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SHE IS THE OCEAN Wins Best Documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival

Inna Blokhina, the acclaimed director of the award winning documentary about SURFING ON THE WAVE (with Kelly Slater),won Best Documentary for her second film, SHE IS THE OCEAN, at the LA Femme Awards Gala, Sunday October 14th at the SOUTH PARK Center in Los Angeles. The film examines nine extraordinary women from the four corners of the globe who share one thing in common: a profound love for the Sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the Ocean the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives.

In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women, ranging from the ages of twelve to eighty three, in order to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman's Ocean life through all her ages.

Starting with three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, to a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, to a cliff diver who is hailed as "The bravest woman in Germany", She is the Ocean captures the common thread that bonds them together. Both how it has formed their lives and given them meaning BEYOND the normal constraints of society.

Mankind has always referred to the Ocean as a She.

Even the boats that sail upon her waters are considered to possess female energy.

Could this be mankind's greatest homage to the female gender? That these Oceans of ours, which contain the most powerful forces on the planet, the most BOUNDLESSmysteries, the progenitor of all life on earth, the vessel of our planet's most infinite and valuable bounty, will forever be related to the same noble attributes of a woman? The attributes of mystery and power which has kept mankind enthralled from time immemorial?

She is the Ocean will explore these thoughts and more. And, in the very words of the women who lead these extraordinary lives, seeks to discover the answers.

About Inna Blokhina

Inna Blokhina, is a director, producer and journalist born in a family of a high ranking military officer stationed in Germany, Dresden. She graduated from the University of TV and Radio Journalistic. Upon graduation she was affiliated with major Russian broadcasting TV channel, until opening her own Production Company "InWaves Production". The first film "On the Wave" was successfully distributed World Wide by IMG Distribution and also received the award "Best Russian Film". Her most recent project "She is the Ocean" documentary received rave reviews and was highly acclaimed by Maui Film Festival/ "Audience Award"/, Honolulu Surf Film Festival /Director's Choice Award, Best Documentary at the Rainbow Honolulu International Film Festival.  The film was also a selection at Long Beach International Film Festival, 15th Ocean International Film Festival and Santa-Cruz Film Festival.

About LA Femme Int'l Film Festival

Now in its 14th year, the LA Femme International Film Festival is a premiere festival that focuses on women filmmakers who create commercial films for a worldwide audience. The festival offers a unique opportunity for women filmmakers who seek a more creative approach to filmmaking as well as domestic and international film distribution. Along with TMS Entertainment USA, other festivals sponsors include: Sony Diversity, Writer's Guild of America (WGA) Women's Committee, Screen Actors Guild -American Federation of Television Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Diversity, Eleven Arts Animation Studio and Columbia College Hollywood.


SHE IS THE OCEAN Wins Best Documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival in Los-Angeles!

SHE IS THE OCEAN Wins Best Documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival in Los-Angeles!


“Lost Gully Road” and “She is the Ocean” Among LA Femme International Film Festival Winners

This year’s LA Femme International Film Festival has come to a close. Focused on women filmmakers who create commercial films for a worldwide audience, the fest just wrapped its 14th edition.

Donna McRae’s “Lost Gully Road” was named Best Feature. The horror pic centers on an aimless young woman staying in a secluded cottage in the forest. A portrait of nine women from around the world, Inessa Blokhina’s “She is the Ocean” took home the honor for Best Documentary. The doc’s characters range from 12 to 83 years old, and they’ve all chosen “to make the Ocean the center of their physical, philosophical, and professional lives,” according to the film’s synopsis.

The fest’s other big winners include Marcia Kimpton, who received Best Feature Director for “Bardo Blues,” a Thailand-set drama about a man looking for answers about his mother, and Catherine Dudley-Rose, who was named Best Feature Writer for “Parallel Cords,” the story of a young violinist struggling to escape her musician father’s legacy.

Check out all of the winners below, courtesy of LA Femme International Film Festival

Best Feature 2018
“Lost Gully Road”
Donna McRae

Best Documentary 2018
“She Is The Ocean”
Inessa Blokhina

Best Screenplay 2018
“The Blue Eye: Akrotiri”
Annie Spiczak

Best Music Video 2018
“Stand Down”
Dana Tynan & Kario Salem

Best Short 2018
“Clams Casino”
Pam Nasr

Best Feature Writer 2018
“Parallel Chords”
Catherine Dudley-Rose

Best Feature Director 2018
“Bardo Blues”
Marcia Kimpton

Best Foreign Film 2018
Jo Morris

Best Animated Short 2018
“The Magic Lantern”
Mariana Ospina & Youp Zondag

Best Special Focus Documentary 2018
“STROOP (POACHED)-Journey Into The Rhino Horn War”
Susan Scott

Best Webisode 2018
“Big T”
Brenda Ray

Best TV Pilot Script 2018
“Three Sisters”
Jen Gutierrez

Best Commercial 2018
“Amazon Get Answers NOW!”
Tamika Miller


A preview of SHE IS THE OCEAN – in Hawaii – with Hawaiian female surfers!

