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Epiphany is a true story about love, autism, nature, passion, fear, determination, perseverance and making daunting choices in life. Ellen Cuylaerts, mother and award winning internationally renowned wildlife photographer, is afraid of water but sets out to conquer that fear over and over again to help the environment. Early in her marriage, Ellen — master in history and education, former Cisco engineer, and e-commerce founder — is trapped between the peculiar situation her children and husband are and the mainstream expectations of social peers. Fighting an exhausting battle, mainly against ignorance and prejudice, she finds relief in a piece of paper: the diagnosis of autism in her husband and two children. Armed with evidence and facts, she can start educating her surroundings. In search for the “key” to communicate with people affected by autism, she discovers similarities with animals in the wild. Could that key help her to navigate her loved ones through society? Will it allow her to connect to those large predators she welcomes in front of her lens?

SCREENINGS

March 12, 2016

EDITION: Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
LOCATION: Los Angeles

April 8-9, 2016

EDITION: Vail Film Festival
LOCATION: Vail, CO
~ World Premiere

April 17, 2016

EDITION: ADEX
LOCATION: Suntec City, Singapore

April 18, 2016

EDITION: T3 Cinema / British Navy, Army and Airforce Institutes building
LOCATION: Ascension Island

April 22-24

EDITION: ARTEMIS Film Festival
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA

May 5-7, 2016

EDITION: Festival Internacional de Cine Submarino de Agüimes 2016
LOCATION: Gran Canaria
~ Festival Selection

May 21, 2016

EDITION: Ridgefield Independent Film Festival
LOCATION: Ridgefield, CT

October 2, 2016

EDITION: San Diego Film Festival
LOCATION: San Diego ~ California Premiere

About

“How to make an ordinary life an extraordinary experience”

A story about conquering fear,
being among sharks and reinventing life at every turn,
while navigating an autistic family through life as a mother and a photographer.

 

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Reviews

IT CAME FROM A PLACE OF DEEP, PERSONAL STRUGGLE; REACHED FOR THE PROFOUND; AND OPENED A WORLD THAT I HADN'T KNOWN. THE UNDERWATER CINEMATOGRAPHY WAS IMPRESSIVE.
~ Billy Shebar | Documentaries Juror, Ridgefield Independent Film Festival

I REALLY LIKE THE DUAL JOURNEY OF ELLEN FACING HER PERSONAL FEARS AND CHALLENGING HERSELF AS AN ARTIST
~ Sean Cross | Co-Founder and Director, Vail Film Festival

EPIPHANY IS PERSONAL, POWERFUL AND DIRECT. THIS FILM SHARES A RARE INTIMACY ABOUT REALIZATION AND THE REALITY OF THE SEA AS A THREAD OF LIFE AND LOVE WITHIN A FAMILY.
~ David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes | Contributing Photographers, National Geographic

THIS STORY IS SO INSPIRING AND HEARTFELT
~ Jim and Jamie Dutcher | Filmmakers, Founders of Living with Wolves

A PROFOUNDLY MOVING TALE THAT WILL MAKE YOU LOVE PEOPLE AND SHARKS IN EQUAL MEASURE
~ Mark Rovner | CEO at Sea Change Strategies

I WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY EPIPHANY, SUCH A PURE, TRUE AND WONDERFUL STORY, STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
~ Dirk Mertens | Director at Visit Flanders

WE TOUGHT IT WAS AN INTERESTING AND PROFESSIONALLY MADE FILM
~ Howard and Michele Hall | National Geographic and IMAX Filmmakers; 7-time Emmy Award winners

TEAM

Ellen Cuylaerts, Underwater photographer, Epiphany, award-winning, documentary, award, wildlife, sharks, underwater, nature, autism, Michael Maes

ELLEN CUYLAERTS

Made it happen

Michael Maes, Director of Photography producer, Epiphany, award-winning, documentary, award, wildlife, sharks, underwater, nature, autism, ellen cuylaerts

MICHAEL MAES

Director of Photography
Producer

Margaux Maes, talented artist, Epiphany, award-winning documentary

MARGAUX MAES

Talented Artist

Max Maes, Epiphany, award-winning documentary

MAX MAES

Genius

Cristina Zenato, Shark whisperer, Epiphany, award-winning documentary

CRISTINA ZENATO

Shark Whisperer

Rodrigo Friscione, shark, shark conservationist, epiphany

RODRIGO FRISCIONE

Shark Conservationist

Vincent Canabal, Shark Wrangler, Epiphany, bahamas, documentary

VINCENT CANABAL

Shark Wrangler

Frans De Backer, Land Unit Director, Epiphany, award-winning, documentary, award, wildlife, sharks, underwater, nature, autism

FRANS DE BACKER

Land Unit Director

Eric Bettens, music composer, Epiphany, award-winning, documentary, award, wildlife, sharks, underwater, nature, autism, bettens

ERIC BETTENS

Music Composer

Credits

Executive Producer

Michael Maes

Director of Photography

Michael Maes

Written By

Ellen Cuylaerts

Land Unit Director

Frans De Backer

Under Water Camera

Michael Maes

Land Camera

Frans De Backer

Still Photography

Ellen Cuylaerts

Aerial Photography

Michael Maes

Storyline Editor

Frans De Backer

Technical Editor

Michael Maes

Colorist

Veena Tamnee

Post Production Coordinators

James Milner-Smyth
Michael Maes

Audio Mixing

Peter Hodges, amps

Translations

Margaux Maes

Subtitles

Michael Maes

Logistics

Ellen Cuylaerts

In order of appearance

Ellen Cuylaerts, Margaux Maes, Max Maes, Michael Maes, Vincent Canabal, Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann, Cristina Zenato

Dive Crew (safety divers)

Vincent Canabal (medic), Debra Canabal, UNEXSO Dive Crew

Special thanks to

Theo Peeters (Centre for Training in Autism), Captain Reynold Butler, Amanda Cotton, Jeff Schreiber

Filmed on location in

Bahamas, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Mexico & United States
of America

Press

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"Not every shark will be filmed by me"
Gary MIchael Montemayor – fellow Explorer of Ellen – filmed this very rare Ghost Shark (technically not a shark) at 3,600 feet deep in French Polynesia in 2006.
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