When Hope Breaks Through

This riveting and inspirational documentary explores the current state of the mental health crisis and our relationship with our own mental health while following Mike Shoreman’s five epic Great Lake crossings throughout the summer of 2022. These crossings encompass over 300kms of open-water paddling with his dedicated crossings team. Simultaneously these strangers come together and form an inseparable bond as they face and conquer obstacles from boats breaking down to medical emergencies, hallucinations and everything in between.

Awards and Nominations

Commffest Global Film Festival, Toronto, 2023 – Honorable Mention
Documentaries Without Borders International Film Festival, 2023 – Exceptional Merit


Matthew Wagner



Film Details

2023, 90 min
USA, Canada