Cre­at­ing ‘Love Letters to the Shore’

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Follow Caro­line/Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

— A lo­cal film­mak­ing team will criss-cross the East­ern Shore with the goal of telling the sto­ries of the unique peo­ple and places on the Shore.

SNM Global Hold­ings, an en­ter­tain­ment/me­dia com­pany, re­cently an­nounced the doc­u­men­tary project “Love Letters to the Shore.” The project will fo­cus on a be­hind-the-scenes view of the dis­tinc­tive life­style that makes the East­ern Shore spe­cial.

— A lo­cal film­mak­ing team will criss-cross the East­ern Shore with the goal of telling the sto­ries of the unique peo­ple and places on the Shore.

SNM Global Hold­ings, an en­ter­tain­ment/me­dia com­pany, re­cently an­nounced the doc­u­men­tary project “Love Letters to the Shore.” The project will fo­cus on a be­hind-the-scenes view of the dis­tinc­tive life­style that makes the East­ern Shore spe­cial.

“I’ve trav­elled all over the world, and the East­ern Shore mind­set is fas­ci­nat­ing that needs to be ex­plored and ex­posed to ev­ery­one else,” SNM CEO and project Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Troy Low­man, a Sudlersville na­tive, said.

“The star of the doc­u­men­tary will be the Shore it­self and also the peo­ple with how gen­uine, how pas­sion­ate they are about the Shore. We also want to ex­plore where the Shore is go­ing.”

One of the ways SNM will tell the Shore’s story is by in­ter­view­ing lo­cal res­i­dents at a va­ri­ety of cast­ing shoots at iconic East­ern Shore lo­ca­tions where res­i­dents can meet with the pro­duc­tion and talk about what is spe­cial about home.

The next com­mu­nity cast­ing shoot will be from noon to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 18, at Doc’s River­side Grille in Centreville. Com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to to come to Doc’s and tell their unique sto­ries about the East­ern Shore. The first cast­ing shoot was held in July at Red Eyes Dock Bar in Gra­sonville.

“SNM is ex­cited to be a part of this project,” Low­man said. “I feel we have put a cre­ative team to­gether that will cap­ture the beauty and unique­ness of this one-of-akind area.”

The doc­u­men­tary 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.

Writer Brent Lewis, also an East­ern Shore na­tive, has writ­ten plays, non­fic­tion books and the novel “Bloody Point 1976.” Lewis reg­u­larly blogs about life on the Shore.

Contributor Kevin Ge­orge, a lifelong res­i­dent of the East­ern Shore, was raised on Kent Is­land and now lives in Eas­ton. He has worked in jour­nal­ism for more than 35 years. Also con­tribut­ing is Mary Klep­per who was born and raised on Kent Is­land. She is a li­censed tour guide.

“We want to have a wide expansion of sto­ries that maybe we don’t know about,” Low­man said. “If the com­mu­nity has any sto­ries or peo­ple that em­body what the Shore is or would make the Shore proud, we would wel­come them in our cast­ing shoots we will film. If we do the right thing, set the right tone, peo­ple, af­ter we are fin­ished, will say we struck the chord right, and you did us proud. If we do that, then we’ve done our job.”

The doc­u­men­tary will com­mence shoot­ing in Au­gust and through­out the fall. It is ex­pected to be re­leased early next year.

East­ern Shore res­i­dents tell sto­ries about home dur­ing a cast­ing shoot in July at Red Eyes Dock Bar in Gra­sonville.

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