Beston Society documentary film production rolling!
Watch the video trailer below!
Beston Society, an all-volunteer non-profit organization based on Cape Cod, is working with Chatham's Christopher Seufert and his
company, Mooncusser Films, on a feature-length documentary
film about the legacy of Henry Beston and his classic nature book, The Outermost House,
and how the World War I ambulance driver turned naturalists book became a motivating
force behind the creation of one of the crown jewels of New England National Parks
the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Read about the film project in the Nov. 9, 2012 edition of the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, Mass.
Support for this project has been provided by the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank's Charitable Trust Foundation, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Inn at the Oaks in Eastham, Glenn and Sheila Mott, and Attorney Karen Underhill of North Eastham. Over $5,000 was raised during a 30-day campaign on Kickstarter.com during July 2012.
The script for the 60-minute documentary is based on Don Wilding's book, Henry
Bestons Cape Cod, published in 2003. Available through the Henry Beston Society,
it is also the basis for Mr. Wilding's photo
lectures, which have been presented to thousands of people on Cape Cod and across New
England since 2001. The Beston Society archives include numerous photographs that the
non-profit group has collected over the years, including the collection from the late
Nan Turner Waldron, author of the book Journey to Outermost House.
Seufert is no stranger to documentary films. He has produced award-winning films with the
likes of journalist Walter Cronkite (related links here, here and here), actress Julie Harris (related
links here and here),
illustrator Edward Gorey,
musician Suzanne Vega, and
filmmaker Albert Maysles. His
works have been shown on PBS, The History Channel and The Discovery Channel.
Seufert is a professional photographer and filmmaker, and was fortunate enough to
qualify for a couple of residencies in the dune shacks of Provincetown last year. (The
Outermost House) created a yearning for me to reconnect to the Cape I left when I was
a kid, Seufert said. I felt very connected to that primal, natural Cape Cod,
growing up here on Hardings Beach in Chatham.
Fundraising is now underway, and over $15,000 has already been raised, but there's still a long way to go. The interest in Beston and The Outermost House has grown
significantly since the Beston Society was first organized 10 years ago, and the demand
for a film like this certainly is there.
The film will be marketed for DVD sales and to media outlets, shown at public screenings, and sold to schools
for education purposes. A DVD of pre-production footage is now available for purchase through the Beston Society's Outermost Gift Shop and through Amazon.com..
Please help us in our quest to complete this worthy
project, which will pay tribute to a Cape Cod icon, the spiritual father of the Cape Cod
National Seashore and a way of life that is vanishing all too quickly. Your
tax-deductible contribution can be mailed to the Henry Beston Society Film Project, P.O.
Box 407, North Eastham, MA 02651. Checks can be made payable to the Henry Beston
Society, or donate online by clicking the "Donate" button below.
Support for this project has been provided by
P.O. Box 407, North Eastham, MA 02651. Phone: (508) 246-7242.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Nita Wilding, Don Wilding, Jon March,
Robby McQueeney, Bob Seay, Tim Sweeney, Glenn Mott, Sheila Mott.
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