America ReFramed | Downeast
Watch Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8pm on WORLD.
In the small lobster village of Prospect Harbor, Maine, the closing of the last remaining Sardine Cannery in the United States was in April 2010. A few months later, Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchased the plant in hopes of re-building a lobster processing facility. He also planned on rehiring the laid-off sardine workers, most of whom are women over 65 years old.
Downeast, an experiential story that unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half, documents Antonio's journey including the troubles he experiences on the first day in the town; local politicians oppose his vision of rebuilding the factory with the use of a $200,000 federal grant combined with his investment of more than $2 million dollars at a town-hall meeting. Undeterred, Antonio moves forward, determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States.