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Everything has a beginning.

When this project began, I wasn’t looking for a documentary to produce. I was happy shooting music videos and doing promotional work for local Santa Cruz musicians. During a video for The Carolyn Sills Combo https://www.carolynsills.com, the studio owner asked me to photograph some of the amazing surfboards that were hanging in the ceiling (photo by David Reese).




What started out as an idea for a coffee table book, quickly turned into a documentary film project. During the first few months I was so smitten with the people I was interviewing and the stories they were relating, I committed to the project full time. I began to look at myself as a collector of pixels. I wasn’t sure the direction the film would take, what to call it or if I would even go further, but I was on fire to tell the story.

I’m going to continue this blog with tales and images from my journey with Addicted to Joy, I don’t see myself as the “creator” or “owner”. I am only the steward who has been given this story to tell…..more soon Richard

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