As the Sundance Film Festival deadline draws near (September 21st, I think?) Brett Marty and I are prepping our short film, Youth, for submission. It's a long shot (we have a great film on our hands, but Sundance has gotten unimaginably competitive.) Still, independent projects need self-imposed deadlines, so if this is what gets our asses in gear, all the better. 

Like with all films, I'm nervous and excited to release this one out into the world.

More updates to come. 

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One of the coolest things about documentary film is engaging in philosophical exchanges with experts from different fields. In this particular case, on a crisp and sunny Friday, that exchange occurred overlooking Ocean Beach, with Dr. John Straznickas, outside the San Francisco VA. We were talking about PTSD. My co-director, Wynn Padula, and I, talked with John at length about what PTSD is, how it works, and why surfing seems to be so effective at rehabilitating those who are suffering from it.

Dr. John Straz offered up a refreshing take on PTSD, which, as he put it, results from witnessing or participating in events so far outside the traditional societal narrative that it's hard, if not impossible, to reintegrate the experiences back into a cohesive worldview. My interest in a newer field of study, Moral Injury, was also piqued. Could make for a fascinating short doc of its own. Thanks John!

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We had a great 3-days shooting in San Luis Obispo last week for Resurface, the documentary I've been working on about surfing's effects on PTSD. We'd recently raised finishing funds on Kickstarter, so decided to put some of that money towards flying one of the vets we'd been following — Bobby Lane — out to SLO to surf with his mentor and friend, Van Curaza. 

We pulled out just about every trick in the book — underwater housings, drones, long lenses from the beach — to get a multitude of viewpoints on Bobby and Van in the water. Even so, it was a challenging shoot. Waves are unpredictable and no matter how hard you try to set everything up perfectly ... the ocean gets its way.

But we're coming home with some solid footage and lucked into some nice, clean surf — not to mention, some great conversations with Van and Bobby about what surfing does for our psychology. A conversation that I was able to continue with psychiatrist John Straznickas, from the San Francisco VA. More on that in another blog post.

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