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Dolphin Island Film: Wholesome Family Entertainment


14-year-old Annabel lives with her fisherman grandfather on an island paradise. She is surrounded by an extended family of loving but quirky neighbors and her best friend - a dolphin named Mitzy. Everything changes when her maternal grandparents arrive with a shifty lawyer to bring her back to New York. It's up to Annabel and her friends to figure out how to save the day and prove that love conquers all!

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Jonah Colerigdge - played by Peter Woodward (THE PATRIOT)

Desaray Rolle - played by Dionne Lea (NO BAD DAYS)

Annabel Coleridge - played by Tyler Jade Nixon (DOLPHIN KICK)

Robert Carbunkle - played Bob Bledsoe (Parks & Recreation)

Sheryl Williams - played by Annette Lovrien Duncan (People Magazine Investigates)



Writers: Disa, Shaked Berenson (SPACE DOGS, A TIGER’S TAIL), and Rolfe Kanefsky (A TIGER’S TAIL)




About the Production, by Writer/Producer Shaked Berenson:

The film Dolphin Island started as a mission to help the Grand Bahama island after the devastation caused by hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Instead of handouts, the local government encouraged us to bring a production to the island. The goals were to highlight the beauty of The Bahamas to the world to increase tourism, to bring new trade to the region, and stimulate the local economy.

With that in mind, I came up with a concept that would allow me to hire locally for as many production functions as possible, including local talent for acting, art design, and music. I contacted two of my longtime collaborators, writer Rolfe Kanefsky (A Tiger’s Tail) and director Mike Disa (Space Dogs). Together we wrote the script after a short location scout to assess the damage and production possibilities in the island. Actors Peter Woodward and Bob Bledsoe, who Mike and I had collaborated with on previous projects, came on board early. We then cast the New York grandparents, Annette Lovrien Duncan and David Raizor, in Florida. With the help of a local theater director, Paulette Russell, whose theater was completely destroyed by the hurricane, we conducted open auditions and hired locals for all of the supporting characters. In mid-January, we were already shooting and wrapped a day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th, 2020.

In March, just weeks after our production ended, The Bahamas received another devastating hit. The COVID-19 pandemic stopped all tourism, The Bahamas’ main source of income.

We were fortunate and thankful to have had the opportunity to come to Grand Bahamas in the short window between these two disasters. To meet and work alongside the wonderful locals and bring some of their culture to the screen with Dolphin Island.

Cast Director Mike Disa:

Mike Disa was born and lived on the South Side of Chicago until coming out to L.A. in an old Delta 88 with no money and no contacts but big dreams to break into the film business.

After working as an Animator/Story Artist at Disney Feature Animation, Warner Feature, Marvel, Amblin, and Hanna Barbara, Mike struck out to become an independent Director/Writer creating the horror/comedy series pilot Creepwood for Warner Brothers, directing two national animated commercials, and the DVX award nominated Disney short, The Origin of Stitch.

Mike moved on to sequence directing Rob Zombie’s R-rated THE ADVENTURES OF EL SUPER BEASTO before being recruited Mike to direct TWC’s HOODWINKED TOO: HOOD VS. EVIL. Mike also directed Hayden Panettiere’s music videos for the film before moving on to EA’s animated adaptions of DANTE’S INFERNO and DEADSPACE: AFTERMATH.

Mike returned to family films with the well-received English film POSTMAN PAT, THE MOVIE for Icon and SPACE DOGS, ADVENTURE ON THE MOON as well as directing several episodes of WB’s WABBIT.

Mike recently show-ran Warner Brother’s new animated series THE NEW WACKY RACES, directed Netflix’s PARADISE PD and the live-action film DOLPHIN ISLAND.

Just before the Covid lockdown, Mike wrote and directed the live-action DOLPHIN ISLAND – an uplifting film about the love and faith that holds a family together during tough times.

He is using the time provided by the Covid crisis to write and produce the epic sci-fi podcast SENTINELS: POINT OF NO RETURN with Chris Judge and some of the best actors in sci-fi.

Peter Woodward was born into a family of actors. His father, Edward Woodward, brother Tim Woodward and sister Sarah Woodward, are all well-known British actors. Peter graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, starring in many of their productions including "Winter's Tale", "Comedy of Errors" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Peter has also played a wide range of major character roles in films and television including the role of the German "Captain Stossel" in the feature film The Brylcreem Boys. As a member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Peter is known in the film industry for his work as a Fight Arranger and also as a post production supervisor, writing the ADR dialogue for films including: 1492: Conquest of Paradise, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Scarlet Tunic, Les Misérables and Ossessione fatale. Branching out, Peter recently formed a production company, "TRIPAL PRODUCTIONS", with his father Edward Woodward, and, for this company, Peter wrote and produced his first feature film The House of Angelo, with his father, Edward, in the starring role as "Angleo".

Peter is best known for his portrayal of Charles O’Hara in THE PATRIOT or as Haggis in NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, he also produced, co-wrote, and hosted the show “Conquest” for the History Channel, a weekly program showcasing combat and martial competition throughout history.

He also was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on “Egypt Beyond the Pyramids.” Actress Annette Lovrien Duncan

Annette Lovrien Duncan has taught English and Critical Thinking at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin for 33 years, also serving as Title IX Coordinator and Leader of the Academic Senate. While her stage acting and musical theater experience spans the past three decades, in the past two years she has stepped into the world of film and television, appearing in television productions such as People Magazine Investigates, in commercials and print products for companies such as Stainmaster, Korres, and Apple, and in various documentaries and films. In her latest feature film, Dolphin Island, she enjoyed playing the role of SHERYL WILLIAMS. Though originally from Nebraska, Annette has lived for many years in Franklin, Wisconsin, with her husband Reverend David Duncan (Church in the City, Milwaukee). They have seven children and seven grandchildren (and counting!).


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