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Based on a powerful book written by successful entrepreneur Holt Condren, Surf the Woods helps people and organizations navigate goals more effectively. 


Holt Condren, Jacob Schimmel, and Lee Tuxhorn write about men's issues


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Holt to appear in Finding Noah movie - In theaters October 8, 2015

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Finding Noah cast reunion at the Dallas screening

Finding Noah” Documentary Chronicles Dangerous Archaeological Expedition in Search of Noah’s Ark

“Finding Noah” partners with Fathom Events and Alchemy for cinema event and home entertainment release

LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2015 “Finding Noah,” a new feature documentary releasing from 17K ASL and Alchemy, brings to life an archaeological expedition in search of Noah’s Ark. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, the film follows a team of archaeologists, theologians and explorers as they summit one of the world’s most dangerous mountains in a quest to discover a highly sought after piece of history.

For thousands of years, mankind has been fascinated by the story of a global flood and one family’s dramatic escape in a homemade vessel. Versions of the story appear in almost every culture, but the most well known is the biblical account of Noah found in Genesis.

Historical reports, scientific evidence and biblical accounts point to Mount Ararat, now located in Eastern Turkey, as the Ark’s final resting place. “Finding Noah” examines this evidence in detail, while chronicling the harrowing journey of a team of men in their search for the Ark.

“Noah’s Ark is one of history’s greatest mysteries, and it is an object of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance,” said Brent Baum, the director and producer of “Finding Noah.” “There was so much evidence leading to Mount Ararat, it seemed irresponsible not to look for it there. Filming the search for Noah’s Ark has become one of the most amazing adventures of my life.”

Known as Agri Dagh or “Painful Mountain,” Mount Ararat is located in one of the most volatile geopolitical regions in the world. The “Finding Noah” expedition had to brave dangerous environmental challenges, deadly rock and ice falls, hidden crevasses, hypoxia and even terrorism in their quest to find the Ark. “Finding Noah” is not only a chronicle of a scientific mission, but a picture of how far the human spirit will go to achieve a goal. 

“Finding Noah” will be shown October 8, 2015, during a one-time event in select U.S. theaters through a partnership with Fathom Events. The event will include the full-length feature, as well as a panel discussion with archeologists, theologians, filmmakers and expedition team members.

“Finding Noah” will be available in all major channels including DVD, Digital, Streaming and church events in early 2016.

“Our partnerships with Fathom and Alchemy give us the opportunity to bring this adventure to audiences nationwide,” said Baum. “We are excited to share our journey with the world.”

17K ASL is a Los Angeles based creative development and production company with headquarters at the Sunset Gower Studios. Partner Brent Baum is a film producer and director based in Los Angeles.  As a film executive he has helped develop, produce, finance, sell and distribute over a dozen motion pictures, including “The Wedding Planner,” “Eye of the Beholder,” “Thomas and the Magic Railroad,” “Beautiful” and “Buying the Cow.”

Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide. This includes live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera; the performing arts; major sporting events; music concerts; comedy series; Broadway shows; original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars; socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A; and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to 820 locations in 177 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit

Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television.  Under CEO Bill Lee’s direction, the company has distributed the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, John Turturro, Lee Daniels, Oren Moverman and James Cameron.  Recent successes include “Welcome to Me,” “Survivor,” “Elsa & Fred,” “Fading Gigolo,” “What Maisie Knew,” “Rampart” and “Bernie.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: To arrange an interview with a “Finding Noah” filmmaker or cast member or for a screener of the film, please contact Katie Martin at 972.267.1111 or via e-mail at

Don't Journey Alone!

Holt Condren

Excerpt from Chapter 5 of Surf the Woods

Several years back I heard the story about a wild cave with an interesting history near my property in the Ozarks. A local man told me that Indians often frequented the cave. When he was a boy, his father told him stories about going deep in the cave. Inside it there was a room filled with Indian artifacts all around the walls. His father told him that sometime in his lifetime the entrance to this room must have collapsed, because he had not been able to find the room when he returned to it one time as an adult. It sounded like the perfect adventure for me, so a friend and I set off on an adventure armed with directions to the cave.

After about an hour of heavy bushwhacking deep in the Ozarks, we found the cave entrance hidden beneath a bluff. Equipped with headlamps, kneepads, and helmets, we dropped off into the cave to explore for this hidden treasure. Once inside, we stayed together as we squirmed for an hour or so through passages in the cave. Time was running short. We hadn‘t found the secret room we were looking for, so we started making our way out. Near the exit we found two small tunnels that we hadn‘t seen on our way in. Knowing that we had limited time, he took one tunnel, and I took the other. These passages were very tight; as I squirmed through the passage on my belly, I began to worry that I might get stuck. I could see the passage went another ten yards or so and appeared to open up to a larger room beyond. As I debated about moving forward, I became gripped with fear. I was in a tight space by myself, and I feared if I kept inching forward I might not be able to get out. I was wishing my friend were with me just in case I got stuck and needed his help. Little did I know he was fighting the same battle with fear in the other tunnel. Overwhelmed by anxiety, we both backed out of our respective tunnels that day and left the cave never knowing if we were just a short distance away from the treasure.

I often look back on that adventure with regret. Was I only ten yards away from a room full of Indian history? I use that regret as a reminder to walk life‘s difficult moments in partnership with others. Courage comes in connection with those around us

God-Inspired Dreams Do Come True

Holt Condren

As many of you know, the last 6 years I have been a part of a team of scientists and fellow explorers searching for the final remains of Noah’s Ark in northeastern Turkey.  I have literally been living a dream that I had when I was 17 years old.  In 2013, a team of Hollywood filmmakers joined us in our search and chronicled this perilous adventure.  They do a great job of capturing the hardships of our search as well as the history of the Ark search over the ages.  Look for the upcoming film documentary called Finding Noah in select theatres in 2015.  In the meantime, enjoy this film trailer which highlights my role in our search.