Film: Alexis Andrews’ “Vanishing Sail”

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Vanishing Sail Headlines the Bonaire Maritime Film Festival” is an article by Patrick Holian (December 2016 issue of Caribbean Compass). The article centered on a special evening of film during the Bonaire Maritime Film Festival, which was held at Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire, on January 14, 2017. Although I missed this event earlier, it is still pertinent to inform our readers about the award-winning documentary, Vanishing Sail. This 2015 film (Antigua, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) was directed by Alexis Andrews. Holian writes:

This 90-minute film tells the story of trade and smuggling by sail in the West Indies, and follows a community of boat builders in Carriacou who struggle to maintain their tenuous grip on a dying culture. Viewers will see shipwright Alwyn Enoe overcomes all odds, completing the sloop just in time to compete in the prestigious Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

“We are very honored to be part of the Bonaire Maritime Film Festival,” says Alexis Andrews, the producer of documentary. “Since I first heard about Project Stormvogel through my friend Francois Van der Hoeven, we have enjoyed maintaining a connection between our islands and the boatbuilding traditions of the entire region. So far Vanishing Sail has journeyed to Old Providence and San Andres in Colombia, Bequia, Grenada, Carriacou, St. Barthelemy, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, Trinidad, Aruba, Bermuda as well as boatbuilding communities in the East and West coasts of the U.S. and even the Outer Hebrides in Scotland where good people have engaged with the story of Alwyn Enoe in the village of Windward, Carriacou and his dream to keep his tradition alive.”

Stormvogel Rising, a short film about the rebirth of the last of the sailing cargo ships of the ABC Islands, will kick off the evening. Its shows how the 45-foot cutter, Stormvogel, was rescued from a Curaçao backwater and brought home to Bonaire where it was built in 1951.

The Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation organized this event as a fundraiser for Stormvogel. All proceeds will go to the boat’s historical restoration. [. . .]

For full article, see https://issuu.com/caribbean-compass/docs/compass_online_december_2016

For the Caribbean Tales Film Festival description, see http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/work/vanishing-sail/

Also see http://www.vanishingsail.com/

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