Welcome to VideoTakes, my site for the work I do as an independent filmmaker. My most recent project, in partnership with writer Tom Horton and photographer Dave Harp, is Saving San Domingo. The half-hour documentary is a tribute to one of the nation’s oldest, surviving African-American communities, San Domingo, MD.
https://vimeo.com/513108513 or bayjournal.com/films.

Newell Quinton making scrapple in San Domingo, MD. The Quinton family and others in this 200-year-old community are working to keep the culture and values alive.

What began as a chance discovery of the community by writer Tom Horton on a bike ride evolved into an intriguing, unique story about the descendants of Haitians who came to Maryland soon after the slave rebellion that freed slaves in Santo Domingo, the old name for the island that nows includes Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  For more, visit our film website: sandomingo.org.

Our team is now in production for Water’s Way: Thinking Like a Watershed, a film inspired by Aldo Leopold’s Thinking Like a Mountain, which means to have an understanding and respect for the interconnectedness of the elements of an ecosystem.  In our film, we focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. While Leopold laments the slaughter of wolves, we question the extermination of beavers.

In 2019, we completed two films that screened in the Chesapeake Film Festival in October and were included in the DC Environmental Film Festival’s virtual festival. Both films (A Voice for the Rivers and Nassawango Legacy), along with our film about Smith Island (An Island Out of Time) aired on Maryland Public Television during Chesapeake Bay Week and will air on MPT again this year.  All our films, and many of my previous films, are accessible via my Portfolio page.

To learn more about me and my work, please peruse this site. 

Sandy Cannon-Brown