We had the pleasure of talking with director Duke Addleman on about his documentary Breathe Breana, a movie that tells the story of a champion surfer who suffers from a life-threatening disease.
Breana Schroeder is the main force behind this movie. Her mother Caryn and her surfing partner Bobby Friedman appear as themselves. I do my Hitchcock with Breana at the camera after one of the interview segments. Indie Rights picked us up and has us on Apple TV, Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, and Tubi TV.
The story is about Breana, her struggle with the life threatening disease cystic fibrosis, and her relentless effort to become a surfing champion.
We filmed in Maui, San Onofre, Malibu, Oahu, Hermosa Beach, and Palos Verdes/San Pedro.
This was a two-year shoot, taking place between April of 2016 and November of 2018. I edited the film in the winter of 2018/19, and began showing it in 2019. Indie Rights released us in June of 2019.
I made this film because Breana Schroeder is a marvel… because Breana is an inspiring, soul-enriching human being. I felt compelled to tell her story, and I believe I did it well. In fact, I dare you to watch it without welling up!
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