The documentary RawFaith tells the tale of one family’s relationship with a boat, a mission and each other. “RawFaith” is the 88-foot home built galleon constructed by the McKay family on the shores of the Pleasant River in Down East Maine.
What begins as a family-focused project, into which they invest everything including them selves, RawFaith ultimately tests family unity and challenges their individual and collective notions of commitment and obligation.
In 1997, the McKay family- George, JoAnn, Elizabeth, Aaron, Tom and Rob made the decision to build a three masted Galleon as a way for the family to voyage and see new places. However there was a key feature that needed to be integrated into the build- the boat needed to be handicapped accessible to accommodate Elizabeth who has Marfans Syndrome. This accommodation evolved into a mission to bring accessible sailing to others.
Building with his three sons, George McKay built "RawFaith" over four years. She was 118 feet long, 26 feet wide and weighed 300 tons. After a series of adventures, shake-down cruises, and challenges which included dismastings and family breakdowns, the McKay mission came to an emotional, controversial head. This is a family saga told through the lens of a man, a mission and a boat.
The RawFaith production began in 2003 when Camden based producer David Berez began filming the final phases of construction of "RawFaith." He followed the ship through its launch, several adventures and picked up the unsolicited participation of Gregory Roscoe in 2008 and he also became caught up in the ship, the family and the story. David and Gregory worked closely together on the project for a number of years. The project went into post-production in 2012 with Editor Daniel Quintanilla of Rockland, ME.
Official Selection of the 2013 Maine International Film Festival!
Produced by Gregory Roscoe
USA | 2013 | NR | 97 min