Welcome

To Wavecrest Films

We specialize in independent and advertising-related filmmaking,
bringing depth, artistry and originality to our own brand of storytelling.

Our Work

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At Wavecrest Films, we have one mission: to create content that makes a positive social impact. It’s that simple. We consciously seek out brands, organizations and individuals who share our passion for spreading goodness around the globe.

Our speciality is creative, soulful storytelling – great nuggets of content that inspire audiences, move ideas forward and make a positive contribution to the media landscape. There’s enough noise already; we don’t care to add to it. We do, however, care about the messages we’re putting out there, and so we choose our projects carefully.

Whether we’re making films for clients directly, offering production services for foreign clients, or creating original content of our own, we put our heart and soul into the work we do, and we love doing it!

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LATEST NEWS

The Equinox has arrived, ushering in our favorite season, Fall – a time for honoring abundance, expressing gratitude, and making space for new things to come…

Abundance. We have a slew of wonderful people in our world, each of whom brings something unique to the work we do and the way we live, adding immeasurable joy to our every day experience. We are blessed to know so many terrific humans, and want to take this minute to honor all of them – crew, clients, friends & family. We love what we do because of YOU!

And speaking of abundance… the documentary that Josh shot for actor/director Tim Robbins, “45 Seconds of Laughter”, received an 8-minute standing ovation at The Venice Film Festival earlier this month! We are thrilled to know how positively audiences are responding to the film. It plays at the New York Film Festival on the 3rd and 5th of October. For more information, visit: The New York Film Festival’s website.

Gratitude. There is much to be grateful for. To start, yet more terrific humans have joined our team. Sarah Olson (Knock Down the House), and Susan Littenberg (Bathtubs Over Broadway) are helping produce our feature documentary on mindfulness education (tentatively entitled “Class of 2020″), and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them on board. Each of them has come to us with a personal reason for wanting to be part of this solution-based documentary film, and will add a wealth of professional experience to our team. We are honored to have them both!

New things to come. Julie has been invited to speak at two upcoming events (one in Los Angeles, and the other in Austin, TX) to educate people about mindfulness. Not your ordinary mindfulness presentation, she uses the short film series she’s created, in conjunction with personal anecdotes, to introduce people of all backgrounds to the benefits of mindfulness education.

Meanwhile, we continue to fundraise for “Class of 2020″, and encourage you to check out our page on The International Documentary Association’s website to find out more. If you, or someone you know, are looking for a charitable cause to get behind — empowering teens with the tools they need to navigate through challenging times — please consider making a donation today: https://www.documentary.org/project/class-2020.

For a quick reference, please take a look at a short film we finished last Fall called “Into Light”, about four graduates of a groundbreaking semester-long course in Mindful Studies. It was these kids who inspired us to make a documentary feature that follows a new group of struggling teens from the beginning of the semester, and bears witness to their transformations as the semester unfolds.

“Class of 2020″ will be an experiential feature documentary that chronicles the inspiring inward journey the teens take, and the ways in which their learning impacts the lives of those around them, too. At its core, this powerful story is not just about kids learning mindfulness or a wildly successful school program, but about the untapped potential of a trained mind and the implications for us all.

Please share the donation link with your friends, family, clients and colleagues today.

As always, good stuff happening here. Feel free to drop us a line, or call us directly (info on the website) – we’d love to talk to you!

Be well, everyone.

 

 




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About Wavecrest Films

Julie and Josh are storytellers. Their own story, and the spirit of their work, is driven by the power of vivid, creative filmmaking. Both self-taught photographers and avid environmentalists, they have combined their unique talents and experiences in film and video to pursue projects that give voice and visibility to the true stories of others. As co-directors and creative partners, they strive to craft distinct productions that tap into the issues of today, and the emotions of today’s audiences.


The team

Julie Bayer

Julie Bayer

Filmmaker

A lover of powerful stories with rich imagery, Julie spent the first part of her career gaining a solid understanding of the nuts and bolts of commercial production. For over ten years, she produced and oversaw countless commercial campaigns for others before moving into writing and directing projects of her own.

She and her partner, Josh Salzman, made their directorial debut with “Time & Tide”, a documentary about the impact of globalization and global warming on the tiny South Pacific nation of Tuvalu. The film garnered numerous film festival awards, screened internationally, and was broadcast in the US on PBS.

Julie's sensitivity to subject and subject matter was fully realized and recognized in the widely celebrated short film “Just Breathe” - a film about the power of mindfulness to transform anger, as articulated by a group of elementary school kids. The unscripted piece was showcased on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program in April 2015, plays internationally at children's film festivals and has so far been translated into Spanish, Italian, German and Hungarian.

Often with her hand in many pots, Julie is currently working on a series of short films about Mindfulness, while in development on a feature about mindfulness in education. She's also writing an animated screenplay based on the true story of the two homeless dogs she and her family adopted, and developing commercial projects centered on sustainable and progressive businesses. When she’s not working, you can usually find her wandering in the hills, camera in hand and dogs in tow; hanging out with her tribe; or just at home digging in the dirt. She puts a tremendous amount of heart and soul into everything she does, and believes that the joy and beauty of filmmaking (and life itself, really) lies as much in the process of creative collaboration as in the actual completed projects.

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Josh Salzman

Josh Salzman

Director/DP

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PRESS/AWARDS

JUST BREATHE:

https://amysmartgirls.com/short-film-just-breathe-helps-kids-deal-with-emotions-1b4f91dac5ad#.1qfrrv41f

http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-short-films/what-children-can-teach-us-about-dealing-with-anger

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/22/children-mindfulness-emotions-anger-calming-

http://www.mindful.org/kindergarteners-talk-about-mindfulness-in-just-breathe-short-film/

http://www.upworthy.com/what-we-can-learn-from-6-kids-who-are-masters-of-their-anger

Audience’s Choice, Best Short, Providence Children’s Film Festival, 2015

TIME & TIDE:

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2006/s1705128.htm

http://www.hiff.org/about-hiff/history/hiff-2006/

Golden Orchard Award, Best Documentary, Hawaii International Film Festival, 2006

Audience Award, Best Documentary, Sidewalk Film Festival, 2006

Best Documentary, Big Muddy Film Festival, 2006

ReelHeART Film Festival, 2006

RELEASE:

http://yogadork.com/2016/09/06/stressed-out-middle-schoolers-find-relief-through-mindfulness-in-release-short-film/

http://www.mindful.org/middleschoolers-tame-anxiety-release-short-film/

Awards become corroded; friends gather no dust.
~ Jesse Owens

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310.505.4619 (Julie) or 310.503. 5690 (Josh)

info@wavecrestfilms.com

Venice, California