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#GloucesterMA in Boston Globe & Cape Ann Beacon- Good Harbor Beach Salt Island for sale, again

July 2016 Salt Island Good Harbor Beach

Salt Island, Good Harbor Beach and Brier Neck are naturally connected. The five acre Salt Island is about 1000 feet from Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A sandbar links the island and beach at low tide. I’ve culled a few milestones in its history. Scroll down to 2017 to find the links for the Cape Ann Beacon and today’s Boston Globe.

SALT ISLAND TIMELINE BITS

1860

History of the Town of Gloucester: Cape Ann, John Jame Babson’s published history includes a shipwreck of the vessel, Industry, at Little Good Harbor Beach near Salt Island in 1796

19th century

Joseph Parsons’ family operated a lobster business from Salt Island

pre 1919

silent movies were filmed on location

1919 Fox Film Co Bride Number 13

Parts of the Fox Film Corporation movie, Bride Number 13, were shot on location at Good Harbor Beach and Salt Island. The 15 part serial silent film –“the most costly pictures ever made…would consume expenditures of at least one million dollars.” It was conceived and written by Edward Sedgwick, directed by Richard Stanton aka “Salt Island’s Mighty Emperor”, and starred Marguerite Clayton, Jack O’Brien, and Ed Rossman. The script was inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Here are a few fun excerpts from 1919 correspondence published in the book, “My father, a silent films pioneer,” by George E. Mcavoy:

“Again the picturesque Gloucester shores have been sought by a motion picture corporation for scenery and the noted Fox Film Company of New York, with its prominent director, Richard Stanton, has arrived at Hotel Harbor View, East Gloucester, to start immediately on the work of filming “Bride Number 13” at Salt Island off Brier Neck.

“It was decided that Salt Island in Gloucester, Mass., would be the setting of the silent film thriller, “Bride Number 13.” This island was an island at high tide and part of the mainland at low tide. Fox film Co. was building a wooden castle on the island, which was about one hundred feet high and hosted the actions of this silent film…” 

“(This was five days before the real tornado blew the wooden castle out to sea.)”

Oct 24, 1919“Dear Mother: I left Mary and the babies in Gloucester. I am on my way through New Hampshire and Maine for a lumber camp location. I expect to be back in Gloucester Monday night…

the time for the blowing up of the castle on Salt Island and the rescue of the brides from the pirate band is rapidly approaching…

Billy Carr of Gloucester, Chief Gunner’s Mate on the Navy submarine R-1 that was assigned to the picture, was to play the hero who rescues one of the brides, slashes through the nest of cutthroats, leaps into the basket with her and off. It was now November 10th. A throng of 3,000 was at Good Harbor and all over Brier Neck to watch…On the fourth day Bill Carr was called away on duty and his place was taken by Tom Corbiey…”

“Mr. Sedgwick has achieved something heretofore unknown in moving picture production. He conceived the idea of the story, witnessed and helped direct the scenes, acted in them, had a hand in the grinding of the film, and in fact had a part in every process of the film production…”

“While all bid good-bye to Gloucester last night, there was a general expression of a desire to return and several of the company said that they intended to return here next summer for the vacation period if not in picture work.”

“The explosion was a heavy one and its shock was felt in all parts of the city. It shook the windows of houses on Mt. Vernon Street and vicinity, also at East Gloucester and as far as Rockport. It occurred at 4:20 o’clock and people who felt the shock readily attributed it to the blow-up of Salt Island.”

photo caption: Bride 13 star Marguerite Clayton and kids on vacation during filming of Bride 13. Background shows the stately castle film set on Salt Island

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1923 The Silent Command

Then and now: filmmakers love Gloucester.

Fox Film Corporation returned to film the patriotic silent era Navy spy film, THE SILENT COMMAND on Good Harbor Beach, again on the Briar/Brier neck side.

The Silent Commander filed on Good Harbor Beach Salt Island

1923 was a busy year for Gloucester, MA. In addition to the municipality managing the bustling tercentenary, Gloucester welcomed another major Fox movie production to shoot on location at Good Harbor Beach. The film was made in cooperation with the Navy. It was directed by J Gordon Edwards, and starred Edmund Lowe and Bela Lugosi in his first American film. It’s essentially a spy thriller with a honeypot formula: foreign power attempts to secure plans to the Panama Canal and blow it up. The villains are thwarted by the US Navy. The production required assistance from the city’s fire department and city electrician. The film crew stayed in Gloucester at the Harbor View Hotel and the Savoy. Local people were cast and spectators lined the beach to watch the thrilling production.

