ROCKPORT—Lobsterman Sadie Samuels, whom Penobscot Bay Pilot interviewed multiple times over the years, is the subject of filmmaker Greg Kohs’ seven-minute film The Captain, playing at The Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro April 13.
The documentary is part of more than 20 films that will be screening at the Mountainfilm On Tour festival, which started in Telluride, Colorado, and is on a national tour.
At 30 years old, Samuels is the youngest and only female lobster boat captain in Rockport Harbor. In 2018, she readied her boat Must Be Nice to be put into the water in Rockport, where her dad fished as well on the Mimosa.
“The wisest thing I've ever heard is: the more I fish, the less I know,” she said in Chris Wolf’s story in 2018. “Every year is totally different, but this year the ocean is cold, so I'm hoping it will be a little more normal.”
A year later, Samuels expanded her one-woman business by opening a lobster shack under her boat’s name: Must Be Nice Lobster Co, located on the Belfast Harbor.
“We don’t know for sure what the future of lobster fishing is going to look like, so, I’ve been expanding a bit,” she said in a 2019 follow-up PenBay Pilot story.
It’s no surprise that at such a young age and with such an enthusiastic outlook, Samuels would be an inspiration to the creative types in Maine. Not only did Belfast painter Susan Tobey White depict Samuels in her “Lobstering Women of Maine” series (which was all about the women who haul traps, bait bags, stern, and lobster fish off their own boats), but she was also featured in author Ali Farrell’s book Pretty Rugged: True stories from women of the sea.
Pretty soon, she began to catch the attention of Boston.com and other news outlets.
Last year, the crew of Good Morning America came to Rockport to shoot a segment on her for their “Rise and Shine” series, as chronicled in this Penobscot Bay story by Lynda Clancy.
And this week, Kohs’ short documentary will give an up-close and personal look at her journey as a lobsterman.
While she gets a kick out of the attention, she’s still up at four a.m. every day during the lobster season, hard at work, before bringing her catch back to the lobster shack to sell.
The show kicks off at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday April 12 at 6:30 p.m. and at the Waldo Theatre on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour in Damariscotta are available at the Lincoln Theatre website. Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour in Waldoboro are available at the Waldo Theatre website. Tickets will also be available on the day of the event at the theaters. The cost for each show is $15 per adult and $5 per child/student. Beverages from Oxbow Brewery and Tin Top Cider will be available for sale. See the complete playlist at www.mountainfilm.org/tour/schedule
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