Non-Fiction Screening Series: WindShipped

August 17


Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Jon Bowermaster & the subjects of the film

in Basilica Hudson’s North Hall Screening Room
110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534

Join us for the second installment in our Non-Fiction Screening Series with local filmmaker Jon Bowermaster‘s WindShipped, a documentary that follows the Schooner Apollonia. After the screening, the crew of the Apollonia and others will join for a Q&A to help launch conversations about the place of sail freight delivery in the 21st Century.

Since Spring 2020, the 65-foot Schooner Apollonia has been sailing the Hudson River delivering goods from Hudson to New York City, with 15 ports-of-call along its route. All sans fossil fuels, it’s a very un-Amazon approach.

Jon Bowermaster writes, “I’ve been following the ship’s progress since Sam Merrett first motored the metal-hulled boat up the Hudson from a Boston suburb, in 2015. There were no masts, no sails. Five years later, in May of 2020, the early days of the pandemic, Sam and crew managed Apollonia’s first round trip deliveries, from Hudson to NYC and back. And we were there, with cameras, and stuck with them through their first two seasons.”

As Captain Sam Merrett says in the film, “this is not a gimmick.” He and his team look forward to a day when they are one of many sail freight boats operating on the Hudson, powered by the wind and sun.

HUDSY, a Hudson Valley-based video production company that creates HUDSY Original films and series, will be tabling at the screening. HUDSY also distributes community-generated video content licensed from creatives throughout the region.