Photography and Video

Shack Time

Shack Time is a 27-minute video documentary program about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Shack Time examines the cultural and natural history of the dunes and shacks, which have been visited by many well-known writers and artists in the 20th century as well as a number of other people who value the unique experience of solitude and nature provided by the shacks.

Shack Time includes rare photographs by Walker Evans: a stunning portrait of shack owner Hazel Hawthorne Werner, and Eugene O’Neill’s Lifesaving Station leaning into the Atlantic Ocean following a storm. Poet Cynthia Huntington and writer Annie Dillard read from their work, and there is a rare photograph of Jack Kerouac typing in the dunes. Among the people interviewed are late shack owners Laura Fowler, Zara Ofsevit Jackson, and Ray Wells.

Shack Time was chosen for the 2001 New England Film and Video Festival and aired regionally on PBS-affiliate WGBH-TV in Boston.

DVD copies of Shack Time are available for $12.95 using PayPal, or by sending a check to PO Box 41, Hatfield, MA 01038. Price includes postage.