Films about the commercial fishing industry and other aspects of the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street. Presented by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
Dock-U-Mentaries is open to the public and presented free of charge.
September 15 Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry (Kevin Kertscher, 2017)
A year in the making, this original documentary was produced by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Written and directed by Kevin Kertscher of Big Ocean Media, the film interweaves interviews, historic and contemporary footage, and photographs to provide a sense of the rich history and culture of the New Bedford/Fairhaven fishing industry. The expression “Finest Kind” was commonly used in New England fishing communities to mean “the best”.
October 20 Charlie Brayton: Life of a Fisherman (Markham Starr, 2017)
Having begun life on Prudence Island as the son of a clam raker, Charlie Brayton has fished nearly his entire life. This film by Markham Starr follows Charlie and his deckhand Douglas Stone through a day off Block Island, Rhode Island, as they fish for both lobster bait and groundfish. The film provides a backdrop as Charlie narrates his life story in the industry, from near-perpetual seasickness to learning the trade with help from his friends. The film maker will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.