Fishpeople – A film about lives transformed by the sea

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There is no questions that we, as water people, are affected by the bodies of water surrounding us. Research shows that individuals who are closely associated to water in their daily lives (Blue Mind, by Wallace Nichols) even have a greater capacity for happiness. In Patagonia’s new film Fishpeople, Director Keith Malloy explores several of those lives that are changed, challenged and triumphed by their associations to the open sea.  Another great capture of Patagonia’s celebration of the natural environment, check out the trailer and the information below on where you can catch the full-length film!

Patagonia’s new film directed by Keith Malloy:  Fishpeople

Directed by Keith Malloy, Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids on the streets of San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean – and leaving behind our limitations to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.

Dave Rastovich Patagonia Fishpeople surf film
From surfers, to swimmers, to spearfishers and more, Fishpeople explores the idea that living in close connection to the sea liberates individuals in mysterious ways in this new film by Patagonia

Living a Life Surrounded by Water

To some, the ocean is a fearsome place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full.

Individuals featured in the film include Dave Rastovich (surfer), Matahi Drollet (surfer/fisherman), Lynne Cox (open-water swimmer), Ray Collins (photographer), Eddie Donnellan (youth worker) and Kimi Werner (spearfisher).

It is a beautiful compilation of stories woven together by people who love the sea and spend their lives in it and protecting it.  This salt water life has deep impacts on the human psyche and Fishpeople explores the phenomenon of conscious living near or at sea level.

The film, Fishpeople, will be shown in thirteen cities throughout the United States from California to New York. It premiered at at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, Calif on April 13th.  A full schedule of the film’s tour can be viewed here.  Fishpeople will also become available to the general public starting in July 2017 on iTunes and other VOD platforms.

Fishpeople captures the spirit of the people who live by the sea … and for the sea to create lives in a new way. Stay tuned for the release on iTunes in July 2017!
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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.