Kevin Cleary has perhaps the most important quality for the creation of authentic art firsthand passion.

Even Ken Burns would have to concede that someone who lived through the battlefields of the Civil War would have a storytelling advantage over even the gifted purveyors of award-winning documentaries. For more than a half century, Cleary, 58, has lived the lifestyle he hopes to capture in a beach volleyball documentary targeted for release some time in 2018.