Sandy Cannon-Brown

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Photo by Sandy Cannon-Brown. The green roof of the Kogod Business School building at American University is one of many RiverSmart Rooftops in the District of Columbia. RIVERSMART ROOFTOPS
RiverSmart Rooftops: Green Roofs in Washington, DC premieres March 18 at the Carnegie Institution during the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. The film, directed and edited by Sandy Cannon-Brown, was funded by the District Department of the Environment and produced by DC Greenworks. The project began as a training film two years ago, but evolved into a documentary that shows the environmental, aesthetic and social benefits of green roofs. 

On March 24, VideoTakes is sponsoring Women in Film & Video’s executive breakfast honoring women filmmakers participating in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.  The event at Nora’s - the nation’s first certified organic restaurant – will be moderated by EFF founder Flo Stone.  

This hummingbird in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains appreciates a native landscape with Hyssop, a favorite flower of hummers. Native habitats are important to all species, including humans!HOMETOWN HABITAT
Post-production is underway on Catherine Zimmerman’s compelling documentary Hometown Habitat, which shows how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.  Sandy Cannon-Brown is editing the rough cut of the 90-minute program.  Zimmerman, in addition to being an award-winning director of photography, is a certified horticulturist and landscape designer.  The combination of her talents results in a film that is both visually stunning and intellectually stimulating.  For more, visit:

In January, Sandy Cannon-Brown kicked off the 2015 speaker series at the Miles River Yacht Club at a sold-out dinner.  She showed and discussed three of her Bay films:  Spat! Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay, Restoration of the Edna E. Lockwood, and a short film about efforts to restore oysters north of the Chesapeake Bay bridge.  

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1976 Pulitzer-Prize Winning Book Beautiful Swimmers
Comes Alive as a Documentary Film Premiering in 2016

Photo by David HarpChesapeake Bay – For four decades, Beautiful Swimmers, William Warner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning exploration of the iconic blue crab and the Chesapeake Bay, has delighted readers everywhere.  Now Beautiful Swimmers comes alive in a documentary film as award-winning writer Tom Horton retraces Warner’s journey.

Horton returns to many places Warner visited, including Smith, Tangier and Deal Islands, Crisfield and the Eastern Bay.  Two of the watermen featured in Warner’s book are still catching crabs the way they caught them 40 years ago.   

Sandy Cannon-Brown is shooting, directing and editing the film adaptation of Warner’s pioneering chronicle of Chesapeake crabbing.  Acclaimed Bay photographer David Harp is art director and photographer/videographer. 

While much of the culture of the watermen has not changed, there have been many developments in the science and management of crabs and the crab industry.  Interviews with Chesapeake scientists and managers illuminate major advances in our understanding of crabs and the challenges facing the Bay. 

The film is an initiative of the Bay Journal, a publication of Chesapeake Media Services, a 501 c3 nonprofit.


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Restores
Historic Log-bottom Bugeye


St. Michaels, MD – VideoTakes’ President Sandy Cannon-Brown is working with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to document the authentic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood, the last surviving bugeye on the Chesapeake Bay.

In January, Cannon-Brown was there as the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Program scanned and photographed every inch of the hull to show how Edna was put together piece by piece.

The project is part of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) ‪Maritime Documentation Program, with the produced measured drawings added to the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection in The Library of Congress to document the last working oyster boat of her kind. For CBMM, the information gained will be turned into a 3D model to aid museum shipwrights and apprentices in the restoration of the Edna E. Lockwood.‬‬

The first challenge to Edna’s restoration is finding the southern yellow pine logs required to replace Edna’s bottom. Twelve logs measuring 52” in length and 3- to 4-feet in diameter are needed. Wherever and whenever CBMM finds these logs, Cannon-Brown will be there to capture the activity!