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Fly Fishing Documentary ‘Kiss The Water’ Hooks Fortissimo

12 August 2013 3:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Documentary, “Kiss The Water” by Eric Steel has landed a sales agent in Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films.

“Water” documents the life of Scottish woman Megan Boyd, whose lifetime work is tying artificial flies for salmon fishing. She invests each fly with metaphor and meaning.

The picture premiered in Tribeca in April and subsequently played at the Edinburgh Int’l Festival.

Steel is a former executive turned film-maker with previous jobs at Walt Disney Pictures, Cinecom and Scott Rudin Productions and producing credits that include “Angela’s Ashes” and the Nora Ephron-directed “Julie and Julia.”

Fortissimo previously handled Steel’s “The Bridge,” a divisive documentary about the people who commit suicide by leaping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

“With dazzling photography and evocative imagery and wonderful hand-painted animation [Steel]reveals the emotional depths and truly universal metaphors of the world of fly fishing,” said Winnie Lau, »

- Patrick Frater

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Eric Steel interview about Kiss The Water

8 May 2013 11:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Poetic documentary Kiss The Water had its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Although on its surface, the film is a consideration of eccentric Scottish fly maker Megan Boyd, its currents also carry an elegy to the art of fly-making itself and wistful tribute to the sport of salmon fishing in general. When I caught up with documentarian Eric Steel to talk about the film, he told me "the stories are so parallel and connected".

His journey into the world of Boyd's began - as does his documentary - with her obituary in the New York Times. Steel says he spent years imagining Boyd's life and his desire to encourage the audience to create their own picture of the woman is one of the reasons he doesn't use actual footage of her until the end credits.

"When I clipped her obituary, I know there was »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Interview with Frédéric Boyer, Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival

25 April 2013 8:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On April 18, 2012, Frédéric Boyer announced at the Tribeca Film Festival opening media breakfast for his inaugural year as Artistic Director, that he wanted to have more "World Premières" as he did when he was heading the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, he has succeeded triumphantly with the MoMA PS1 collaboration for Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi and other innovative approaches to cinema, like Paul Verhoeven's latest film Tricked (Steekspel), which was presented in the Tribeca Talks After the Movie series. I asked Verhoeven at the North American premiere about the birth of his Dada Dial M For Murder moment and got an answer that revealed the process of the unprecedented script collaboration. Eric Steel's devastatingly luminescent Kiss The Water also had its world premiere at this year's festival. The documentary about a Scottish fishing fly-maker transforms itself »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Tribeca Film Festival - Gore Vidal: The United States of America, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Kiss The Water and Teenage

23 April 2013 9:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In the UK, you could be forgiven that the dominant trend for documentary filmmakers is to make hot issue films, as these seem more popular with our domestic distributors. But there is also a strong trend for intimate studies of single - and singular - people. Tribeca's slate this year includes the comprehensive and compelling Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia and the movingly candid Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me - which was followed by the most incredible Q&A session I can personally remember. At the other end of the fame spectrum sits Eric Steel's Kiss The Water, an enigmatic, wistful look at the life of salmon fly-maker Megan Boyd. I would also add Matt Wolf's fascinating documentary Teenage to the list, which although it concerns the 'race' we now refer to as teenagers, presents the (not-so) changing face of them as a sort of first-person every(wo)man. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Tribeca Exclusive: Poster from Eric Steel's Fly-Fishing Artist Documentary 'Kiss The Water'

15 April 2013 7:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since his directorial debut with 2006's controversial Tribeca-screening documentary "The Bridge," Eric Steel has kept relatively quiet, with only a producing credit on the Julia Child biopic "Julie and Julia" to his name in the years since. But now 7 years later, Steel is returning once again to Tribeca with his second documentary feature "Kiss The Water," and we have an exclusive poster of his new film ahead of its world premiere during this month's festival. "Kiss The Water," follows renowned fly fishing expert Megan Boyd, living remotely in Scotland's northern highlands, whose self-taught and made fishing flies have brought her great acclaim and reverence, making her something of a legend among fly-fishing enthusiasts. With admirers as distinguished as Prince Charles, among others, she has throughout her life become internationally renowned for her startling abilities, which Steel documents through interviews, animations, and stunning images of the landscape that she calls »

- Cameron Sinz

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Exclusive: Animated Photo From Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Kiss The Water

29 March 2013 12:35 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

March is just about winding down and you know what that means; the Tribeca Film Festival is right around the corner! will be on the ground in New York City when the festival kicks off on April 17th, but we’ve got the pleasure of beginning our Tff 2013 coverage early with an exclusive animated photo from the documentary “Kiss The Water.” Director Eric Steel takes us to the far northern highlands of Scotland where the internationally renowned Megan Boyd crafted fishing flies for local and high profile clientele including Prince Charles, work that was also worthy of collectors’ eyes and installations in museums. Through interviews, animations, and images of  [ Read More ]

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- Perri Nemiroff

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Tribeca Film Festival announces opening night features

5 March 2013 11:01 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced the first half of its 2013 movie slate today, including its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film categories, along with selections from the out-of-competition Viewpoints section, which highlights international and independent cinema. Festival organizers reviewed more than 6,000 submissions to select 89 feature-length films from 30 different countries for this year’s festival, which boasts 53 world premieres. “Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The cinematic proficiency that harnesses this lineup is remarkable and we’re looking forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful performances, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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