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Sail was once the life blood of the Caribbean. The film tells the compelling story of a tradition on the verge of extinction.
Sail was once the life blood of the Caribbean. The film tells the compelling story of a tradition on the verge of extinction.
Sail was once the life blood of the Caribbean. The film tells the compelling story of a tradition on the verge of extinction.
355 backers pledged $62,023 to help bring this project to life.

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UK Premiere - Reconnecting with Scotland!


Dear Backers,

You are invited to a very special event...on September 14th the harbour of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis will come alive with a parade of sail to announce our UK Premiere & opening night film at the 3rd Hebrides International Film Festival​ with further screenings on Barra, Harris and the communities of Berneray and Ness.

We are very excited to premiere our film for the very first time in the UK on Scottish soil as many of the first boatbuilders on the island where Vanishing Sail was filmed, came from Scotland. The Hebrides International Film Festival’s commitment to bringing meaningful international stories to their remote islands resonates deeply with our outreach programme for the film: to engage with sailors, boat builders, coastal communities and maritime heritage around the world.

Thank you to our supporters Rural Nations & Mast Partners for this unique opportunity.
Photo by the flying monk.

Inspiring Coastal Communities


Dear Backers, 

Our film has just won another award + official selection by 3 more upcoming USA festivals, to which Backers [of course] are always invited!  We have also been researching various options for distribution and recently attended one of the most respected documentary markets in the world - Sheffield Doc Fest where 2000+ delegates converge each year to network the industry and discover new films for their programming.

Feedback from TV networks, sales agents and distributors: Vanishing Sail is just one of those documentaries that does not represent immediate commercial success to them. So, rather than wait for the industry juggernaught to accept us, we are now developing our own hybrid distribution release - because, just like Alwyn, we are determined to keep this thing going, going keep it ALIVE!

The encouragement we received at our recent screenings in Bequia, Turks & Caicos and Isla Providencia [Colombia] proves that our film is inspiring to many traditional boat building communities out there who also want to preserve their heritage. 

For the next few months, Vanishing Sail will continue to engage with our audience through special programs and events, banging the big drum of island spirit around the world - and as this ripple becomes a wave, we will continue to develop new partnerships for wider distribution...

Please visit our website for upcoming screenings.

With Thanks, Alexis & Justin


Latest News!


Well Good Backers, much has happened since our last update and in case you have missed our Facebook posts, below is a brief synopsis:

First of all Annapolis was an exceptional event made even more poignant with an introduction to the film by His Excellency Dr. Angus Friday, Grenada ambassador to the USA in Washington. His remarks were touching indeed as was the emotional response by author Douglas C. Pyle who had driven all the way from Oklahoma to see himself for the first time on the BIG screen. And our Q&A with the legendary Gary Jobson was so much fun that he asked me to moderate his own post screening Q&A later that same day!

Then it was time to set up for our Antigua Premiere in Nelson's Dockyard World Heritage site during the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - a very special night indeed in the amphitheater of stone walls and tree frogs.

Then we sailed North to screen our French subtitled version for the locals of St Barth's on the dock at our West Indies Regatta, part of our ongoing efforts to reconnect the islands with traditional sail...

This weekend we launch our Grenada Premiere at Fort George overlooking the historic harbor of St. Georges. This special heritage event will be followed by a private screening with Q&A to the delegates of Grenada Blue Week and culminating in a cinema run from 17th -19th May at Movie Palace Excel Plaza. 

AND MORE really cool news - we received a request from Camden Film Festival Selects to show Vanishing Sail at the Camden Opera House on May 19th!!!

With Thanks and Respect!


Next Screening: America's Sailing Capital

We would like to extend a special invitation to any of our good backers that may be in the Annapolis/Chesapeake/Washington/Baltimore area to join us at our next screening at a really cool venue...Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Auditorium, Sunday, April 3rd, 10 a.m. followed by Q & A with the director and moderated by world class sailor, author and President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame Gary Jobson!

“An insightful and poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far-flung locale.” INDIEWIRE

There will be several special guests attending the screening and hopefully even some from our wonderful original core support group - THATS YOU - please send a message if you would like us to reserve your VIP seats! 

Limited amount of tickets are on sale through the festival.

With Thanks, Alexis

The Journey Continues...


Dear Backers,

2015 was a whirlwind for sure; since our World Premiere at the St. Barth Film Festival in April, Vanishing Sail has screened at 13 festivals in 11 countries around the world including Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Toronto, Lunenburg, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Trinidad, Aruba, Bahamas, Havana, Warsaw and even Alaska, where diverse audiences came out to connect with our humble story.

“A truly special screening here in Lunenburg - the combination of excellent production values, a heartening story, the parallels between Alwyn’s community and ours, the local relevance and connections, it’s just a superb fit.” Pamela Segger, Co-Chair & Programmer, Lunenburg Doc Fest

Conventional wisdom says that after a film is finished, you then enter it into festivals, try to win some awards and hopefully land a distribution deal where you recoup some of the money you've laid out. We soon learned however, that for first time indie filmmakers the road to getting the film out there beyond the festival circuit is long and winding with many speed bumps along the way. And that we would need more time to raise $$$ to clear archive stock footage and music rights if we wanted our story to resonate with a true feel and sound of the era.

Meanwhile in support of the wider goals of the film, a friend in St. Barth’s commissioned a new 42’ Carriacou Sloop from the Enoe family in Windward. This wonderful distraction required us to manage the project, source materials and eventually launch and rig the vessel for her maiden voyage to Antigua…

Free in St. Barth is designed by the master Alwyn Enoe but built by his son Cal. This represents a milestone indeed because of the potential now for the skills to continue a little longer. The vessel is REALLY FAST and will race in the Antigua Classics where we are planning an official screening of our film on April 17th in the historic Unesco Cultural Heritage Site, Nelson’s Dockyard.

And even more good news: we are now seriously considering all kinds of interesting distribution opportunities [traditional as well as emerging] for an official worldwide release in 2016!

With Thanks & Respect,

Alexis & Justin