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Filmmaker:Christopher Barranti

Genre : Drama

Writer:Christopher Barranti

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, not Drake.

Synopsis:

The senseless murder of his artist girlfriend sets modern-day poet cowboy DRAKE in motion. He’ll pursue the dream of setting sail from San Francisco over 2,500 miles to Hawaii on a raft made from natural scrap. Modeled after the original Kon-Tiki, to be constructed from wood, thatch and banana leaves, Drake will need all the help he can get.

While living out of his custom equipped Volkswagen bus Drake assembles a crew of kindred spirits. First he selects TIBURON, the outspoken sexy free-spirited hitchhiker. Then TRAIN a young stowaway with the nautical experience of an old salty-dog and the misfortune of a life on the run. Together, they build and christen the raft, The Unsinkable, and sail her on a maiden voyage.

Though incredibly seaworthy as her name, on a maiden voyage The Unsinkable runs aground. She’s saved from being dashed against the rocks by CHARLIE, the hard-shell soft-yolk Coast Guard Captain. The arrival of a fourth crew member COYOTE, the gregarious troupe actor, uses his carpenter skills to build the dagger board to navigate the craft. Yet the thespian’s humorous rants mask a closeted drug addiction, which could prove catastrophic for all at sea.

During repairs and seeking to round out his crew, Drake stumbles upon NICK, an obsessive compulsive psychotic…the killer of Drake’s girlfriend. Rather than turn him in, Drake succumbs to his hate, manipulates his crew in the deed and kills Nick in a cathartic rage. His crew now sees their visionary captain as capable of cold-blooded murder and must decide. They all make the choice to sail.

Once at sea, the crew faces rogue waves, sharks, flash squalls and must reconcile with their haunted pasts. They must overcome their fear if any of them are ever to complete this voyage alive. DRAKE’S BAY places the idealistic eccentrics of THE FISHER KING on EASY RIDER’S personal self discoveries set against the maritime thrills of the PERFECT STORM.

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