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Coping with Grief Leads to Shark Encounters in ‘The Big Swim’

Coping with Grief Leads to Shark Encounters in 'The Big Swim'

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The Big Swim

Logline: When Rachel finds out she might have breast cancer, she decides to face her biggest fear: swimming with sharks.

Elevator Pitch: 
“The Big Swim” is a unique project that features our lead actress scuba diving with a dozen full sized bull sharks in their natural habitat. Shot humanely and without cages, it’s some of the most incredible nature footage I’ve seen. The film is part adventure, part drama, part love story. It’s incredibly moving, well acted, and made for the right reasons. Beyond that, our co-star is Falk Hentschel, who is Hawkman on DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow” on the CW, so the film straddles cancer diagnosis, shark and ocean conservation, and also has a tie-in for superhero fans!

Production Team:
Kat Green | Writer, Director, Producer
An acclaimed singer/songwriter and filmmaker, Kat Green has worked in entertainment for nearly twenty years and has entertained audiences around the world. In music, Kat wrote and performed songs for the Disney Channel and later became the Vice President of Production at Universal Publishing Production Music. Kat ventured into filmmaking five years ago, recently producing the family romance “Nearlyweds” for the Hallmark Channel. Inspired to create work that brings meaning and inspiration to people’s lives, “The Big Swim” marks Kat’s maiden endeavor as a director.

Kimberly Leemans | Rachel
Kimberly Leemans started her career as a finalist on cycle 9 of “America’s Next Top Model” and has continued to enter our living rooms on hit shows such as “The Vampire Diaries” and “Nashville.” An avid scuba diver, Kim took the plunge and swam with a dozen bull sharks for the film, calling the experience one of the most peaceful and amazing in her life.

Falk Hentschel | Luca
Falk, most recognized as “Hawkman” on The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow,” is a multi-talented actor, dancer, and producer. Following a successful career as a backup dancer for artists such as Mariah Carey and Britney Spears, Falk relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Making his acting debut on the hit TV show “Arrested Development,” Falk also appeared on “CSI,” “NCIS,” and “The Closer,” as well as co-staring opposite Tom Cruise in “Knight and Day.” 

Megan Woeppel | Producer
Megan is a producer, writer, and cinematographer. After graduating from the Los Angeles Film School, Megan has been part of creating music videos, short films, and commercials. She was also a finalist for the Warner Brother’s Television Writers’ Workshop in 2014.

Adam Dick | Producer
Adam is a producer, screenwriter, and director for film and television. After producing and writing several films in Chicago, Adam moved to Los Angeles in 2012. Recently, he produced and co-wrote the family drama “NightLights,” which premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network in April 2015. He is currently in development on several projects for the big and small screen.

Fiorella Occhipinti – Director of Photography
Fiorella is a Los Angeles based, internationally published photographer, cinematographer & director, born in the U.S. and raised by an Argentinean/Sicilian family. Outside of print work, Fio’s camera credits include numerous TV series, shorts, feature-length films and commercials.

Guy Chaumette – Underwater Cinematographer
Guy is the proud co-founder of Liquid Motion Academy, based in Cozumel, Mexico. With the highest honors in Cinematography, Photography, Directing, Editing and Marine Science, Guy has shot countless films for advertising, tourism, science & education, and global TV including National Geographic. 

About the Film:
The two aspects of this project that inspired me the most were its heart and its ambition. It’s not every day that a friend approaches me with an independent project that aims to put its lead actor amidst full grown sharks in another country, but the nature of the project’s message and Kat’s enthusiasm were impossible to turn down. Beyond that, when I discovered we’d have opportunities to partner with non-profits, I became even more passionate about being involved. For me, film is one of our great mechanisms for education and outreach, and this provided an opportunity for both.

Current Status: We have just started our Indiegogo campaign to raise finishing funds as well as proceeds for National Breast Cancer Foundation and Shark Stewards.

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