The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host the world premiere of "Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry" Sunday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. The screening will be held at Greasy Luck Brewery, 791 Purchase St., New Bedford. Doors open at 6 p.m.
A facilitated discussion with some of those featured in the film and director Kevin Kertscher will follow. Free parking is available on the street. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. The screening is free.
A year in the making, this original documentary was produced by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Written and directed by Kevin Kertscher of Big Ocean Media, the film interweaves interviews, historic and contemporary footage, and photographs to provide a sense of the rich history and culture of the New Bedford and Fairhaven fishing industry. The expression “Finest Kind” was commonly used in New England fishing communities to mean “the best.”
The film was made possible with funding from a Maritime Heritage Grant provided by the National Park Service. Beginning in mid-August, the film will be shown regularly at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center as well as at the National Park Visitor Center and the Waterfront Visitor Center. Copies of the film will also be made available to local libraries and schools.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. More information is available at fishingheritagecenter.org.