Voyage of the Argo: A Tale of Two Brothers

The First Story in our Trilogy of Adventure

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A New Epic For A New Age:

Two brothers, raised 22 years apart, in the same household but in different worlds.  United by a singular odyssey and a shared vision set forth on a quest for St Elmo’s Fire.  Zeus has given them 3 tasks to complete and if they can survive they will take their rightful place as helpers of mankind, patrons of sailors and travelers.

Task 1: (Voyage of the Argo) Castor and Polydeuces must be quick and nimble like the sea serpent while navigating the Argo down the winding and narrow Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to the distant nation of the Conch Republic, where they shall battle pirates to prove themselves to have sound tactics and great prowess in battle in order to capture the Spear of Athena.

Task 2: See Postcards from the Edge: Not all Who Wander are Lost

Task 3: See Marathon of the Titans: Ouroboros v. Cerberus

Plot Outline

The 4 main pillars of this documentary are:

    1. A compelling story about two brothers that become reunited when they discover a common dream.
    2. Examination of the environmental conditions of the coastal wetland along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
    3. Exploring new cities and discovering the history and culture of the American East Coast.
    4. Ending with the Pirates in Paradise Festival in a pirate ship battle and attack on Fort Taylor in Key West Fl.

1st Pillar:

Voyage of the Argo: A Tale of Two Brothers

This is a film about two brothers, David and Stephen Taylor, who were united by a dream of sailing down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in order to examine first hand and close up the condition of Americas waterways and wetlands.  With determination, ingenuity and the American spirit they navigate their ship 1,400 miles down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Washington D.C. to Key West FL.  Through video, photographs and expert interviews, their story unfolds while sailing  aboard the Argo, a 27 ft sailboat fitted with an electric engine.  They meet the people who make the ICW and its bridges functional and safe while they discover new scenery, cities and attractions of the American East Coast.

2nd Pillar:

Examining the environmental issues of the ICW. 

Politicians are under ever-increasing budget constraints and are looking for new ways to pay for the upkeep and maintenance of not only the ICW, but also the many nature and wildlife preserves along the Atlantic seaboard.

Shipping interests argue for increased investment in he ICW sighting both environmental and financial advantages compared to other modes of shipping.

Some environmental groups have questioned those studies and insist that inland waterway projects can negatively affect riparian habitat and species by altering natural flows.

For the environmental aspect of this documentary we will meet with and interview the following people:

    • Chaka Fattah, Dem – PA, from the  Congressional subcommittee on Water Development Appropriations
    • Tom Graves, Rep – GA,  from the Congressional subcommittee on Water Development Appropriations
    • Charles V. Stern – Specialist in Natural Resources Policy from the Congressional Research Service
    • Joe Scussel – Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
    • – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Wetlands Division
    • – Virginia Institute of Marine Science Director of Research and Advisory Services
    • – Nicholas Institute, Duke University
    • Stephen Furlough – President of Furlough Marine Management LLC Norfolk, VA

We pass through more than 36 Unique Nature and Wildlife preserves:

    • Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
    • Widewater State Park
    • Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve
    • Caledon State Park
    • Westmoreland State Park
    • Point Lookout State Park
    • Martin National Wildlife Refuge
    • Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge
    • Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
    • Palmetto-Peartree Reserve
    • Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
    • Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve
    • Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge
    • Croatan National Forest
    • Masonboro Island Reserve
    • Bird Island Reserve
    • Francis Marion National Forest
    • Ernest F. Hollings Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge

    • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
    • Turtle Island Wildlife Management Area
    • Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
    • Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
    • Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge
    • Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge
    • Altamaha State Waterfowl Management Area
    • Cumberland Island National Seashore
    • Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
    • Moses Creek Conservation Area
    • Matanzas State Forest
    • Savannas Preserve State Park
    • Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
    • Mangrove Preserve
    • Biscayne National Park
    • Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
    • Everglades National Park
    • Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve.

