New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, October 19th at 7:00 PM with The Salt of the Sea.
When the desire to make a living from the sea intersects with politics and corruption, commercial fishermen are driven to their limits, and beyond. Salt of the Sea is the story of commercial groundfishing in New England; its history, regulation, and colorful characters who refuse to give up on their dreams. Long independent, fishermen have been plying the Atlantic coastal waters for centuries. Poor scientific research leading to unfair catch limits, overzealous law enforcement practices, and a federal agency that is missing millions of dollars in fishermen’s fines, are the backdrop for understanding the frustrations of these fishermen.
This award winning film by Third Wave Films was an official selection at the Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival and the Long Island Film Festival.
Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, located at 38 Bethel Street, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
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