Lobsterman. Photo: Eric Brust

Lobsterman. Photo: Eric Brust

The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series in New Bedford, Massachusetts, continues on Friday, July 19 [2013] with “Life by Lobster,” a film chronicling the lives of five young lobstermen.

Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. 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.

“Life by Lobster” is filmmaker Iain McCray Martin’s poignant, insightful, and occasionally comic look inside the lives of a small group of 20-somethings in coastal Maine, determined to pursue careers as commercial lobstermen. Facing a myriad of economic and regulatory hurdles, not to mention trying to overcome youthful inexperience in a tough, competitive industry, these young men could be a dying breed. Shot entirely on and in the waters surrounding Martin’s native Stonington and Deer Isle, “Life by Lobster” tells it like it is for the filmmaker’s friends and high school classmates. Step inside the daily lives of these five young lobstermen who have put everything on the line to pursue a Downeast dream: to own a business, raise a family, and stay true to a proud way of life. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with young people who work in the New Bedford fishing industry.

Juvenile lobsters, photo courtesy Lobster Conservancy, www.lobsters.org.

Juvenile lobsters, photo courtesy Lobster Conservancy, www.lobsters.org.

The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, a non-profit organization. The free festival, a family friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on the last full weekend in September, this year on September 28 and 29. For more information, CLICK HERE.

 

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