I have always been drawn to individuals who have the courage to step out and pursue their dreams. As we know, it's easier said than done. In many ways, our minds are wired with contradiction about the path we choose in life: we are born to run free and chase our true desires, yet often feel compelled (by social influence, family pressures or the like) to trust a cage of commandments and follow the traditional course - a course that frequently leaves our true aspirations behind.
When I was a young boy I watched my uncle, Mike Plant, sail into Newport, Rhode Island after 157 days at sea. Family and friends gathered aboard an old tug to watch him win a singlehanded sailboat race around the world. He became my hero - and a hero in the eyes of many, especially those close to the American sailing community. Today, I recognize more than ever that Mike was an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. His story proves that we can all be dreamers of the day...that it's never too late to find your calling and chase something that you truly believe in.
On the surface, some might see COYOTE as a film about an American sailing pioneer with a colorful past. To me, it's a universal story about dreams and the importance of finding the human fortitude to chase them at all costs.
- thomas simmons, director