What do fishermen do in winter? George Sprague lives and works in Buck’s Harbor, Maine. He is widely known for his “cellar” (affectionately called the whine cellar), where people gather to talk, make lobster traps, share stories and pass the long months until spring. It is a spontaneous theater, with a lively cast of characters who delight in playing themselves. Their skill and ingenuity in self-dramatization make for unexpected scenes and encounters that sometimes include the filmmaker herself.
Anna Grimshaw is the author of “The Ethnographer’s Eye” and co-author of “Observational Cinema”. For the last 5 years, she has been making films in Machiasport, a small fishing town in downeast Maine. In 2013 she completed a four-part film work, Mr Coperthwaite: a life in the Maine Woods (Berkeley Media/RAI), a companion piece, A Chair: in six parts (RAI), and At Low Tide (RAI). She teaches at Emory University.