In an intergenerational, intercontinental film collaboration, a whaling descendant contemplates his lineage, anthropomorphism, and the lingering mythology of whaling. He is inside the belly of a whale. He is everyone before him who killed a whale. He is a whale. Can whaling mean ‘being a whale’?
Performed by Charlie Chace (Vice President, Descendants of Whaling Masters; New Bedford Whaling Museum docent)
Directed by Salty Xi Jie Ng
This film was screened virtually at New Bedford's May AHA! night. The post-screening dialogue was moderated by project dramaturg artist Eli Nixon and featured conversation with Charlie Chace, Salty Xi Jie Ng and guest Michael Dyer (Curator of Maritime History, New Bedford Whaling Museum).
LINK TO POST-SCREENING DIALOGUE: vimeo.com/418768439
Supported by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's Artist Fellowship Program, as well as an artist residency at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Center for Visual & Performing Arts