An in-depth exploration into the lives of eight astonishing women from all four corners of the globe. These inspiring women share one love – the deep love for the Ocean. Great turnout at the preview at Surferbar, Turtlebay Resort

On Thursday, December 15th around 300 people ventured out to the Surferbar at Turtlebay Resort to watch the preview of the documentary about great women “She is the ocean” by director and producer Inna Blokhina. After the emotional 30 minutes taste of the film, the movie will come out in early summer 2017, Rocky Canon, Talk Story host invited the director Inna Blokhina, and the 3 surfers featured in the movie to talk story with him. A long lived tradition in Hawaii. The director and the 3 surfer legends at the preview in hawaii last Thursday.

From left to right: Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, Inna Blokhina, Jeannie Chesser

Talk the story glued everybody to the stage

Keala Kennelly, pro surfer and winner of the barrel of the year 2016 told him about her way into the men’s world of surfing. Andrea Molle, big wave surfer and winner of WSL „Women best performance 2016“ explained how she performs long distance stand up paddling, surfs big waves competitions, works full time in the same time of being a dedicated mother and Jeannie Chesser made people laugh when she told stories of the old days when she was one of the only “females” in the line-up. During the whole 1 ½ hours the audience was clued to the stage to watch and hear all those powerful and untold stories of women and their dedication to the ocean.

The movie is still in the making, and will be out early summer 2017.


ROCKY CANON, Northshore surf MC & talk story host

“This movie and talk the story night attracted so many people that we reached full capacity at the Surferbar. A fantastic outcome for a talk the story night! As a dad of 2 girls I was truly impressed and touched by how many people wanting to know more about the stories of great women.”

INNA BLOKHINA, producer and director

"I was so happy to present for the first time 3 stories from my film "She is the ocean" - a documentary about great women. It was a special moment for me. And I want to thank everybody to share this moment with me. I would like to thank Keala, Andrea and Jeannie for the great support and hard work for their stories. Stories of these amazing women have inspired me and I hope this movie can inspire every girl, every woman to follow her own dream and never give up!”

ANDREA MOLLER, big waves surfer

"The movie was awesome. I had seen the trailer before but watching the preview last night truly took me off guard on how well edited it is. Keala Kennelly and Jeannie Chesser have amazing stories shared in a very honest and inspiring manner. I can't wait to see the whole movie! I feel honoured to be a part of this and hope my story inspires others just like these wahine inspire me. Congratulations to the director Inna Blohina, director of photography Erik Ippel and their crew for such a beautiful project."


The Bird


«For those three seconds when I'm free-falling, I'm in my own world.» When a single false move can cost your life. When time is slowing down and you are feeling a moment of truth. That is 100% of concentration. That is her world. The world of Anna Bader. Anna became one of the most courageous female high divers and 6-time European Champion in cliff diving. Gymnastics was her first passion, and that's what eventually led her to a springboard at age 13. Wanting to combine her love of gymnastics and water, she thought doing acrobats into a pool was the ideal sport for her. Soon enough, she started participating in competitive diving and continued on this path—making the German national team along the way—for the next seven years. In 2006 Anna participated for the first time at Red Bull Cliff Diving series in Switzerland and already in 2008 completed her highest dive from 24.5 metres in Polignano. Today Anna is a worldwide star and the face of cliff diving. But still she always prefers to listen to her own heart and to be in her own world.

«If I do things, I do because I feel it. I would never jump off the cliff, because somebody says «Go! Go! Jump!». No! I jump because I feel it, because I want. And sometimes actually I don’t feel it, and I go back. I think this is important always listen to your inner voice, and to not get lost in what people expect from you.»



The premiere!!! "She is the ocean" trailer!


The Fighter

From childhood Keala gained respect from the boys, fighting her fears and conquering the big waves. The professional surfing chooses her; in fact she was born and grew up in Hawaii. Passed a difficult moment she managed to break all the stereotypes of the surf industry, where a woman receives a sponsor of «femininity.» She always has been a girl «in the men's shorts» and never regretted it; spending half of her life in the top five best professional women surfer of the world (ASP World Tour). In 2007 she stops the tour but continued to triumph in her journey. Winning big wave competitions and starting the first contest «Nelscott Big Wave Classic womeof. Eventually Keala became one of the bravest women of the world in surfing. In 2013 she won the Billabong XXL Awards at Chopo`s in a 20-foot wave. A few years earlier Kennelly had a traumatic accident when a wave hit her face to the reef. Took her a while to restored her face after this major facial injury. So fragile, but courageous woman didn`t stop here, she goes for another challenge to be an actress. Roles in the movie «Blue crash» and the TV show «John from Cincinnati» began her first steps into the world of entertainment business.

