"It's not widely known, but to the people who have been there, it is a lasting memory," said National Geographic Television associate producer Jason Kurtis, whose two-man crew filmed the Motif and several other Rockport landmarks over two days in mid-November.
"Yet, it is the people of Rockport that make the town what it is; from my experience there, it is a town of people full of pride in what they do and in the town they live in and have grown up in."
During his stay at the Emerson Inn by the Sea, Kurtis
interviewed several local historians, including Les Bartlett, Buddy Woods and Paul St. Germain.
The president of the Thacher Island Association, St. Germain gave Kurtis a tour of the town, which included a visit to the quarries at Halibut Point State Park and a stop on Eden Road for a perfect view of Thacher Island's iconic twin lighthouses.
In the time Kurtis
crew were in town, they filmed Motif No. 1, the Rockport Art Association
, the quarry at Halibut Point, the former Cape Ann Tool Co. building and various street scenes in the downtown area.
The film is being edited and no firm release date has been set, Kurtis
said yesterday he
first screening of the program with senior producers earlier this week and a second screening is planned for Monday.
indicated the program could be posted to the Web site before the end of the month but is more likely to debut in January.