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Wilmington filmmakers highlight WB Ocean Rescue in documentary

A film studio in Wilmington made a documentary about the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue team's 2017 tryouts. (Source: Sean Carr) A film studio in Wilmington made a documentary about the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue team's 2017 tryouts. (Source: Sean Carr)
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) -

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue has been pretty busy lately with the increased risk of rip currents and rescues and now the squad is giving people a behind the scenes look into the training.

A film studio in Wilmington, White Barn Workshop, made a documentary about last year’s team tryouts.

The film, “Ocean Rescue: Making the Squad,” follows six hopefuls though the 2017 training and tryout process.

Director Charlie Ball used to be a lifeguard, and said he thinks the film is a win for everyone involved.

“I think the Wilmington film community benefits from this because this is 100 percent produced by Wilmington film makers,” Ball said.

“Everyone involved lives here, works here, they jumped on board this isn’t a high budget film, so everyone involved was willing just to help, so I think you see the passion of the Wilmington film community come through in this as well as an opportunity for the local Wrightsville Beach community to really learn who is sitting out here protecting them,” he said.

Ball said they chose to make the documentary because the ocean rescue crew is an “elite level of an agency” that had a great story to tell.

Kyra DeMarte was one of the lifeguards trying out and was featured in the film. She made the squad.

“It was so much pressure," DeMarte said. "Having cameras around when you’re already stressed out was really trying I guess but it was a great experience."

“It was one of my biggest dreams to tryout so to have a camera on me showing the good and the bad was just kind of bad knowing my friends would see it, my family would see it, and that people when I was trying out would think I have cameras following me around, but it all went really smoothly,” DeMarte said.

Ball said film festivals have already contacted him and he is thinking about entering the documentary into a festival.

The documentary is free to stream with Amazon Prime, or viewers can rent or buy it on Amazon.

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