Short of the Day: ‘A Sailor’s Song’ Sings of Hope, Redemption, and New Beginnings

Need a good cry?
By  · Published on June 2nd, 2017

Need a good cry?

I am not a sentimental man. That’s not to say I’m stoic, far from it, but I’ve been a media junkie for as long as I can remember, which means that at this point, almost four full decades into life, I’ve had my emotions manipulated every which way by movies, music and television to the extent that I wouldn’t necessarily call myself desensitized, but rather resistant to having my heartstrings pulled. It takes a lot to make me cry, is basically what I’m saying, the critic in me recognizes such intentions and keeps them in an analytical place more often than an emotional one. But when I finished watching A Sailor’s Song by writer/director Shea Sizemore, I was a weeping machine, producing (good) tears like it was my business.

A concise, elegant poem of a film, A Sailor’s Song – which was shot on the beautiful coast of North Carolina, my home state – is an elegy for regret and a look back from a forward perspective. A fisherman reflects on both what his life has been and what it could be thanks to the cyclical rejuvenation of life.

Made for, the film stars Danny Vinson and features subtle and breathtaking sea-based cinematography from Brent Christy. Check it out below, but a word of warning: have some Kleenex handy.


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