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Beneath the Surface



United States, 2005, video - Color - 53 minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Dawn Young

CAST:
Wolf Wigo, Jo D. Jonz, Olympic teams 1996, 2000, 2004

SCREENPLAY:
Dawn Young

PRODUCER:
Dawn Young

WORLD SALES:
none

STORY DESCRIPTION:

NYC boy, Wolf Wigo, has a dream to be on the US Olympic water polo team, overcomes geographical and physical obstacles until through training and determination achieves his goal 10 years later. The film shows exciting action above and below the water illustrating just how tough this sport is, and features the Olympic teams of 1996, 200 and 2004. Told from the point of view of Wolf's mom the story has behinds-the-scenes flavor and some "home footage". Authentic and real, the film shows both the challenges and the rewards of playing water polo in the US where they play for the true love of the game-very different from playing abroad where the players are rich, famous stars.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Dawn Young is the Founder and President of Young & Running Productions, a company whose mandate is to create projects that are inspirational, empowering and uplifting to the human spirit. Dawn has been involved with film and television as an actor and voiceover artist in NYC for many years. In 1996 she moved to the other side of the lens, as well, and began shooting and creating her own projects. Beneath the Surface” is her debut documentary feature.Current projects include: "The Leadership Principal" (2001- ) cinematographer At the High School for Leadership and Public Service, located adjacent to the former World Trade Towers, Ada Rosario Dolch, the principal, acted on 9/11/2001 as an example of true leadership for her students. Directed by Jennifer WollanBeneath the Surface” (1996-2005) - producer, director, writer, cinematographer Wolf Wigo, a NYC boy aspires to become an Olympic water polo player, overcomes geographical and physical obstacles until through perseverance and training he achieves his dream 10 years later. The documentary features players and coaches from the USA Olympic teams including the most recent Team2004 in Athens, Greece. www.waterpolofilm.com“Faces of Family” (1996- ) – producer, director, cinematographer This study explores of the challenges individuals face in creating the “families” they envision for their lives and the many potential “faces” these families can successfully embody.“Isle of Capri” (2005) producer, director, cinematographer, writer A short documentary illustrating how music uplifts the lives of Altzheimer’s victims.

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