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Every Boat is a Dream

A sinking sailboat gives up its secrets and those of its former inhabitant.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Arnold Bogdan
  • Robert David Duncan
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    2 minutes 22 seconds
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    January 24, 2014
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

Every Boat is a Dream is an almost accidental film that came from a chance encounter with a sinking sailboat during a time of deep personal reflection for me. I had often wondered about the people who live in the nearly derelict sailboats in and around Vancouver, and this sunken boat was one of those. I was also longing to narrate a story about life's dreams and disappointments, and the sunken boat provided a perfect metaphor to frame the story around. I had my smartphone with me and was able to get some really nice footage at daybreak. The footage and the narrative come together to describe the arc of the fictional boat owner's life.