A feature documentary film by award-winning filmmakers, David Redmon and Ashley Sabin 2012, USA, 77 min
DOWNEAST is an experiential story that unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half in the small lobstering village of Prospect Harbor, Maine. It observes the closing of the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States, which shut down in April 2010. A few months later, Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchased the plant, hoping to re-build a lobster processing facility and rehire the laid-off sardine workers (most of whom are women over 65 years old). Antonio's troubles begin on the first day he arrives to Prospect Harbor during a town-hall meeting as local politicians oppose his vision of rebuilding the factory. Undeterred, Antonio moves forward, determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States.
Festivals and Awards: 2012 Camden International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, World Premiere 2012 Silverdocs Film Festival 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival 2012 Provincetown Film Festival
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Brunswick, ME 04011