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KISS THE WATER

Directed by Eric Steel
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 80 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE KISS THE WATER
Everyone has a story about the one they snared or the one that got away. Such fish tales form the poetry behind this trip to Scotland’s far northern highlands, as Eric Steel, director of the acclaimed 2006 documentary The Bridge, focuses on the life and remarkable influence of Megan Boyd, fishing fly-maker extraordinaire. Self-taught in this enigmatic, artful craft, Boyd became an internationally renowned artisan and supplier to, among others, Prince Charles. In turn, her flies have been collected as folk art pieces or, when used in the way Boyd intended, revered as the best some fishermen have ever cast. Here her notes and methods are intoned in earnest voiceover as her followers reproduce her finest creations despite or in defiance of modern shortcuts.

Interviews with these colorful friends and acquaintances, as well as ambitious animations by Em Cooper and views of the Scottish countryside, provide a meditative reflection on this woman’s unlikely place in history. Steel’s film is ultimately an ode to solitary celebrity, that, like the sportsmen she served, Boyd found joy in the smallest, most focused and personal of acts, making her mark even though it was the last thing she ever planned to do.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Documentary, Animation
About the Director(s)
ERIC STEEL was born in 1964. His first film, The Bridge, premiered at TFF in 2006, and he produced Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia. He lives in New York City.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2013
  • Length:
    80 minutes
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Composer:
    Paul Cantelon
  • Cinematographer:
    Ole Bratt Birkeland
  • Producer:
    Eric Steel, Kate Swan
  • Director:
    Eric Steel
  • Editor:
    Sabine Krayenbuhl
  • Executive Producer:
    Andrea Calderwood

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Kate Swan
    Slate North Ltd
    London, England
    Phone: +44 7771 921 234
    swan.kate@me.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Eric Steel
    EASY THERE TIGER, INC
    New York, 10011
    Phone: 646 479 9177
    ericsteel@easythere.com
  • Press Contact
    Weiman Seid
    FAT DOT
    New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 212 691 4224
    weimanseid@fatdot.net

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