Wednesday August 28, 2019
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST
Premier Theater at Lucasfilm
1 Letterman Drive
(Building B – Near the Yoda Fountain)
San Francisco, CA 94129
Proceeds from ticket sales will be shared by The Maiden Factor Foundation & Women Sports Film Festival to further their respective educational activities.
In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the male-dominated world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Tracy Edwards proved them wrong.
26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread Round the World Race, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation.
Alex is a BAFTA-winning filmmaker with extensive experience in producing, directing, and writing acclaimed documentaries and dramas. His work as a writer-director includes the documentary STOP AT NOTHING: THE LANCE ARMSTRONG STORY for BBC’s Storyville, which Variety magazine described as “riveting… devastating… thought-provoking.” Alex most recently directed the theatrical documentary, MAIDEN.