After nearly two months of ironing out the details, our crack documentary team is proceeding with filming out on the Gulf Islands this June. I have teamed with award winning filmmaker, Kevin McCaffrey of e/Prime Media to produce a short PBS film with an unusual focus. We will be transiting the Gulf Islands with CIA trained Chef Matthew Mayfield, coastal artist Billy Solitario and environmental and coastal scientist Bob Thomas from Loyola University. The diverse backgrounds and knowledge base of these three individuals with regards to these barrier islands will bring unique dimensions to this topic.
Armed with a 48′ Hatteras, a 22′ Boston Whaler and a Carolina Skiff, our crew will be exploring, fishing and filming in HD throughout Horn, Ship and Petit Bois Islands. This story will also be a feature article for BoatU.S. Magazine in the fall.
On a different topic, I have been communicating with author Stewart Bell, who has written a riveting account of the audacious plot by a group of mercenaries to invade and turn the small Caribbean island of Dominica into a drug waypoint. This plot was hatched in New Orleans and a good friend of mine who passed away two years ago, Captain Mike Howell, was crucial in stopping it. Well, I heard this morning that his book, Bayou of Pigs, has been optioned for a movie.