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First Look 01:07
Harbor 00:55
Painting 01:05
Christening 00:31
Cold Waves 00:30
Gluing 00:42
Summer Cold 02:45


CHARLOTTE is a film about an extraordinary boatyard, the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the boatyard in 1980 with the purpose of designing, building, and maintaining traditionally built wooden boats, and in the process they transformed Vineyard Haven harbor into a mecca for wooden boat owners and enthusiasts. After a long career of designing and constructing boats for others, Nat embarks on building a 50 foot gaff rigged schooner for use by his family and friends — her name is Charlotte. Through close observation of the everyday activities of the boatyard, the film emerges as a meditation on tradition, craftsmanship, family, community, our relationship to nature, and love of the sea.

“It is precisely the love of artisanal creation that is celebrated in Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte’s Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story, a verite doc chronicling the making of a 50-foot gaff rigged schooner, “Charlotte,” by a team of craftsmen working in a Martha’s Vineyard Boatyard. Focusing particularly on boat builder Nat Benjamin, Kusama-Hinte observes the painstaking and quiet work involved in building such an elegant craft over the several years required. In doing so, he eschews many of today’s accepted documentary strategies — pinning narrative on conflict, or allowing a character-based story to assume center stage. Instead, Kusama-Hinte focuses on the work, and he pushes us, the audience, to concentrate on its pleasures as well as its vexations, on the focus required to sustain it and the quiet satisfaction achieved by its final completion. With a lovely, Satie-like score by Paul Brill, Charlotte has a gentle, meditative power.” FILMMAKER MAGAZINE


released March 26, 2011

Antidote Films
Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Music Composed by Paul Brill
Performed by Matt Ray


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Paul Brill Brooklyn, New York

An innovative composer, songwriter and producer, Paul has received 3 EMMY AWARD nominations for his film scores. Paul also won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association for his score for the film, “Better this World.” Brill collaborated with Rock legends, U2 on the HBO film, “Burma Soldier,” composing a new string arrangement for their classic song, “Walk On.” ... more

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