Do Not Resuscitate: December 2006: Archives

December 13, 2006

Requiem For The Sea genre: Do Not Resuscitate & Happy Remembrances & Traveliscious & Video-Philes

The following video, Requiem For The Sea, was filmed at City Island, New York, a historic seaport community in New York City. I did the filming for my friend, Hyonok Kim last year while studying film at the New York Film Academy. Hyonok is a dancer by training and she teaches at a university in South Korea. She has won a number of awards related to her work with dance. The video tells a story of loss and death through dance and the use of stunning visual images and symbolism. If you find the sea to be relaxing and peaceful, this video will not disappoint. It is a work of art.


Originally inhabited by the Siwanoy Indians, who lived during the summer on the plentiful clams, oysters, and fish they found here, City Island was first established as an English settlement in 1685. Ideally situated to supply schooners traveling between Manhattan and points north, the island became an important shipping building and yachting center during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The two world wars brought about a conversion from yacht building to the construction of submarine chasers, P. T. Boats, landing crafts, tugs, and mine sweepers. City Island also became the site of a quarantine station, as well as the Hell's Gate pilot station.

After World War II, yachting returned and with it the building of 12-meter sloops that successfully defended the America's Cup, including the Independence, the Enterprise, and the Courageous. Today, the presence of yacht clubs, sailing schools, sail makers, marinas, fishing boats, and marine supply and repair shops reflect City Island's historic role as a nautical community.

Requiem For The Sea

Daniel DiRito | December 13, 2006 | 2:20 PM | link | Comments (1)
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