RIO...A Great Film, A Must See

RIO…A Great Film, A Must See

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

RIO is a documentary film about 60-year-old Anthony McCarley’s completion of the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal from Leme Beach to Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 15 hours 33 minutes in November 2019 and his 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. The film was produced by Lafabrica Films and Biosfera Films.

Steven Munatones of World Open Water Swimming Association writes, “A great film, a must see. Watching a 60-year-old man swim non-stop for hours on end has never been more dramatic or profound. Lucas Rivet produced a sensational hit with his 33-minute documentary film RIO. Cameras above, below and on escort boats boats directed by Pablo Perez Fiedler and Diego Suárez capture Anthony McCarley at his strongest and at his most vulnerable during the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal and the 39.7 km crossing attempt of Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay. With music and sound effects that pulsate throughout the film, McCarley shares his philosophical well-earned wisdom in a touching one-on-one relationship with the viewer. As the film fluctuates rhythmically between success and failure, teamwork and solitude, joy and fear, sunrise and sunset, McCarley constantly dispenses valuable life advice based on his own experiences and uncommon adventures in the oceans and rivers of the world. Rivet has spun inspirational messages that come from the heart of a modern-day hero. His camerawork fills the screen with immensely powerful images that showcase the strength of a humble adventurer. See it, RIO.

McCarley ends his emails with a signature block that includes this kind of perspective:

Why the crab?

Many times throughout their lifecycle, they find their shell has become tight and restrictive – no longer a good fit. To remedy the problem, they must embark on a dangerous journey to extract themselves from the old shell. They find themselves vulnerable to predators while their new, larger shell hardens. We believe that the crab’s journey is symbolic of the process each of us must go through to accomplish great things.

For more information about McCarley, visit .

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