The Beloved Stranger is a beautiful boat. A Jeanneau forty. A sloop. The french design is sleek, beamy, fast... she sits low in the water and does well on her side. A boat like that deserves a crew as refined and well bred as she.
Alas! Destiny would offer this sea bird a different form of greatness. Delivered into the hands of captain Erick Mahood and a ragtag group of burgeoning biologists, musicians, and travel bums, the Beloved Stranger would weather an attitude found on no other boat in the seven seas.
Seven humans, a cat, and a dog sailed her from the sleepy marina in Berkeley, California down the Pacific coast of Central America, through the Panama canal, and finally to Cartagena, Colombia, all the while documenting their travels on film and through their musical compositions. The voyage lasted five months and covered 4,000 miles.
Getting to Colombia to help build a friend's hostel was the pretense, but the journey quickly became it's own end. Fueled by fireworks and Tramadol, a rudimentary tatoo gun, over-humidified instruments, and too much tequila, this is a story of redefining yourself in adventure and learning what you are looking for.
Part punk rock nature documentary, part raw and uncensored travelouge, The Beloved Stranger, is an epic film in five chapters assembled from the footage shot during the course of the Stranger's five-month journey. Accompanying the footage is an all-original soundtrack composed and recorded by the crew. Originally made possible through a kickstarter campaign funded by the generosity of the crews friend's and family, the documentary is currently in production and set for completion in the near future.
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