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Becky Baumgartner is a first-time director & producer, currently living in Kauai, Hawaii. She graduated in 2006 from California State University Fullerton with a BA in Film Production and a few student films under her belt. During her schooling she had been working for Bethany Hamilton's family as an assistant.
"I was having to turn down so many churches and organizations that wanted Bethany to come speak in person. But she was just too busy. I felt so bad having to turn people down and I wanted to be able to offer them an alternative. That's when I came up with the idea for 'Heart of a Soul Surfer.'"
Since she was attending film school she thought of making a video of Bethany sharing what she would want to talk about if she went to those events. So, she presented the idea to Bethany & the Hamilton family, they loved it and agreed to let her produce it.
Having already begun working on the video about Bethany, the summer Becky finished college, she went into action to complete this 30-minute documentary about her young friend and fellow surfer. Her vision for the project grew as time went on, but the main focus remained - telling the story from Bethany's heart. The movie was released with help from Walking on Water in 2007
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