Don King: Director & Cinematographer

Don King has been making waves in Hollywood for years. He is best known for his underwater cinematography and second unit D.P. work in such films as Cast Away, Die Another Day, Riding Giants, Blue Crush and Charlie's Angels II. Don is currently shooting (on land & sea) for the Emmy award winning TV series LOST

His directorial credits include the 2005 Laird Hamilton's American Express commercial, 2006 Cool Water commercial and All Aboard the Crazy Train, which won best documentary short at the 2005 Maui Film Festival, & best cinematography at the X-Dance festival. 

A Hawaii state swimming champion and NCAA Stanford championship water polo player he's been trained to shoot in the most intense situations. His adventures include sailing across the Indian Ocean from Bali to Madagascar in a traditional wood & bamboo canoe for which he was knighted.

Don shot most of this personal documentary in Mini-HD and 16mm film.

Julianne Yamamoto King:
Director & Producer

Julianne Yamamoto King's production background includes shooting for KHON, producing independent sports shows like H3O, and associate producer for award winning PBS documentary Heart of the Sea. Julianne also worked as the community coordinator for the Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaii and the community project manager at O'lelo, the corporation for public access.

She credits herself on becoming an advocate for her son Beau.  She hopes this film will help the thousands of children suffering from neurological disorders.  Her vision is of a world, which protects the environment and the health of all people, especially children.

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Charlotte Lagarde: Producer

Charlotte Lagarde is the award-winning Producer/Director of Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2002), a documentary about the Hawaiian surfing legend, Rell Sunn, which won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the 2003 PBS Independent Lens Audience Award. Lagarde was the executive producer of Reporter Zero, a portrait of AIDS journalist Randy Shilts nominated for Best Documentary at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently co-producing Deann Borshay Liem’s Precious Objects of Desire, a follow-up to the Emmy nominated First Person Plural.

Lagarde's productions Voting in America (2004), Every Child Should Have a Chance (2001), Tribal Sovereignty: Unplugged (1998) and Juvenile Justice: Unplugged (1997), are distributed in public schools throughout the United States. Her films Swell(1996), about four generations of female surfers (Gold Apple from the National Educational Media Network) and Zeuf(1994), a documentary about a woman surfer's struggle with breast cancer (Directors' Choice award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival) were broadcast on PBS stations and the Sundance Channel. Lagarde holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University.

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Vivien Hillgrove: Editor

Vivien Hillgrove is a highly acclaimed editor whose extensive picture editing credits include Henry and June and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Phil Kaufman. Her sound editing credits include Blue Velvet by David Lynch, Amadeus by Milos Foreman, which won 11 Academy Awards in 1984, and One From the Heart by Francis Coppola.

Her documentary work includes Broken Rainbow by Victoria Mudd, which won an Academy Award in 1985, six award-winning documentary films by Lourdes Portillo including The Devil Never Sleeps and Senorita Extraviada, which won a special jury prize at Sundance and the 2002 International Documentary Award. Her other documentary credits include First Person Plural (P.O.V.), Heart of the Sea (PBS-Independent Lens Audience award) and The Future of Food by Deborah Garcia.

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Todd Boekelheide: Music Composer

Todd Boekelheide started working in film in 1974 as a member of the staff at American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s production company in San Francisco.  In 1976 he left to work as an assistant editor on Star Wars, and went on to edit picture and sound on The Black Stallion 2 years later.  This film kindled an interest in film music, so he began music studies at Mills College in Oakland.  As he began to develop his film scoring career, he also specialized as a rerecording mixer, and won an Oscar for mixing the music on Amadeus in 1984.  He has scored several feature films, including Dim Sum and Nina Takes a Lover, and numerous documentaries, notably Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.  In 1999 he won an Emmy for his score for the documentary Kids of Survival:  The Life and Art of Tim Rollins and the KOS.  Up-to-date credits information can be found at

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E.Larry Oatfield: Sound Editor & Rerecording Mixer

Larry worked for TV news operations in Kansas City, Portland OR, & San Francisco learning on the job how to deal with 16mm sound tracks with razor blades and magnets. Greatly enjoying the control of digital audio on computers, he is editing and mixing 'in-the -box' for a variety of films from Feature films to documentaries.

Larry won an Emmy Award for Sound Editing for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.  In 1999, he won a Golden Reel Award for Sound Effect and Foleys for Saving Private Ryan. He was nominated three times for Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing; in 2000 for Fight Club and in 2005 for The Polar Express and for Shrek 2.

He has been working at Skywalker Sound since 1987.

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Ewa Sztompke-Oatfield: Dialog Editor

Studied at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw earning a Master's in film sound and worked with many polish directors of note in the 1970's. Coming to San Francisco just before Martial Law, she became involved with many of the landmark film sound tracks done since the 1980's earning many awards and the esteem of her colleagues.

In 1999, Ewa won a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing/ Dialogue & ADR for Saving Private Ryan. She was nominated three times for Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing; in 2003 for Minority Report, in 2005 for Shrek 2 and in 2006 for Munich.

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Julie Caskey: Assistant editor

Julie first cut her teeth editing short, student-shot documentaries for the Oakland School District's educational access broadcast television station. She's spent time in the field in Africa laptop editing for a Safari company, and was part of the on-location production team for the Discovery Channel's Quest for Columbus.

She edited the one-hour version (for television release) of The Future of Food, directed by Deborah Garcia. Julie's assistant editing credits include the award winning, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, directed by Roberta Grossman, and A Matter of Youth, directed by Judith Schaefer.

Julie is also a classically trained musician, and a certified pilot.

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