As the son and grandson of fish fryers in coastal Massachusetts, Dan Portelance dreamed of a life elsewhere as a famous chef. Just when his goal was within reach, his restaurant failed, leaving him penniless and struggling to find purpose. This is the story of how Dan realized his true passion and built a new life from the ashes of potential defeat.

Directed by Ben Proudfoot | @bgproudfoot / ben@breakwaterstudios.com
Shot by David Bolen | @davidbolen
Edited by Nick Wright | @thenifty_
Music by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson
Sound by Sean Higgins
Color by Stephen Derluguian
Head of Development: Emily Bon
Head of Production: Sam Sandweiss | @sam_sandweiss
Head of Post Production: David Nieman

Made with Love by Breakwater Studios Ltd. in Los Feliz, California | breakwaterstudios.com | @breakwaterstud

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93 Comments

Sean VanLoozen

Sean VanLoozen

Great job Ben and crew! That was very inspiring and beautiful to watch. We need more content the world like this, showcasing the good in humanity and the people who are making a difference. Keep up the good work!

Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler Plus

Congratulations on a beautiful piece, Ben and Breakwater. You guys are amazing.

Tina Perry

Tina Perry

Great video Ben! Your storytelling is wonderful - you have a knack for mixing the grit and the beauty of everyday life. I must say this made me a little homesick - I am from this area of Massachusetts. My family is all still there and my mother in law actually lives in Carver. Great work as always!!

Krista Wells

Krista Wells

Touching portrait of a man who has found his answer. Thank you for this lovely film. Exceptional work, as always.

Bruce Bergh

Bruce Bergh

This really tugged at my heart. Great video! Thanks, for sharing.

David Michnowicz

David Michnowicz

Really beautifully done, great storytelling, flawless throughout.

Mark Marcus

Mark Marcus

Breakwater Studios. To the people responsible for this project, as we would say at Stetson University, hats off! This was my first time seeing your work, and it was nothing shy of brilliance. The story resonates with me as well, as a 15 year restaurant businessman who now is a business professor. So I truly relate to that feeling of purpose when working with students. It's a great feeling when you find your backyard. Again great work Breakwater, and thank you for helping share this amazing story. This has a little bit of something for everyone in it.

Harbour_Media

Harbour_Media Plus

What an absolutely stunning piece of film. Love everything about this. Sterling job!

Ron van Middendorp

Ron van Middendorp

Soulfood... thank you for these few minutes of beautifully captured sincerity.

kevin ziechmann

kevin ziechmann Plus

Great portrait. Way to dig deeper into an unexpectedly complex character who could have been left at "middle school teacher"

Kyle cc Smith

Kyle cc Smith PRO

This is really great guys, great story.
What did you shoot it on, what lens ?

Cheers !

Evalds Namavirs

Evalds Namavirs

very inspirational! well delivered context! love the story, love the music!

laurie leary

laurie leary

Never expected this to move me like it did, really touching.

Spiro

Spiro

So good - story, cinematography, music, edit. But I can't figure out what he's saying at 03:00? "Some people step back and ..."???

xiaomiao

xiaomiao

The story is great! Very touching!

bella

bella

the story is very nice

Ruben Losada / RBN

Ruben Losada / RBN

Congratulations guys, super quality video... awesome cinematography, perfect edition and music and great story.

I really love it!

simon bolstridge

simon bolstridge

Excellently done. Just happened across this but glad I stayed. Excellently filmed/ edited/ and what a story from Dan. The very best wishes to Dan and his family. All in all - lovely film.

Mark Bellusci

Mark Bellusci PRO

Wow. Great piece. Why aren't more companies doing pieces like this? Such a great way to build a brand.

Cudars Janis

Cudars Janis

Amazing story, amazing storyteller. And production quality is just awesome. Good job!

MJ Brewer

MJ Brewer

It's always great to share what you know with others who are eager to hear what they can from you. I'm a writer and used my skills to educate students at my university. I also enjoy teaching school-aged students, and when I substitute, I shed a new learning light on angles their regular teacher may have overlooked because of falling into a rut. I keep it fresh. Teaching for you probably brings the same happiness because you aren't "giving a man a fish as much as teaching him to fish," which is much more rewarding. Congratulations on changing the world with your talents.

Andrew Gooi

Andrew Gooi PRO

My mother was and will always be a teacher - and she generously shared with her students and the people around her. I admire teachers greatly especially in a world where everyone's fending for themselves. This is a beautiful story you've captured Ben & team!

AR

AR PRO

Beautiful. Great story.

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