Coyote: The Mike Plant Story (2017)

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Coyote: The Mike Plant Story (2017)

Spanning the decade from Mike Plant's arrival in professional offshore sailing in the mid 1980's, COYOTE follows Plant's daring spirit as he challenges both Mother Nature - around the world alone on a sailboat - and French dominance in the sport. Chronically underfunded and undermanned, Plant's thirst for adventure and fearless belief in his dreams drive him to become an American hero of the sea. His wild blue eyes and boyish good looks make it hard to consider Plant's life before competitive sailing included a solo trek of South America, an escape from Interpol on a drug trafficking charge and time behind bars in a Portuguese prison. Yet, these exploits and others reveal the type of restless soul capable of conquering the world's oceans alone. Despite all that he accomplishes in sailing, Plant's heart is never satisfied. His final creation, Coyote, a radically designed vessel built on the edge of speed and safety, symbolizes Plant's course in life: running before the wind, always ...
IMDb  8.4 /10
Creators
Director Thomas M. Simmons
Information
Release Date
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreDocumentary, Adventure, Biography, Sport
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards2 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanySparkplug Films, Story Developing...
Country
LanguageEnglish
Mike Plant
Mike Plant
Self (Archival Footage)
Philippe Jeantot
Philippe Jeantot
Self - French Sailor
Ken Read
Ken Read
Self - President of North Sails
Herb McCormick
Herb McCormick
Self - Executive Editor of Cruising World
Mary Plant
Mary Plant
Self - Mother
Rodger Martin
Rodger Martin
Self - Naval Architect
Jason Davis
Jason Davis
Self - Journalist
Helen Davis
Helen Davis
Self - Fiancée
Self - ABC News Anchor (archive footage)
Billy Black
Billy Black
Self - Photographer
Self - CBS News Anchor (archive footage)
Frank Plant Jr.
Frank Plant Jr.
Self - Father (archive footage)
Mark Schrader
Mark Schrader
Self - American Sailor
Harry Sherman
Harry Sherman
Self - Friend
Linda Simmons
Linda Simmons
Self - Sister

Coyote: The Mike Plant Story

COYOTE: The Mike Plant Story is a 2017 American documentary film that depicts the life of American single-handed yachtsman, Mike Plant. The film was directed by Plant's nephew, Thomas Simmons, and produced by Ryan Lynch and Matthew Davis Walker.

The film focuses on Plant's professional sailing career, notably his successful campaigns in single-handed races around the world: the BOC Challenge and the Vendée Globe. From his debut and underdog victory in the 1986-87 BOC Challenge to his death at sea in advance of the 1992 Vendée Globe, the film relies primarily on archival footage and present day interviews from figures close to Plant's life. The film also highlights Plant's path before his sailing career, including a solo trek of South America, his escape from Greek authorities on a drug trafficking charge and time in a Portuguese prison. Notable characters in the film include sailors Ken Read and Philippe Jeantot, Executive Editor of Cruising World, Herb McCormick, and members of the Plant family.


Release

A special screening of COYOTE was held in Newport, Rhode Island on July 13, 2017 with newportFILM. COYOTE was an official selection of Twin Cities Film Fest in October 2017, where the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. COYOTE was also an official selection of the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival, the 2017 Lunenburg Doc Fest, 2017 Camden International Film Festival Selects., Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, among others. Worldwide sailing publication, Sailing Anarchy, called the film "The Best Sailing Movie Ever." Sailing World said the film "Captures the spirit of... the quintessential American yachtsman." The film received worldwide digital distribution on October 2, 2018, and is currently available on major digital platforms, including Amazon and iTunes.