One Ocean: No Limits, a 52min documentary that follows a young Irish novice rower as he takes an unforgettable journey, rowing completely unassisted across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados as part of a crew of only six people, is the only Irish documentary to be selected for screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival (see http://newportbeach2014.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/country/Ireland).
Following on from its recent successful North American screenings at the 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (www.oceanfilmfest.org/) the Boston Irish Film Festival (www.irishfilmfestival.com/saturday/), the film will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sat April 26th at 12.30pm.
Not only is One Ocean: No Limits the first Irish documentary on the subject of the extreme sport of ocean rowing, it is also a completely no-budget film, and was self-funded by the Producer/Director. The film was produced and directed by Sarah McCann, who also performed major camera & editing roles. This is also the filmmaker’s first long documentary. The film was co-edited by John Murphy. The final sound mix and online/grading took place in Gorilla Post-Production. The film has been acquired upon completion for broadcast by RTE (TX date TBC).
The film allows the audience to become part of a record-breaking crew of six men, (2 English, 2 Irish, 1 Icelandic, 1 Maltese), on board the ocean rowing boat the Sara G – a crew who only met a few days before setting out on this momentous task.
Ocean Rowing itself is an extreme sport and from an endurance viewpoint, this feat of crossing the Atlantic by oar is similar to running over 100 marathons, back to back.
At present, the number of those who have successfully crossed an ocean is similar to the number of people who have been in space, pointing to the uniqueness not only of those who are involved in such an extreme sport, but also of the crew of this documentary film who not only successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but broke two world records while doing so – records that still stand to this day.
One Ocean: No Limits‘ is a documentary film about an extreme sports triumph – however, at its core, it is a human interest film that charts the experiences of a group of strangers forced into an extraordinary situation in an enclosed space crossing an ocean.
It is a story of human triumph against the odds. It offers access to sights that very few of us will ever get to experience and shows how determination and the desire to achieve can take one person from a dream to a reality.