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After a long flight back from Rio de Janeiro, Brad returned to a huge crowed of fans waiting for him at Tampa International Airport, including many officers and members of the Clearwater Yacht Club, friends, family, and news crews from local CBS affiliate, channel 10 WTSP, NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8, and Bay News 9.
It was a exciting and emotional time for all.
Now help us complete our film, so we can share this story of courage, dedication and achievement with everyone. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.
With a strong 2nd and two 3rd place finishes, USA Paralympic Sonar team of Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund rocket into 2nd place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Game. This is the kind of consistency that wins medals.
After three days, USA has 18 points, 6 behind first place Australia and 3 ahead of third place New Zealand.
Keep up the great work, gentlemen!
Help us bring the story of adaptive sailing to a bigger audience. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.
As the Paralympic teams get ready to head down to Rio for the 2016 games, and USA1 Sonar is the team to beat after winning the World Championships in the Netherlands, the team at Racing to Rio is headed to our own finish line.
With multi-Emmy Award winning cinematographer Bill Mills behind the camera, we have amazing interviews with the USA1 Sonar team and footage of USA1 practicing with CAN1. We also have great interviews and footage with Warrior Sailing, Maureen McKinnon & Ryan Porteous (SKUD-18), the phenomenal Betsy Allison and so much more.
Now all we have left is to film a few more interviews and to purchase footage from several adaptive sailing events, then we are ready to send this to the editor to make movie magic. After that it’s titles, color correction, and music. Then we are off to festivals and distribution to share this great sport with the world.
However, we need your help to push Racing to Rio through the finish. We must raise a final $75,000 to complete this amazing movie – this is where you come in as a critical part of our winning team!
Please donate right now…don’t wait another minute – Help us over the finish line!
Racing to Rio is being produced by The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so your donation to support this film is tax deductible as allowed.
Experienced from a variety of large and small scale projects, Marcus Cooley is the multi-talented prop master, go-pro setter, and set dresser of Racing To Rio.
Marcus has worked in nearly all departments of film, including art, effects, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, acting, storyboarding, and animation. He has held positions such as assistant director, prop master, production designer, production coordinator, and art director. He has worked on feature films and television series, including big-name titles such as Selma, Furious 7, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 2, Left 4 Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and more.
In addition to being a certified Wolman Wood Care Professional, Marcus has also won for Best in Design at the 2010 Local Gala.
With Marcus’ well rounded skills, he has been an asset to many departments and is always willing to lend a hand. The crew of Racing To Rio is thankful to have Marcus in from his hometown of Atlanta to join our crew during filming.
Racing to Rio is far more than the journey of a few elite athletes striving for world records, gold medals and personal bests. Racing to Rio is the story of transformation from individuals overcoming personal challenges to become world-class sailors and heroes who inspire others to face their challenges and live life to the fullest through the sport of sailing. Racing to Rio is literally about Brad Kendell's journey to the Paralympics in Rio 2016, but also serves on a larger scale as a metaphor for all people who face challenges and how they can take on life to win their own "races" by being the best they can be.