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Call Us Fishermen – David Wells

Call Us Fishermen

Filmmaker: David Helfer Wells
Producers: Lee Lawrence
Status: In Production

Call Us Fishermen is an evocative and atmospheric documentary film that turns the image of the New England fishermen, think Winslow Homer, on its head. This feature-length movie takes us onto commercial fishing vessels of South East New England, where increasing numbers of women are working. We encounter a range of personalities and circumstances as we learn how the women were drawn to the sea.

This film focuses on the lives of the unrecognized and under appreciated women whose hard work on the water, business acumen on the docks, and community-wide advocacy are moving the industry towards a more sustainable fishery and how this affects New England’s communities — their identity and culture as well as the area’s food system and regional economy.

This film is made possible by the support of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute.

This film is made possible in part through funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.