Today’s Keala is professional also a DJ. Her music inspiration comes from the ocean, the big waves. Keala’s never betrayed her passion. When the time comes to take a decision in between her family and the ocean, she chooses the last one.

Keala Kennelly



The Element

Andrea was born in the small island of IIhabela, Brazil. The unconditional love to the ocean starts growing very quickly from her early childhood. Later on following her dream the island of Maui became her home. In 2005, Andrea’s started her SUP career competing in a men's team crossing the Kawaii Channel. After that she became part of the first women's SUP surfing team and won many awards for long distances races. Andrea never stops on her laurels and today she holds the world record of prizes in SUP, surfing and canoeing. For 39 years she has been a real pioneer and world-class professional athlete in water sports.

Also she got titles for surfing one of the biggest waves on the planet — Jaws. Then she became more famous when she was the first female lifeguard on Jet Ski in difficult conditions. 

Like the impersonation of the power, Andrea’s is doing everything at the highest level. Combining career a professional paramedic, every day she finds time to devote herself completely to the ocean. Only there is this strong spirit where she feels truly alive. Another passion for Andrea’s is her love for the whales, and they seem to respond in return. In a single voyage between the islands, Andrea accompanies these giant guardians of the oceans.

Andrew Moller

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The Spirit


It is all in her middle name. Hapaikekoa. Hawaiian for “Carrier of strength”. Since riding her first wave at 7 years old this has been her code. It has had to be. Born Half Hawaiian, but blond and white to Polynesian surfing Royalty. Her father, Michael Ho, a legend in the pantheon of Modern surfing, one of the most accomplished surfers in history, considered a King of the sport. Her uncle, Derek Ho, a world champion, winning his mantle against impossible odds in the heaviest wave in the world, Hawaii’s pride. Her older brother, Mason Ho, a prodigy for the new era of Hawaiian surfing and headed for the stars. Yet remarkably, young Coco Ho refused to be intimidated by one of the most respected legacies in the sport. Instead she decided to become it. By eight years old, a fully sponsored professional, by seventeen winning a place on the international pro tour, by eighteen voted rookie of the year, by twenty years old voted the second most popular female surfer in the world. And today she stands atop the heap of the competition, holding third place in the world rankings with a good chance to take it all and join her family of Hawaiian World Champions. But despite her astonishing success, despite a rocky family background of break-ups and divorce and a single Father house, Coco has somehow retained a great joy in her life, her smile lighting up a room, her surfing exuberant and celebratory. Despite the wounded spirit deep within, her hearts burns with the fire of life. A life of positivity, of hope, of individuality and inspiration for her legion of young followers. Coco Ho, in 23 short years has become more than a professional surfer, she has become the very symbol of what a professional surfer should be, male or female. Envied, loved and encouraged, Coco is a streaming meteor of talent and spirit, whose place in the history books has yet to be written, but who’s impact will undoubtedly never be forgotten.

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Surftime Magazine:

"She is the ocean: a Russian point of view, take two".

By Matt George

surftime magazine: She is the ocean

By Matt George


THE MOTHER: Maria Konovalenkova

Maria has never thought that her life would change drastically when she left her native home in the Urals with a single ticket and the only dream – to see the ocean. She made the long way consisting of struggle for survival, sufferings all the hardships in the foreign land, when she finally appeared to be on the faraway Indonesian island, Bali. There, taking in the power of waters she as if became herself, became a person whose place should always be nowhere else except there.

On this small island, Maria found her happiness – a family, a husband and her child. It was a birth of their child that led the woman to a wonderful discovery -which is meaning of life in its germ! Getting necessary education Maria became a midwife helping to deliver a baby in «Bumi Sehat» Vaginal Birth Clinic. Maria is sure that life came from the ocean as well as the life of a person should begin in this environment and the ocean itself helped her to realize it.

Maria Konovalenkova, 31, MOSCOW, RUSSIA


THE SIREN: Rose Molina

A ballet and modern dance prodigy, once a darling of the European dance community, Rose walked away from the egotistical fame and hollow confines of live dance performance to become a «Child of the Sea». Combining her commitment, discipline and understanding of the perfect moment she translated her artistic experience from the stage to the deepest depths of human survival. So beautiful and at ease is she at these deadly depths, that she has been nicknamed «La Sirena», one of the the mythical siren’s of Homer’s odyssey. Through freediving, she has found a spiritual life, a meditation and a deep relationship with the primordial mass of our origin. In her airless world she finds a quiet as profound as outer space…and her re-entry is not down, but up…back up into our atmosphere of air, returning with the same sense of discovery and wonder that any astronaut has ever imagined.



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She is the ocean

«From Innesse Blohina, the acclaimed director of ON THE WAVE, comes the second chapter in her trilogy of documentaries about the wonders of the Ocean and the people whom it calls to make it their life».

-Surftime Magazine, 2014-











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