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A documentary revealing the restorative and healing powers of nature.
A documentary revealing the restorative and healing powers of nature.
A documentary revealing the restorative and healing powers of nature.
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photo: Marshall Lally
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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.

photo: Marshall Lally
photo: Marshall Lally

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. 

photo: Dave Nash
photo: Dave Nash

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.

photo: Marshall Lally
photo: Marshall Lally

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. 

photo: Marshall Lally
photo: Marshall Lally

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.

photo: Marshall Lally
photo: Marshall Lally

THE TEAM

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. 

PRIZING

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.

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    INCREDIBLE--THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU! For your ‘top contributor’ donation of over $5,000 dollars, you will enjoy the ultimate Premiere VIP experience. You and a guest will enjoy an Ocean-View Suite Weekend stay at the Island Hotel located in Newport Beach, California. Complete with a couple’s spa treatment at the Island Spa and a chef’s tasting dinner presented by Chef Marc Johnson for two in the Oak Grill. In addition, you and your guest will dine with Director, Richard Yelland, and We Are Ocean Founder, Jack Shimko, before premiere at an exclusive waterfront location. You will receive a limited edition 24x36, signed and sustainably-mounted print, featuring original underwater photography by Marshall Lally. You will also receive a credit in the film to your liking, a 1/1 print of the film key art, a DVD of the film, a personal thank you note and our undying LOVE! Limited Edition Hand Screen-Prints produced on The Hurley Printing Press.

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    Content creation and production for your brand or organization: The Curtis Birch creative production team will create, produce and edit a professional 2 minute commercial, client testimonial or scripted awareness video for your company, brand or cause. Shooting must take place in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas (or travel budgets will be added at cost)
    and be limited to talent and locations that are provided by awardee or offer easy access to production team. We are open to discussing a longer format content piece if it is organic to the film in production. Final edited masters will be delivered in HD digital formats compatible with selected media channels. You will be offered your own Key Sponsor title card with logo (if applicable) in the film. Value of this package 25k+. Please reach out to "Between Two Harbors" director, Richard Yelland, with any questions.

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