Free Public Screening Event For Boat Stories In North Devon
31st August 2015
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Local film maker Jo Stewart-Smith has joined forces with community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) to tell ten different boat stories.  From traditional salmon fishing to the Lundy ferry and from Clovelly to Ilfracombe the film stories cover heritage, politics, sport and family to create a valuable snapshot of life in North Devon today.

As the project comes to a close and the final film sails out of the editing suite it is time to celebrate Boat Stories with a free screening event at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe on Friday 4 September 2015 at 7.30pm. 

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI is delighted with the project "Jo has worked extremely hard on Boat Stories.  From a chance meeting on Woolacombe beach two years ago to this fabulous series of local social documentary films we certainly have a journey to celebrate."

Boat Stories has been much more than just a film making exercise.  It’s kept the public up to date with the project through a blog and photos on the Boat Stories website and its is a great local resource.  Many of the interviews were too good to end up on the cutting room floor so these have been posted to the website.

Jo also did a great job of keeping it local, another rigid NDMI rule.  She says that one of the best things about working on the project was the opportunity to work with new filmmakers. "Boat Stories was made by four different locally-based freelance cameramen, we had several young talent assistants on camera and sound and we worked with a different local musician for each film."

Jo adds "The biggest highlight though, was the people I met: fishermen, skippers, crews and scientists or conservationists - being welcomed on board for a few hours or whole days and being given a privileged peek into a new world."

The Boat Stories Premiere is the launch event for Sea Ilfracombe 2015 - a weekend of celebrating all things maritime from 4-6 September.  Although this is a free event, tickets must be reserved via the North Devon Theatres box office.  Call 01271 324242.

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