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.


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

Film Festivals & Screenings


Surf Film Festival Official Selection

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival- Surf Nite Opening Film
March 17, 2020 

April, 2020 Update:  
Sad to say, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Public Screening Events and Festivals are on hold. When it is safe to do so, we are looking forward to sharing Marge’s stories with you!  In the meantime, DVD is available for purchase.  Please stay tuned for Virtual Screenings and Streaming updates.

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
When the coast is clear and we can gather once again… Come Join Us for:  Happy Hour, Music from the Film, Screening, Benefit for Heal the Ocean. (The ocean still needs us… !)

Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2020-

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
Details coming soon.

More to Come…

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

movie poster 93: Letters From Marge

What the Audience is Saying

“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!”