10 percent of all donations are being donated to the Leukemia and lymphoma Society
Recapture is a documentary about Mike Percelli, who's father abruptly lost his battle with leukemia. Mike is going back to capture new memories of old dreams.
Mike Percelli was
five years old when his dad, Joel, took him fly-fishing for the first time. A
Father and son, side-by-side, waist deep in waders with fly rod in hand along
the upper Delaware River. Their frequent trips cultivated a deeper bond for the
pair, as both father and son and as a fishing duo. Together they dreamed of the perfect
places to cast together, not knowing that they would never have the opportunity
to visit many of those locations. When Mike was 15 years old his father Joel Percelli
was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Mike watched Joel battle the disease for 12 years. Finally, after multiple rounds of treatments, he was told his cancer had gone into remission once again. Three days later, things took a turn for the worse and doctors were forced to induce a coma. One month later Mike’s father passed. The family was devastated by his sudden death and for two years Mike could not bear to cast without his best fishing buddy.
Mike has since regained the strength to bring Fly-Fishing back into his life and now guides the rivers of New York State to deliver his clients the same joy his father delivered to him as a young boy. After all, Fly-Fishing is not about who catches the most fish, or the largest, but who has the biggest smile on their face at the end of the day.
Since the death of his father Mike has been tortured by the fact that he was never able to physically say goodbye before his abrupt passing. To achieve closure and to honor his father, Mike decided to create a film as a memorial, dedicated to portraying the activity that cemented the bond between him and his father.
Eight years after his loss, armed with fly rods and cameras, Mike and a few of his closest friends are exploring the fresh and saltwater environments of the North America to fulfill the dreams of a lost father and his son. Along the journey, Mike will recapture the years he had on the rivers with his father and create new memories with the friends he brings along. Behind the lens will be the members of Cinema Architects, a Philadelphia based production team known for there noteworthy documentary talents that have delivered them awards for “Best Documentary” in addition to the “Silver Telly”.
This film is an honest portrayal of the beautiful
art of Fly Fishing and the relationships that subsequently form around it. The
community that has been built around the sport transcends the boundaries
erected by class, race, or place of origin, and speaks only in the peaceful and
universal language driven by the pursuit of the pull. Your support will help document
an incredible journey of one man to not dwell on the death of his father, but to
celebrate his life by pursuing the dreams they created together.
What We Need
In between the months of February and October of 2014, the Five-person crew will be traveling throughout North America filming at various locations.
The funds raised will help to cover raw expenses of travel, transportation, food, lodging, production costs, licenses, and guide rates for the crew. All members of the cast and crew are volunteering their time to the project and the team at Cinema Architects will assume all post-production work
Our Perks show that we appreciate every donation from small to large. We feel the perks that we have created thank each individual for their support.
shipping for fly and sticker perks require an additional fee.
Digital download will not be available until spring 2015. When available you will be notified through a valid email address supplied at time of donation. *Applicable for perk levels Carp-King Salmon ($25-$1,000)
All guided trips on the Delaware River system are dependent on water level and flow rates. Bookings must be handled independently with Mike Percelli and we suggest you book as early as possible to ensure availability. Beverages, flies, and all equipment necessary provided. **Availability for this perk limited to 20 donors.
Striped Bass –($500)
All charter bookings on the Long Island Sound must be handled independently with Capt. John Jinishian. Beverages, flies, and all equipment necessary provided. We suggest you book as early as possible to ensure availability. **Availability for this perk limited to 10 donors.
All winners of guided trips will be notified by March 31st, 2014
King Salmon- ($1000)
Donors at the $1,000 level will have the opportunity for you and a friend to be guided, fish and film on the Salmon River in New State with the Recapture crew. Depending on flow rates we may venture to various other lake Ontario tributaries. Your donation will provide one night of lodging and meals for you and friend at famed Salmon River Outfitters. All essential gear besides waders and boots will be provided. Felt soled wading boots are illegal in NY and studs are recommended. This trip will take place from September 1st, 2014- October 30th, 2014. **Availability for this perk is limited to 5 donors.
Transportation to and from locations is not included for any guided trip.
*1% of all contributions will be donated to a Leukemia or Cancer society*
Anyone who has ever lost someone in his or her life can relate to the memorial we are working to create. Mike had difficultly reaching for his fly rod without the company of his father wading nearby after he passed away. Eventually he was able to find solace in the sport that his father taught him to love.
The sport of Fly Fishing is centered on making connections. Not only to fish, but to people, places, and seasons. Fly Fishing has the unique ability to create friendships, promote relationships, camaraderie, and a sense of extended family and the immersion into unique aquatic environments creates a undeniable connection to nature. Man has a primal instinct to hunt for the things he is passionate about and needs to survive and this instinct is easily recognizable in the eye of any fly fisherman. This film is not only about the hunt for fish but the hunt for closure in one mans life.
This project will shine a light on the benefits to human emotions provided by the art of Fly Fishing. In time, with the aid of the therapeutic values provided from casting a fly rod, Mike was able to alter his state of mind to cope with the passing of his father. The values that Mike took away from his grim experience have led to a great amount of self-discovery and he has passed his newly discovered morals down to his own young children.
Other Ways You Can Help
Airline Miles: Airfare is a significant expense for some of our trips. Have a lot of extra miles, or know someone in the airline industry who could help out?
Connections: Know anybody with special access to waters? Know anyone with a boat willing to help out with the recapture project? Have a great idea for a filming location you want to see in the film? Contact us with ideas!
Share the Project: Share our project on social media! Facebook, blogs, websites, email are all great tools but anyway possible to get the word out about the project is appreciated. Know someone who’s a part of the Fishing industry? Put us in contact with them and see if they’re willing to help. Share our project with the outdoor industry, conservation groups or anyone that can associate with the memorial we are working to create with Recapture.