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, our mission is to create content that makes a positive social impact. We care about the planet and the legacy we are leaving for future generations, so we consciously look to partner with brands, organizations and individuals who share our passion for spreading goodness around the globe.

We bring stories to life through films that arise from creative, vivid storytelling – great nuggets of content that inspire audiences, move ideas forward and make a positive contribution to the media landscape. There’s enough noise out there; 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

It’s April, and good things are springing up all around!

We’re in pre-production on the 3rd experiential short film on mindfulness — this next one focuses on Depression in High School, and we’re excited to work with an incredible organization up in Portland that is offering public high school kids the very first for-credit, semester-long class in Mindful Studies in the nation.

And casting is underway on the 4th mindful short, which will center on Trauma. (“Just Breathe” , about anger as expressed by elementary school kids, was the first; “Release”, addressing anxiety in middle school, was the second.) We are actively fundraising for this work, so if you, your company, or your organization is as passionate about the need for more Mindfulness education in our culture as we are, please contact us. Together, we can make a much greater impact than any of us can do on our own.

Coming this Spring are the first TV broadcasts of a couple films we produced in 2017 for Sesame Street. “G is for Grandparents” airs May 12th, and K is for Karate on June 23rd. Though we can’t yet share the full pieces until they have their first TV broadcast, we thought we’d give you a little taste of one of them: K is for KARATE.

Editorial is underway on a doc that Josh shot for actor/director Tim Robbins on the work that The Actors’ Gang is doing with inmates in a maximum security prison — we’re excited to see where that goes…

And lastly, if you’re in San Francisco the weekend of April 7, “The Human Element” premieres at The San Francisco International Film Festival. “The Human Element” is a film about photographer James Balog and his project to document the effects of climate change. Josh was a co-DP on that film, and we’re thrilled to see it on the big screen — congrats to the whole team!

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!

Warm wishes,

Julie & Josh

 

 




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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.


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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 simultaneously, Julie is currently raising money to do a series of short films about Mindfulness, as well as a film about toxic breast milk in Inuit women in the Arctic. In between, she is 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

info@wavecrestfilms.com

Venice, California