There's No Therapy Like Fishing

Oct 10, 2017

RUDY + NEAL GO FISHING - Documentary

  • Premieres Nov 6th at 9pm

This is a film about two guys going fishing in South Florida's beautiful waters. But it's not your ordinary fishing trip.

Meet Rudy and Neal.

Rudy is a U.S. Army veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

U.S. Army veteran Rudy Watt.
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Neal is a tournament angler with an unusual professional background.

Captain Neal Stark.
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Fishing is part of Rudy's therapy.

Rudy spent a majority of his military career in multiple war zones and when Neal is not competing in a fishing competition, he makes a living cutting hair in Miami. Watch how the simplicity and tranquility of fishing in this remote paradise allows this vet to reconnect with nature and start to heal.

Captain Neal Stark and veteran Rudy Watt go fishing.
Credit Photo courtesy of Real Pictures, LLC

In the inspirational half-hour documentary RUDY + NEAL GO FISHING, Captain Neal Stark helps veterans by taking them out fishing in South Florida's beautiful waters. Neal's calm demeanor and supportive approach enable Rudy Watt, a U.S. Army veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, to spend a relaxing day out on a boat and enjoy time with his companion. A tournament fisherman with an unusual professional background, Neal is clear about the fact he is not a therapist. Rather, he's someone who appreciates what our veterans have done, and feels he can help them escape, if not overcome, their anxiety and other symptoms related to PTSD. Nationally, there's a lot at stake for veterans with PTSD — roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. RUDY + NEAL GO FISHING shows how the uncomplicated tranquility of fishing allows Rudy to reconnect with nature and start to heal.

First Sgt. Rudy Watt
Rudy was born in Jamaica, is 56 years-old, and has spent his career serving in the U.S. Army. The VA diagnosed Rudy with PTSD after his extended tour in Iraq. Rudy retired from the military and currently lives in Miami Gardens.

Captain Neal Stark

Neal is 55 years-old, grew up in Miami Beach and began fishing at a young age. He now lives in Davie and works as a hair dresser at L’Estetica Salon in Aventura. In his spare time, he runs a non-profit foundation called Fishing with America’s Finest and takes veterans suffering from PTSD to fish as a form of recreational therapy.

Producer/Director Abigail Tannebaum Sharon

Abigail Tannebaum Sharon

Abigail discovered cinema at a drive-in movie at the age of two-- her love for film has not faded and she has been telling stories ever since. Abigail runs the production company Real Pictures, and has produced and directed three independent documentary films. Her work over the past two decades includes an Emmy-award winning program with clients ranging from a national commercial campaign, National Geographic Channel, UpWorthy, PBS, Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV, and VOA. Abigail recently co-directed, with Yael Luttwak, the short documentary MAINE GIRLS about teen girls from the Congo, Jamaica, Somalia, Vietnam, and Maine.