2020 / 67 minutes

Directed by
Anna Grimshaw
Country of production
United States
George’s Place

During April, George and Mark, his son and sternman, begin setting traps for the season ahead. It’s cold and rough on the ocean, and lobsters are scarce. Halibut fishing, permitted for only several weeks of the year, offers George the chance to draw on his carefully accumulated knowledge of where to drop a line. His son, David, works alongside him, deferring to his father’s expertise. As George cautiously hauls in his hooks, is there a bite?

George’s Place comprises seven films that document a year in the life of Maine lobster fisherman, George Sprague. The series offers an intimate view of a distinctive way of life that unfolds according to the seasons and coastal landscape of Downeast Maine. George Sprague has long been known for his "cellar" (affectionately called the whine cellar), a place where people gather to talk, make lobster traps, and to share news and stories. The different films explore the skill and knowledge of a lobster fisherman, honed over decades of living and working in Buck’s Harbor. At the same time, they reveal how together, George and his friends, forge a rich sense of community and belonging through shared practice, experience, and humor.

Anna Grimshaw is the author of The Ethnographer’s Eye and co-author of Observational Cinema. For the last 10 years, she has been making films in Machiasport, a small fishing town in Downeast Maine. In 2013 she completed a four-part film work, Mr Coperthwaite: a life in the Maine Woods (Berkeley Media/RAI), a companion piece, A Chair: in six parts (RAI), and At Low Tide (RAI). She teaches at Emory University.

Language and subtitles
Location(s) depicted
North America
United States
Hunting/Gathering/Fishing Trade