There is a small group of islands in the Lesser Antilles where the traditions of boatbuilding were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Hundreds of sailing vessels were once launched here, more than anywhere in the West Indies.
Today there is no more trading by sail, and these skills have vanished elsewhere in the region.
If this thing gone from here, everything gone you know…
Alwyn Enoe, Master Boatbuilder
Alwyn Enoe is one of the last boatbuilders practicing a trade passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that arrived in Carriacou in the 18th century. Approaching his 70s and with no more orders coming in, he decides to build one last sailing sloop with the hope that his sons will continue the trade.
The film follows Alwyn’s progress and despair over three years – from hauling trees out of the forest to a final traditional launching ceremony on the bayside.
Stories of trading by sail and smuggling contraband told by some of the last old Caribbean sea characters weave through the film like the currents of the Grenadines.
So the sea is our extension, that is our goldmine.
Michael Caesar, Former United Nations Ambassador
With the family’s hope & resources now in the wooden vessel, Alwyn tries to complete her in time to race in the Antigua Classic Regatta – five weeks & three hundred miles away – here traditional West Indian and metropolitan elements fuse to create the final resolution of the film…
Vanishing Sail is currently only screening at film festivals and special events - with a wider release including BLU RAY, DVD & VOD mid 2017
The concept for our film began with a passion to share something very special – the art of wooden boat building in the West Indies and to try and keep this tradition alive for another generation. So together with a few friends, we recorded some interviews, created a six minute teaser and began an online crowd funding campaign.
Then everything changed.
The encouragement and support we received on Kickstarter launched us into a deeper commitment in creating our film and a special journey that has taken more than five years. And now Alwyn Enoe’s son Cal has built his first vessel – a stunning new 42′ Carriacou Sloop…
With recognition on the festival circuit, we are ready to develop the film’s outreach & distribution, to share it’s message wider and inspire skills education programs, coastal community and maritime heritage around the world.
To achieve this, we need your help!
Through its fiscal sponsorship and grant programs, the IDA helps fimmakers obtain the financing they need to bring their stories to the screen.
Press & Contact
"An insightful and poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far-flung locale."
"A haunting, captivating story that will pull heart-strings and etch in the mind of every viewer."
CLASSIC BOAT MAGAZINE
"The combination of excellent production values, a heartening story, the parallels between Alwyn's community and ours... it's a superb fit."Download the press pack (pdf / 6.44 MB)
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