Enjoyed the trailer? You can watch the entire documentary by noted director Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte online here for free courtesy of SnagFilms (but it’s definitely worth owning). While no shipwrecks grace this film, it vividly portrays life and labor along a sliver of the modern American coast. Here’s the synopsis from the film’s website:
CHARLOTTE is a film about an extraordinary boatyard, the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the boatyard in 1980 with the purpose of designing, building, and maintaining traditionally built wooden boats, and in the process they transformed Vineyard Haven harbor into a mecca for wooden boat owners and enthusiasts. After a long career of designing and constructing boats for others, Nat embarks on building a 50 foot gaff rigged schooner for use by his family and friends — her name is Charlotte. Through close observation of the everyday activities of the boatyard, the film emerges as a meditation on tradition, craftsmanship, family, community, our relationship to nature, and love of the sea.
For another great coastal documentary see this earlier post about Ray: A Life Underwater.