MORNING LIGHT is as exciting as any drama or adventure. The big difference with MORNING LIGHT is it is a documentary
chronicling the traing of young adults for a prestigious open-sea race called the Transpacific Yacht Race (or Transpac).
The Transpac is a 2500 mile race between Los Angeles and Honolulu. The documentary follows the lives of
15 people who are dwindled down to a crew of 12. They make choices good and bad which play out during MORNING
LIGHT. Sometimes the narrative repeats at a few small momkents and the music score missteps at a few moments (which
makes me wonder what another composer could have done with it).
In 2007, Producers Roy E. Disney and Leslie DeMeuse concived the project to assemble and shoot a group of young saliors
to crew the 52 foot racing sloop, Morning Light. The crew would be along the youngest to sail in the Transpac.
MORNING LIGHT is the emotional journey of the young adult crew of the morning Light during the course of one year.
The crew ends up being 11 guys and one girl (who breaks her arm while snowboarding and she misses out on weeks of training).
One of the crew members goes by the nickname of Troll- he is one of the three most interesting people in this story (with
Genny being another one). It is interesting to see interview footage from the crew of the ship they compete
against (a ship called Samba). MORNING LIGHT is an exciting adventure documentary that proves a group of people
can aspire to dream and work to make that dream happen.
Two featurettes are on the DVD-
STORIES FROM THE SEA with host Jason Earles
ESPN Special: MORNING LIGHT- MAKING THE CUT
FINAL ANALYSIS: MORNING LIGHT is one of the better documentary films I have seen. Despite the
need of a better composer to make a perfect score, it is an uplifting true life adventure.
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