BEFORE CGI:

I love this excerpt from the Gloucester Daily Times describing the staged wreck and tremendous waves washing the crew (stuntmen and Gloucester locals) overboard:

“A crowd of several hundred thronged the (Good Harbor) beach for the picture taking and enjoyed the proceedings, which were interesting, and at times thrilling…The Good Harbor beach setting is a clever contrivance, and constructed to produce a natural rocking motion of a steamer in a heavy sea. The rocking is produced by four winches operated by a crew of 10 men…Storm scenes were filmed yesterday afternoon with local actors, Stuart Cooney, son of Marion J. Cooney, taking the part of the hero and making a thrilling climb into the rigging to the crow’s nest during the height of the storm. Fred Kolstee, a rigger, commanded the crew of the steamer. The crew were (locals) Alfred Marshall, Tony Amero, Tom Bess, Peter Rice, James Francis, James Whittle and William Byers. Rain was produced from lines of hose, and a most realistic effect was produced by two aeroplanes, the wind from the speeding propellors driving the water about, and rushing through the rattlings and rigging with all the vengeance of a real gale at sea. Three times the big tank of water was released and the thousands of gallons broke over the deck in a most thrilling manner. There was some concern among the movie men before the water was released that some of the men might get buffeted about and get hurt, and they were cautioned to hold on tight.

However, it was a mere trifle for Gloucestermen, veterans of many a gale on the banks.

It was best expressed by Alfred Marshall when he stepped toward the ladder to leave the craft after the picture taking was done. Alfred was quite vexed. “Blankety, blankety, blank___, is this the best you can do? Blank, I’ve bailed bigger seas than that out of a dory. And he sung it right out so all could hear, too.”

Stuart Cooney ensured that the movie was a success from a technical perspective and “purchased the outfit and (took) it over” after the filming finished. He was a Gloucester pioneer in the film industry that’s still going strong. Film Cape Ann facilitates bringing local productions here, like the award winning Manchester by the Sea.  The Wikipedia page doesn’t have any mention of Gloucester, but it helped me with an illustration for The Silent Command lobby poster.

1923 silent FOX movie The Silent Command filmed on location Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

See for yourself; here’s a link to the complete movie. A few of the Gloucester scenes (not all) 1:03:44, 1:08:54, 1:09:54 (some coast), 1:10:21,  1:10:52 (dory lowered from navy ship), 1:11:12 (beach island)

AFI for TCM brief synopsis: “This is one of those ‘Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean’ pictures. Full of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ patriotic to the nth degree with the navy floating all over the screen. A real hero, a vamp, and a flock of thrills.” (from Var review.) Foreign agents, determined to destroy the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet and the Panama Canal, after an unsuccessful attempt to obtain from Capt. Richard Decatur information regarding mine positions in the Canal Zone, hire adventuress Peg Williams to vamp Captain Decatur, thereby putting him at their mercy. Decatur, advised by the Chief of Naval Intelligence, plays along with the spies to gain their confidence. He leaves his wife and is dismissed from the Navy as a result of his association with Miss Williams. Finally, he goes to Panama, thwarts the saboteurs, saves the fleet and the canal, and gains honorable reinstatement and the gratitude of his country for his heroism.”

1940s

Guy Parsons used one of the old family fishing shacks as a summer place

1950s

By now the fishing shacks were no longer visible

1952

Parson family sold Salt Island

1959

James Kimball purchased Salt Island for $2000

1972

Yankee Magazine article about Bride Number 13 Lights! Camera! Disaster! by Joseph E. Garland

1979

Gloucester Daily Times article mentions that James Kimball “has no plans for the island, although in the past he has thought of building a summer home on the island. When I was young my family spent their summers on Brier Neck…So when the island became available I jumped at the chance.”

