Movie Filmed Onboard the Flagship Niagara to Premier Thursday, April 29
A fantastic sea adventure, a cautionary economic and environmental tale, and a mythic saga of man and nature “INTO THE DEEP: America, Whaling and the World” will premier April 29th at the Erie Maritime Museum.
“INTO THE DEEP: America, Whaling and the World” is a PBS Documentary movie that was shot onboard the Flagship Niagara last August (2009). The film will be distributed nationwide on PBS’ network this summer. In order to provide a special screening opportunity for Erie-area residents, the Flagship Niagara League is pleased to announce an Erie premier and director’s reception. The event, a fundraiser for the Flagship Niagara, will feature an opening cocktail reception, followed by brief remarks and commentary by Director Ric Burns.
According the documentary program website, “American Experience”, INTO THE DEEP: America, Whaling, & The World, from filmmaker Ric Burns, tells the thrilling and epic story of three centuries of American whaling, and the unique relationship between American whalers and the giant creatures they hunted. The hunt for these mysterious, mammoth beings helped fueled the expansion of the American economy – propelled tiny backwater ports like Nantucket and New Bedford to the unrivalled center of the whaling world – and pioneered the first truly global enterprise America ever knew.
Few aspects of the American experience have struck more deeply into the imagination of the American people – or resonated more profoundly with deepest American hopes, fears and dreams – than the savagely primal, unfathomably limit-testing experience of whaling. Says Ric Burns, “the epic story of whaling is intimately bound up with the story of America, in strange and telling ways: as a riveting case study in maritime culture at its most extreme – as a dark and shining parable of American capitalism on the rise – and as an allegory for the American, and the human experience – long before a restless sometime whaleman and would-be writer named Herman Melville ever went to sea.”
When: Thursday, April 29th
6:30 p.m. Museum Reception
7:15 p.m. Film Introduction by Director Ric Burns
7:30 p.m. Showtime
Where: Erie Maritime Museum – Hirt Auditorium
Cost: FNL Member: $45 per couple or $25 Individual
Non Member: $60 per couple or $35 Individual
*Make check payable to Flagship Niagara League.
Telephone reservations accepted by credit card.
Call: 452-2744, Ext. 225
Contact: Bill Sutton, Executive Director, Flagship Niagara League