Keith M. Francis

New Bedford: The People and their Culture

New Bedford: The People and their Culture (2013), was a HD movie

project for the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA, exhibition
New Bedford Harbor in a New Light (2013). A collection of six individuals sharing their families stories over several generations of arriving to New Bedford, Massachusetts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
I selected a multi-cultural approach, with a diversity of family histories for inclusion. The movie includes interviews and family photographs of each person featuring: Ron Barboza, Michele Bissonnette, Ken Correia, James Flanagan, Noah Griffith and Serina Gundersen.

     The individual stories are potent and diverse, yet there is an irrevocable common thread that binds their stories together. Their forefathers arrived
in New Bedford with diminutive money, immense dreams, and an infallible working ethic. The whaling, fishing and textile industry provided the catalyst for a better life far from their homelands of Canada, Norway, Portugal, Ireland, Azores and Cape Verde.

    A marvelous example contained within this movie, traces a Canadian families entry into the modest textile mills of New Bedford in the early 1900’s, to their grandson’s bold career as a Brigadier General in the United States Army.

    This project shares there aspirations of the “American Dream” defined
by writer James Truslow Adams, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement, regardless of social class or circumstance of birth”.


HD Movie – Duration: 21:05 minutes; Dimension: 1440 X 1080; Edited and Sound by: James Manning, MadCat Productions, Boston, Massachusetts


Appreciation to the New Bedford Art Museum, and the curators William Elliott,
Lasse Antonsen and Kim Barry for making this exhibition possible.

CD of the original full length HD video
is available for $29.95 USD.


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