Welcome

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 An Island Out of Time. 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 erosion, dwindling population and vanishing economic opportunities. All this seen through the lens of the Marshall family of Smith Island.


Photo by Jeff McGuiness on Smith Island

An Island Out of Time will premiere at 7:30 p.m.on October 13, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum during the Chesapeake Film Festival.  I also will be premiering a film by me, Edna E. Lockwood: Bottoms Up! about the restoration of an 1889 bugeye that was the last of her kind to work the Bay.  Edna is paired with Restoring the Clearwater about a boat built to clean up the Hudson River. 

For more information and tickets, please visit: chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

To learn more 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