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 works of our own, we put our heart and soul into all we do, and we love doing it!

LATEST NEWS

Hello Everybody!

Summer is here and we are in the process of developing the remaining films in our Mindful Shorts series (following “Just Breathe”, “Release”, and “Into Light”). Tentatively entitled “Re-Imagine”, our 4th film focuses on young adults ages 18-29 with trauma from having witnessed or experienced gun violence.

For this film, we are partnering with Sandy and Lonnie Phillips of Survivors Empowered, following participants of an 8 week course on mindfulness to help themselves heal from the horror of gun violence.

After Trauma will come the 5th film (on Addiction), and the 6th and final film (on Grief), thus completing a series of short films that expands a lifetime, and shows how mindfulness helps people of all ages navigate the very real and very difficult task of being human.

This film series has been a labor of love for years, and has reached millions of people around the globe, offering very practical mindfulness tools that can make a huge difference in just a few minutes. The films have been translated so far into French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Czech, and Italian — all for free.

Because we have been giving these away, the only way we can continue on making them is to ask for help — so please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Mindful Shorts series today: https://mindfulshorts.wedid.it/

Help Us Help Others!

In other news: Our years of traveling and collecting imagery, objects and whatnot along the way have resulted in some truly unique works of art. Check out our studio on Etsy to see what we’ve been up to, and maybe find a cool gift for someone you love: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WavecrestFilmsStudio

Be well, everyone. And be kind. Let’s all work on being better humans — the planet is demanding it of us.

Warm wishes,

Julie & Josh




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Mindful Shorts

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the Next
Mindful Short

THREE FILMS COMPLETE, THREE TO GO!

(And we need your help!)



“Just Breathe”

A film on anger for elementary school kids.


“Release”

A film on anxiety for middle school kids.


“Into Light”

A film on depression for high school kids.



Purpose of Mindful Shorts

We are cycling through the stages of life, addressing a particular experience common for that age, and showing how a simple yet profound mindfulness practice can help people navigate the very real challenges of being human.

Next up: Films on Trauma (featuring young adults), Addiction (for middle-aged folks), and Grief (with elders).



We have already begun casting survivors of gun violence for the trauma film, and would so very much appreciate whatever assistance we can get as we endeavor to help others cultivate inner peace in the midst of 21st century chaos.

Many thanks for your time and support. And if you could please share this campaign with your friends, colleagues, and family members, that would be super.


Make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION to MINDFUL SHORTS today!


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~ Anais Nin

Who We Are

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 for seven years.

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 showcased on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program in April 2015, screens regularly at international children's film festivals, and is used as an educational tool in classrooms and training seminars around the world, having so far been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Hungarian.

Often with her hand in many pots, Julie is currently halfway through a six-part series of short films on Mindfulness and Mental Health. She's also developing a children's TV series, while continuing to write screenplays, work on photography projects, and produce television commercials. When she’s not working, you can usually find her wandering in the hills, camera in hand and dog in tow, or somewhere hanging out with her tribe. 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

Director of Photography Josh Salzman successfully straddles the seemingly incongruous world of documentary and commercial filmmaking. His skills for visual storytelling and creative collaboration have made him an invaluable asset to each project he dives into.

Josh has lensed several successful commercial campaigns for companies including Ford, Bank of America, Pepsi, Intel, Sprint, and Nokia, with acclaimed documentarians such as Stacy Peralta, Steve James, Jessica Yu, Robb Bindler, and more. He lensed actor/director Tim Robbins' feature documentary “45 seconds of Laughter,” and helmed “The Human Element,” (2018) about renowned photographer James Balog, who uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. He currently is working on two high profile political projects that he is not allowed to talk about, so stay tuned for more...

Other past highlights include “Under the Gun” for director Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric, and “ForEveryone.Net” by director JessicaYu, both standouts from Sundance 2016. Also from Slamdance 2016, “Los Punks: We Are All We Have” by director Angela Boatwright. Other recent collaborations include two premieres from Sundance 2018: “The Devil We Know” for director Stephanie Soechtig, and “Inventing Tomorrow”, for academy award-nominee director Laura Nix.

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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/

OTHER:

voyagela.com/interview/daily-inspiration-meet-julie-bayer-salzman

https://shoutoutla.com/meet-julie-bayer-salzman-filmmaker-mindfulness-educator/

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