'Dangerous Waters' TV show to premiere at Three Stages in Folsom on Wednesday

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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When people hear of a Sea-Doo, personal watercraft, they usually think of joy-riding around Folsom Lake. But for Folsom’s Steven Moll, his joy-riding turned into a 4,500-mile trip to Russia. The unlikely trip is now a full-time reality TV venture, and all post production stayed local in Folsom. “The whole idea started when a buddy of mine and I went out on a Sea-Doo in the bay one weekend, and loved it,” Moll said. “The depth of a Sea-Doo can get into 20 to 30 feet of water. A boat can’t do that. So we can get into interesting and unlikely places that people don’t expect.” The 10-episode reality show, “Dangerous Waters,” debuted Sunday, March 4, on the high-def cable network HDNet, with a special showing at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. According to the Folsom Film Commission, this show sets a successful precedent for the type of film projects that can be locally produced. “Dangerous Waters” is the story of five men who embark on a 4,500-mile adventure, riding 12-foot Sea-Doo personal watercrafts, from Seattle to Alaska and across the Bering Strait to Russia. During the 65-day trip, they film their encounters with grizzlies and other wildlife, while documenting the other unforeseeable issues with fuel, mechanical problems, extreme weather and rough seas. Red Barn Films is a full-service motion picture and TV production company based in Folsom. The company edited 1,500 hours of raw footage of the “Dangerous Waters” adventure, producing 10, one-hour episodes. Moll, executive producer, filmed his group’s epic journey at sea. After discovering Red Barn Films, they started the process of producing the series in Folsom. “I was delighted to stay local, and keep my travel costs down,” said Moll. Folsom Film Commissioner Mary Ann McAlea serves as the liaison between film producers and the local community. “Folsom is being discovered as a film venue for its great local talent, beautiful scenery, and a vibrant infrastructure to host film crews,” McAlea said. “We’ve had several movie productions, television programs and commercials filmed in Folsom. ‘Dangerous Waters’ is an exciting example of how Folsom has become a hub for film production services.” The Red Barn team completed the “Dangerous Waters” project in five months. The project was supervised by co-owner Kevin Beck and Red Barn Films producer/co-owner Jaime Tafoya. “The local creative talent we recruited here in Folsom and Sacramento is the best of the best and as good, if not better, than in LA,” said Beck. They also combined their resources and utilized the facility and technical services provided by Torrey Loomis at Silverado Studios of Folsom. “We loved being a part of an international project that was utilizing Folsom-based talent and infusing funds into the local economy,” said Tafoya. “The Folsom Film Commission has been a huge asset, creating a healthy environment for growth of the local film industry.” A special showing of “Dangerous Waters” is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. The evening features an episode of “Dangerous Waters” and discussion by the producers. For more information and tickets, visit