Event | Premiere of "Take Me To the Ocean" in Bay Area, CA | March 17, 2024

Event | Premiere of "Take Me To the Ocean" in Bay Area, CA | March 17, 2024

Ambassador Erena Shimoda shares a 5-minute short documentary film Take Me To the Ocean about the relationship between herself, the ocean, and her father. 


Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 9:40am


Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose




Director: Ilanna Barkusky, @ilanna.tv Starring: Erena Shimoda @underwater_erenashimoda Director of Photography: Leo Maco, @leomaco_tv Underwater Cinematographer: Jacqueline Lehr, @jacquelinelehrrr Editor: Nico Frank, @nicofreakyfrank Trailer Editor: Whitney Weir, @whitneymweir 1 st AC: Kelsey Rivera, @kelsey_rivera Production Sound Mixer: Chris Camacho, @camachhoo Grip: Evan Molyneaux, @evanmoly Sound Design & Mix: Calvin Pia, @feltsound Colorist: Elodie Ichter, @elo.ichter @millchannelcolor Also featuring Sara Stinson, @lifeidoloveit Rescue Diver: Will Mariano Boat Captain: Phil Sammet Poster: Tori Huynh @golmorejungle

About Erena Shimoda

Erena pioneered her Underwater Transformation Project after surviving a traumatic car accident in which she lost her father and severely injured her body. As numerous testimonials illustrate, Shimoda’s powerful and transformative Underwater Portrait Sessions help cancer survivors rediscover their beauty, regain their confidence and self­ esteem, and provide an experience of transcendence.

In 2024 Erena was awarded 2nd Place ($7,000) in the Getty Images creative grant program. Her dream is to finish photographing 100 survivors and that goal is just around the corner!


Additional Reading

The Power of Total Immersion | Erena Shimoda Talk at Google [VIDEO]

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