Question: How did you put together the financing?

Dominique Derrenger: You really can't wait for financing before you start shooting, so fortunately, we were able to get all of our raw stock, film cameras, and processing donated. But raising completion funds would prove to be our greatest challenge. After striking out with several granting institutions and corporate sponsors, we approached a California alumnus who credited much of his own success to his Cal coach, Jim Lemmon, and the life lessons he learned on the Oakland Estuary. The fact that he also helped rebuild the program, recruited Stephen Gladstone, and witnessed California win their first national title in 25 years certainly didn't hurt… but to his credit he believed in the film long before it ever reached the big screen, and if it weren't for his generous support we would probably still be fundraising today.