By Kerry Hadley | Jan 16, 2013

Downeast is an experiential story that unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half in the small lobster village of Prospect Harbor, Maine. It observes the closing of the last remaining Sardine Cannery in the United States that shut down in April 2010. A few months later,
Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchased the plant, hoping to re-build a lobster processing facility and rehire the laid-off sardine workers (most of whom are women over 65 years old).
Antonio's troubles begin on the first day he arrives to Prospect Harbor during a town-hall meeting as local politicians oppose his vision of rebuilding the factory with the use of a
$200,000 federal grant combined with his investment of more than $2 million dollars.
Undeterred, Antonio moves forward, determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States.

Festivals and Awards:

2012 Camden International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention
2012 Tribeca Film Festival, World Premiere
2012 Silverdocs Film Festival
2012 Hot Docs Film Festival
2012 Provincetown Film Festival


"A highly contained, personable work that renders vast industrial problems on a profoundly intimate scale" Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Downeast is pugnacious as it is intimate." John Anderson, Variety

"The entire movie is an elegy." The Boston Globe

"Touched nerves I never even knew I possessed." Nina Rothe, Huffington Post

"The film is poetic in its depiction of the men and women who handle the crustaceans, and wistful in its portrayal of U.S. manufacturing in sharp decline." Filmmaker Magazine

Downeast is presented by the Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House.

General Admission tickets are $8 (cash or check please) and will be sold at the door. Box office will open at 6 pm.   fmi:


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