Whew! What a week! We spent much of it watching awesome narrative and documentary films at our hometown film fest, the venerable Woods Hole Film Festival. Not only was it a treat to catch titles like CESAR’S LAST FAST (and meet director Richard Perez of the Sundance Documentary Institute) and CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS (made by our friends at Boston’s Northern Light Productions), and meet other filmmakers from the region, we were thrilled to finally bring WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY to local audiences.
Shot by our own DP, Daniel Cojanu, and produced by Image Nation Films from Vancouver, WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY takes audiences on an epic journey through the British Columbian rainforest as three brothers fulfill their parents’ dying wish— and mend their broken relationships in the process. While many families can undoubtedly relate to the drama of sibling rivalry, the film offers up plenty of laughs. And the Woods Hole audiences were certainly in the mood: we found ourselves chuckling along at moments we didn’t even realize were funny!
After the film sold out of its original venue, the audience packed Redfield Auditorium on Friday night. They were not disappointed. Director Lukas Huffman, producer/actor Phil Thomas and Spencer Foley, and actor Aren Buchholz came from Brooklyn and Vancouver to answer audience’s questions (no, they all have good relationships with their siblings!) and pose at the step & repeat. The festival wrapped on Saturday with a serious bang: WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, and also earned 2nd place Audience Choice award in the same category.
Not only did cast & crew have an awesome time at the festival, they were totally enamored with the Woods Hole lifestyle (read: swimming, eating freshly caught fish, boating to secret islands, and beautiful sunsets). Who knows? Maybe the sequel will have the brothers go on a Cape Cod family vacation!