For over 10 years, Dartmouth native Jay Burke has been working to complete his first feature-length film, Whaling City. What began as a script he wrote as a student at Columbia Film School, Whaling City is finally nearing completion. The film is set in New Bedford, Massachusetts in the rapidly changing world of the modern fishing industry. It tells the story of Sean, a third-generation independent commercial fisherman, struggling to keep a grasp on his way of life, and a long-held family boat. While developing an unlikely relationship with a marine biologist, he is tempted to do whatever it takes to keep his boat.
Jay Burke wanted to make the film as authentic as he could, so he shot it in and around the New Bedford area, using local actors and crew members when possible. Principle photography has been complete for almost a year, and as the post-production process rolls on, anticipation for the film’s completion is building all over the city. This multi-year project could not have been possible without the help of the local community and those who had a hand in its creation have been patiently waiting for the film’s release.
On September 24th, 2011 at 8pm, the Zeiterion Theatre will play host to the official New Bedford screening of Jay Burke’s Whaling City. Tickets are on sale now at the theater’s Box Office. Here is a break down of the ticket prices:
$49.00 Tickets include: VIP Seating, 1st Edition DVD/1st Edition Soundtrack, Autographed Photo of Cast/Director, Admission to Private Pre Party at the Zeiterion.
$29.00 Tickets include: Premium Seating, 1st Edition DVD/1st Edition Soundtrack.
$12.00 Tickets include: Admission to Film.
In the weeks leading up to the film’s screening, New Bedford Guide will be bringing you exclusive articles and interviews about the film. We’ll be talking to writer/director Jay Burke, as well as some of the main actors who brought this film to life. In addition, we’ll be talking to many of the local people who played integral parts in the creation of the film, both on- and off-screen, to get their take on what it was like to be part of a feature film production.
So keep coming back to NewBedfordGuide.com for more updates and articles about the forthcoming screening of Jay Burke’s feature film Whaling City.