This 64-minute feature documentary explores the gritty character of an old seaside neighborhood in the oldest seaport in America. Known locally as the Fort, the enclave has long served as the working heart of Gloucester, Massachusetts' marine industrial economy and as home to the city's Sicilian community. The film examines how this mix of industry and culture has fused the character of this place and its people over the past one hundred years. With the threat of urban gentrification as a haunting backdrop, the film invites viewers to contemplate what it means to sustain cherished roots to a humble place that the broader world threatens to erase and forget in time.
No Pretty Prayer is a production of the Down the Fort Documentary and Archive Project (downthefort.com), and a co-creation of Sal Zerilli, Barbara Burton and Jim Wehmeyer, with production assistance from Matthew Bradley and Beth Zerilli.
Music by Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Jazz Project (thesicilianjazzproject.com), Francesco Sanfillipo & Maestro Toto (amazon.com/Maestro-Toto/dp/B0013RNGAK) and Dominic Mancuso (dominicmancuso.com). Please support the work of these amazing musicians in any way you can.