I am moved to see the journey of my dear friend (the late) Charles Anthony -- and another ten brave souls -- finally on screen.
The Raft by Marcus Lindeen (based on the writings of Santiago Genovés, and on interviews with seven of the crew members) is an award-winning documentary on the epic journey of eleven people who crossed the Atlantic aboard a raft called The Acali as part of a maritime/social-psychological experiment.
Charles was the radio operator on The Acali, and he deemed the journey as one of the most profound experiences of his life. He would speak about it with passion, and wrote a book about it, too, which I had the honor of helping him edit shortly before he passed away, some years ago.
While the work goes on to find Charles' book a good home, it's humbling and awe-inspiring to see Charles and his crew mates on the big screen. Lindeen's The Raft captures the wonders and horrors of that epic crossing. It contains original footage as well as emotional scenes with seven crew mates who reunited after decades to recount their experiences for the camera. I'm sorry Charles wasn't around to be part of the reunion, but I'm stoked -- as, I'm sure, he would be -- to see The Acali come to life again.
Thank you, Marcus, for bringing this fantastic journey to light.