A cousin to the whimsical adventures of Jean Painlevé, Drew Christie's The Crab Fisherman's Daughter is a love poem dedicated to the wonder and beauty of crustaceans.
Christie's short opens with a familiar shot of a crab scuttling around a rocky shore. What appears at first to be the sort of science film you might have encountered in third period biology class quickly recedes in favor of something out of a European fable as our narrator, who sounds as if he recorded his dialog into a gramophone, recounts the story of a trip to the beach with his daughter. As the hypnotic story unfolds, hand drawn animation is added to the live footage to further illuminate the "beauty in the shapes and forms of the organic armor" of the crab.
Like all good folklore, the genesis of the project came from a visit to grandmother's house.
"This whole thing came about when I was visiting an old 1930's cabin owned by my Grandma. Her house is in Skagit County, about an hour and half north of Seattle and bound in between the Indian Reservation and the small fishing village of La Conner. The whole region is very magical and holds many memories for me. To this day, when I go there I walk the beach, up and down, searching the pebbly ground for crabs big and small."
Those memories congealed to form a timeless portrait of how all of us, in some manner, will one day return to our natural states.