“It was a really good life until the last three years.” To watch Dutch Harbor is to bear a kind of witness, for this independent documentary is an elegy; the poetic anthropology of a passing. As others before them, filmmakers Braden King and Laura Moya went to Dutch Harbor, Alaska – the most westerly point of the United States – to trace the edge of things and to move beyond paved roads toward blurred horizons of sea, sky and rock. They returned from this Aleutian Island port and its multi-million dollar industry built on the migrations of Bering Sea crab with an edge vision of obsession, decline and elemental beauty. Set to an improvised score of crystalline precision by Michael Krassner and the Boxhead Ensemble, the film’s images preserve and celebrate the fiercely independent spirit of a completely unique community and landscape in a meditative exploration of “the last place to go.”
– Gareth Evans, London Film Festival
Having toured extensively in the U.S.and Europe with live, improvised soundtrack accompaniment by the critically acclaimed Boxhead Ensemble, Dutch Harbor sits at the forefront of a movement that opened new doors for independent distribution and cinematic experience. This comprehensive DVD tells the complete story of a groundbreaking film that has become a contemporary independent classic.
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