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When I Find the Ocean


July 10, 2006

Film to be screened locally

By Cassandra Mickens

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 11:50 PM CDT

The Selma Times-Journal

Deemed a "film festival favorite" by critics, the Tonya S. Holly feature "When I Find the Ocean," will premiere July 21 and July 22 at the Selma Performing Arts Center.

The film, which is set in 1965 Alabama, follows the dream of a young girl named Lily Strickland and her exciting and enlightening quest to find the ocean. The film stars Lily Matland Holly, Lee Majors, Diane Ladd, Graham Green, Bernie Casey, Richard Tyson, Amy Redford, David "Shark" Fralick, George Lindsey, Steve Viall, Pace Stoddard and the historical city of Selma.

Three scenes of "When I Find the Ocean" were shot in the Queen City, where cameras rolled at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Public Safety Building and a Selma Avenue barbershop.

After its debut, "When I Find the Ocean" gained a solid following at several film festivals throughout the U.S, earning the second place prize at the Second Annual Myrtle Beach Film Festival in May and an Honorable Mention at the Reel Women International Film Festival in March 2006 in Hollywood, Calif.

Due to its coast-to-coast success, leading independent film producer and distributor Cinamour Entertainment acquired the worldwide sales and distribution rights to the film, which was originally released by the Alabama-based company Cypress Moon Productions.

Once the deal was finalized, the film was presented to buyers during the prestigious and star-studded Cannes Film Festival in France.

"This film is a perfect fit for our distribution slate," said Cinamour Entertainment CEO Glen Hartford. "The fact that it's a family friendly film contributes to the diversity of our feature film product. It's such an appealing, heartwarming, story. We fell in love with it right away due to its name talent and engaging plot."

Like Hartford, Holly - a Muscle Shoals native who wrote, directed and produced "When I Find the Ocean - is enthused by the film's success.

"We are absolutely thrilled about the collaboration with Cinamour," she said. "It is gratifying that a distributor of the caliber of Cinamour Entertainment recognizes the value of our film and the place it should have within the world of family-themed films."

"When I Find the Ocean" will play at the Selma Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. July 21 and July 22 at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

December 30, 2005

When I Find the Ocean will be featured in the United Kingdom as part of the Animal Planet at the Movies series!!!!

December 28, 2005 (Sheffield, AL) “Animal Planet at the Movies: On the set of ‘When I Find the Ocean’” will debut in the UK on December 31.

Animal Planet, a subsidiary of the world-renowned Discovery Channel, came to the set of the full length feature film “When I Find the Ocean” in May to film an entire week of footage. The film stars a black leopard, a golden retriever and a rabbit.

According to the Animal Planet website,, “A leopard has a starring role in this movie set in 1965 Alabama. 11-year-old Lily runs away from a troubled home with her pet dog and rabbit to fulfill her life-long dream to see the ocean. Viewers follow the leopard's journey, from his training ground back at the ranch to his movie debut on location.”

Tonya S. Holly, the film’s writer/director/producer, was honored when she was originally notified of Animal Planet’s intention to highlight her film.

“Having the film crew from Animal Planet at the Movies on set for a week was simply phrasing it amazing.”

“I loved working with the animals on the film especially Damien the black cat,” said Holly.

“When I Find the Ocean” is a full length feature film shot in Alabama and Tennessee. Set in 1965, the film follows the dream of a little girl (Lily Matland Holly) and her adventure to find the ocean. The film also stars Lee Majors, Diane Ladd, Graham Greene, Bernie Casey, Richard Tyson, Amy Redford, David “Shark” Fralick, Steve Viall, Pace Stoddard and George Lindsey.

The Regional Premiere of “When I Find the Ocean” will be on March 4, 2006 and will be the closing gala for the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival.

The film is scheduled for release in 2006.

December 28, 2005

Please pass this information on to your fans! I think they will be excited to know that in the new year, we will have a chance for them to win a free, all expenses paid trip to the premiere of "When I Find the Ocean!"

December 27, 2005 (Sheffield, AL) Cypress Moon Productions will hold the Regional Premiere of the full length feature film, “When I Find the Ocean,” on Saturday, March 4, 2006, at the Shoals Marriott Convention Center.

The premiere is being held in conjunction with the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival and will be the closing gala for the event.

The night begins with the red carpet opening at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the announcement of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival award winners. The film presentation of “When I Find the Ocean” will begin at 8:30 followed by entertainment from the architect of rock ‘n’ roll, Little Richard. A VIP party will be held immediately following the conclusion of the concert for the star cast members, VIP ticket holders and corporate sponsors.

Premiere event tickets are $150. Only 100 VIP passes are available for an additional fee. Limited corporate tables and corporate sponsorships are also available.

Tonya S. Holly is the writer/director/producer of the film. She cannot imagine her first feature film premiering anywhere else besides her home state of Alabama.

“With so many people contributing to the success of my life long dream, I want it to be a night that everyone will remember,” said Holly.

“It has been a true journey of the heart.”

“When I Find the Ocean” is Holly’s first feature film. After 17 years in the film industry, she made the award winning short film , “The Mirror,” which premiered at the Shoals Theatre in 2003.

Please call Cypress Moon Studios at 256-381-5745 for additional information or to purchase a ticket.

August 25, 2005

From the Public Releations Department of Cypress Moon Productions:

As I mentioned in my previous email, Lee Majors recently wrapped our film entitled "When I Find the Ocean." Ocean is a family drama set in 1965 rural Alabama. Our story centers around a 12 year-old girl named Lily Strickland. Lee plays her grandfather and they have a very close, affectionate relationship. Lee plays the role of Thomas Strickland with dignity and class. He brings a strength to the character that translates beautifully on screen.

Mr. Majors was a professional and a gentleman during filming. We thoroughly enjoyed having him on set each day. He was very kind to all the crew and was always pleasant to be around.

We are projecting the film to be released sometime in the Spring of 2006.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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