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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

DOWNEAST

TFF 2012 Directed by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE DOWNEAST [TFF 2012]
The slogan on the 'Welcome to Maine' sign leading into Gouldsboro reads "Open for Business," but the recent closure of the sardine canning factory has brought this small coastal town to a total standstill. Its laid-off residents—mostly 70-year-olds—just want to get back to work, so when Italian immigrant Antonio Bussone arrives from Boston aiming to open a new lobster processing plant, most of the local labor welcomes him with open arms. After all, they're sick of sending their lobsters to Canada when there's a ready-and-willing workforce to process them at home. So why is tapping into federal relief funds to finance the plant turning into the biggest struggle of Antonio's life?

Acclaimed directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin shed new light on the trying task of putting America back to work in Downeast. But this is no hard-hitting, in-your-face exposé—their style is gentle, poignant, poetic. They meditate on the morbid beauty of fish sloshing across the assembly line and quietly observe the petty political squabbles that hamper progress. And—in a man who's willing to risk it all to succeed, and a generation that still gives 110 percent—they find hope.
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The slogan on the 'Welcome to Maine' sign leading into Gouldsboro reads "Open for Business," but the recent closure of the sardine canning factory has brought this small coastal town to a total standstill. Its laid-off residents—mostly 70-year-olds—just want to get back to work, so when Italian immigrant Antonio Bussone arrives from Boston aiming to open a new lobster processing plant, most of the local labor welcomes him with open arms. After all, they're sick of sending their lobsters to Canada when there's a ready-and-willing workforce to process them at home. So why is tapping into federal relief funds to finance the plant turning into the biggest struggle of Antonio's life?

Acclaimed directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin shed new light on the trying task of putting America back to work in Downeast. But this is no hard-hitting, in-your-face exposé—their style is gentle, poignant, poetic. They meditate on the morbid beauty of fish sloshing across the assembly line and quietly observe the petty political squabbles that hamper progress. And—in a man who's willing to risk it all to succeed, and a generation that still gives 110 percent—they find hope.
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 76 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Producer: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Editor: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Director of Photography: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Composer: Matthe Dougherty
Primary Cast: Antonio Bussone, Nancy Herrington, Pete Hartford, Arlene Hartford, Dana Rice
Contacts

Director
Ashley Sabin
Carnivalesque Films
83 Brattle Street #605 Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 203 417 3136
ashley.sabin@gmail.com

Sales Agent
David Redmon
Phone: 203 417 3136
mgmadeinchina@yahoo.com

Sales Agent
David Redmon
Phone: 203 417 3136
mgmadeinchina@yahoo.com

Director
Ashley Sabin
Carnivalesque Films
83 Brattle Street #605 Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 203 417 3136
ashley.sabin@gmail.com

Sales Agent
David Redmon
Phone: 203 417 3136
mgmadeinchina@yahoo.com

Sales Agent
David Redmon
Phone: 203 417 3136
mgmadeinchina@yahoo.com

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About the Director(s)
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin produced, directed, edited, and photographed five previous feature documentaries: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), and Girl Model (2011).

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