Episode of the Sea

  • Wed Apr 22
Episode of the Sea
Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan
the inhabitants of Urk

A visually stunning ethno-fictional work on the Dutch fishing community of Urk, Episode of the Sea portrays a meeting between two cultures: the fishermen from the isolated, highly religious Dutch town of Urk and artists Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, who are filming the fishermen's lives. The result is this attractive hybrid in which fishing and filmmaking are both displayed as practices that are passed down from one generation to the next. The piece references both the ethno-fiction of Jean Rouch and Italian Neorealism. In Urkish and English.

It will be shown with award-winning animator Lynn Tomlinson’s ’88 The Ballad of Holland Island House (2014, 4 mins), in which animated clay paintings tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. In a music ballad, the house sings of its life and the creatures it has sheltered during its lifetime journey from tree to timber to home to an ultimate return to nature. The film contemplates time, environmental change, and the rise of the seas. Tomlinson also wrote the lyrics to the old-time ballad that is the soundtrack. Her award-winning animated films have been official selections in festivals internationally and have aired on public television, Bravo, HBO, and MTV. The Ballad of Holland Island House was just recently awarded first prize in Greenpeace’s Postcards from Climate Change contest. Judges Tia Lessin and Carl Deal described the film as “a totally mesmerizing, thoughtful, and immersive piece that relies on emotion to make clear the consequence of inaction. Can watch it again and again!” More at www.facebook.com/balladofhollandislandhouse

website: vanbrummelendehaan.nl

DCP black & white
1 hour 3 minutes
release year/country
2014 Netherlands