O&A movie columnist Mark Fields’ quick take on the latest releases

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Hell or High Seas, the powerful new documentary by Philadelphia filmmaker Glenn Holsten, tells the incredible story of Taylor Grieger, a former military rescue swimmer. Grieger and his friends Stephen O’Shea, John Rose, and Kell Warner set out to sail from Gulf Coast Florida to the tip of South America, the legendary and formidable Cape Horn. This expedition of 10,000 nautical miles is undertaken to help Grieger cope with his own post-deployment PTSD, but also as a means to draw attention to the staggering rates of veteran suicide facing American servicepeople. Grieger is a charismatic and sincere protagonist for this modern adventure tale, and director Holsten wisely keeps the focus squarely on him and his physical and emotional journey. The footage for Hell or High Seas was mostly captured by Grieger and the boat crew. A compelling tale of courage and resilience.

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Mark Fields
Mark Fields has reviewed movies for Out & About since October 2008. In addition, he has written O&A profiles of documentarian Harry Shearer and actress Aubrey Plaza. Over the years, Mark also has written on film for several publications in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and his home state of Indiana, where he also served as on-air movie critic for Indianapolis’s public radio station. Mark was an adjunct instructor of film history at Rowan University from 1998 to 2018. A career arts administrator, he retired in fall 2021 after 16 years as an executive at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. Mark now leads bike tours part-time and is working on a screenplay. He lives in Trolley Square with his partner Wendy. Mark spent the fastest 22 minutes of his life as an unsuccessful contestant on Jeopardy…sadly, there were no movie questions.