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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Summer may not officially be over, but school is back in session, so we’re back to work. And we have so much to do!

Number One priority: Fundraising for our feature documentary on an extraordinary thing happening in Portland, OR. No, it has nothing to do with coffee, or hipsters, and everything to do with social justice, equity and mindfulness.

If you haven’t seen it yet, 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.

The International Documentary Association is our acting fiscal sponsor, meaning we are able to accept tax-deductible donations for this project. 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

We have a fantastic team of producers, including Sarah Olson (Knock Down the House), and Susan Littenberg (Bathtubs Over Broadway) – we couldn’t be more pleased to have them on board.

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

On another note, The film Josh shot for actor/director Tim Robbins will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival! 45 Seconds of Laughter is an experiential feature which focuses on the work The Actors’ Gang does with inmates in maximum security prisons. It’s a wonderful, deeply humane film, and we hope it helps reform how the system treats the incarcerated. The 76th Venice Film Festival is set to run Aug. 28-Sept. 7. Congrats to all!

Meanwhile, we’re about to go into production on a short, feel-good doc about a 76 year old Alzheimer’s patient who strikes up an unlikely relationship with a 4 year old boy.

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


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

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




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




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Contact Info

310.505.4619 (Julie) or 310.503. 5690 (Josh)


Venice, California