No.5 Charlie the Lightkeeper
Sharp, and charmingly mischievous, Charlie MacKenzie was keeper at Cape Pembroke Lighthouse isolated on the easternmost point of the Falkland archipelago. Revisiting the site, the white bearded, coverall clad Charlie vividly recalls passing time with HAM Radio, hiding contraband and eventually "the day they came" when he found himself at the apex of an invasion. Today, both the beacon and its keeper are in their own rights, true landmarks of these islands.
Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, standing at 56ft tall was built in 1855 and rebuilt in 1906. The light operated continuously up until the invasion of 1982 when it was put out of operation and subsequently fell into years of disrepair, mostly at the hands of vandals . The lighthouse was officially restored in 1990 and is now a historical listed building.
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A Collaboration by : Vern Cummins & Jamie Gallant
Ass. Edited by: Caleb Hepler / Travis Hockswender
Motion GFX: Caleb Hepler
Post Supervision: JoJo Scheerer
Title Design: Eric Lee
Colorist: Fred Keller
Sound Design & Mix: Dan Kenyon
Original Music: 'Some Days' by Matt Sharp courtesy of Beta Petrol
Music Direction: Eric 'DJ Bunny Ears' Johnson
Archive audio courtesy of FIRS
A very special thank you to:
Charlie Mckenzie, Mark Spruce, Stacey Bragger, FIRS, FITV, Lisa Long & Dan Walsh @ Filmworkers Club Chicago, The Whitehouse Post
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