I am beyond thrilled to bring to you this documentary that follows Diana Nyad as she comes out of a 30-year retirement from marathon swimming to work towards her XtremeDream. If you watched the news at all yesterday, you are aware by now that Diana accomplished an amazing feat. She, with help from her team of 35, swam for nearly 53 hours from Cuba to Florida. That is a distance of over 100 miles and again, she swam this. Diana is a hero to me. I have followed her for the last several years through attempts two-four. To now have watched her, on her fifth and final attempt achieve the dream she has chased for over 30 years…WOW! Oh, did I mention she’s 64-years-old? I hope you find her story as enthralling as I do. Diana is beyond inspiring, motivating, and proof that you should never, ever give up. Always believe in yourself and always, always follow your dreams!
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
I know this is a movie I can’t wait to see. I’ve pre-ordered my copy!!! The release date is September 26th, 2013. Both the Streaming and DVD versions
will be released on that date.
By pre-ordering the movie now, whether you choose to order the Streaming or the DVD version, you will save 20% off the retail price. Due to the motivational aspect of this film, I have ordered a second copy to donate to my local Boys and Girls Club. Other thoughts for donation of a copy would be your local YMCA, youth programs, a teen center, and anywhere a healthy dose of inspiration to follow dreams could be shared.
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Rental Window: 48 hours ~ for the Streaming Version
Diana Nyad was recently inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame. Her place in history as one of the world’s greatest swimmers was established throughout the 1970’s. Diana broke a fifty-year-old record for swimming around Manhattan Island in 1975, and in 1979, she set the world record for the longest non-stop ocean swim ever done by either man or woman— an astounding 102.5 miles from the island of Bimini in the Bahamas –to– Jupiter, Florida.
The only disappointment of Diana’s illustrious athletic career came in the summer of 1978. Her dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida was dashed when raging seas and a navigator’s errors led to a heart-breaking 41 hour, 49–minute effort that was courageous,yet unsuccessful.
In 2010, 31 years later, after not swimming a stroke since her retirement in 1979, Diana resurrected her lifelong dream. Diana is using new technology and a new navigation team to go head to head with some of the most extreme weather and ocean stream patterns in the world, and attempt to swim the 103-mile stretch from Havana from Key West. Visa problems from two historically warring governments, hurricanes, the Gulf Stream, sharks, and lethal jellyfish will all compete for the chance to end this dream swim.
Diana’s story: Like in Greek mythology, no story of heroism is told without some tragedy. She endured the deep wounds that come from sexual abuse, in her case at the hands of her coach.At fifteen, a heart condition kept Diana from her Olympic dream and almost robbed her of an athletic future. She missed the window to be the Olympic spirit competitor she dreamed of being. But a couple years later, Diana was told about the eccentric sport of open ocean swimming and found a second chance at the starlet athletic career she was born for. Soon she was setting world records and would become an international swimming icon.
Diana’s unrelenting pursuit for the extraordinary can be seen at every phase of her life. She has a dazzling ability as a storyteller and thirty years of experience working as a sports journalist,starting with ten years as an announcer for ABC’S Wide World of Sports. On television, Diana has done regular commentary for CBS Sunday Morning, was the Senior Correspondent for FOX SPORTS NEWS for five years (1996-2001), served as USA Network’s Studio Interview Host for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, was host of all foreign documentaries on the “Outdoor Life Network”, hosted her own talk show on CNBC, worked on camera as a reporter for the NBC’s The Crusaders, and has filed many stories from Olympic Games, the Tour de France,and most of the world’s elite sporting events. On radio, Diana started as a weekly columnist for National Public Radio in 1988 and continues that column today for KCRW in Los Angeles. Diana has become known as a sports storyteller for the non-sports audience. She also hosted for three years “The Savvy Traveler” and was the sports business reporter for the award-winning show “Marketplace”. Diana has written three books, “Other Shores”, “Basic Training”, and “The Keyshawn Johnson Story”. She also writes for The New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications.
“An enthralling and beautifully shot journey that flips between uplifting sports story and nightmare with the blink of an eye.” – Movie.com
“Dian Nyad is a truly fascinating person and we can all be thankful that people like her and
documentaries like this exist.” – FilmPulse.net
“The jaw-dropping physical feats it captures will wow audiences, and Nyad’s stubborn
personality makes for an engaging portrait” – The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Timothy Wheeler
Producer: Timothy Wheeler, Kevin Abrams, & Patrick Weir
Significant Cast: Diana Nyad
FESTIVAL & LAURELS
World Premiere – SXSW Film Festival 2013
Official Selection – Hot Docs Film Festival 2013
Official Selection – 2013 Dallas International Film Festival
Official Selection – Outfest Film Festival 2013
I hope you have found some inspiration today. Upon completing the 103-mile swim for Cuba to Florida and thus achieving her XtremeDream, Diana had three messages to share. Their words beyond ring true and are as follows:
“I have three messages: One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you are never too old to chase your dream. And three is, it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” ~ Diana Nyad 9/2/13