2013-04-26 / Columnists

Seven Miles To Shore

Full House At Knights For Film
By Beth Hanning

This past Saturday night, John Sica premiered his documentary “Seven Miles to Shore” at the Knights of Columbus. The film was a documentary about Sandy and a tribute to local hero Dylan Smith. Smith saved six people the night of the storm while on his surfboard. Smith died while surfing in Rincon, Puerto Rico in December.

Sica was quoted in the New York Daily News saying “...I wanted to make sure he was remembered,” as a reason for creating the film. This film will do just that.”

I entered the hall thinking that I would be teary eyed and crying by the end of the film. Well, I had a few tears, but I thought that the film was quite uplifting. The stories that were told by families involved in the fires were stories of resiliency and bravery.

After the premiere, Jackie Smith, one of Smith’s aunts said that she thought the film was a great example of Dylan’s character. I did not know Dylan but I am sure it was. I also think it was a great example of Rockaway’s character as well. The reason why many of us love our neighborhood is because when our neighbor needs a hand, we all lend one.

John Sica directed a great film. His assistant director Deirdre Roberts organized the locals to tell their story of first the flooding, then the fires. Bobby Butler did a great job on sound and music. Butler and Casey Brouder are excellent storytellers and told their stories with humor and with it made all in attendance smile at the both of them.

When I spoke to John after the screening of the film, he was very humble and appreciated all of the praise.

More than 140 DVDs were sold that night with all proceeds, from both the door and the DVD sales, going to Rockaway WISH. More DVDs are being ordered and will be available online.

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