Mending the Line is a documentary about Frank Moore, a 90-year old WWII veteran and fly-fishing legend, returning to Normandy to fish the rivers he saw as a soldier.
Tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger, 90-year old Frank Moore loves to fly-fish. A World War II veteran, in 1944 he landed along with some 150,000 other troops on the beaches of Normandy, France for the D-Day Allied invasion. Despite the cacophony of war around him, the avid, young fly fisherman couldn’t help but notice the productive fisheries on the rivers he and his fellow troops crossed as they made their way into occupied France.
Frank's lifetime accomplishments as a fly fisherman, conservationist and a veteran have earned him many awards, including the prestigious Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, and recent induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Moore has guided and fished with actors, congressman and executives over his storied angling career. He built and was the long-time proprietor of the world renowned Steamboat Inn along the North Umpqua River. Now, reflecting on his life, he is compelled to return to the rivers of Normandy, this time armed not with a gun, but with a fly rod and reel.
An award winning film production studio, Uncage the Soul specializes in outdoor adventure documentary, having produced projects featured at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Mountainfilm, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and broadcast on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. The team is comprised of world renowned filmmakers and photographers, bringing a unique and beautiful perspective to storytelling.
With your support, we can all show our appreciation to this venerable veteran and others like him by making this dream of his a reality, documenting not only his lifetime of accomplishments, but also the beauty that lies in the world of fly fishing, allowing a man to confront his past and embrace his passion in a place that he once helped to free.
What We Need
A five person production crew will travel with Frank and his wife Jeanne for 15 days starting first at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial and then onto Normandy, France and ultimately, arriving at Utah Beach, to bring his life full circle.
Funds raised will cover the raw expenses of flights, travel, transportation, food, and lodging for Frank and his wife Jeanne, and the five person crew. While a more youthful production crew can minimize travel expenses, it is our expectation that Frank and his wife travel comfortably.
All production crew is volunteering their time to the project and all post-production work will be assumed by Uncage the Soul Productions.
All supporters of the project will receive a digital download of the completed documentary, Frank Moore: Mending the Line. Please review our tiered donation structure for additional support benefits.
Supporters at $5000 and up may choose to make their donations through Northwest Documentary, an award-winning regional center for documentary filmmaking, and a registered 501(c)3 organization. 94% of the donated funds will be routed directly to the Frank Moore project. Contact Uncage the Soul Productions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make this tax deductible donation.
Frank is an extraordinary man, and there could be no more fitting way to bring his life full circle than to help him fulfill this dream. As documentary filmmakers, we also see the greater truths to his life worth sharing such as love, healing, purpose, beauty. There is a sense of urgency to bring this project to fruition as Frank just celebrated his 90th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary. While he is in exceptional physical and mental health given his age, there is also that certain inevitability that has claimed all but a handful of our WWII veterans. Supporters of this project will bear witness to Frank's generational story, and share in his journey as he writes one of the final chapters.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to contribute financially to the project, there are other ways that you can support our project:
- Airline miles. This is one of our most significant expenses. Have a lot of extra miles, or know someone in the airline industry who could help out?
- Connections in France. Know anyone in France that could help assist our efforts?
- Share the Project. What veteran, outdoor, fly-fishing, or river conservation proponents or organizations do you know who would be interested in Frank Moore: Mending the Line?