Director Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Genre Documentary
Runtime 78 minutes
Country of Origin USA
Language English
Supplier Manuela Buono
Festivals/Awards Official Selection - HOT DOCS 2012


The Stinson sardine cannery in Gouldsboro, Maine shut down production, leaving hundreds of lifelong factory employees jobless. When entrepreneur Antonio Bussone introduces plans to convert the cannery into a state-of-the-art lobster processing plant, a few obstinate and suspicious fishermen attempt to block him from receiving necessary federal funds. Antonio's plan would put the laid off employees back to work, and would create a local alternative to the Canadian processing plants the lobstermen ship their product to. If the state of Maine claims it's "Open For Business" why is opening a business such a challenge? Shining a light on a tireless work ethic from an aging labour force, the persistence of an independent businessman and the bureaucratic red tape of the federal grant system, Downeast is a poignant and gripping look at the complex task of creating new jobs in America.

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“A Cannery Row in Maine” - New York Times

“Downeast: Film Review” - The Hollywood Reporter


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