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