About this project
Our goal is to make a stirring, deeply felt film about the world of competitive diving. Three and a Half Pike is a documentary that sets out to follow the US Olympic diving team as they prepare to compete against some of the world’s best divers on the London Olympic stage. For most of the twentieth century, the United States dominated the sport of diving. From the 1920’s up through the 1980’s, US divers won more than twice as many Olympic medals as any other country; their supremacy was rarely challenged, and the international diving community generally regarded the US training program as a model worthy of emulation. But in the 1990s, the US stranglehold on the sport came to end. After being excluded from the Olympic games for nearly three decades, China reentered the competitive fold in 1984. Within a decade, the Chinese had definitively established themselves as the best divers in the world.
Americans have not brought home a single Olympic medal in over a decade, but this year the US has an incredibly talented group of athletes coming up through the ranks. Our film will follow America’s top competitive divers as they train for and compete in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Human Energy Films is based in Iowa City, IA. Our production team (Joe Bookman, Marc Carlton, D. Jesse Damazo, Richard Wiebe, Charles Woodard, and Aaron Lurth) is prepared to donate time and resources in order to make this film a reality. Our previous work has been included in Official Selections at film festivals across the world, including Cannes, Slamdance, Reykjavik International FIlm Festival, and Rome Independent Film Festival. We invite you to read our full bios here: http://www.humanenergyfilms.com/.
Over the last six months, our filmmaking team has been working diligently on pre-production. In addition to carrying out research, establishing relationships in the diving community, and launching our diving documentary production blog (check us out at www.divingdocumentary.com) we’ve also applied for a series of competitive grants. While we’re still waiting to hear back about grant funding, we can't wait any longer to begin production. The $25,000 will cover our crew’s basic travel and production expenses as we follow Olympic divers in June and July. With this seed money, we’ll be able to obtain all the footage we need in order to cut together an elegant and compelling film in the months following the Olympics. Without this money, we will not be able to produce the film.
The following organizations officially endorse the production of Three and a Half Pike:
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP): www.ifp.org
USA Diving: www.usadiving.org
And of course, we have the support of our generous contributors. Thanks for taking an interest in our project. We truly appreciate all your help.
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