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    • Directed by:  Ross Kaufmann
    • Released: 2023 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2019
Running Time: 30 min
Language: English
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Physical and Mental Health

Immersive and cinematic, WATERPROOF is the story of one community’s crusade to create a safe swimming environment in East Hampton, New York. Led by the incomparable Big John and Johnny Jr., these lifeguards give the best of themselves to train, compete, and ultimately ensure the safety of locals and tourists alike at the eastern end of Long Island.

“The whole film is about saving lives and about what it takes in the way of community bonding to achieve that.” - Mae Mougin

Hamptons International Film Festival 2019
Long Island Stories

Beaufort International Film Festival
Award: Best Documentary Short Subject

Best Shorts Competition
Award of Excellence

SLO Film Festival
Selected for George Sidney Competition

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival (Postponed)

Jersey Shore International Film Festival (June 2020)
“The film is a model for other communities to emulate. The camaraderie and community spirit were contagious and inspirational to me, as they will be to others who have the opportunity to see this film. WATERPROOF will definitely stand out as a document of a time for which we all long. That this is a reality in East Hampton was a welcomed surprise and an even stronger assurance of values and humility that comes with dedication to others. WATERPROOF made the case for community service with a perfect pace and effective insights. Bravo to all who made this happen. That it took 10 years to complete this cinematic effort was worth the wait.” - Steve Miller, Artist/East Hampton Star
About the filmmaker 


Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor of Born Into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Kauffman began as a documentary film editor, and then spent several years at Valkhn Film and Video Inc., a post-production company where he worked on a wide variety of films for HBO, WNET/Thirteen, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. In 2001, Kauffman formed Red Light Films to direct and produce Born Into Brothels, a documentary about the children of Calcutta's prostitutes. It was accepted to over 50 film festivals worldwide and has since received over 40 awards, including National Board of Review Best Documentary 2004, LA Film Critics Best Documentary 2004 and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.


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