Director Bio: Dan Mecca (COCONUT CLUNK)

Dan Mecca is a filmmaker splitting time between New York City and Pittsburgh, PA.

Director Statement

This is a very personal project to both myself and my father. Being able to bring it to life, during the pandemic, in this incredibly unique way was such a gift. To be able to collaborate virtually with family in this creative way was truly a blessing.

Short Film: WIN(D) OVER CANCER, 9min., USA, Sailing Inspiration


Last summer the world was closed, but our waters were open.
This crew took the opportunity to make a difference – More Kids On Sailboats, a 501(c)(3) organization is proud to present our first short film – WIN(D) OVER CANCER
“You don’t want to compare something you love to something you hate. You learn on a boat that goals change, unexpected things happen and you need to have a change of plans. Same thing with cancer.”
Follow our crew of kids as they compete in an offshore sailboat race to raise awareness & money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
A race against all adults, professionals, and mother nature herself.
The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/614553663

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Short Film: THIS IS MY TENNIS, 24min., USA, Tennis Documentary

Tennis, for over a century, has been one of the most elite and glamorized sports in the world. This makes it one of the most difficult individual sports to succeed in. With more than 100,000 kids competing in junior tournaments by the age of 15, less than 300 young prospects will ever make it to a professional tournament in the U.S. This Is My Tennis examines the journey, the cost, and the hardships that some of the top young prospects in the U.S are facing along with revealing the sacrifices families make in order to give their kids an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Only the strong will survive – This Is My Tennis

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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: December 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

Festival Winners:
Best Film: INSTRUMENT OF PEACE: THE BROTHER GABRIEL STORY
Best Cinematography: 4X4X48

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NEVER TOO LATE, 12min., Documentary

Directed by Guillermo Alfonso

Never Too Late is short biopic about passion and determination. We find ourselves face to face in the ring with Ulysses “The Monster” Diaz as he tells his incredible story of pain and perseverance. Diaz is an accomplished boxer and a bare knuckle fighter most famously known for holding the world’s fastest knock out in sports combat history ( 3 seconds!) made official by Guiness World Records. From prison time to becoming head of security for his child hood best friend Pitbull, Diaz has had one hell of a ride so far that seems to have just started.

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ELEVATE, 16min., Italy, Documentary

Directed by Robert Bean

Elevate tells the story of Matteo Manfron’s attempt on the Genoa – Mont Blanc record, a gruelling ~300km challenge that brings you from Genoa to Courmayeur by bicycle, and by foot for the rest of the climb to the top of Mont Blanc.

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INSTRUMENT OF PEACE: THE BROTHER GABRIEL STORY, 7min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Nolan Uebelhor

The story of the skateboarding monk.

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4X4X48, 20min., USA, Documentary

Directed by John Jenkins

A group of like minded individuals take on a fitness and mental challenge like never before. Following the group through the process to find out something new about yourself in the end.

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THE LIFE OF LEFTY, ROLANDO RAMOS, 13min., Documentary

Directed by Josh Englert

Rolando Ramos beats all odds despite growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods in New York. Rolando’s fighting spirit propelled him into a successful career with a mission to create a positive impact on those around him.

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Director BIO: Robert Bean (ELEVATE)

Having originally pursued a career in aviation rather than listening to his creative side, Robert soon realised that life in the flightdeck was missing something – real human connections and interactions.

2020 was a year in which it became clear for him that the pursuit of creativity and becoming a visual storyteller was key.

Co-founding the storytelling studio, Impact, in Lecco, Northern Italy, Robert is driven to helping companies transform their communication to one of care, awareness, and sustainability.

Towards the end of 2021, Robert will move to Boulder, CO, to grow Impact with his partner Lila, and to pursue purpose-driven storytelling surrounded with like-minded people.

Director Statement

Having met Matteo and got a small understanding of who he was, we wanted to stray away from the typical path of showing a professional with a typical triumphant success story, oftentimes unrelatable to a normal everyday life audience. Therefore, we decided to bring a level of humanness to the story, with a direction that didn’t rely on him getting to the end or not.