For two years Ben and I have been looking for a vessel for our next adventure. Now that we finally purchased a boat, many people are eager to know what type of boat it is. What is more exciting than the boat, is what we plan to do with it.
During the same two years while we were on a mission to find a boat, we were also on a mission to create an opportunity that brought together our best skills and interests. Our work with One Simple Question is complete, and the film is passed on to the motion graphic artists and musicians to add the icing and wrap it up for release. Now we are on to our next project, Ocean Courier.
Ocean Courier is a docu-series about conservation efforts worldwide, from the floating studio of a Norseman 447. Each episode is connected by a tale of a seagoing adventure. We feel today’s audience is more apt to connect with people, personal growth, and a spirit of adventure than the doom and gloom that is common in conservation media. The Ocean Courier audience is propelled from one conservation initiative to the next, learning about the ocean with us, while also experiencing the thrills and hardships of life at sea.
For our pilot episode, we are sailing to Armila in Guna Yala, Panama. Armila is a very remote, indigenous village with only 600 people. It is home to one of the largest nesting sea turtle populations in the world. The reason the turtles thrive there is because the local people have a strong, almost spiritual connection with the turtles. However, new modern ways of life, are threatening their traditional ways of doing things, and therefore the health of the sea turtle population.
We will sail there to meet up with Morisson Mast and Amanda Gibson who are working with the locals to expand their conservation efforts. With cameras and real engagement, we plan to highlight the connection between the traditional culture of the indigenous people, their music, and the health of the sea turtle population in the hopes of telling a heartfelt story of conservation, connection, and joy.
Its easy to read my blog and watch my vids and see someone cruising around, free as a bird, and enjoying the ocean. But I’m constantly working on jobs that don’t pay in addition to the necessity of taking jobs that do pay. The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity: buying a boat, moving to a foriegn country, doing deliveries, writing articles, becoming a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501c3, pitching our docu-series, getting lots of rejections, trying to raise funds for our pilot episode, getting lots of rejections, etc. Its been non-stop from dawn until dusk. Its times like these that I wish I had a good ol’ 9-5! Its true what they say..the water is always bluer on the other side!
Please visit our website. Take a look around. Let me know what you think!
We are looking for a production assistant in Panama from March 12 to April 1 (dates somewhat flexible). The opportunity is for students or anyone with experience or interest in film. If you are interested, send me a resume and letter.
By the way! For those of you who were wondering why I’m calling it “Guna Yala” and not “Kuna Yala” it is because they changed the name in 2011. Its officially Guna Yala now.