Friday, July 15, 2016
Bringing the Bay to the beach
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:30 am
The first-ever documentary about Jamaica Bay will be one of more than 30 films screened at the Long Beach Film Festival from Aug. 3 to 5.
Dan Hendrick, the writer and mastermind behind “Saving Jamaica Bay,” announced the film’s premiere at the fifth annual festival last Thursday.
The documentary tells the tale of Broad Channel residents and environmental activists fighting to preserve the estuary against hazards such as the dumping of nitrates.
The film briefly focuses on the community’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
Hendrick, a former Queens Chronicle editor-in-chief and husband of Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), has brought the film to several festivals across the country, including in Washington, D.C. and Orlando.
He spent five years filming the bay and talking to experts before releasing it on March 17 during the Queens World Film Festival.
Hendrick is trying to have the city place a “Welcome to Jamaica Bay” sign that would greet drivers heading into Broad Channel.