Rafael Program 1: Manry at Sea ~ In the Wake of a Dream

Film Info
Category:Exploration and Ocean Sports
Country:United States
Running Time:94 min
Premiere Status:Bay Area Premiere
Director:Steve Wystrach
Producer:Steve Wystrach
Screenwriter:Steve Wystrach and Steve Armstrong
Editor:Steve Armstrong
Cast:Robert Manry
Bill Jorgensen
Steven Callahan


No America’s Cup boats here; no high-tech links to family and press ashore; just a Midwestern newspaper editor with a dream to sail his 13.5-foot Tinkerbell, alone from Falmouth, Mass., to Falmouth, England. Using only a sextant and dead reckoning, Robert Manry set off on June 1, 1965, and finished his trip 78 days later, in spite of several attempts to “rescue” him. Whimsical and dramatic, this compilation of home movies, newsreels, and TV tape, is pure delight. —SH

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Additional Information

Steve Wystrach is a film editor and restoration archivist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Since bitten by the filmmaking bug in high school, Steve has practiced the art and science of motion picture post-production for over four decades. After graduating from Northwestern University film school, he began work in the commercial editing business in Chicago. Later moving to Los Angeles, Steve began work as a freelance editor before opening his own post-production studio, Anchor Editorial, where his work garnered international awards, from Clios to Cannes. Steve helped pioneer some key innovations in editing, post-production and archival method. In the early years of videotape post-production, he wrote one of the earliest computer programs to translate film footage to video timecode. Years later, he was selected as an alpha and beta tester for Avid's first Media Composer. He has had a long involvement with archival practice and has personally rescued many millions of feet of priceless archival film from destruction, and developed a novel date code chart for accurately dating film. He continues working as a consultant to large film archives and is the managing archivist of the US Borax Film Archives, which holds over 13,000 objects related to the vintage Death Valley Days television program (1952-1970). As part of that role, he was the executive producer supervising the digital restoration of the entire 452-episode series on behalf of the Library of Congress. MANRY AT SEA is his first feature-length documentary film.