The Ocean of Helena Lee / Helena of Venice (2015)
Twelve-year-old Helena Lee (debut performance by Moriah Blonna) sleeps in the sandy closet of a one room apartment in an unkempt corner of California's Venice Beach. Her father, charismatic surf-rat Mickey (Tom Dunne), spurs her journey as an aspiring writer with his iconoclastic absurdist view of the world. Helena conducts a season to season pilgrimage in and around the carnival of beach life; observing the bohemian locals, the hopeful tourists, the lost and forgotten who have reached the end of the map. Helena's observations lead to an introspective spiritual and intellectual wanderlust often leaving her standing at the water's edge, facing the void, a head and heart full of unanswerable questions; how shall I to live? why did my mother die? At the cusp of adolescence, her view of what it means to become a woman is torn between the opposing influences of the free spirited strippers who flock around Mickey and the sacred memory of her mother Luisa (singer/songwriter, Maria McKee). Forever preserved in Helena's wakeful dream, the vision of her mother is a saintly protector who haunts with calming advice and compassionate lullabies. As winter approaches and the sea and sky begin to darken, Helena's quest to find her identity is hastened and forever impacted by a life-altering event. THE OCEAN OF HELENA LEE is a music-driven celebration of impermanence and self-reliance.
Starring: Moriah Blonna, Tom Dunne, Maria McKee
Director: Jim Akin
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