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, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.