Just wishing out loud:

It would be really cool to see Red Bull Media House’s Oceans Seven Project and DRIVEN, two documentary films on open water swimming, at the 10th annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival in March 2013.

Imagine the possibilities in film…

Seamounts and canyons of the Atlantic Ocean…diving in the the caves of Yucatan, Mexico…surfing with sharks in South Africa…protecting killer whales off the coast of New Zealand…understanding how whales become entangled in ocean debris of the Pacific Ocean…learning about the power of community beach clean-ups off the coast of California…traveling to the northernmost regions of Canada to Hudson Bay to learn about eider ducks and their effect on the economic vitality of the local Inuits…understanding pioneering policy issues to protect sharks around the world…surfing along the entire coast of Africa…

…and watching Stephen Redmond cross the Tsugaru Channel in Japan and Evan Morrison do something similar across the Santa Barbara Channel on the other side of the Pacific Ocean…on the big screen in San Francisco.

There will be more than 50 independent award-winning films at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival where remarkable cinematography show off some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the world in the premiere destination for ocean-related films.

The Festival is currently accepting films of all genres – documentaries, animations, shorts, and narratives, that focus on all aspects of our blue planet. Topics include ocean exploration, marine wildlife, coastal cultures, seafaring adventures, ocean sports and ocean conservation.

Like DRIVEN, the Oceans Seven Project, produced by Red Bull Media House, shows the demands and risks of a sport most humans consider unfathomable.

Oceans Seven Project demonstrates the depths in which disappointment can temporarily crush the spirits of open water swimmers, but it also showcases the strength of the human spirit in a dramatic conclusion to Redmond’s Oceans Seven quest.

The Oceans Seven Project is among the nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. The nominations are meant to recognize some of the best and innovative commercial and free offerings that open water swimmers can enjoy.

The nomination of the Oceans Sevens Project reads, “Red Bull Media House captured the essence of the open water swimming world when its documentary film crew traveled to Japan to film the Oceans Seven Project, the unprecedented completion of the world’s most difficult open water swimming challenge by Stephen Redmond. Their dramatic film, centered around Redmond’s attempts on the Tsugaru Channel, required 5 men hanging on for their lives in rough seas to film the Irish icon as he was tossed, bruised and battered in the turbulent seas in the North Pacific. Through its ability to document and glorify the exploits of athletes in extreme sports, Red Bull has lent its formidable global presence to the open water world where high risk is an inherent element of the sport. For its investment in the sport, for their risk-taking decisions to follow Redmond without any guarantees, for its breath-taking footage in a real-word drama that ended in success, the Red Bull Media House Oceans Seven Project is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.”

Red Bull Media House figuratively utilized Redmond as its brush on the canvas of the Tsugaru Channel to create a masterpiece.



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