Nantucket Strolls: Forgotten Byways
Directed by Claire Andrade-Watkins
Nantucket Strolls: Forgotten Byways is a homegrown Nantucket documentary told by Nantucketers about stories, large and small, remembered or forgotten about the communities of color on Nantucket. The task to save, preserve and record of the history and landmarks of those communities has been spearheaded by two Nantucket residents- Augusto C. Ramos, a retired successful Cape Verdean businessman, and elder of the Cape Verdean community and Dr. Frances Ruley Karttunen, a linguist and ethno-historian and a descended Nantucketer. Over the last half dozen years “Augie” and “Fran”, as this formidable duo is known, have worked together on numerous projects to create permanent public recognition of people of color (African Americans, Cape Verdeans, Wampanoags, and Pacific Islanders) who have resided and continue to reside on Nantucket Island.
Nantucket has become a major destination for “off-islanders,” including current celebrities, who come to Nantucket for the beaches, Daffodil weekend, the Opera Cup races, and Christmas Stroll. Woven together, with the work of Fran and Augie and WHO Fran and Augie are and represent in their respective communities, makes this documentary a Nantucket story, through and through, from top to bottom and bottom to top.
WHO IS TELLING THE STORY?
This documentary is the project of historian/filmmaker Claire Andrade-Watkins, the 2012 James Bradford Ames Fellow. This distinguished fellowship was created to support research and publications on all aspects of African-American, Cape Verdean, and Wampanoag social history on Nantucket and surrounding areas.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Because it hasn’t been done yet, and it is a story that needs to be told about an island and its people uniquely important in transatlantic history.
WHAT IS NEEDED?
$15,000 to finish the production phase of the documentary.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through: CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY via Paypal:
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Center for Independent Documentary
680 S. Main St.
Sharon, MA 02067
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