pm
WATCH Heather Hudson in “The Deeper Dive Series”:  click here


CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM EVENT
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
“93” Film Screening + Q&A with filmmaker Heather Hudson
“Wave Woman” Book signing and Presentation with Vicky Durand


“WAVE WOMEN” at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum presents a book talk with Vicky Durand, author of Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer, and Heather Hudson, producer of 93-Letters from Marge and The Women of the Waves films.
Filmmaker Heather Hudson will have a table selling all merchandise from her films & Vicky Durand will be selling/signing books!


CAMBRIA FILM FESTIVAL SUMMERFEST ’21
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre
Q & A with Filmmaker Heather Hudson


SAN CLEMENTE WOMEN’S SURF FILM FESTIVAL 2022

Saturday, January 22, 2022 – 5 – 8pm
Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center (SHACC)
110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA
Proceeds from this evening benefits two locally run women founded surf therapy organizations:  Groundswell Community Project and Sandy Feet Initiative.
Click here for tickets!


CAMBRIA FILM FESTIVAL 2022
“Based on the current rise of COVID cases, the Cambria Film Festival has announced that this year’s Festival will be VIRTUAL only.”
Film becomes available February 2, 2022
Sign on here!

SANTA BARBARA SURF FILM FESTIVAL 2022
Saturday, March 19, @ 5 pm
Community Arts Workshop
Santa Barbara, 631 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA
Purchase passes here!

More announcements coming soon.. 

Check out Graciegirl LLC earlier films:
The Women and The Waves
The Women and The Waves 2

movie poster 93: Letters From Marge

Links to News & What the Audience is Saying

NEWS:  READ ALL ABOUT IT!
11/2020  LIQUID SALT MAGAZINE  click here
10/2020 Noozhawk Article click here


RADIO:  HEAR ALL ABOUT IT!
1/2021  KCBX / NPR  Issues and Ideas- Beth Thornton’s Interview with Heather Hudson
click here to listen (9 minutes in!)


AUDIENCE:

“Very Soulful and heart warming.  I loved it! “

“Great combination of history, documentary, surfing and life lessons.”

“That was awesome!  It brought a tear to my eye at the end.  Really wonderful.”

“Inspiring transformative film and the images are spectacular! Great film – Mahalo!”

“It’s a work of art!”

“It’s a great film!  That history has to be told.  And I loved the music!”

“WOW!!!  As a woman surfer in my mid-60’s this film really spoke to me.  It also gave me hope that when the day comes that I am no longer physically able to enjoy bodyboarding as I can now, hopefully I will continue to enjoy the ocean/waves just as much rather than mourning the passing of a sport that has been such an important part of my life”

“Heartwarming and so full of soul.  A beautiful tribute and film about a special lady!
Bravo Heather Hudson!”