Imagine Documentaries, the documentary division of New York-based Imagine Entertainment, and Los Angeles-based prodco Zero Point Zero are teaming up on a feature documentary about 14-year-old skateboarding star Brighton Zeuner.
Directed by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winner Beth Aala, the untitled documentary is a coming-of-age story that captures the skateboarder’s private and professional life leading up to her 2020 Tokyo Olympics debut as part of Team USA for the first-ever skateboarding event in Olympic history.
The documentary follows Zeuner as she balances her skateboarding career with her teen life as she prepares for her first day of high school. The project will also include unnamed skateboarding legends and other young Olympians.
Zeuner, who consistently beats out older competitors, is a two-time World Champion and the youngest gold medalist in X Games history. She earned her first world title as a skatepark competitor at 12 years old, taking top prize again in 2018. Her success has earned her sponsorship from Red Bull and Vans.
Imagine Documentaries’ Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein serve as executive produces alongside Zero Point Zero’s Lydia Tenaglia, Christopher Collins and Joe Caterini, and Black Bycicle Entertainment’s Samuel Roseme. The film is being produced by Academy Award-winner Caroline Waterlow alongside Chris Cechin-De la Rosa and Erika Olde.
“Brighton’s story is that of an extraordinary person being forged under absolutely extraordinary circumstances, and bearing witness to her transformation from a gifted kid to a thriving young Olympian continues to be a fascinating process,” said Zero Point Zero’s Tenaglia in a statement.
The documentary adds to Imagine Documentaries’ growing portfolio of productions that currently includes the Bryce Dallas Howard documentary Dads, the Ron Howard-directed documentary Rebuilding Paradise for National Geographic Documentary Films, and the docuseries She The People with Sarah Jones.
And this past January, Imagine Docs inked an exclusive, first-look deal with Apple to produce a portfolio of feature documentaries and docuseries.