Every day, carrying the simplest of tools, diggers across coastal Maine set out at low tide to dig for clams on the wide, mud flats that stretch far into the bay. It is backbreaking work. But it has an unusual beauty emanating from the ebb and flow of the tide, the shifts of light and wind, the skill and rhythm of digging, and the sound and texture of deep, viscous mud. ”At Low Tide” evokes the sensory richness and poetic nature of clamming.
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.