2000

One of  the designated “Special places in Gloucester”

2005

“Special places in Gloucester” appendix list for the MA Heritage Landscape Inventory Program, MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation Essex National Heritage

September 7, 2011

GMG abou the Filming of Bride 13 on Salt Island by Fred Bodin

“Where is this film? I’d love to know. All sources indicate that Bride 13 was either lost or destroyed, as happened with many silent films. The reference used for this post was the May 1972 Yankee Magazine article, Lights! Camera! Disaster!, authored by the late Joseph E. Garland of Gloucester.”

and September 9, 2011 GMG Filming of Bride 13 on Salt Island Fred Buck Cape Ann Museum adds photos from the location filming 

2013

Salt Island listed for sale $300,000 plus beach parking passes for the family

2017

Salt Island listed For Sale $750,000

September 2017 Cape Ann Beacon

Sept 1 Cape Ann Beacon “Salt Island is for Sale” by Jason Brisbois

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2017 BOSTON GLOBE

Today’s paper: Sept 16 Boston Globe “A Gem or a Rock: For $750,000 Salt Island Could Be Yours” by Billy Baker

“If somebody buys it and builds, it’s because these guys didn’t step up to the plate and protect it the way my father did when I was a little girl, ” said Maslow, who pointed out that she and her siblings are not rich people with big summer houses. “I can’t help it if someone buys it and paints it purple and puts pigs on it.” – Karen Maslow

“…this island has been available for public use informally for generations thanks to the goodwill of that family. That point should not be lost.” — Chris LaPointe, Essex County Greenbelt

Boston Globe Sept 16 2017 Salt Island for sale

Trulia listing for Salt Island exclaims “Showings available only at low tide!”

 

Film Cape Ann forwards P-town theater casting call for the role of artist Edward Hopper!

Apparently they have already cast the part of Jo Hopper (1883-1968), depicted sketching here in Gloucester on Good Harbor Beach, in a watercolor portrait by her husband, Edward Hopper (1882-1967),  in the collection of the Whitney Museum.

watercolor Jo sketching collection Whitney Museum- more than 110+ Edward Hopper all Around Gloucester

From CP CASTING

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CASTING MALE LEAD
Hopper’s Ghosts by Kevin Rice

Role: Edward Hopper, painter, age range, 40 – 55, tall, over 6’2″. Cultured, well-read, sophisticated, stoic, great sense of humor. Looking for experienced actor for two-character play about the famous realist painter Edward Hopper and his wife Jo.

Rehearsals begin August 21, 2017 
and play runs September 6-17, 2017.

This is a Payomet Performing Arts Center production with performances at the Provincetown Theater. Looking for union and non-union actors. Housing provided. Please send resume and headshot to: Kevin Rice: ricenow@yahoo.com

Hopper’s birthday was July 22. For the method actors-  A couple of years back I posted a 1960s video clip of the Hoppers in their NYC studio and home in NYC.  Click here to have a peek at what they looked like then!

 

The day after Oscars for Manchester by the Sea: Gloucester and Cape Ann shine at MPC MA film and media event at WGBH

Talk about timing! The topics for the fascinating Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) event held at WGBH were planned  in advance of any Academy Awards results. After a season of many accolades including the prior evening’s Oscars news, boy did that gathering buzz. Conversations sparked with local names, industry folks, businesses and locales such as: Willow Rest, Pratty’s, local film folks, Gloucester Stage, Israel Horovitz, Kenneth Lonergan, local police, Rt 128, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The two featured presentations were Legendary Entertainment’s Matt Marolda on analytics in film, followed by a Meg Montagnino-Jarrett led panel discussion on the making of Manchester by the Sea.

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Manchester by the Sea behind the scenes panel discussion led by Meg Montagnino Jarrett, MPC winter event 2017 at WGBH. Projected photograph illustrates jobs on the movie such as the Unit Stills photographer on Manchester by the Sea, Claire Folger

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Massachusetts Production Coalition reception at WGBH

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wardrobe Manchester by the Sea – requests for Pratty’s t-shirts

 

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L-R: Meg Montagnino-Jarrett (Film Liaison Cape Ann) facilitated panel: Carolyn Pickman (casting director), Alex Berard (Location Manager) and Kai Quinlan (not pictured/ also Location manager), Ryan Johnson(Lead Man), Joanna Murphy (Asst Costume Designer), Joe Boreland (not pictured)

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Matthew Marolda, Legendary Entertainment, presentation at MPC winter 2017 event WGBH Boston

