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

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Specializing in both independent and advertising-related filmmaking, we pride ourselves on productions that are rooted in truth and authenticity. Rather than riding the trend of the day, we approach each project with a creative focus that brings depth, artistry and originality to our brand of storytelling.

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Initially conceived for a small audience, “Just Breathe” ended up reaching millions of people thanks to blogs such as Huffington Post, Upworthy, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and last but not least, Oprah. The extent to which it went viral made us realize we had hit a nerve in the consciousness of many around the globe, and the success of that film was followed by a slew of requests for more films like it. So here we are…excited (and admittedly, a little nervous) to announce the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to do more shorts like “Just Breathe”, but for people of all ages on a variety of topics such as Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma, Loss and more…We have 45 days to raise $150,000. Can you help us? Please spread the word and thanks, in advance, for your support!

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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


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.

These days she bounces around (sometimes quite literally) from writing screenplays to developing commercial projects to directing shorts. When she’s not working, you can usually find her wandering in the hills, camera in hand and dogs in tow; biking around town in pursuit of the perfect croissant; 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 creative collaboration as in the actual finished work.

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Josh Salzman

Josh Salzman


At an early age, Josh was at home with either a paint brush or drawing implement in hand. When he was introduced to still photography in high school his life was forever changed. He eventually made his way into filmmaking and fell in love with the documentary form, which paved the way for his career in celluloid and digital imagery.

Josh now bounces back and forth between the high profile world of commercial production and the documentary world. He has lensed several successful commercial campaigns for companies including Ford, Bank of America, Pepsi, Intel, Sprint, and Nokia. He shoots for several acclaimed documentary filmmakers such as Stacy Peralta (“Dogtown and Z-Boys”), Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”, “Life Itself”), David Gelb (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) and Jessica Yu (“In the Realms of the Unreal”, “Last Call at the Oasis”).

Josh’s rare position straddling the two seemingly incongruous worlds of documentary storytelling and commercial filmmaking has provided him with an invaluable approach to image making. His sensitivity for the story, combined with a keen eye for natural beauty and skilled hand in the craft of shaping light and color, help to create Josh’s unique blend of rich and immediate visuals.

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