Deirdre Towers, producer/editor, grew up with a father who preferred to be on water, rather than land. Her childhood was spent on a succession of small sailboats, in every form of weather, gazing at the waves slapping against the hull. After thirty years of being a dancer, 18 years producing the Dance on Camera Festival, co-produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Deirdre was reminded of the expansive feeling one has at sea during a sound healing session with the late Catalan musician/sound healer Rakel Jun.

Deirdre collaborated with long-time friends, cinematographers Nan Melville (South African) seen above on the roof of Dan Bates houseboat, and Ted Ciesielski (Polish), as well as the late singer Rakel whose voice and sounds you hear on the score. Interior designer Mara Aceves (Mexican) developed with Deirdre a screening cocoon, as well as the concept for the Waterfront Barge Museum installation. British sculptor Celia Gregory  offered footage of her underwater sculptures, whose intriguing sea goddesses serve as artificial coral reefs. Neurologist Greg Dunn granted permission for his stunning images of neurons. Christian Sardet offered spellbinding images from his Plankton Chronicles project

Who is this project for?  Manoush Zomorodi’s book title  ‘Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out’ says it all. How many people today do nothing but stare at the sea?  Dare to do nothing and let nature work its miracles!

softripple6530Houseboat-049Photo by Nan Melville