I attended a screening of “The Surface” at the State Theatre, and this photo is from the Q&A following the film. It’s a wonderful film of loss and friendship and hope, starring Sean Astin, Chris Mulkey and Mimi Rogers. It was also filmed in Lake Michigan off the coast of Milwaukee, and featured some of our Coast Guard crew.
Pictured above is Writer/Producer and Milwaukee native Jeff Gendelman (left), along with the Coast Guard folks who were involved with the film. See it if you have the opportunity.
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From the film’s website:
The Surface is the compelling story of Mitch (Sean Astin) and Kelly (Chris Mulkey), two strangers, both at the end of their rope, who suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan. As they confront the secrets and sorrows that brought them there, they find inspiration in one another’s struggle to survive.
Beautifully shot on the vastness of Lake Michigan and around the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, The Surface is about how even on the darkest days there’s light, and tomorrow’s a new day.
Writer/Producer and Milwaukee native Jeff Gendelman persevered for 18 years to bring this soulful drama to the screen. Under the confident direction of Gil Cates, Jr., and the deft cinematography of Jimmy Sammarco, the film examines how someone you don’t know can accidentally become your guardian angel.