Cuttyhunk Island in the 1970s’ Documentary Film Proposal
Cuttyhunk Historical Society
Scott MacLeod – .....@scottmacleod.com - July 24, 2014
Cuttyhunk in the 1970s was a different world than it is now. I’d like to propose writing, producing and directing a Ken Burns-informed documentary film about being on Cuttyhunk in the 1970s, with interviews of islanders, and focusing on even transcendent aspects of community, creativity, love and freedom, partly from a teenager’s perspective living and working here. In this nearly hour-long film, I’d propose to focus on first-person stories, Cuttyhunk’s sights and sounds, as well as a dramatic narrative highlighting the talent shows then (in 1972 and 1979), the learning experiences sailing in the CYC and in many other ways, as well as what people loved about Cuttyhunk in that decade. In the process, I’d like to give form to a kind of great vision of Cuttyhunk - to move the viewer emotionally, both Cuttyhunker and visitor to the CHS, in film.
Having already created one video of Cuttyhunk (2000), I’d like to build on this to share insights into Cuttyhunk from the inside from the 1970s. In addition to the rough outline and proposal in these three blog entries from 7/19, 20 & 21 in the Cuttyhunk label here - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/Cuttyhunk - I’d also propose interviewing a list of Cuttyhunkers (possibly in Google + group video Hangouts over the winter, but mostly on island in person, and with other interviewers) to ask them to describe their experiences on Cuttyhunk in that decade and perhaps even elicit photographs and related memorabilia. I’d also possibly seek to collaborate in parts of the production of this film with Lol S. (and Lo?) who organized the talent show in 1972.
For music and sound, I’d propose developing a sound track involving perhaps the Cuttyhunk song (CYC), as well as moving simple folk music (Ken Burns’ informed) or music from that decade itself, and inquire if So and Jo Dav, for example, and friends might be available to play for some of this. I’d even explore writing some compositions for this film if they were moving enough.
I’d ask for support in filming, gathering of archival materials from the CHS to be used in the film, office space when the museum is closed as well as access to FinalCut Pro or similar software as well as other related software and materials, and help with production for sale of the video in the CHS, as well as with organizing archival materials created in the process of making this film for the CHS.
I’d like to explore asking $10,000 to do this from the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, which I might donate to wiki MIT OCW-centric World University and School (a project which I’m developing), and seek to film and produce it next summer 2015.
I’d also propose to make this film in the spirit of fun in creating a Cuttyhunk talent show, learning in the CYC, and being on Cuttyhunk in that decade by including both winter and summer folks in the films’ making, as happened in the 1979 talent show.