DOWN EAST MAGAZINE
"Bay Area filmmaker Oleg Harencar was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, hundreds of miles from the sea. “But I was always drawn to boats and water,” he says. “I think maybe I was born in a landlocked country by accident somehow.” A few years back, Harencar decide to create an indie docs series, Life on the Water, about people deeply connected to the ocean.
“I really like that subculture,” he says. “It’s full of inspiring characters.” One character who caught Harencar’s eye was Mainer Jon Wilson. In 1974, at a time when fiberglass boats were making their wooden forebears nearly obsolete, Wilson founded Brooklin-based WoodenBoat magazine, still a beloved title among admirers of traditional boat design. Harencar’s new film, The Restorer’s Journey, traces Wilson’s unlikely path from troubled youth to boatbuilder to foremost evangelizer for old-time watercraft. The film’s sparse style pairs nicely with its subject’s monkish devotion to tradition, and the result is candid and uncluttered. Harencar talked with Down East about Wilson’s turbulent background, Maine boat culture, and the art of telling Wilson’s story.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD TIMES
In a coastal community about evenly divided between fishermen and sailors, the latter stuffed themselves at a visual feast at the Film Center on Wednesday evening, May 3. On the menu were two short films about wooden sailboats and the people who have devoted their lives to keeping these boats afloat and their lore alive. The common thread was a passion for the sea and being on it in sailboats that were lovingly crafted by hand from natural material — wood.
The evening’s main feature focused on the extraordinary life of Jon Wilson, known primarily as the founder and editor of WoodenBoat Magazine. Growing up in a chaotic household where he was often left to fend for himself,
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
"As surrounded as Marin County is by water — the Pacific Ocean to the west, and to the south and east, San Francisco Bay, Richardson Bay and San Pablo Bay, it’s not surprising that over the past century a unique maritime culture has grown up in the nooks and crannies of its harbors, coves and bays.
For sailors, the relationship with the water typically begins just a step off the dock and onto a boat, oftentimes by-passing this extraordinary culture that has developed on the docks and in the communities surrounding Marin waterways. Likewise, the opportunities to know and understand the particular characters behind this maritime culture are few.
Now, Sausalito-based filmmaker Oleg Harencar has a plan to change that..."
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