A DOCUMENTARY FILM
A crew of young rowers with intellectual disabilities, thrive on the companionship and routine that come with being part of a team. While some train hard to compete at a prestigious regatta, others face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they navigate toward adulthood.
When the boats shove off...our hearts are beating...
because you know you're not out there with them...
you just hope the practice, the lessons that you teach resonate.
SUPERVISING EDITOR, WRITER, MIDNIGHT DANCER
A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of sass!
Nive has over 20 years of advocacy, project management and evaluation experience on international development projects. On her travels, she has heard many powerful stories.These encounters, and an itch to help others tell their truths on their own terms, brought her to the wonderful world of filmmaking. Nive has produced, shot and edited stop motion videos, news and cultural shorts for various outlets.
Nive holds a B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from Wittenberg University, a M.A. in Participation, Power, and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, a Multimedia Storytelling Certification from Columbia University School of Journalism, and a Graduate Certification in Documentary Filmmaking from George Washington University.
Moving forward, Nive hopes to prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it with a good group of people and a healthy dose of bad ideas.
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR, HAYSTACKS CALHOUN
Ted is thrilled to be making his documentary debut with The Boys in the Boat. Ted is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. His web short Scene of the Rhyme was screened at the New Media Film Festival in 2011. Ted attended the University of Toronto’s “New Narrative” conferences from 2008 to 2012, where he lectured on contemporary cartoonists including Evan Dorkin, Daniel Clowes and Chris Onstad.
WRITER, SOUND, CINEMATOGRAPHER,
Renee is thrilled to have fulfilled a lifelong dream of creating a documentary film. A long-time fan of the genre, Renee believes that true stories are more compelling than fiction. She appreciates documentary film for its power to inspire, challenge and provoke, as well as shed light on little-known worlds. Renee is a former reporter who worked for Fox News and whose stories have appeared in The New York Times and The New York Post. She earned her B.A. in Journalism and Communications from The City University of New York. The music of punk pioneer Iggy Pop kept her inspired through the vagaries of film production. Originally from Toronto, Renee resides in Washington, D.C.
SUPERVISING EDITOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER,
Edwin is a public health advocate who uses media to amplify underrepresented narratives. A communications strategist, Edwin is eager to engage communities and turn their “likes” into thriving lifestyles. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at The George Washington University in Health Communication and Media Marketing. When he isn't creating content, Edwin typically spends his time binging on reality TV, tipping drag queens and browsing Amazon in search of products for his feral cat Oliver.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH,
WRITER, EDITOR, TITLES & GRAPHICS
JJ is usually found tightroping between the plant world and the story universe. She has worked as an educator in a DC-based community health center that serves immigrants, refugees and many of DC’s most medically-excluded residents.
She believes in the undeniable need for liberation medicine and hopes that storytelling can help us illuminate and collectively reimagine new ways of being in the world. Once she realized documentary film could transmit and amplify the heartbeat of a human story, she was hooked. She studied at George Washington University Institute for Documentary Filmmaking and completed her undergraduate studies in Community Health at Dickinson College.
LEAD WRITER & SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
CINEMATOGRAPHER, EDITOR, SOUND
Christa is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and lawyer. After practicing law for many years, she realized that she is passionate about effecting change through story-telling. She seeks to create films that serve as counter narratives that challenge the status quo, particularly relating to race and identity. She holds a graduate certificate in documentary filmmaking from the Institute of Documentary Filmmaking at The George Washington University, a B.A. in International Studies from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Adesola is a cinematographer, editor and a budding filmmaker. Raised in Nigeria, she developed a fascination for storytelling and its ability to influence behavior. She is passionate about her homeland and is eager to makes films that show the beauty of Africa through compelling stories. When she isn’t thinking about her next big film, Adesola can be found cooking and eating Jollof rice. She graduated from George Washington University’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking and completed her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications at Covenant University in Nigeria.
Over two months we followed these athletes from practices to races and into their homes and everyday lives. We were fortunate to hear from those closest to them about how rowing has made them grow and change in ways they never could have imagined.
Filmmaking is an intensive process and this movie is the result of early mornings, late nights and long weekends behind the camera and at the editing desk. But above all, it would not have been possible without the openness and bravery of these families to share their stories.
We are better storytellers for the honesty and investment that they brought to our film and we are privileged to share their experiences with you. Like so many stories, this one grew as we reached to do right by it. Our sincere thanks to Coach Patrick Johnson, Athletes Without Limits and the Documentary Center at the George Washington University.
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