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This is the first of a series of promos about the Big Blue Row - a team of rowers who plan a world record crossing of the Atlantic in January 2011. On 4-8th of November the team met in New York for the christening of "Big Blue" built specifically for the expedition by Shelter Island Boats. They survived an overnight sea trial and safety training. Cinematography by Damien Gilbert, with additional footage from rower Dylan White. Stay tuned for more profiles of this amazing group of adventurers.
Here is the pitch:
If he survives, Charles Wilkins will write another book, about what might be his last great adventure - a 3000 mile record breaking row across the Atlantic this January. The 61-year-old writer, nominated last year for the Stephen Leacock Award and recently acclaimed for his account of a summer spent working in a cemetery, “In the land of the Long fingernails”, did not hesitate to sign clause three on his contract - agreeing to immediate burial at sea if he “croaks”. This spirit of adventure was captured in March 2010 Doc Challenge film “Life is but a Dream” the only Canadian finalist of 12 to play at Hot Docs winning an honourable mention and was sold to Documentary Channel USA. This is a proposal to produce a feature length documentary film that will chronicle the journey of Charlie and the other eleven trans-Atlantic (6 are Canadians) rowers who will be on the boat with Charlie, and the skipper, Angela Madsen, a 50 year old Grandmother of three, veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In 2008, she became the first paraplegic woman to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean; since then she has broken a slew of records and won numerous awards. The boat is called The Big Blue and was built specifically to shave three days off the world record for team rowing across the Atlantic. The rowers will attempt an unassisted crossing of the ocean in 30 days.
For more information on the Expedition and crew please visit: rocexpedition.com
to watch the entire short film: "Life is but a dream" visit:
Writer/Director: Kelly Saxberg is a film producer, director and editor who has worked on over 70 films. She is the producer/editor and cinematographer of “In Security.” She directed /edited “Life is But a Dream.” Her latest work, “Citoyens du Monde” is a 6 hour French language documentary series she wrote and directed for broadcaster TFO and Les Productions Rivard. Shot in 16 countries, the series tackles Canada and international development from the point of view of researchers and scientists in the developing world. For Shebandowan Films, she directed and wrote “SCI Lunchroom” a 10 minute CSI spoof investigating kid’s lunches. “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” was her debut as a fiction director on a 30 minute drama that tackles depression and suicide among First Nations youth; she is a Director/ Producer with Dave Clement. This film is part of First Nation Initiative, where she produced “Sharing Tebwewin” a half hour documentary about cultural competence, health care and First Nations people. Gemini nominated "Letters from Karelia,"(NFB) is Kelly’s first feature length documentary. She was director/editor for the “Fatal Flower” a Flash Frame collaborative project that finished the 1930 feature length silent movie. "Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer", (BRAVO) a one hour documentary is about finishing the Fatal Flower and the story of Canada's first single woman homesteader, lumber mill operator and feature film scriptwriter. The award winning, "Banana Split," is a documentary about the most popular fruit in Canada, that Kelly co-directed, filmed and edited. She directed, "Rosies of the North," (1999 NFB), Currently she is in post-production as writer/director/producer for “Big Finn Hall” a feature length docu-drama about the radical past of the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay Ontario. There remains a 2 day winter shoot but editing and Narration writing for the docu-drama has commenced after the initial 9 day 16mm shoot.