This documentary is sponsored by: KillCliff, Huski Chocolate, Aquasphere, Xterra, Black Rifle Coffee, Hanson's Surf Boards, Pelican Cases, and many private donors.
This documentary released on November 2nd, 2018, profiling a group of athletes who are performing a long distance event for charity.
Taking place in Normandy, France, the athletes swim 10 Kilometers in the English Channel and aim to land on Omaha Beach -- one of the American invasion sites on DDay, June 6, 1944.
The DDay operation caused the formation of the first Under Water Demolition Teams (UDT) which would later evolve into the Navy SEALS. The enemy beach fortifications were extensive; combining underwater mines, obstacles, indestructible bunkers, overlapping fields of fire, and long rage artillery.
For there to be any chance of allied landing craft containing assault troops and equipment to make it to beach, the traps and obstacles had to be removed with precision.
The only way to do this was to send a specific unit of men onto the beach before the landing craft arrived, who could clear paths for the infantry to funnel through.
The athletes in this documentary are honoring those men by swimming 10 Kilometers (6.2 miles) onto Omaha Beach and raising money for the Navy SEAL museum, which also aids veterans and their families in times of need.
After making a successful landing, the cadre of athletes will hike 40 Kilometers (25 miles) to the town of St. Lo. This French town was a key strategic point during the invasion, as it was a central location that had road access to every beach being invaded by the allies.
Historically this route took the allies six weeks to navigate, because of heavy German resistance. The athletes in this film will hike it in one day with 44lbs of Omaha Beach sand, to symbolize the year of 1944.
During the film you will see interviews with WWII veterans, commentary from the athletes, and historic footage (including authentic radio messages).
Expect to hear commentary from Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Hitler, and numerous reporters who were alive at that time.
The film attempts to overlay the live events of DDay seamlessly into the charity challenge narrative, as there are many similarities.
Shot on the RED EpicW, Sony a7sii, GoPro Hero 6, and more.
Audio captured by Scheops Microphones.
Produced, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by:
Palmer Douglas Durr
- Lance Cummings (retired Navy SEAL)
Epic Charity Challenge Founder
- Will Talbott (marketing specialist)
Epic Charity Challenge Marketing Manager
a FilmConvert competition entry