Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

Secrets of the Sea


Bedford, Massachusetts, was once the whaling capital of the world. It's still a town that depends on the sea, with a thriving port that launches more than 500 fishing ships a month. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, filmmakers from the Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Lab, joined one of these ships to create Leviathan,a 90-minute visual observation of the fishing industry. The film has been classified as a documentary although it completely ignores the contemporary form of talking head interviews, voice-over narration, and wide-angle shots. Instead, cameras were attached to boom mikes and the filmmakers themselves to immerse the viewer in the ecosystem of the 80-foot groundfishing boat. What emerges from their beautiful, sometimes jarring, footage is something much more involved than a documentary; it is a challenge to look at the human relationship with nature in a new way. Leviathan screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (May 17 through 19) at the Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus as part of the Webster Film Series (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or Admission is $5 to $6.
May 17-19, 2013

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.