Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios will release Heart of the Shore, a documentary about hurricane Sandy’s devastation in New Jersey. Heart of the Shore will be available to rent and own on DVD and North American digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on October 23, 2020.
Heart of the Shore follows one year in the lives of people recovering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy along the Jersey shore. This film directed by the Emmy®-nominated Cliff Charles is about coming back from great loss and picking up the pieces after any of life’s major storms. Heart of the Shore is a riveting and true tale of people working tirelessly to regain a life that has almost been completely washed away. Heart of the Shore follows the recovery of people living and working at the Jersey Shore post Hurricane Sandy as they battle with Insurers, Mortgagors, and Governmental agencies. Their resilience and strength are tested as they learn that picking up the pieces after the storm is more difficult than surviving it. The weight of their burdens is seemingly insurmountable, but with the help of charitable organizations, caring citizens, community, and family, they persevere. In the end, they discover that there is always hope in the midst of the storm.
Written by Cliff Charles and co-directed by Cliff Charles and Ron Elliot, Heart of the Shore was produced by Cliff Charles, Cordelia Donovan, Ron Elliot, and Dennis Petrocelli. Jenny Cordero and Gabina Cordero are co-producers. Heart of the Shore is hosted/narrated by veteran comedic actor and New Jersey native, Joe Piscopo.
When Dennis Petrocelli of Matrix Engineering wanted to create a documentary on Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, I didn’t know I would witness firsthand the real meaning of resilience and tenacity” said producer and co-director, Ron Elliot. “I am forever grateful for being able to share with the world stories from a community hit by Super Storm Sandy and rebuilt with compassion from its neighbors near and far. Heart of the Shore demonstrates the core values of what it is to be an American.”
“Working together for the greater good, valuing ALL lives especially those most vulnerable and respecting the power of mother nature are my takeaways from making this film,” said filmmaker Cliff Charles. “Now more than ever I hope we can all learn from these lessons.”