Chasing Mavericks Teams Up with Big Brothers

Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston in Chasing Mavericks
Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston star in CHASING MAVERICKS, the inspirational true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (Weston) and his unique friendship with mentor and father figure Frosty Hesson (Butler). (Photo credit: John P. Johnson)

In support of the upcoming release of Chasing Mavericks, the biopic of surfer Jay Moriarity (played by newbie Jonny Weston), 20th Century Fox and Walden will be teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to help inspire more men to become mentors. The studios have made public service announcements designed to help recruit mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and they’ve donated $25,000 to get the PSAs into theaters over the three weeks leading up to Chasing Mavericks‘ October 26th release. The PSAs target men because male mentors are more in demand, with the boys on the waiting list outnumbering girls 3-1.

Big Sister and Little Sister
A big sister and little sister enjoy a day of surfing in LA. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are delighted that Walden Media and 20th Century Fox is partnering with and supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters in its release of Chasing Mavericks,” stated Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson in the official announcement. “There are so many inspirational moments in the film. It vividly illuminates struggles, complexities and generosity so familiar to our staff and the volunteers, children and families we serve. I hope the movie inspires people to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

The Chasing Mavericks Plot:

Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (Weston). When 15-year-old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is near his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to do the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about more than surfing. Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing wave footage ever captured on film.

Details on Big Brothers Big Sisters:

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children growing up in single-parent, low-income or military families or households where a parent is incarcerated. Longstanding independent studies find when compared to peers from similar backgrounds, children enrolled in the mentoring program are more likely to improve in school, avoid risky behaviors and have higher self-esteem and aspirations.

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Source: Big Brothers Big Sisters