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Matthew Marolda from Legendary Entertainment, featured presentation on film and analytics at 2017 MPC winter event held at WGBH

 

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Chris O’Donnell MPC update (slide shows Massachusetts Film Set Day at the State House in the Hall of Flags (brought the local movies production jobs to the statehouse)

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MPC sponsors, MPC board president opening remarks

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Review: Just ahead of its theater release, Hollywood premiere in Beverly for Manchester by the Sea

Meg Montagnino Jarrett introduced the movie, Manchester by the Sea, from the Cabot stage in Beverly, MA, this past Thursday evening, the first public screening in Massachusetts. Members of the audience worked on the film, and dignitaries such as Senator Bruce Tarr and Mayor Romeo Theken were invited. Montagnino Jarrett is a local film producer who worked on behalf of the MA Film office to bring these kinds of projects to the area and is the official liaison for Rockport and Gloucester. Manchester by the Sea is directed by Kenneth Lonergan who appears in a biting scene.

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Should you see it because of the setting? Yes.

I didn’t recognize this as being such a typical Massachusetts or even an American story. I registered quality and pathos– a modern day Greek tragedy so thoughtfully sculpted it will be understood across the globe, whether you’ve set one foot in this state or not.

You can however walk right home: the sense of place is rendered as carefully as an artist can, as much– or more –than the characters and script. Impressions of the gray and brown landscape long shots were so right. I thought about winter scenes by local artists, like Stoddard’s murals at Sawyer Free Public Library. Residents can tally scenes, wardrobe, and dialogue filled with local references to Cape Ann communities: the harbor, Ten Pound Island, Rose Marine, Seatronics, local New England homes, the ‘Edward Hopper’ Herrick Court staircase, Richdale mart, property alongside East Gloucester elementary, signs along Highway 128, Manchester Essex school, Willow Rest, hockey scenes and Viking posters. Don’t worry, unless you are the talented location scouts celebrating at this premiere– which they were, Cabot has a bar and snacks–audiences won’t find each and every recognition flicker with just one screening. There were far too many, and oft times veiled. Besides, if you possess a beating heart you will be squeezing your friend, looking away, or grabbing Kleenex at least a couple of times.

Does it deserve Oscar buzz? Yes.

Manchester by the Sea is a beautiful and searing movie.

The film is a meditation on grief, love, and life. You’ll find flaws. That’s subjective and feels real, too. It’s meticulously crafted and directed. Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams are vivid; all of the cast and crew will be impacted by having been a part of the movie.  The movie will fuel your eyes and perspective while you watch, and hover around your thoughts and conversations days later. Walking away from the theater, I said American cinema verite. My mind wandered to more mood and art: crisp short stories; poetry; two films, House of Sand and Fog and In the Bedroomnot direct comparisons but as other powerful clutch ups. On the drive home we shared family stories and discussed edges of tragedy. Life and art can be devastating.

I made a mental list of movies that made me crumple beyond the pale. This one wasn’t exactly that for me, thankfully, as the lights came up quickly!  But it was memorable as all get out, and as art. Are there movies that have made you cry, yet you’d watch them again; or sad movies you haven’t forgotten?  I think this might be one for many viewers.

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Part II: more on the making of the film, locally 

When Sam met Amira…Fleet and funny Veteran movie AMIRA AND SAM at the Cabot April 10 – April 16

More local screenings for Amira & Sam update from Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, Executive Producer

“With a great interview and push for Veterans to attend, Boston radio station’s WAAF’s Mistress Carrie has been promoting our film Amira & Sam that will screen starting this Friday, April 10th until Thursday, April 16th at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA.
Skype Q & A with writer/director Sean Mullin after 8pm showing on Friday 4/10 and after the 3pm on Sunday the 12th !”
http://thecabot.org/event.cfm?id=201859&cart
WAAF’s promotion:
http://www.waaf.com/blogs/mistress-carries-blog/mistress-carrie-interviews-writerdirector-film-amira-sam-41811

AMIRA & SAM – Boston- One Night Only Feb 21 Meet the director and star- next week Salem

