Documentary Details How Lives Were Impacted By Sandy
by Shawn Clayton
on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:11am.
The world premiere of a movie, "Heart of the Shore: Defying a Superstorm", documenting the lives of several New Jerseyans as they deal with the aftermath of Sandy will be on Saturday, October 11 at Seaside Park Beach. Directed by Cliff Charles and Ron Elliot, this amazing documentary details what regular folks have had to go through to get their lives back into some kind of order.
Following the utter devastation left in Sandy's wake, people living and working where the storm hit hardest faced all kinds of challenges and barriers to rebuilding and getting their lives back to some kind of normalness.
This film documents a year in the lives of those people as they fight and engage with Insurance companies, Mortgagors, and Governmental agencies to rebuild their homes, communities, culture and economic base. These people learn that getting their lives back in order after the storm can be even more difficult than surviving it.
The storm was nicknamed Sandy and formed on Oct. 22, 2012 in the South Caribbean Sea. It worked its way northward leaving a swath of destruction and devastation in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba before pounding the coasts of Florida, Georgia and over to the Carolinas. Sandy soon morphed into a Superstorm, with powerful winds and a powerful surge made worse by the power of a full moon. It hit the Jersey Shore hard and images of the Jet Star roller coaster lying in the ocean and a Mantoloking home washed into Barnegat Bay are vivid reminders of Sandy's unbridled fury and power.
The cleanup is still ongoing to this day as crews wrap up work on a 4-mile long steel seawall along the Mantoloking beachfront and into parts of Brick. And construction is ongoing along parts of Route 35 along the Shore, which is affecting residents.
The screening will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 6:15 PM at Seaside Park Beach (Corner of Ocean Avenue and Stockton Avenue, Seaside Park, NJ). Admission is FREE. Doors open at 5:15 PM. Folks are asked to bring blankets and beach chairs to this event as it will be chilly by the shore. Seating is on a first come first serve basis.