Day 1 of Andrew Brotzman’s NOR’EASTER by Lucas McNelly

Turns out that thanks to some terrible internet, I forgot to post a couple updates. So this one is a bit old. Sorry.


Andrew Brotzman’s NOR’EASTER is filming on the island of Vinalhaven. This is an important distinction. Getting to Vinalhaven requires a ferry ride of over an hour from Rockland, Maine. It only, of course, holds so many cars, so you have to wait in line and hope you can get on. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.

It’s enough of a hassle that having grown up very near Rockland, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Vinalhaven in my life. Maybe once when I was little.


This has created a us vs. them mentality on the island, even more so than Maine’s normal distaste of “people from away”. Enough of one that before I got on the ferry, my mother told me to tell anyone who asked that I know the Crossman’s, even though I don’t. I do know some of their relatives.

I got the last ferry of the day and hit set late in the day. I know absolutely no one on this set, and everyone was pretty busy, so I didn’t really have a chance to figure out what I could and could not film. Discretion being the better part of valor, I kept the camera in my bag.


People here have some idea that I’m doing “a project”. Well, except for the guy who asked me if I’d ever been on a film set before.

Hopefully we can rectify that tomorrow. It’s a shame too, because man we were in a cool-looking house.

Also, I have WiFi, but it’s slower than dial-up. I didn’t know that was possible.

Filmmaker Lucas McNelly is spending a year on the road, volunteering on indie film projects around the country, documenting the process and the exploring the idea of a mobile creative professional. You can see more from A Year Without Rent at the webpage. Follow him on Twitter: @lmcnelly.