First Run Features presents
Charles Frank's Award-Winning Documentary

with no BRIDGES

Named a "Best Documentary of 2021" by Video Librarian!

Streaming begins February 15 on Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon & Vimeo

Interviews Available with Filmmaker & Participants

First Run presents the streaming premiere of Charles Frank's new documentary Somewhere With No Bridges, beginning February 15, 2022.

Heralded as "a celebration of life like you've never seen," the film is a stirring, lyrical journey beneath the brusque, reticent surface of a New England fishing community.

Twenty years after a beloved local fisherman, Richie Madeiras, goes missing off the shores of Martha's Vineyard, a distant cousin locates Richie's kind, indelible spirit in the stories of family, friends, and the sweeping sea which has defined their lives.

"Told with the reverence and grace
of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life."

-Graffiti with Punctuation

Charles Frank uses the specificity of this taciturn New England fishing community to craft a universal reflection on grief, memory, and time. His stunning film finds as much beauty in silence as the patient and moving voice-over narration. Hypnotic and truly inimitable,
Somewhere With No Bridges is a meditative paean for a soul that once touched the earth but lives on in the salty sea air."
-Video Librarian

"A celebration of life like you’ve never seen."
Winner - Audience Award - Salem Film Fest

Official Selection
Woods Hole Film Festival
Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
Bend Film Festival
Director's Statement  by Charles Frank

Having been raised in a New England culture of hyper-masculinity and emotional reserve, I was always grateful for the way my cousin Richie seemed to stir something deep within my father, even in the years following his disappearance. I set out to search for Richie’s spirit in hopes of better understanding this phenomenon. In the process, I was able to develop an intimacy with my father (and other, equally guarded men) in a way that I could have never imagined. My greatest hope is that this film will remind anyone that feels divided or distant from someone they love to search for that one thing that connects them.
To build a bridge in a place that seems to have none.

Charles Frank - director/producer/writer

Charles Frank is a director and founding partner of Voyager, a production company built to prove that small, intimate, empathetic documentaries could change people's minds, one viewer at a time. His work has reached millions of people online, been featured in The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Short of the Week, and received numerous Vimeo Staff Picks. His debut feature doc, Somewhere With No Bridges, is a film set on Martha's Vineyard exploring masculinity and the mystical power of the ocean. Heralded as "a celebration of life like you've never seen," the film won the Audience Award at Salem Film Fest 2020. In the age of Instagram, influencers, and content creators, Charles' empathetic and heart-filled portraits of real people feel more prescient than ever. The connective tissue between all of his work is his very real desire to connect audiences to the subjects' onscreen, but also to one another.

First Run Features presents a Voyager production
Somewhere With No Bridges
Directed by Charles Frank
Produced by Andrew Hutcheson, Charles Frank, Jeff Melanson
Edited by Nico Frank
Written by Nico Frank, Charles Frank
Cinematography by Jeff Melanson
Original Score by Jeff Melanson
Sound Design & Mix by Calvin Pia
60 minutes, color, 2020

Streaming Launch Date: February 15, 2022
Press Contact: Kelly Hargraves

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