“Where It All Starts” – A Video About Maine’s Working Waterfront

by Natalie Springuel

“Where It All Starts” is a short documentary centered around working waterfronts in Maine and their socio-cultural importance in coastal communities. Produced by College of the Atlantic graduate student, Giulia Cardoso, the documentary looks at the working waterfronts of Steuben, Boothbay Harbor and Northeast Harbor through the eyes of local fishermen, while contextualizing the significance of such spaces at the State level through interviews with representatives of Maine Sea Grant and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. Reliable access to the water is key to any fisherman’s livelihood, but on the coast of Maine working waterfronts are more than that – they are the heart of communities and a place to come together.