The critics have spoken! Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story is “an extraordinary film!” (George Jepson, WoodenBoat Magazine)
Charlotte has recently received a glowing review in WoodenBoat Magazine’s May/June issue, as well as being the subject of an insightful essay in Avalon Magazine. FilmMaker Magazine Online has also published a web-exclusive interview with Charlotte director Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.
Here are some excerpts:
From George Jepson’s review in WoodenBoat Magazine, May/June 2012 (Full review available to digital subscribers):
“CHARLOTTE is a lovely portrait of a boatyard that connects ancient skills and methods, with a nod here and there to modern technology. This film is the next best thing to stepping into the G&B shop…”
“In CHARLOTTE: A Wooden Boat Story, director Kusama-Hinte and cinematographer Brian Dowley have captured the art of wooden boat building and the craftsmen who practice the trade. This is an extraordinary film, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in wooden boats or those who simply enjoy the creation of beautiful things. On dull days, when sailing isn’t an option, this is just the tonic.”
From Carol Dysinger’s “A Labor of Love About A Labor of Love,” Avalon Magazine, Spring 2012:
"This is how you make a film about community, traditions, things that cannot be bought and sold––but only earned through long, slow, patient work toward what you love, with those you love, on things you love.”
From Scott Macaulay’s interview with Director Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, a FilmMaker Magazine web exclusive:
“It is precisely the love of artisanal creation that is celebrated in Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte’s Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story, a verite doc chronicling the making of a 50-foot gaff rigged schooner, “Charlotte,” by a team of craftsmen working in a Martha’s Vineyard Boatyard. Focusing particularly on boat builder Nat Benjamin, Kusama-Hinte observes the painstaking and quiet work involved in building such an elegant craft over the several years required. In doing so, he eschews many of today’s accepted documentary strategies — pinning narrative on conflict, or allowing a character-based story to assume center stage. Instead, Kusama-Hinte focuses on the work, and he pushes us, the audience, to concentrate on its pleasures as well as its vexations, on the focus required to sustain it and the quiet satisfaction achieved by its final completion. With a lovely, Satie-like score by Paul Brill, Charlotte has a gentle, meditative power.”
Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story is Now Available on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.
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