Blind sailors race across open water learning not to fear what they cannot see, on boats or on land. Life turns unpredictable as the wind when one of them gains something far more valuable than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail with a new sensibility.
2013 Sense The Wind Teaser - 1:12 min
2013 Sense The Wind Pitch Trailer - 4 min
We also produced our 4 minute Trailer to be fully accessible for those visually impaired or blind through Audio Description. Click here to play
Sense The Wind is a documentary journey into the little known world of competitive blind sailing, one that follows four visually impaired sailors on the water as they passionately train and compete, while exploring the unique international community that has grown among these brave athletes as over years they cross the starting lines at regional regattas, Nationals and Worlds. Off the water, further empowered, they face family and social challenges, striving to succeed in work and advocacy, yet eager to return to the water for the thrill of racing.
Thanks to much generous support and years of passionate work, the film is now complete! We are excited to bring to light these empowering stories. Please join our crew and help support the film's outreach efforts by donating http://www.fracturedatlas.org/sensethewind
October 22, 2105
With our Outreach preview launch, many more showings of our film are ahead. Planning is underway for club Movie Nights and co-fundraiser screening events with a range of organizations and corporate partners. Among those are: the Larchmont YC & American YC in New York; the New Bedford YC in Massachusetts; in Florida, the Naples YC/Gulf Sailing Club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club/Team Paradise & the St. Petersburg YC and the Houston Yacht Club in Texas.
The film has already been proposed to 10 national and international conferences and meetings in an effort to reach broad networks of educators and rehabilitation trainers, social workers and blindness and Ophthalmological organizations.
Corporate sponsors are being sought to underwrite the costs to show the film at the National Rehabilitation Education Conference next fall in DC, as well as at other major conventions whose members serve the needs of blind and disabled individuals.
The messages conveyed in Sense The Wind will resonate with these diverse audiences and positively impact many lives. Please help support our outreach efforts.
September 17, 2015
The red carpet was rolled out for the blind sailing teams and for Sense The Wind by the Chicago Yacht Club who hosted a special screening event on September 10th for the 2015 IFDS Blind Sailing World & International Championship . The elegant CYC Monroe flagship clubhouse was a classy yet relaxed venue with plenty of horderves, dinner and drinks enjoyed. The international teams and regatta and club members thoroughly enjoyed viewing this first showing of the film played with Video Description for the blind and impaired. Many accolades and thanks were expressed along with a bubbling enthusiasm to share the film with many others.
This roaring success in Chicago was followed by a packed house preview in Jamestown during the Sail Newport Blind Sailing Nationals. Blind Nationals teams, world class local sailors and film lovers attended the lively film center screening and reception. A Q&A followed with the Producers and featured characters, Matt Chao and Nancy Jodoin, that wrapped another successful kickoff preview event.
Fall outreach preview screening events are now being planned with some of our Advisory Partner Organizations and pitches are being made through members of yacht clubs and sailing centers to hold movie night events off season around the country.
More film festival, distributor and broadcast contacts are being shared with us as outreach efforts build. The momentum is growing, our film fan base blossoming with each viewing.
Please reach out to us if you have ideas or contacts with whom to share our powererful film!
Stay tuned! We are on an exciting long ride!
August 25, 2015
As the film festival phase begins, we are thrilled to begin outreach preview screenings thanks to additional generous support from donors who embrace the film's mission and it's potential to enhance lives. Sense The Wind will be shared with competitors from around the globe at the 2015 IFDS Blind Sailing World & International Championship at the Chicago Yacht Club on September 10th. Representatives of the press and blindness organizations are also being invited in an effort to expand the film's reach.
Our documentary will also have a special "It's a Wrap" screening and party during the Sail Newport Blind Sailing Nationals on September 12th at the Jamestown Art Center in Jamestown, RI. Many supporters from our 2014 fundraiser event are eager to preview the film and meet more of the blind sailors in attendance.
In June, the film was well received at a blowout fundraiser hosted by the Marin Sailing School Program for the Blind and the Island Yacht Club to fund CA teams going to the Nationals and the Worlds. No surprise that the event was a great success!
