A Feature Length Swimming Documentary | "I can't fly, but swimming is the next best thing."
In 2005, Tommy discovered the underground culture of outdoor skaters, that soon blossomed onto the national stage, a nascent movement which was captured in the 2008 film "Pond Hockey". Hailed as "the best and purest hockey movie" by ESPN, the documentary soon became an instant classic within the North American hockey community and an important touchstone in the discussion on the over-structured world of youth sports. Over the past decade, Haines has directed five feature length documentaries, founded and curated the highly-regarded Vino Vérité screening series, and worked as a photographer with Academy members AJ Schnack, Beth Levinson and Aaron Woolf.
The Water Is My Sky (exp. 2017) is Brian Tremml's directorial debut and the product of a marriage between a lifelong journey through the world of elite competitive swimming and a passion for independent film. Brian began swimming competitively at the age of 7 in his hometown of Holland, Michigan, and completed his career on the Division I level as a member of the University of Iowa Men's Swimming and Diving Team (2012). While at Iowa, Brian earned a BA in Cinema & Comparative Literature as well as completing an internship with Northland Films, a Midwest-based documentary production company (Pond Hockey, 2008). In addition to working on the film, Brian holds the position of Assistant Director of Competitive Swimming for the YMCA of Western North Carolina in Asheville, NC.
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.