 

 3rd Pillar:

History, Culture and Tourism of the Atlantic East Coast:

The east coast tourism industry relies on the ICW for economic development of the cities and towns they are responsible for.  Many parks, beaches and urban areas that tourists will use are fragile, pristine and often protected areas for which we are collectively responsible for maintaining and protecting.

For the travel and tourism part of the documentary we will meet and interview with the following:

    • – Astronaut from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Speakers Bureau

City government’s Tourism & Visitor Services Coordinators and the city’s Chamber of Commerce representatives:

    • Baltimore MD
    • Washington DC
    • Newport News, VA
    • Norfolk, VA
    • Virginia Beach, VA
    • Wilmington, NC
    • Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Charleston, SC
    • Savanna, GA

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • St Augustine, FL
    • Daytona Beach, FL
    • Cocoa Beach, FL
    • West Palm Beach
    • Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Miami, FL
    • Key West, FL

 

 4th Pillar:

Pirates in Paradise Festival: 

After we arrive in Key West we will participate in Pirates in Paradise Festival by taking part in a ship to ship battle against the High Tide, a 33 foot sloop.  After we subdue the High Tide we will capture the Spear of Athena which will be used in the 2nd story of the trilogy, Postcards from the Edge.  We will also take part in a pirate attack Ft Taylor in Key West.

We will interview the following people for this section:

    • Julie McEnroe – Event Organizer for Pirates in Paradise
    • Finbar Gittelman – Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Conch Republic
    • Cassie Castillo – Captain of the High Tide
    • Cast and crew of Pirates in Paradise Festival

Time Line

Departure Date: October 1st

Arrival Date: December 1st

43 Ports of Call.

Expected Release Date

March of 2016

Length and Format of Documentary:

approx. 2 Hours

Digital – 1080p HD

Intended Audience:

People who are interested in sailing and seeking information about the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

People who make their living and homes along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

People who like documentaries, travel shows, comedy, drama and adventure.

People who are interested in the environment and it’s conservation.

Goal of the Documentary:

To Educate

To Entertain

To Inspire

To Be A Positive Influence For The Preservation Of Our Environment.

To Reach The Widest Possible Distribution

Other ICW Documentaries:

Modern Marvels: Season 12, Episode 35 – The Cape Cod Canal Premiered on June 15, 2005

What is new, different, interesting, engaging about our approach:

Most of the documentaries only cover a small portion of the ICW or are very short 10 to 15 minute tourism promotional videos while we plan to cover the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in it’s entirety with a full 2 hour documentary.  Additionally, if we have enough content we may turn it into mini series.  We will also produce a print and ebook version of the story in addition to the web based print, image and video archives.

We also have many expert interviews set up to lay bare all sides of the subject mater.

Style of Documentary:

(Any key stylistic elements in writing, shooting, audio, editing, etc.)

Soundtrack:

Music:

Narration:

Project Members:

David Taylor -Project Leader, Captain of the Argo, Writer, and Actor

Stephen Taylor – Project Leader, Quartermaster of the Argo, Writer, Actor

Vicky Taylor – Editor in Chief – Credit List

Barry Johnson – Producer and Video Editor – Credit List

Film Distribution:

YouTube

Sundance Film Festival

South by Southwest Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

iTunes

Amazon

Project history:

Historical background or context of the e story Who, what, where, when, how, why?

It began in the year 1986 when David Taylor, having read a book about the first man to solo circumnavigate the globe, became interested in sailing and began to dream of his own adventure.  Fast forward 28 years to the beginning of the plan in earnest.  After recruiting his younger brother, Stephen Taylor, into the fold, the pair conceived of and began planning The Gemini Project.  As the project matured, the pair refined the idea into three stages, thus breaking the whole plan down into more manageable pieces.  The first stage of the plan involves acclamation to life on the water while the duo explore local history, culture and other  interesting information about ports of call along the way.  The film will end with a bang at Key West’s annual Pirates in Paradise celebration.

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