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Platform Diver Garrett Delaney was born to compete at the Olympic Games, and his mother Tracy has been training him his entire life to make that happen. But after a horrific accident at practice, Garrett’s faith in his dream wavers. With Olympic trials only two weeks away, Garrett fears he must make a decision:

give up, or die trying.



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Steele johnson - Garrett Delaney

Steele Johnson is an actor, cinematographer, YouTube personality, and Olympic Diver. Steele won a silver medal in the Men's 10 Meter Synchronized Diving event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He is currently training for Tokyo 2020.

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Kaili Vernoff - Tracy Delaney

Kaili is a NYC-based actress. She has been featured on a number of television shows, such as The Mysteries of Laura, The Affair and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She is most known for her roles in several Woody Allen productions, such as Curse of The Jade Scorpion, Cafe Society, Sweet and Lowdown, and Crisis in Six Scenes


Scott donie - Himself

Scott Donie earned a silver medal in the Men's 10 Meter Platform Diving Event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He has since retired from the sport, and moved on to coaching at Columbia University. Scott is an Executive Producer, and he plays himself in the film.


Featuring: Gabbi Erickson | Joe Boselli Ken Eaken | Sarah Sweeney | Allen Enlow | Lara Wilson | Ed Wisztreich



Brian Blum - Writer, Director, Producer

Brian is a NYC-based award-winning director, writer, producer, sound mixer, and programmer for the Miami Film Festival. He studied Film and Television Production at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. He is also a former competitive springboard and platform diver. During his athletic career, he suffered a near-death training accident that inspired Blood and Water. His website can be found by clicking here.


Melissa Garcia - Producer

Melissa is a NYC-based producer and assistant director. Shortly after receiving a BFA in Film and Television Production at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Melissa was accepted into the DGA AD Training Program. She has since been working on big television productions such as Bull, Kevin Can Wait, and Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.


Max Worrin - Producer

Max is a NYC-based producer. After receiving a BFA in Film and Television Production at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Max went on to work at Jigsaw Productions in NYC. 


Sebastian Sommer - Additional producer

Sebastian Sommer is a NYC based filmmaker and artist. His work has premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival, Guggenheim Museum, The Standard, and Anthology Film Archives. He was also the assistant editor of "Yosemite" starring James Franco. Check out his website by clicking here.


Hamilton yu - cinematographer

Hamilton is a NYC-based DP, who has shot films that have gone onto festivals such as Miami Film Festival, Short of the Week, and Cannes American Pavilion. His website can be found by clicking here.


Editor: Carlos Perez-Segarra | Production Design: Toryn Seabrooks | VFX: Justin Scholar | Sound Design: Dennis Hu, Kelly Rodriguez | Foley Artist: Joanna Fang | Music: Aaron Kenny | Casting: AJ Shapiro | Assistant Director: Susan Therancy | 2nd Assistant Director: Josh Eisenberg, Deanna Holness | Gaffer: Callum Shaw, Ben Potter | 1st Assistant Camera: Isaac Berner, Steven Jacob Russel | 2nd Assistant Camera: Briana Man, Remington Long, Paige Wollensak | Steadicam Operator: Matthew Perez | Underwater Camera Operator: Alex Hufschmid | Best Boy Electric: Minu Kim, Ellie Forman | Best Boy Grip: Ben Goelz | Key Grip: Greg Baron | Grip: Jonah Best, Bill Chen, Stephanie Guzman, Duncan Hewitt, Amaal Mustafa, Tucker Pearson, Waley Wang | Script Supervisor: Jake Hirsch | HMU: Ish Peralta, Devon Clem | Art Director: Akshata Shanbhag | Art Assistant: Brittany Broderick | Sound Mixer: Julian Cahill, David Britton | Boom Operator: Gi Gonzales, Ying Ying Zhang, Seong-Tae Han | Production Assistant: Luiz Gola, Francis McNeill, Clayton Saren, Ebony Kennedy, Jillian Branchaud | Craft Services: Joshua Barbagallo-Ledger | Set EMT: Connor Wickline, Paul Omichinski, Jared Cohen | Assistant Editor: Amelia Underwood | BTS Photography: Junfu Han

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Director's statement


I was a competitive springboard and platform diver for 12 years, competing at the high school, collegiate, and national levels. On January 13th 2012, at a normal day of diving practice, I underwent one of the scariest experiences of my life: the back of my head collided with the springboard mid-dive. It took me 3 years to recover from that incident and do the dive again -- making this film was an important part of the healing process.

In order to stay true to the sport of Diving, I cast 2016 Rio Olympic Diving Silver Medalist Steele Johnson in the lead role of the film, who himself had a similar near-death accident while diving.

This film is a combination of the two things I love: filmmaking and diving. It is my love letter to the sport, and I cannot think of a better way to say farewell to -- and retire from -- the sport I have loved for my entire life.





Miami Film Festival

Short of the Week


Official Selection:

BAFTA Student Awards - Shortlist

2018 First Run Film Festival - King Award, 1st Prize - $10,000

2017 Orlando Film Festival - Best Short Nominee

34th Miami Film Festival

Short of the Week

2017 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival

2017 NewFilmmakers New York

2017 Sunscreen Film Festival

2017 White Light City Film Festival






Steele Johnson prepping a dive.

Brian Blum (Director) bouncing on the springboards in between shots.

Steven Jacob Russell (1st AC), Brian Blum (Director), and Hamilton Yu (DP).

Getting the shot.

Steele on camera.

Going in. Melissa Garcia (Producer) making a cameo in the background.

Steven Jacob Russell (1st AC) and Hamilton Yu (DP) framing up.

Hamilton Yu (DP), Brian Blum (Director) and Kaili Vernoff (Lead Actress).

Susan Therancy (1st AD) wondering why we're not rolling yet.

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Primary Contact:

Brian Blum

Brian Blum Films, LLC


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