The sailors are gearing up and excited to soon face off at the starting lines. Let the games begin!
May 8, 2015
With the support of the US Sailing Association, we have launched a new crowd funding campaign targeted to community sailing organizations and clubs. US Sailing has offered some great gear to entice donors, as well as the film offered for community sneak peek screenings. We are rallying to complete an accessible version of the film for outreach. Hop on board!
April 23, 2015
The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, MA stepped up again and generously contributed toward the completion costs of Sense The Wind. We are thankful for their continued support and belief that the film will be of great value to the blind community, to rehab recreation and sailing programs. Our documentary will spread awareness and inspire many to reach greater heights!
March 25, 2015
We were fortunate to have the talents of Bill Ruyle on percussion and Jeff Ciampa playing acoustic guitar to the incredible score our composer, Richard Martinez wrote for the film. Their musical nuances added much to the power of the story and to the visceral excitement of the race scenes.
With many weeks of late hours cleaning up location audio and creating needed ambient sounds followed by a 7 hour supervised sound mix session, Paul Michael delivered his audio magic to the post house to pair with the video edit. Whether hearing splashes on the water or the flapping of birds flying past, you will feel you are there.
February 17, 2015
We reached a project milestone Friday, February 13th, with the completion of film editing. December's rough cut has evolved into a moving hour length film that truly captures the heart and spirit of our characters while introducing the little known sport of blind sailing. Music composition is well underway and the original score will be completed early March. The audio mix and sound design is in the hands of Paul Michael, a sound wizard who not only cleans up less than ideal recoded audio, but also builds the ambient sound and audio effects around the images and music.
Post Production finishing and mastering is scheduled for late March, after which Sense The Wind will be ready to launch and move into the distribution and outreach phase. In the meantime, we continue to fundraise to fund these completion costs to be able to release as tentatively scheduled.
December 27, 2014
In October our new NY based editor, Cheree Dillon, came onboard to complete the film with us. Over these past months, Cheree immersed herself in the many hours of footage to artfully weave these stories into a compelling hour documentary. We are excited to have received a very good rough cut for Christmas!
Our motion graphics wizard, Gerry Katzban, has created unique POV visual effects and is developing animated maps for the regatta locations. In January we will work closely with Cheree to fine tune the film cut to "picture lock", after which music and sound design are added. Our highly skilled composer, Richard Martinez, will begin working on an original music score.
Our creative team is working hard to bring the film to completion as we rally the funds needed for post production finishing. January will be a busy month!
September 22, 2014
Our film event was a great success and almost $5,000 was raised to fund final editing. Over 90 people attended, film lovers and sailors enjoyed food & drink, the lively auction and, theatre screening of the exciting trailer and a sneak peek scene excerpt. The response we heard was fabulous, the interest in the film and support to get it finished is growing.
The RI Jamestown Press published a nice article about our film last week, news that informs and reinforces the local and wide reaching buzz building around Sense The Wind.
Some project highlights:
- Intensive editing resumes in a few weeks and funds are still being sought to take us over the finish with our great team.
- Motion graphic and point of view character FX are in development and magic is being created for the film.
- As editing progresses further into November, our talented sound designer and composer will begin adding their layers of sound.
We are on a roll. Stay with us on this ride and help us along! We have such a passionate and talented crew.
August 10, 2014
A Race Dinner Film Event will take place at the Jamestown Arts Center on Saturday, September 6th at 7pm. It will feature work-in-progress sneak preview of clips from Sense the Wind and a conversation with the filmmakers and film participants.
This special fundraising event occurs during the 2014 Sail Newport Blind National Sailing Championship. Competitors from around the country, along with former America's Cup and Olympic sailors, will join volunteers, families and friends for camaraderie, food & drink, music and auction. All are welcome!
Tickets are $25 Advance, $35 Door, which includes a Burger Bar and Homemade Dessert. Cash Bar. Advance Tickets may be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documentary-film-event-tickets-12505202397
Proceeds will go towards film post-production expenses. If unable to attend and wish to support the film’s completion simply go to the Donate page.
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