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Two Shining Seas Documentary in Production

BY RICHARD RHINEHART

Washington, D.C., April 29, 2011World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bike ride is the subject of the new documentary, “Two Shining Seas,” directed by veteran director and cinematographer Austin Smithard.

Sea to Shining Sea - Brinson, Rankin, and Bremer

Van Brinson and Paul Bremer assist Clay Rankin in the high Sierra Mountains during the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride.

The trailer for the film premiered at the banquet for the annual World T.E.A.M. SportsFace of America ride on April 15 in Washington, D.C. Several of the participants of the 2010 ride were in attendance for the Washington to Gettysburg ride, which was well-received by the nearly 500 participants.

Smithard, originally from the Isle of Wight near southern England, learned the film industry from acclaimed director Stephen Spielberg, who produced his first picture, “The Scream,” in 2000. Smithard worked with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Company as a writer before launching a successful career as a director and cinematographer for numerous television commercials. In addition to commercials, the southern California filmmaker also directed documentaries, such as “Marine One – The Presidential Flight,” about the helicopter and the Marine crew for the President of the United States.

“Two Shining Seas” is scheduled for release in late 2011.

For a gallery of still photographic images of the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride, visit Smithard’s SmugMug site.