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October 4, 1999
Plight of East End Baymen Featured in Documentary Film by Friends World Student

Jeremy Samuelson's "Feed 'Em For a Day: Pound Traps on the Eastern End of Long Island" Shown Oct. 5 at Southampton College; Baymen to Attend Post-Film Discussion

Joe Dionisio
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Southampton, NY -- Jeremy Samuelson of East Hampton, a student in the Friends World Program of Long Island University, will host a screening of his new documentary about Long Island baymen, on Tuesday, October 5 at noon in the Duke Lecture Hall at Southampton College.

Admission is free to Feed 'Em For a Day: Pound Traps on the Eastern End of Long Island. The one-hour screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session featuring many of the same baymen portrayed in the film.

For generations, East End baymen have made a living through sustainable means as fishermen, scalloppers and clammers. In recent years, their ability to "live off the catch" has been endangered because of the development of tourism, the second homes that have changed the economic emphasis of the area, and regulations placed on the fishing community by the DEC. Samuelson focuses on these and other issues in his video documentary.

"The film addresses where traditional commercial fishing meets modern bureaucracy and conservation gone awry," said Samuelson, 24, a senior in the Friends World Program, which has seven overseas centers and is based at Southampton College.

The 20-year-old filmmaker spent several months working alongside the baymen-- rising at 4 a.m. six days a week from February to September-- to better understand their plight. His interviews with the baymen allow them to speak of their lives, their view of the future, the art and craft of their fishing techniques, and the issues important to the local economy and environment.

Over the years, baymen have developed fishing techniques that make use of the unique system of ocean, ponds and wetlands that are part of the distinctive geography of the East End. While many baymen have "adapted" to the new economy, Samuelson's documentary underscores their sense of loss.