Meg Montagnino Associate Producer of this film-

Cat Ryan submits-

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Single-screen movie houses whether intimate (Cape Ann Cinema and Stage) or grand (Ziegfield) are a luxury. Seeing a movie in a place like that is an event. The really good ones can make you feel like you’re about to see a masterpiece. And then there are movies that must be seen on a big screen and that invite a shared cultural experience. Sometimes both. You just have to leave the house. If you missed the recent Gloucester premier for the movie Amira & Sam at Cape Ann Cinema, get ready to mark your calendar for two more Massachusetts premiers. The movie will be shown this weekend ONE NIGHT ONLY for a very special Boston screening and again next week in Salem, details for both as follows:

 

First up—BOSTON. This Saturday, February 21, join writer-director Sean Mullin and star Dina Shihabi for a One Night Only screening Amira and Sam. Mullin works out of LA and is promoting his debut feature. AMIRA & SAM – Boston – One Night Only

What: Amira and Sam special Boston screening with Director and cast member(s)

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7pm

Where: Theater 1 and Space 57 at the Revere Hotel, Boston, MA

Purchase tickets here  https://gm1.ggpht.com/MIH2xns_C0K5RM4_4pbEUdXMQShRF5X3sn50AUbK3uy3rqoJWdwEdDXpudVV3BKZb7hTXnJesI6OENHIq84ELhwB3z0ARyVMmRbJ7GS80z2V6h6DaA84Mu9Gimk3QJndZuxWeFzTZm9yD2Du90UshngOXffXEfEZQ-TuO77LqGCcXm0VUsyr5wch9R97Rrac9nfMUk4se2pE3luAf8PVdwu-mv2oKo7Cy_EMVs_42hvFIz1lXPKnOG3yMDAzsdl2hQXOyVpI1ZypUxUPGzYiTMr0sGnnvxIL3JtAhJd3n7SJnjc_K6AZ4GKo0LSlRitmG0vlyHmBtlzzsyXQjXH7-d-wo9RTWyX0PJ0Il2mrBTJ6O4ZP87TCM6KYdvlcLHAdoezZ2iBSwTHmJ3he92LpgZ4uuOYiOe_-uhLIHV7KFCLrDS0GJI4Z6aLgDfrSrZ2uFam7xYLBOupVfAzBqBkjcqPxJTRTrYnkjLmGzrxAIQxDgvKPKgqgVvCmFZEAhGQmPWoTO9-ycs9zJ-p3ZkQB5UvOF-A_MI3aSdhSUk2rZkx2m84MV47EANxN2zxuRkm3PUTWUl40HA=w222-h144-l75-ft

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-screening-of-amira-sam-tickets-15749179219

**Just Announced**
Discounted tickets for students and military (active, reserve, and veteran)!

 

Next week, SALEM.  Premiers Thursday February 26th with a special screening and skype Q&A with the writer-director Sean Mullin. The Q&A at the Gloucester premier was great fun thanks to Mullin’s smart, quick wit. The movie will continue its Salem run through March 5th.

What: Amira and Sam special Salem premier with skype Q&A

When: Salem premier, Thursday, February 26, 2015 with Skype Q&A

February 27-March 5th daily screenings

Where: Drafthouse Films, Salem, MA

Purchase tickets here:

http://drafthousefilms.com/film/amira-sam

MOVIE FANS, I’m wondering about movie trailers and previews. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

Mass Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards- Please Vote

From John McElhenny-

Gloucester is in the running to win Massachusetts’ highest prize in arts and culture.

Gloucester is one of 16 Massachusetts communities being considered for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Awards. The City recently submitted a beautiful video about Gloucester’s seascapes, landscapes and events that inspire many kinds of artists. The video, which was done by Gloucester video artists Gallo Productions and Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, is here.

For Gloucester to win, residents are asked to view Gloucester’s video and vote for it by clicking “Like” before next Tuesday, Oct. 26. The top three vote-getting communities will be the finalists.

Gloucester’s artistic history is as rich as any other community in the state but we’re at a disadvantage because larger cities like Lowell, New Bedford and Somerville have more people to vote for them. So we need votes! Email your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. If Gloucester wins, our video will be showcased at the Statehouse and Gloucester will be able to tout itself as the Top Arts Community in Massachusetts – a great selling point.

Readers are urged to vote for Gloucester’s video before next Tuesday, Oct. 26!

Here it is

This is a vote I can get behind!