Mauli Ola Foundation
Mauli Ola Foundation has commissioned film director Kurtis Glade to make a public service announcement describing the connection between surfing and cystic fibrosis. It has been suggested that the ocean air helps break down the sticky mucus that can build up in the lungs of cf patients, making it easier to breathe. Bringing the kids and young adults out to experience the natural therapeutic powers of the ocean and surfing is what the Mauli Ola Foundation is all about.
The poignant film opens with the story of a 7-year-old girl who likes to play on the beach and pet her puppies, like almost anyone else her age. But the curse of cystic fibrosis means that she lives an extremely abnormal life – powerful machines shake mucus from her lungs and she must swallow a medicine cabinet’s worth of pills each day. But there is a cheap and effective treatment to combat the wretched daily state: surfing. Glade’s film shifts from the child’s story to the larger work of the Mauli Ola Foundation. Their leaders explain how the saline content in the ocean air breaks down mucus in the lungs of cystic fibrosis sufferers as the camera shows eager patients anxiously preparing to launch into the waves. An elegant, relaxing Hawaiian beat accompanies the joyful narrative as normally suffering patients frolic in the ocean.
The surf spot was commissioned by Mauli Ola Foundation, represented by executive director James Dunlop. Filming was shot by director Kurtis Glade via TEAK with executive producer Greg Martinez, editor Nan Pierce, with music by Ashley Lloyd.