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Project of the Day: A Photographer, A Mermaid & The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in ‘Pepper and the Salt Sea’

Project of the Day: A Photographer, A Mermaid & The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 'Pepper and the Salt Sea'

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“Pepper and the Salt Sea

Tweetable Logline: 

Pepper and the Salt Sea is an emotionally and visually stunning short about a photographer, a mermaid & the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Elevator Pitch:

When Hurricane Sandy flooded Pepper’s Brooklyn apartment, it washed away her cameras, all her photographs, and her love for the ocean.  
A year later, she can’t bring herself to take a single photograph.  Until one night, when a mysterious young woman appears on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn – soaking wet and seemingly helpless. Pepper takes the young woman in, hoping to help her. 
But she soon realizes that there are supernatural forces at work — Selene is a mermaid, and she has come to show Pepper the true nature of the sea.

Production Team:
Don Downie – Director
Kyle I. Kelley – Cinematographer
Min Soo Elle Kim – Producer
Stacie Capone – Producer / Actress

About the Production:

What would it be like for someone who lost everything in the storm to be able to confront the sea — in the form of a mermaid? 
Pepper and the Salt Sea is a fictional approach to a very real story: there are many people who are still putting their lives back together a year after Superstorm Sandy. 
This film is a love letter to Red Hook, and all those who have a complicated relationship with the sea. We are donating 10% of funds from indiegogo to The Red Hook Volunteers, who provide free assistance to people affected by Sandy.

Current Status:

We are currently fundraising, and in pre-production. The film shoots from Oct. 4-7.

For more information and to support this project:

Indiegogo Page

Pepper and the Salt Sea indiegogo from Don Downie on Vimeo.

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Jan Johnson

Best wishes to all the cast and crew on this venture–may it lead to many, many more!!!

Marion Wait

Can't wait to see this film.

Don Downie

Thank you so much for featuring my film! I'm thrilled and honored.

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