Project in Development

Early in the morning on Nov. 26, 2005, the A.C.E., a 58-foot commercial fishing boat, was en route to the Dana Point Harbor after a night of bait fishing. Offshore winds, which kicked up a sharp and quick chop producing vertically shaped waves breaking only seconds apart, slammed the boat’s port side relentlessly until it finally capsized. Amazingly, Captain Robert Machado and three crew members were able to swim to the 14-foot skiff the A.C.E. was towing and shoot off emergency flares. A San Clemente resident spotted the red sparks from his ocean-view home around 3 a.m. and called the Harbor Patrol. With Ed Westberg’s help, the two deputies located the skiff before it was dragged under. Published stories can be found by clicking on ARTICLES from the home page and then SHIPWRECKS. The script is discoverable on Coverfly and Film Freeway.

Marshootz Productions is primarily engaged in producing documentary films. Recent shorts have tackled environmental subjects—a desalination project in Huntington Beach, CA, and endangered marine life on Mataking Island, Malaysia—and we are constantly on the lookout for stories that impact society and deserve closer examination. If you have a story you would like to share with us, send us a message through our contact form.