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Being Captain Zero

Being Captain Zero, by Ama MacDonald: Being Captain Zero is a movie about two friends, Allan Weisbecker and Patrick Abrams, from very different backgrounds who grew up surfing together in 1950′s Montauk, New York. In the 1970′s, their friendship turned into a criminal enterprise. They began transporting shipments of marijuana from Columbia and Jamaica into the United States by both sea and air. The violence of the emerging cocaine trade and the threat of the Drug Enforcement Administration forced them to separate. They made a pact to keep their destinations secret, even from each other. Weisbecker moved to Hollywood and cashed in on his marijuana running experiences by writing for Miami Vice. Abrams moved to Puerto Viejo, a town along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, in search of the fastest and most dangerous wave in Central America, “Salsa Brava.” After 20 years Weisbecker sold his home and bought a truck with a camper and went looking for his old friend in Costa Rica. On this trip Weisbecker wrote In Search of Captain Zero. It is a memoir combining their drug running exploits with the adventure of looking for his old partner, Patrick Abrams. Upon his arrival in Puerto Viejo, Weisbecker was shocked to see what had become of his old friend. What he saw would shake the very foundation of their friendship.

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