Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: History

The Great Ships Series

"Recommended. Wonderful histories are more compelling due to their authenticity." -Ed. Media Review
An exceptional series of programs that focus on great ships of the world and the history they bear. Programs available on 8 or 9 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in an 8-Disc Set. Click for more

The Free China Junk

Free China Junk, The

Rising Star in Filmmaking Award
-Canada Intl. Film Festival

"Highly Recommended. The film's success lies in the space the producer allows the men and their history; their tales capturing a real sense of adventure while simultaneously telling the story of a fascinating geopolitical climate." -The Lumiere Reader
A Chinese junk a great ship? At first you wouldn't think so, but in 1955 a crew of five Chinese fishermen (Reno Chen, Paul Chow, Loo-chi Hu, Benny Hsu, and skipper Marco Chung) sailed a half-century old Chinese junk, named Free China, 5,700 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from Taiwan to San Francisco without sailing experience, and the sixth crew member, a young American Vice-Consul, Calvin Mehlert, filmed the journey. The junk and the adventure made front-page news internationally. Four years in the making, this documentary not only captures the adventure of the story, which highlights the many challenges the crew faced, including typhoons and other sailing mishaps, but also reflects on the subtle relations between Communist China, Formosa (today, Taiwan) and the United States; remembering it was the same year the United States passed the Formosa Resolution, committing to defend Formosa as a matter of American foreign policy. Mostly though, this is the incredible true story of a crew's adventurous spirit to explore the wider world beyond Formosa. Here, through incredible footage shot by junk-mate Calvin, along with in-depth interviews with the crew, this inspiring program celebrates and immortalizes their collective story and epic maritime achievement. Produced by Robin Greenberg. 2012 JSCA 100 min.
Also Produced by Robin Greenberg: Huloo: The Remarkable Life of Loo-Chi Hu; T'ai Chi Ch'uan 1: Health, Exercise and Meditation; T'ai Chi Ch'uan 3: Applications with Pre-Exercises and Form

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