Ocean State (USA, 63 min)

Directed by: Ted Ryan


Keith Jordan

Ocean State tells the story of a Tim Hendricks, a young man trying to redeem himself by overcoming a lifelong phobia - the ocean.

Tim is a 26 year old New Yorker whose aunt has offered to let him stay at her house in Rhode Island while he applies to graduate school. Looking to study phobias and how they affect the human psyche, Tim decides that the most compelling application essay he can write is a documentation of his attempt to overcome his own fear of the ocean. Before he leaves Rhode Island, Tim is deteremined to go swimming at the beach. Along the way he meets 2 strangers who not only help him deal with this task but, more importantly, the memories of his recent ex-girlfriend.