Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Director: Valerie Reid
You have to be quick to catch the Sand Dancer, Peter Donnelly, creating his masterpieces on the beaches of New Zealand.
People come from all over the world to see Sand Artist Peter Donnelly create vast artworks on New Brighton beach in New Zealand.
Racing against the tide, Peter has only 3 hours to complete each work before the first waves wash it away. Because of the sheer size of the art, Peter is unable to see the results of his work at ground level.
He does not use any plotting tools or visual aids. This film is about what compels a man to spend his life creating art on the beach which is washed away each day and why we are drawn to watch him. This film will leave you feeling very happy about life.
Film Awards and Honours
Winner - Audience Choice Award Golden Horse International Film Festival Taipei 2006
Winner - Best Documentary Magma International Film Festival New Zealand 2006
Winner - Best Documentary Foursite Film Festival Utah USA March 2007
Finalist Nominee - Best Culture and Environment Film Wet West Film Festival NZ 2007
Honourable Mention, Best short documentary award - Tribeca Film Festival New York USA May 2007
Diploma of Excellence - Matsalu Nature Film Festival Estonia Europe 2007
Finalist - Best Documentary Heart of Gold International Film Festival Australia 2007
Special Selection, Best of Five world shorts
Tribeca Summertimes -The Rockefeller Centre New York City USA 2007
Official Selection and screenings for Competition at over 40 film festivals world wide Sand Dancer Worldwide Screenings include Milan, Cannes, London, Denmark Korea and NYC