Catherine has worked tirelessly to make a difference for boys and young men with Duchenne since her son Dusty was diagnosed in 1998. She founded the non-profit charity, Coalition Duchenne, and created a global event in Borneo, her childhood home, to climb its highest peak Mt Kinabalu to raise awareness for Duchenne.
“I wanted to make a film to tell the world about what my son Dusty and other young men with Duchenne go through. Earlier this year (20I2) I was fortunate to meet film maker Allan Smith, shared my ideas with him and asked him to come with me to Borneo, not only to film this documentary to raise awareness for Duchenne, but to climb a 13,455 ft mountain. We had a great team!”.
Catherine is president of Present Moment Yogi Productions which is committed to making a difference in the world with inspirational messaging through the medium of film and documentary.
“Our mission is to inspire and convey stories of inspiration, hope, motivation, transformation, caring, kindness, compassion, encouragement and empowerment. We nurture compelling and uplifting stories that need to be seen and heard. We are devoted to individuals on a journey through adversity. We seek projects that connect us with the world around us and illuminate just who we can be at our very best.” said Catherine.
Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneo, is a product of friendships encountered on her journey though the ups and downs of having a son with a fatal, incurable condition.
A leading adventure filmmaker and president of DreamQuest Productions, Allan has filmed around the world, from the jungles of South America, to the Mojave Desert, to Everest Base Camp, to the cold of the Alaskan tundra. Allan was most recently recognized with industry awards for his documentary “Rescue Men – the Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers”.
Before meeting Cath Jayasuriya, Allan had never heard of Duchenne. “Having filmed around the world for 30 years, I was shocked to learn about this debilitating form of muscular dystrophy. Knowing about Duchenne and Coalition Duchenne, first you realize how fortunate you are, then you realize that this is something that must be addressed and a cure found”.
Andrew’s passion of editing and camera work sprouted from a life of skateboarding, water sports and constantly being outside. Andrew graduated from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and has worked on numerous documentaries, short films, music videos, promotional and corporate videos as well as editing a feature documentary that debuted at the Chicago International Film Festival.
“Allan Smith nonchalantly asked if I wanted to travel to Borneo and climb the highest peak in Malaysia. Little did I know what a life changing experience it would all be,” said Andy.
“Being involved with this film, this life and this world of Duchenne, has been a humbling experience. Before this project, like the majority of the world, I was unaware of Duchenne and how it affects thousands and thousands worldwide. Witnessing different aspects of this world and being saturated within the community has made me realize how powerful and beautiful the human spirit can be. Seeing Dusty smile, feeling the love that surrounds him everyday and having the opportunity to tell this global story, is an inspiration”.
Chuck Jonkey is a traveller who transforms his wild experiences into sound, music and film. His expeditions have taken him to the deep Amazon and rainforests of Thailand, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico and many other places.
Chuck is the owner of the independent record label, Sonic Safari Music. He has produced and published more than 100 CDs of exotic music.
I was pleased to be invited by Allan Smith to travel to Borneo to film. “Allan and I have worked on several projects together, but I was intrigued by Dusty’s Trail,” said Chuck. “I’m always influenced by those who struggle with difficult circumstances. I try to appreciate the little things and hopefully bring joy to those who suffer”.
Sound Mastered by Juniper Post, Burbank, California
David Kitchens, Supervising Sound Editor
David Kitchens has an industry leading resume in sound. He has several pages of IMDb film credits and heads Juniper Post, an award winning sound studio in Burbank California. David is an Emmy award winning sound supervisor for work done on James Cameron’s: Expedition Bismarck. David jokes that he has not done a serious bio since the 90s because he has been working too hard!
Emmy Award-winner Ben Zarai began writing music at the age of seven. A native of Los Angeles, Ben grew up immersed in music and film. His love for both led him to pursue these two art forms professionally.
As a well-regarded composer, Ben has scored films starring actors such as Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, 50 Cent, and Val Kilmer. Ben wrote, directed, produced and edited a documentary about his work with James Cameron, which Cameron included on one of his DVDs. Ben associate-produced four feature films. He wrote two feature film scripts. And he has mixed and/or sound-designed more than two hundred feature films, making him a foremost expert at making music work in movies. For more information http://benzarai.com
Gonzalo “Bino” Espinoza, Sound Effects Editor
“One Love/People Get Ready”
Written by Bob Marley and Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
From the album “Exodus”
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden
Performed by Phillip Phillips
From the album “The World From the Side of the Moon”
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Written and performed by Brax Cutchin
From the album “Meet You in the Fall”
Written and performed by Hey, Marseilles
From the album “To Travels & Trunks”
“Wet the Day”
Written by Jimmy LaValle
Performed by The Album Leaf
From the album “One Day I’ll Be On Time”
Tiger Style Records
“When You’re Somewhere”
Written and performed by Mark Mcguire
From the album “Get Lost”
Written and performed by The Middle East
From the EP “Recordings of the Middle East”
“In the Dirt”
Written and performed by S. Carey
From the Album “All We Grow”
“March 4, 1831”
Written and performed by Balmorhea
From the Album “All is Wild, All is Silent”