Welcome to VideoTakes, Inc., a woman-owned, small business I incorporated in 1985.  In 2013, I downsized to work as an independent filmmaker dedicated to projects that contribute to the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the people who live and recreate there.

My current project, in partnership with writer Tom Horton and photographer Dave Harp, is The Marshalls of Smith Island. The film is about a remarkable couple, Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, whose lives personify Chesapeake Bay’s waterman, seafood harvesting culture and history; also about the four children who chose to break with that tradition.

The film, like Tom’s 1996 book, An Island Out of Time, is both celebration and elegy for a place beset with rising sea levels and erosion, pollution and harvest restrictions, and young people seeking opportunities older generations of islanders never dreamed of—all this seen through the lens of the Marshall family of Smith Island.

Photo by Jeff McGuiness on Smith Island

For more information about me and my work, please peruse this site. To view some of my videos, please visit my Vimeo site.

Two hour-long documentaries, Beautiful Swimmers Revisited and Henry A. Wallace: An Uncommon Man, may be purchased on Amazon. com. DVDs of High Tide in Dorchester may be purchased by sending an email to me.  Please contact me about licensing these films for classroom or group presentations and/or about speaking to your audience.

Sandy Cannon-Brown