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Winner - Best Director // Best Documentary Feature // Special Jury Award for Documentary Cinematography

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On the barrier island of Sapelo, two brothers, JerMarkest and Johnathan, are growing up in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. Their greatest joy is exploring the island like their adoptive mother, Cornelia Walker Bailey, did as a child. As SAPELO’s storyteller and elder matriarch, she works to preserve what remains of this unique community established by her ancestors. Reflecting on the complicated splendor of her youth, Cornelia strives to shepherd her young sons through theirs. At the dawn of adolescence, the brothers inherit her hope, but begin to clash with each other and the wider world.

Director's Bio:

Nick Brandestini is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Zurich, Switzerland. His film CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC was awarded Best Documentary at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Golden Eye Jury Award at the Zurich Film Festival, among other accolades, before airing on PBS World Channel. His previous film, DARWIN (BendFilm 2011), was awarded Best Documentary at the Austin Film Festival and screened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, garnering praising reviews in the New York Times, Variety, and the Los Angeles Times.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    92 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    West Coast Premiere
  • Rating
    "PG" equivalent with some mild language
  • Director
    Nick Brandestini
  • Screenwriter
    Taylor Segrest
  • Producer
    Vesna Eckert
  • Cast
    Cornelia Walker Bailey
  • Cinematographer
    Nick Brandestini
  • Editor
    Nick Brandestini
  • Sound Design
    Guido Keller
  • Music
    Michael Brook