Down East Video Library
Sara Franklin and Jessie Wright-Mendoza of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies combine photos and interviews to take a look at year-round life in Isle au Haut.
"On Isle au Haut, life is hard, the population is dwindling, and the community's future hangs in the balance." — Sara and Jessie from the Salt Institute.
In this collage, five Port Clyde residents describe their sense of pride in the place they live. A young lobsterman, a banjo player, a commercial fisherman, a mother of three, and a retired dentist each express why they embody Port Clyde.
Produced by Molly Jean Bennett, Emily Chin, and Katrina Herzog.
Photos: Katrina Herzog
Audio Editing: Emily Chin
Multimedia Editing: Molly Jean Bennett
from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
The description of a place through the lens of postcards sent home. The piece asks the question: why go to Port Clyde? Eight people answer this in their own unique way, via a postcard home.
Produced by: Jordan Fletcher, Radio Producer. Maria Reyburn, Radio Producer. Lisa Mattingly, Writer, Photographer from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
This story focuses on the relationship between a grandfather and grandson and the family legacy passed down between generations. Highlighting the Anderson family of Port Clyde, Maine, this short documentary is a portrayal of the strong influence of grandfathers on grandsons. In this family, where fishing has been a historical way of life, ever-changing times raise the issue of impermanence.
On September 24, 1970, an explosion and fire flattened the Port Clyde Sardine factory, putting two hundred workers, mostly women, out of work, and changing the town of St. George permanently. Residents remember the factory and the fire In this video by Alex Acquisto, Ashley Cleek, Nellie Large, and Emma Weatherill, students at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
The lobster processing business is vital to the Maine economy. Port Clyde's prominent business is fishing, including lobster. Local fishermen, however, have been shipping their catch to Canadian processing plants. Jessie Wright-Mendoza, Katrina Roi, Wolfgang Daniel, and Gillian Fish, students at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, paid a visit to Port Clyde and interviewed two processors: Kyle Murdock and Linda Bean, the granddaughter of the famous L.L.
Donn Fendler first told his story of getting lost while hiking on Mount Katahdin in 1939 in the book Lost On A Mountain in Maine, which is familiar to anyone who attended a publlic elementary school in Maine (it is required reading for fourth graders). The story is now being told again in the graphic novel Lost Trail, written by Donn Fendler and Lynn Ploude and illustrated by Ben Bishop. The trio stopped by 207 recently to talk about the book.
Kate Schaffer, co-founder of Black Dinah Chocolatiers and the author of Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier (Down East Books), joined Rob Caldwell in the kitchen at 207, where she made orange-scented chocolate-espresso cinnamon buns.
American action artist Eric Hopkins speaks to the crew over at 207 and gives us a glimpse into what inspires him.
Timothy Harrison, director of Friends of Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, recently took Down East senior writer Virginia M. Wright on a tour of the lighthouse and keeper's house. In this video, he talks about saving the lighthouse, which was slated for demolition several years ago. The lighthouse keeper's house offers the only guest lodging in the town of Cutler. Friends of Little River Lighthouse is a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more information, visit www.littleriverlight.org.