Filmmaker Oleg Harencar and his production team had a brilliant idea a few years ago when they decided to make a series of short biographical films, dubbed Life on the Water. Each short film in the series spotlights the life and accomplishments of a legendary Bay Area sailor.
The first, on Ron MacAnnan, tireless caretaker of the M-Class sloop Pursuit, and the second, on Commodore Tompkins’ childhood trip around Cape Horn aboard the legendary schooner Wander Bird, were both very well received by Bay Area audiences. The newest in the series, profiling renowned Bay Area sailor/boat builder Hank Easom, will debut next Thursday, May 28, at Mill Valley’s Throckmorton Theater, at 7:30 p.m.
Having grown up around the Sausalito waterfront, Hank got into sailing when his age was in single digits, and won his first trophy at age 11. Now in his 80s, Hank still avidly races his beloved 8-Meter Yucca, and often makes it into the winner’s circle. "This portrait will take us from his early development as a young wide-eyed boy to the well-earned wisdom of present day," say the filmmakers. "An inspiring story of an inspiring sailor."
A Q&A session with Hank and Oleg will follow the new film’s debut, as well as a screening of the Tompkins film: Cape Horn Passage in Schooner Wander Bird. Advance tickets may be purchased here.