East­ern Shore con­tin­ues gar­ner­ing ‘Love Let­ters’

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views - By KRISTIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers from SNM Global Hold­ings con­tin­ued col­lect­ing in­ter­views for their film, “Love Let­ters to the Shore,” to cap­ture the East­ern Shore mind­set on film.

For Kevin Ge­orge, a Kent Is­land na­tive who now lives in Eas­ton, con­tribut­ing to the project as a writer and pro­ducer meant delv­ing into mem­o­ries of touch­stone lo­ca­tions dur­ing his life. It also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide con­text to a way of life not of­ten seen out­side the state.

The pro­duc­tion re­cently held in­ter­view ses­sions on Satur­day, Oct. 6, at the East­ern Shore Com­mu­nity Crab Feast with the Queen Anne’s County Water­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

Other lo­cals on the pro­duc­tion team in­cluded Brent Lewis of Gra­sonville and Mary Klep­per from Kent Is­land.

The pro­duc­tion con­tin­ued record­ing in­ter­views with res­i­dents in Au­gust and will run through­out the fall. It is ex­pected to be re­leased early next year. The di­rec­tor is Snow Hill na­tive Al­li­son Tucker. She still fre­quents the small town and is a grad­u­ate of Sal­is­bury Univer­sity. She earned a mas­ter’s de­gree from Wilm­ing­ton Univer­sity to fur­ther her ca­reer in film.

“I was reached on face­book by Troy Low­man, who is a na­tive of Queen Anne’s County,” said Ge­orge. “We struck up a friend­ship and he started this project which he calls a per­sonal pas­sion. He has the re­sources and he asked if I could help and the rest went off from there. It’s fun be­ing part of the process and I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the film in­dustr y.”

Low­man is the CEO of SNM Global Hold­ings and is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the project. Be­fore long, Ge­orge joined the ever-grow­ing team of peo­ple be­hind the scenes. Par­ing down the num­ber of ideas cov­ered in the film also re­quired a del­i­cate bal­ance.

Whether it was the his­tor y of the re­gion, water­men or farm­ing life, con­ser­va­tion, or small town cul­ture, the doc­u­men­tary strives cov­ers it all.

By get­ting the story from the peo­ple who lived it, the pro­duc­tion hopes to achieve au­then­tic­ity that hope­fully res­onated with the view­ing pub­lic. Ev­ery sce­nario of how one came to be part of the East­ern Shore seems to be cov­ered, ei­ther by grow­ing up in the area or re­lo­cat­ing to it.

“I wasn’t sur­prised by the sto­ries, but I didn’t ne­c­es­sar­ily know some peo­ple were out there. Some of those sto­ries may need to edited, be­cause there’s so much great ma­te­rial. We’ve spo­ken with a va­ri­ety of peo­ple and they all have the East­ern Shore in com­mon,” said Ge­orge.

Ge­orge grew up on Kent Is­land and at­tended Queen Anne’s County Schools. Af­ter mov­ing away to at­tend col­lege, he re­turned to start a fam­ily. The for­mer jour­nal­ist now lives in Eas­ton with his wife and two sons and said he hopes to in­clude even in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers that have come back home to the Shore.

Catch­ing the pro­duc­tion bug on the project, Ge­orge hopes his work on “Love Let­ters to the Shore” will lead to sim­i­lar work. Dis­cus­sions have al­ready taken place on other col­lab­o­ra­tions with Low­man in the fu­ture.

“It’s been so much fun work­ing on this and we still don’t now how we’re go­ing to pack­age this or what kind of vis­ual thread we’re go­ing to have. It’s ex­cit­ing to know that we’re al­ready work­ing with some­thing that’s spe­cial,” said Ge­orge.

For now, par­ent com­pany SNM Global their hold­ing, Bul­let Point Films, plan on re­mote film­ing through­out var­i­ous shore lo­ca­tions.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

East­ern Shore res­i­dents tell their sto­ries of grow­ing up for the doc­u­men­tary set to be re­leased early next year.

Cast­ing ses­sions yielded a se­ries of in­ter­views to be used in the doc­u­men­tary made by lo­cal film­mak­ers.

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