The Maritime Film Festival was founded by esteemed sailor and artist, Andrew (PORK) Poneros, amongst others. In a broad sense, the annual festival aims to explore the human legacy of life and expedition on the water; moreover to celebrate the intrinsic romanticism of the nautical experience through various creative mediums.
The primary goal is to create an international arena for artists and auteurs to share a deeper understanding and appreciation of mankind’s epic relationship with the sea. A number of initiatives are aimed at discovering and supporting the talent of the future. The MFF is a diverse, constantly evolving, and rapidly growing platform for the exhibition of creative inspiration that flows from the waters of the earth.
In collaboration with the visionaries at Pioneer Works, The Maritime Film Festival aims to celebrate Red Hook as a community and honor its astounding resilience in the face of natural disaster. A year after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, Red Hook still stands as an alcove for artists and seafaring enthusiasts…
“I saw the submariners, the way they stood aloof and silent, watching their pigboat with loving eyes. They are alone in the Navy. I admired the PT boys. And I often wondered how the aviators had the courage to go out day after day and I forgave their boasting. But the submariners! In the entire fleet they stand apart!” James Michener Tales of The South Pacific
Since their invention and first use in warfare, submarines and their crews have attracted the attention of artists, writers, and filmmakers. The submarine is a closed, claustrophobic world. A space where men are protected from a dark and alien world outside, as much at threat from the elements as from their often unseen and barely audible elements. The perfect setting for even the low budget wannabe auteur or shlock jockey with a script about men under pressure, the perils they face and the death they bring from a tin can under the waves. The woosh of torpedoes and the ping of sonar are movie staples from Das Boot to Red October. They are indeed not like other ships… and their crews; not like other sailors.
The Bermuda sloop is a type of fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel developed on the islands of Bermuda in the 17th century.
In its purest form, it is single-masted, although ships with such rigging were built with as many as three masts, which are then referred to as schooners.
Its original form had gaff rigging, but evolved to use what is now known as Bermuda rig, which had been used on smaller Bermudian boats since the early 17th Century, making it the basis of nearly all modern sailing yachts. —more