Towpath Joe

 
 

This short documentary film follows island caretaker, musician, naturalist, and Potomac River advocate, Joe Hage. After moving to a small island adjacent to the C&O Canal and “inside the beltway” of Washington, DC, Joe reconnects with his passion for music and becomes a “diplomat” for the river.

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Producer: Emily Wathen
Directors: Susanne Coates and Emily Wathen
Cinematographers: Susanne Coates, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo and Emily Wathen
Editors: Susanne Coates and Emily 
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Towpath Joe: Final Shoot

Food, Friends, and Honky Tonk Heros
Blogging from
Sycamore Island, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North America
Latitude
38.95770
Longitude
-77.13360
Altitude
12.87 m

Today marked the last shoot in our project that began as a short film for the International Documentary Challenge back in March. After the competition ended my colleague and fellow filmmaker, Emily Wathen, and I decided to revise and expand the film to include additional background on our main character, Joe Hage, and more about his work to help raise awareness regarding the problems facing the Potomac river. The film has really been through major changes over the past 7 months and we've made a lot of new friends along the way.

Assateague Island

Wild Horses and Angry Rain Gods
Blogging from
Assateague Island National Seashore, Site B-24
Latitude
38.23280
Longitude
-75.13980
Altitude
0.38 m

Woke up on Saturday and decided to head over to the shore to camp, relax and do some shooting. My destination was Assateague Island state park and national seashore. I arrived in the late afternoon, made camp then hit the beach for a long, relaxing walk.

Doc Challenge: Conclusion

Five Women, Five Days, and a Five Minute Documentary
Blogging from
Space Station Susanne, Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., United States, North America
Latitude
38.90960
Longitude
-77.04340
Altitude
28.00 m
 

Yesterday was the final day of the International Documentary Challenge competition. The team (Emily Wathen, Megan Orr, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Nicole Ricci and myself) put in many hours over the past five days to complete our five minute documentary "Towpath Joe." Kudos to the entire team! Now it's time to get some rest.

 

Doc Challenge: Day 2

Interview with Joe Hage, the caretaker of Sycamore Island
Blogging from
Sycamore Island, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, North America
Latitude
38.95760
Longitude
-77.13330
Altitude
3.00 m
 

The second day of shooting began with two of my teammates and I hiking down the trail from the parking lot to the channel where Joe met us with the ferry. We spent several hours interviewing Joe and learning about his background, how he came to be the club's caretaker, and what it was like to live on a small island in the middle of the Potomac river. We had a really interesting morning and we can't wait to share our experiences with everyone by way of the documentary film we are making. Now, it's off to transcode and log all the footage we shot today.

Doc Challenge: Day 1

Shooting video and enjoying the beauty of Sycamore Island in the winter
Blogging from
Sycamore Island, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, North America
Latitude
38.95760
Longitude
-77.13330
Altitude
3.00 m
 

The Sycamore Island Club is a private outdoors club located on one of the islands in the Potomac River. It's caretaker, Joe Hage - who lives on the island year round - is the subject of our documentary short. I spent the better part of today photographing the island in all its snowy splendor and getting b-roll of Joe. Had a great time chasing geese, recording the sounds of nature, slogging through the mud, and ... grin ... getting scrutinized by blackhawk helicopters when I pointed the camera in the wrong direction: the CIA has an installation on the other side of the river.