Film on Fishermen who Spin Tall Tales and Weave True stories of life at Sea through Poetry

Fisherman poet Geno Leech of Chinook, Washington performs at the Working Waterfront Festival.
isherman poet Geno Leech of Chinook, Washington performs at the Working Waterfront Festival.

Dan Orchard

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News Release Date: April 9, 2016

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The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 PM with a screening of Fisherpoets, an independent film written and directed by Jennifer Brett-Winston. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, and the Working Waterfront Festival.Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

This film is the story of a unique breed of fishermen who spin tall tales and weave true stories of life at sea through vivid and powerful poetry.The film profiles the lives and work of five West Coast fisherpoets including Geno Leech, Moe Bowstern and Dave Densmore, all of whom have been featured at the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford.Filmmaker Jennifer Brett Winston, who got her start with the National Geographic Channel and had worked on documentaries for CBS, Discovery Channel and A &E Television Network, produced Fisherpoets on her own time and with her own money.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford's fishing industry through exhibits and programs.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America's nineteenth century whaling industry.The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States.The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge.For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to or visit the park's Facebook page at Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at

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Last updated: April 9, 2016

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