Freediving couple William Trubridge and Sachiko Fukumoto
introduce their baby to the place they call home - underwater.
We are creating an intimate portrait of New Zealand's
world-famous freediver William Trubridge and his freediving partner
Sachiko Fukumoto. The short documentary follows them as they
welcome their first baby and introduce her to their underwater
William Trubridge and Sachiko Fukumoto are freediving royalty.
William is an 18-time world record holder and current world
freediving champion and his partner Sachiko is an actress and
The couple, who care deeply about protecting our oceans, are
having their first child. Will their baby carry on their legacy of
caring for our marine environment?
Unable to give birth in their favourite place, the ocean, the
couple travel to William's family home in New Zealand to prepare
for a water birth. While they wait, William challenges himself to
swim the Cook Strait like a dolphin - a world first - in order to
bring attention to our endangered Hector and Maui dolphins.
A few weeks later, the man who can hold his breath for over
seven minutes, witnesses his partner give birth and his daughter
take her first breath.
We are documenting the couple's journey as they return to
William's childhood home in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The
documentary will contain beautiful footage of the couple's life
underwater and follow the story of their child's birth and her
introduction to water.
We have been lucky enough to be selected for Loading Docs, a
launch pad for short documentary makers. Their principal funder is
NZ on Air with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and
Te Māngai Pāho. The first step in the Loading Docs process is
crowdfunding. Once we reach our first target, it will unlock $2,500
of the $5,500 production funding and later, post-production from
Department of Post.
This is an all or nothing campaign! If we reach our target, we
get funded. If we fail, then the documentary doesn't get made.
Any donation will be gratefully received. Even small donations
add up! It will also help us if you share it on social. Share and
spread the word!
This project is important to us. We aim to make a beautiful
documentary that will inspire us all to love our oceans more and
give them the respect they deserve. In order to do this, we need
your help. Please consider becoming a Boosted supporter of WATER
BABY to help us spread this message throughout the world.
Thank you. Arigato.
Kathy and Migiwa
Katherine McRae - DIRECTOR
Kathy worked as an actress and theatre director before moving
into television. She worked on Shortland Street as a dialogue
writer, an actor and director and worked for South Pacific Pictures
for seven years directing episodic dramas such as Nothing Trivial
and Go Girls. In 2017 she directed on the second series of Filthy
Rich. In 2012 Kathy and Migiwa Ozawa shot a short documentary for
Tagata Pasifika on Will Crummer and his daughter Annie at a world
music festival in Malaysia. Kathy's NZ Film Commission funded short
film Abandon Ship has screened at international festivals including
Toronto's TIFF Kids Film Festival 2016 and at the LA International
Women's Film Festival. Kathy continues to direct theatre (Emily
Perkins' A Doll's House 2017 and this year, Sam Brooks' Burn Her at
Circa Theatre), teaches screen acting and screen directing, and has
recently appeared as murderess Helen Milner in TVNZ's telefeature
Catching the Black Widow and will appear in the upcoming feature
Migiwa Ozawa - PRODUCER
Migiwa Ozawa has been producing television commercials between
Japan and New Zealand since 1998. In New Zealand, she has built a
solid reputation for establishing business relationships with more
than 1,000 Japanese clients in production companies and agencies.
Her work includes line producing, producing, pitching, marketing
and research. Migiwa worked as a departmental coordinator and
translator on The Last Samurai. She established her own production
company called TUTU Company - "TUTU" means 'mischief' in Maori and
'harmonious' in Japanese and she works full of curiosity and enjoys
4 HOURS AGO
Dear Water Baby supporters,
We are pleased to announce that we have reached 200%!! Your generous donations have helped to cover our budget shortfall. Thank you so so much.
Next week we have our last shoot with William and Sachiko and their baby Mila who has just turned one month old. After that we are heading into our edit phase...exciting....
Thank you again for helping our project. We are very grateful.
Kathy and Migiwa xxx
3 WEEKS AGO
Wow - thanks to some very generous donors we got to 100% of our
first goal in 7 hours 26 minutes, just 12 minutes short of the
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We would also like to thank our match donor KnockonWood, a
production company based in Japan, whose generosity helped us get
to our goal super fast.
From today we have a new stretch goal of $5,000. This amount,
together with our Loading Doc funding, will cover the costs of our
production including our original score that will be composed by
the wonderful PLAN 9. You may know their work from Taika Waititi
and Jemaine Clements' What we do in the Shadows or Sir
Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old as well as
nature documentaries such as Our Big Blue Backyard. We are
really looking forward to working with this incredibly talented
trio of composers.
And here is an article about William and Sachiko and baby