Here's a brief overview of the 5 species of oysters which are commonly consumed in North America. I did not speak much to the flavor profiles here. I wanted to first get into the areas from which they come and some general physical characteristics of "The 5" so as to keep this video very short but also informative. There are 1000 things we could say about each oyster species showcased here. And we will. So stay tuned. #theoysterhood #kevinjoseph #empire oyster #mastermermmelier #oystafarian
Premiering at the 2014 Food Film Festival in New York, The Oyster Divers introduces a group of Baymen who hand pick wild oysters in Long Island Sound.
The practice of handpicking wild oysters is very rare. The majority of oysters we eat are grown in farms at the surface of the water. Other wild oyster practices include 'raking', which involves dragging a rake along the sea floor, creating larger scale, and often unseen damage and disturbance. By handpicking the oysters, not only are the divers able to choose the correct size (over 3 inches), thereby leaving the younger, underdeveloped oysters to grow, they also cause only a minor disturbance to the surrounding habitat.
Oysters are also well know to clean and filter the ocean, and several US harbor cities, including New York and Boston, have programs to reintroduce oysters to the waters in an effort to reduce pollution and encourage healthier habitats (billionoysterproject.org and massoyster.org). In the part of the Long Island Sound where the film is set, the water is some of the cleanest on the Northeast coast. The presence of oysters plays a big part in that.
Filmed in collaboration with Empire Oyster and NY Oyster Week co-founder Kevin Joseph, featuring music by Nils Frahm and The American Dollar (theamericandollar.info).
There are oyster divers and then there is Dave Gumm - Ultra Viking Oyster Diving Hero! This video was shot one VERY chilly morning in January 2014 after many days and nights of freezing weather which caused large parts of Smithtown Harbor to freeze over. In this raw and uncut version look at the following times to see the best moments:
Kevin was honored to be featured in the documentary by film maker Sven Jaxx. It was made for Arte TV, a leading television network in Germany & France. The series of 5 one hour films featured 40 interesting Americans living and working on The East Coast of The USA. This version of Episode 3 (Delaware-New York) is in English. Kevin's segment runs from 39:00 - 48:00. They got a few oyster facts wrong but for the most part, it is a great piece. Incredibly well shot. They even used a cine-flex camera mounted to a helicopter for shots of Blue Island Oyster Farm. Really, really cool.
I'll be adding Underwater Cinematographer to my list of titles soon. Shooting here in June 2014 for the film about Oyster Divers that I'm working on with Show Love: vimeo.com/showlove On this day we we were Oyster Diving in Long Island sound. Note the three oysters on the lower right hand corner. That's what we are looking for when we are down there. All the seaweed on the bottom begins to get thick in the Winter. And it is usually gone by June. It was not a warm spring so it's sticking around longer than usual. The seaweed makes it hard to see the oysters and makes for lots of debris in the water. Spookier and slower to load up the basket.