20 Sep 2012
This fall, By The Waters – a 40 minute documentary about growing up and growing Wellfleet oysters – is screening for an outer Cape audience in Wellfleet. The film is a collaboration with editor, Shane Hofeldt.
For a year, I put on waders, filmed (with a DSLR video camera) and lived by the tides alongside Wellfleet oystermen Clint and Barbara Austin. By The Waters is a story about family and connection to place, and about a love affair between a village and its oysters.
(The oysters in Wellfleet were so plentiful when Samuel De Champlain first sailed into local waters in the early 1600s that the French explorer named the harbor Port of Oysters.)
I got became in oysters after reading Rowan Jacobsen’s book – The Living Shore – in which he suggests that plentiful oysters – more than large game -- were the main food source for our most ancient ancestors migrating from Asia into North America. And I continue to be interested in oysters, not just because they are a wonderful part of our diet.
It turns out that oysters also play a big role in cleaning our waters – with a single oyster filtering up to 50 gallons of water every day. So, I think there are more oyster stories to come.
I am delighted that By the Waters is screening three times – once at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater on the big screen, and two times during Oysterfest at Wellfleet’s Preservation Hall. Thanks very much to Wellfleet SPAT for sponsoring these dates.
More film information here.