Perhaps the most difficult trick in film to pull off is the short documentary, which is odd since it's also the oldest form. A beautiful short documentary that captures the viewers hard and keeps 'em thinking is worth its weight in gold, and if it is a beautifully-shot piece of cinema, that's best of all.
Quahogging on Narragansett Bay is one of those amazing films.
Stunningly gorgeous, it looks at the age-old tradition of Narragansett Bay clammers. It's an old profession and lifestyle, and it may not be long for this world as future generations aren't showing the same enthusiasm for the tradition. This film is a document to an important portion of the lifecycle. David H. Wells' eye, trained from years as a photojournalist, has served him so well, as the work on this piece is phenomenal, and it's one of the cinematic short docs I've seen in years, successfully creating a mood and tone with every shot; he manages the camera with a precision that is seldom seen in short form.
You can find out more about David H. Wells and his photography work at http://davidhwells.com/index.php
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