Thursday, 25 June 2009 14:11
Incredible Journey: The Story of West Hampton Dunes spotlights a community called to action and their positive impact on the environment. The new, 90-minute documentary, which was Syosset resident Yale Nelson’s directorial debut, traces the geological history of the barrier beach on Long Island’s south shore and explains how the Village of West Hampton Dunes was born and how a beach restoration project was finally put into action.
The documentary features interviews with politicians, residents and officials and pays tribute to the men and women who help turn West Hampton Dunes into a thriving and vibrant coastal community after a long, bitter battle.
West Hampton Dunes is a small beachfront community located on a barrier island system that provides critical hurricane and storm protection to the mainland. In the 1960s, according to Nelson, a poorly-conceived and ill-planned erosion control project, implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of engineers and championed by local politicians, led to the barrier island’s demise. The area, which was said to have the worst beach erosion problem in America, was left vulnerable for more than 30 years.
Incredible Journey: The Story of West Hampton Dunes tells the story of how homeowners banded together and sued various public agencies for failing to protect their property.
Producer, director and editor, Nelson, an independent filmmaker, found the inspiration for this film in his own backyard when he purchased a home in the Dunes in 2000. Starting out as a film editor over 25 years ago, Nelson’s credits include countless Olympic profiles for NBC Sports and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Outstanding Individual Achievement Award for Film Editing in 1983 for his work on the World Series American History Montage.
The documentary will broadcast on June 29 at 4:25 a.m. on WLIW21 so for those not up at that hour, set your DVRs.