I'm directing and producing a short documentary, twenty-two minutes long, about a never-seen-before cancer recovery program called We Are Ocean (WAO) that provides life-changing results for those with cancer. The inaugural Camp We Are Ocean took place at White’s Landing on Catalina Island, five nautical miles north of Avalon, July 31, 2014 through August 4, 2014.
Our week of filming resulted in very powerful, emotionally-driven material over the course of the camp, which included surfing, stand up paddling, diving, kayaking and sailing. The ocean proved to be as restorative and healing as we had hoped for cancer patients in treatment, those as far as stage four and cancer survivors alike.
We've already raised nearly 30% of our project budget. Now in this final stage of fundraising, we're asking for your help with the remaining production, editing/post production and finishing costs. We have assembled an award-winning team to produce what will be both a short documentary film and 30-minute TV special to be distributed via national and global broadcast networks, film festivals and select digital channels. Beyond the film, our bigger goal is to improve the lives of cancer patients and survivors by bringing the ocean's healing powers to light and sharing the stories of those beating the odds against cancer.
By next year, cancer will affect nearly every American in some way, shape or form. Which is why I'm asking you to help us spread this story of hope and healing to audiences around the world.
Sincere thanks to all of our supporters to date, including Orange County's Pouch Self Storage, not to mention the efforts by Hurley International and photographer Marshall Lally to make this great prizing possible. We appreciate everyone's support in helping make this dream come true.
Best, Richard Yelland, Director
A Curtis Birch, Inc. production, in association with We Are Ocean.
Curtis Birch is an Emmy® nominated creative production agency that has consistently delivered thoughtful, provocative and paradigm-changing work for the likes of Nike, Life Rolls On Foundation, Outside Television, The Nature Conservancy, Sanuk & HISTORY channel, among others.
We Are Ocean is a public benefit, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Newport Beach, California. Its mission is to improve the lives of cancer patients and survivors through ocean-based, active lifestyle camps and experiences.
Richard Yelland Director, Producer Yelland is a Santa Monica and Laguna Beach-based filmmaker and commercial director. "Between Two Harbors" is his fourth documentary film and his second cause-related effort. His work has been awarded at the Emmy’s, The Webby’s, The Cannes Film Festival and the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, to name a few. Full bio accessible via home page.
Giovanne Helou, Producer In addition to Helou’s role as a producer, he’s also played lead on the film’s successful PR campaign. A Los Angeles native with strong family ties to Newport Beach, he studied film at Pepperdine University and more recently started working with local charities in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas by spreading awareness through documentary and media. Stay tuned for Helou’s documentary to follow, which will be his first foray into the political arena.
Jack Marshall Shimko- Founder, We Are Ocean Newport Beach native Jack Marshall Shimko and 2012 Surfer Poll’s “Agent of Change” founded ‘We Are Ocean’ in 2013 after bucking the tide of his 2009 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis by surfing, swimming and paddling his way to recovery. A lifelong ocean enthusiast, Jack also launched the fundraising effort Paddle2Live Paddle boarding thousands of miles through the Channel Islands, he’s raised awareness and funds in partnership with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the UCLA'S JONSSON CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION and LIVESTRONG.
Limited edition prints and T-shirts will be hand-made by artist Dave Silva on the Hurley Printing Press. Original works of underwater art will be awarded to our top contributors courtesy of photographer, Marshall Lally.
Risks and challenges
As a director who has faced many challenges in the completion of my three previous documentaries (one a winner at Cannes Film festival and another a Webby Award winner), I have the experience to tackle whatever comes my way on the finishing of this project. This project covers some heavy subject matter–like my film "Floating" on quadriplegic, Nathan Gocke–and the key is balancing the inherent darkness of cancer with the inspirational and triumphant nature of those overcoming it. We began shooting with the inaugural Camp We Are Ocean. For those who spent 5 days in the ocean there, we have a beginning point and a timeline moving forward. A course over which we'll show the various stages of healing the participants experience, both at the camp and as they move back into their real lives. The story will arc along the individual victories and then be tied to a larger, transformational win in the battle against cancer. An October 28, 2014 feature article on the film in the Orange County Register, "Healing with sand between their toes," focuses on two of the camp's participants and offers a look at some of the amazing things that have already happened since they've returned home.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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