Tag Archives: New Bedford

Fishing Industry Movie Based Out Of New Bedford

From The Preview It Looks Like They Could Have Just As Easily Said It Was Made In Gloucester As Our Fishermen Are Faced With Similar Fishing Industry Dilemmas.  I hope Rob Newton Gets It At Cape Ann Community Cinema

Here’s A Preview-


WHALING CITY is a dramatic narrative feature film set in New Bedford, Mass. in the rapidly changing world of the modern fishing industry. It tells the story of a third-generation independent commercial fisherman, struggling to keep a grasp on his way of life – and a long-held family boat – as costs rise and the heavily regulated fishing industry is pushed towards a corporate model of efficiency. While developing an unlikely relationship with a marine biologist, he is tempted to do whatever it takes to keep his boat. Principal photography was completed in fall 2010, and the film is currently in post-production. The finished film will run approximately 90 minutes in length and is slated to be ready for screenings and festival entries in spring 2011.

The screenplay was workshopped at Columbia University’s graduate film program from 1999 to 2002. It won the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award and the 2007 Sloan Feature Film Production Grant, and has been recognized in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.


WHALING CITY’s campaign – featuring an early trailer for the film – is now live on Kickstarter.com, after our project received an exclusive invitation to be featured on the innovative online funding platform for filmmakers and artists.  View Now »

Click picture to view the trailer-

whaling city trailer

2009 Festival T-shirt Design Contest

I caught this on FOB (friend of the blog) Craig’s Commercial-Fishing.org forum

I know lots of people that check out the site are designers and have love for working ports so I thought I’d pass this along-

http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/ In New Bedford they are having a tshirt design contest-

The Working Waterfront Festival invites artists 16 years and older to submit a creative design for the 2009 Festival T-Shirt.  Designs should convey festival’s emphasis on the commercial fishing industry and the working port.  The winning entry will receive a $100 cash prize.  Entries must be emailed by or postmarked no later than May 29th.  The winning entry and designer will be announced at the June 11th AHA Night in Downtown New Bedford!  Applications can be downloaded from the festival’s web site: www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

For Ernestina Fans-

Developers offer beams from New Bedford mill building for Ernestina

This photo is from the Ernestina website. I can't take gredit for this!

This photo is from the Ernestina website. I can't take gredit for this!

For those of you who are interested in the Ernestina:

Ernestina, the state’s official vessel, is undergoing an extensive $1.1 million rehabilitation of the forward end of the vessel, including bow and foredeck. The work is being done at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine. Brawley is in the process of raising an additional $3 million to do the aft end. The schooner is expected to return to New Bedford on May 9.

The developers of Riverside Landing in New Bedford plan to donate 24-foot-long beams of southern yellow pine to the preservation of New Bedford’s historic schooner Ernestina, city officials announced Tuesday.

The beams will “be carefully extracted as part of the demolition process of the remaining Fairhaven Mills structure,” Mayor Scott Lang’s office said in a press release.

For more info, click here.  Thanks, Penelope, for the link! —Sharon

Amazing To Me

It’s Amazing To Me That New Bedford can get a Marriott on their Waterfront While Gloucester Still Struggles To Get Out Of It”s Own Way.

City Council rallies behind waterfront hotel plans

Marriott grants Fairfield Inn and Suites franchise for New Bedford waterfront hotel

A whaling city sets about recasting its gritty image