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.

July 21 The Eagle: America’s Tall Ship (David Wittkower, 2010)

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the most unique US Coast Guard training exercises at sea. Christened in the German Navy and seized as a war prize during World War II, the Eagle today trains over 600 new officer cadets every year. With a call to ‘Sail Stations,’ the action begins as trainees learn to climb rigging that stretches 130 feet above the water, unfurl sails while battling heavy seas, and master rigorous drills focusing on flood control, safety, man overboard, firefighting, damage control, first aid, navigation, line handling and more. The eighty-minute film introduces the exceptional breed of men and women who call the Eagle home. They share their stories of what it’s like to live and learn in an atmosphere where the pace is hectic, the action nonstop, and the dangers ever present.  The film maker will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

 

August 18th Downeast (David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, 2012)

Downeast unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half in the small lobster village of Prospect Harbor, Maine. A few months after the closing of the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States, Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchases the plant, hoping to establish a lobster processing facility and rehire the laid-off sardine workers. Antonio’s troubles begin from the day he arrives. During a town-hall meeting, local politicians oppose his vision of rebuilding the factory with a $200,000 federal grant combined with his own investment of more than $2 million dollars. Undeterred, Antonio moves forward, determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States. The film which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival has been well received.  Eric Kohn of Indiewire called it “a highly contained, personable work that renders vast industrial problems on a profoundly intimate scale.”