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A feature documentary aiming to explore the world of competitive swimming through the past, present and future of the sport. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 14, 2014.

A feature documentary aiming to explore the world of competitive swimming through the past, present and future of the sport.

About this project

NOT DONE YET

In case you missed it, yesterday we eclipsed our original goal of $50,000! Thank you to all of our backers and supporters for getting us to our goal with one week to spare!

But, as is the case with swimmers, when you break one barrier, it becomes time to set your sights on a new goal and that is exactly what we plan to do! We would now like to announce that our official stretch goal is $65,000.

In conjunction with this announcement, we are thrilled to announce that we have officially signed on Will and Brooke Blair, a pair of extremely talented musicians from Philadelphia, to provide the soundtrack for our film! The Blair Brothers have worked on several critically acclaimed films, most recently the independent smash hit Blue Ruin, which was accepted into some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. All of the money raised between now and next Wednesday will go toward hiring them to conduct our official score.

NEW REWARD: If we are successful in eclipsing $65,000 in total donations, EVERY DONOR (regardless of donation amount) will receive a digital download of the soundtrack upon the film’s release!

Furthermore, we are thrilled to bring you this EXCLUSIVE CLIP, which features music composed by the Blair Brothers and can give you an example of what to expect from our finished film!

For clarification, because we have already surpassed our original goal, we are now a guaranteed success and even should we fail to meet our stretch goal, and we will still receive total amount that is raised before next Wednesday. Thank you again to all who have already joined us--we could not do this without you!

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The Water Is My Sky, a feature length documentary aiming to explore the world of elite competitive swimming, is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Director Brian Tremml grew up with two serious passions in his life, swimming and filmmaking, and ever since he was in middle school his one goal has been to combine these two interests in order to provide the swimming community with a feature film that accurately depicts the sport that has always meant so much to him.

Upon graduating from the University of Iowa (where he competed as a member of the varsity swim team while earning a film degree), Brian began the long process of developing a documentary about the sport of swimming. After reconnecting with childhood friend Kiel Nowakowski (a film student from the University of Michigan) while visiting in their hometown of Holland, Michigan, the two settled in Iowa City to begin producing The Water Is My Sky.

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After months of development, a three-tiered story structure emerged as the best way of exploring the world of competitive swimming. By featuring several members of the swimming community from the past, present and future of the sport, Brian & Kiel are confident the film will be able to provide a comprehensive look into the unique world of swimming. 

Past: Tom Wilkens is a bronze medalist in the 200 I.M. from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. His journey was documented in the book, Gold in the Water by P.H. Mullen. The book is a fantastic look into the trials Olympic athletes, particularly swimmers, undergo while fervently chasing their dreams. By retelling key aspects of this book through sit-down interviews and archival footage, some of the fundamental elements that make the plight of the elite competitive swimmer so interesting and compelling will come to light.

Bronze medalist Tom Wilkens will share his story in 'The Water Is My Sky'
Bronze medalist Tom Wilkens will share his story in 'The Water Is My Sky'

Present: Connor Jaeger, a three-time NCAA champion for the University of Michigan and 2012 Olympian, grew up in the same area of New Jersey as Tom Wilkens and can vividly remember being inspired by him during the 2000 Olympics. Now finished with his senior swim season at Michigan, Connor is set to embark on a journey into the world of professional swimming, much like an experience Tom went through after graduating from Stanford University in 1998. By presenting Connor's story, in addition to several other members of the current Team USA roster, audiences will be given an inside look into the lives of professional swimmers all chasing that ever-elusive perfect race.

2012 Olympian Connor Jaeger will be featured in 'The Water Is My Sky'
2012 Olympian Connor Jaeger will be featured in 'The Water Is My Sky'

Future: Also featured in The Water Is My Sky will be a yet-to-be-determined number of up-and-coming swimmers currently in high school. These swimmers have all achieved various levels of success in the sport and are aiming to continue their careers for many years to come. It is through these individuals that audience members will be given a glimpse into the years ahead for USA swimming.

2013 U.S. Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
2013 U.S. Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

What We Need:

$50,000 - The entirety of the money raised on Kickstarter will go directly into funding the completion of our film. More specifically, we are looking to finance a number of production trips to various meets across the country this summer in addition to beginning the long task of taking our film through post-production. Expenses include travel, equipment rentals/purchases, additional crew hirings, footage licensing and countless others. 

In the next four months we plan to travel to the following meets (with the possibility of adding more):

-Santa Clara Grand Prix

-U.S. Summer Junior Nationals

-U.S. Summer Nationals

By donating to our cause, you will be directly helping this project become a reality and take us one step closer to providing you with a comprehensive film about swimming!

What We Would Like To Give You:

In addition to directly contributing to the eventual release of our film, we would like to offer you some outstanding rewards for your donations! 

