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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 80 MIN | 2013

KISS THE WATER

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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
Film Information
Year: 2013
Length: 80 minutes
Language:
Country: USA, U.K.
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Eric Steel
Producer: Eric Steel, Kate Swan
Editor: Sabine Krayenbuhl
Cinematographer: Ole Bratt Birkeland
Executive Producer: Andrea Calderwood
Composer: Paul Cantelon
Press 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

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.

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