A Feature Length Swimming Documentary | "I can't fly, but swimming is the next best thing."
IMDBTommy Haines is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Over the past decade, Tommy has directed five feature length documentaries, founded and curated the highly-regarded Vino Vérité screening series, and worked as a photographer on projects with A.J. Schnack, Beth Levinson and Aaron Woolf. In 2017, he directed SAVING BRINTON which world-premiered at AFI Docs and screened internationally at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2018, the film went on an Academy Award qualifying theatrical run and received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and was lauded as one of "The Best Movies of 2018" by The Washington Post. SAVING BRINTON currently has a score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Tommy is currently in production on two feature length documentaries, THE WORKSHOP and HOCKEYLAND.
Brian Tremml has been on a lifelong journey immersed in his two passions: competitive swimming and independent film. Brian began swimming competitively at the age of 7 in his hometown of Holland, Michigan, and completed his career at the Division I level as a member of the University of Iowa swimming and diving program (2012). While at Iowa, Brian earned a BA in Cinema & Comparative Literature, and completed an internship with director Tommy Haines (Saving Brinton). THE WATER IS MY SKY is Brian's directorial debut.
Kiel Nowakowski was born and raised in Holland, Michigan, where he first began making YouTube videos with his high school friends. This pastime turned into a passion and eventually into a career path. Kiel graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a B.A. in Screen Arts and Cultures; while at Michigan he was awarded for editing at the Fall 2010 student film festival. His interest shifted to documentary filmmaking during the summer of 2011, when he interned with New Animal Productions in Brooklyn, New York. There he worked as a Production Assistant on two television documentaries: Trek Nation and 9/11: The Days After. While living in New York after graduation, he also interned with Blowback Productions and on the film Golf Alpha Yankee (exp. 2017). The Water Is My Sky will be his first feature-length film as an editor and producer.
WebsiteIMDBWith his 2013 short film, GUN, Spencer marked his directorial debut by premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. GUN screened at over fifteen festivals world-wide earning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival along with Best Actor and Best Narrative at Hollyshorts Film Festival. As a co-founder of 2.35, Spencer has produced award winning narrative and documentary short films as well as directed work for VICE media. Spencer's professional background includes experience as a camera assistant spanning more than twenty feature films including SHAME, BLUE VALENTINE, ARBITRAGE, and OUR IDIOT BROTHER. In 2012, Spencer transitioned professionally into camera operating and is now a member of the Society of Camera Operators. His work illustrates a wide range of shooting styles: reality television shows for DISCOVERY, TLC, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, webisodes for 30 ROCK, and more recently on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, CHICAGO PD, and EMPIRE.
WebsiteIMDBMy interest and goal is the same behind the camera as it is in the edit: to make you feel something, to help you connect to an idea or a character through a carefully crafted series of images. For many years I've been part of the production and post-production of various film projects, ranging from feature length documentaries and small narrative dramas to major brand videos. The work I've been involved in has taken me to India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Germany, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.
WebsiteIMDBWill and Brooke Blair are a family pair of composers for film and television. Across a career spanning over sixteen years, Will and Brooke have crafted original music for a wide range of feature films, including GREEN ROOM, HOLD THE DARK, and BLUE RUIN, as well as award-winning sport-themed shorts I AM YUP'IK and RUN MAMA RUN.