We are offering our donors their choice of one of our six official Water Is My Sky debossed wristbands! Share your passion for the sport right on your wrist...even wear them in the pool!

We have two T-Shirts for you to choose from. One is in white:

One of our rewards is an official 'Water Is My Sky' white t-shirt!
One of our rewards is an official 'Water Is My Sky' white t-shirt!

And the other is navy blue:

Add a little color to your wardrobe with our navy blue 'Water Is My Sky' T-shirt!
Add a little color to your wardrobe with our navy blue 'Water Is My Sky' T-shirt!

For $75 you can have your very own copy of 'Gold in the Water,' signed by author P.H. Mullen! But act fast, there are only 25 copies available!

"The True Story of Ordinary Men and their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory"
"The True Story of Ordinary Men and their Extraordinary Dream of Olympic Glory"

 For $100 you can have your very own copy of the March 2014 cover of Swimming World Magazine signed by Connor Jaeger!

#jaegerbiceps
#jaegerbiceps

Risks and challenges

Creating a feature documentary from start to finish is undeniably a daunting task.

Brian, Kiel and several others have already shouldered a large amount of risk by devoting over a year's worth of time and money into developing the project and building its audience into where it stands today.

From this point on, the biggest risk ahead of us will be that we admittedly still have a very long road ahead of us: we need to finish shooting the film, edit all of the footage into a condensed and accurate depiction of its many elements and find the proper platform to release the film.

However, we have collected a number of talented, hard-working and likeminded individuals in order to turn this project into a reality and properly handle these challenges. Our producing company, Northland Films, has created and released three feature documentaries to date and bring a wealth of insight and experience from those projects to "The Water Is My Sky." With a crew made up entirely of experienced and determined filmmakers, we are extremely confident in our ability to deliver this project to you by our estimated release date in the next two years.

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    CREDIT IN THE FILM - As a donor to our cause, you will receive a PERSONALIZED THANK-YOU from the crew as well as see your NAME IN THE CREDITS of the finished film

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    WATER IS MY SKY WRISTBAND - In addition to seeing your name in the credits, you will get to select from one of our official WATER IS MY SKY wristbands...you can even wear it in the pool!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - In addition to seeing your name in the credits and receiving a Water Is My Sky wristband, you will also get a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the finished film when it is released!

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    WHITE T-SHIRT - In addition to seeing your name in the credits, a wristband, and a download of the film, you will also receive one of our official WATER IS MY SKY T-shirts (white)

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    COLOR T-SHIRT - In addition to seeing your name in the credits, a wristband, and a download of the film, you will also receive one of our official WATER IS MY SKY T-shirts (navy blue)

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    COPY OF 'GOLD IN THE WATER,' SIGNED BY AUTHOR P.H. MULLEN - In addition to your name in the credits, a wristband and download of the film, you will receive your very own copy of the book 'Gold in the Water,' the story behind Tom Wilkens' journey to the 2000 Olympics, signed by author P.H. Mullen

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    SIGNED COPY OF SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE COVER FEATURING CONNOR JAEGER - Included with having your name in the credits, your own wristband and a download of the film, you will receive your very own copy of the March 2014 COVER OF SWIMMING WORLD MAGAZINE, signed by Connor Jaeger

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    SIGNED POSTER - In addition to seeing your name in the credits, your own wristband and a download of the film, you will receive an official WATER IS MY SKY POSTER, signed by the cast and crew

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE - With the exception of the signed copy of 'Gold in the Water' donors at this level will receive ALL of the above rewards! This includes your name in the credits, a wristband, a digital download of the film, your choice of white or color T-shirt, a signed copy of the Swimming World cover and a signed poster

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    DIRECTOR'S CUT - In addition to seeing your name in the credits, your own wristband, your choice of T-shirt, a signed copy of the Swimming World cover and a signed poster, you will receive a special edition "DIRECTOR'S CUT" download of the film, with extended scenes and a filmmaker's introduction

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    SUPPORTING PRODUCER - In addition to receiving a wristband, a digital download of the director's cut of the film, your choice of T-shirt, a signed copy of the Swimming World cover and a signed poster, you will be listed in the credits as a SUPPORTING PRODUCER

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - In addition to receiving a wristband, a digital download of the director's cut of the film, your choice of T-shirt, a signed copy of the Swimming World cover and a signed poster, you will be listed in the credits as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER + VIP TICKETS TO THE MIDWEST PREMIERE - In addition to receiving a wristband, a digital download of the director's cut of the film, your choice of T-shirt, a signed copy of the Swimming World cover and a signed poster, you will be listed in the credits as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, as well as receive two VIP TICKETS to the Midwest (U.S.) premiere of the film

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