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Dutch Harbor: Where The Sea Breaks Its Back Is A Lyrical, Black-And-White, Feature-Length Documentary Film Chronicling The Life And Landscape Of One Of America's Last Frontiers: The Industrial Fishing Port Of Dutch Harbor On The Island Of Unalaska, Halfway Along The Aleutian Chain Between The Bering Sea And The Pacific Ocean.
The Film Soundtrack, Directed By Michael Krassner And Released By Atavistic In Spring '97, Featured Largely Improvised Ensemble Performances By Joseph Ferguson, David Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol/Red Krayola), Charles Kim (Pinetop Seven), Douglas Mccombs (Tortoise), Will Oldham (Palace), Jim O'Rourke (Brise Glace/Gastr/Et. Al.), David Pavkovic (T.O.E. Inc.), Rick Rizzo (11Th Dream Day) And Ken Vandermark (V5, Nrg, Dkv). The Film And Soundtrack Met With A Degree Of Favor In Europe, And In November '97, We Embarked Upon A Five-Country, 16-City Film Screening And Live Performance Tour. The Lineup Changed Slightly By The Time Of Departure, And Continued To Evolve Throughout The Trip As Scheduling Conflicts And Other Entanglements Prohibited Most From Committing To The Entire Itinerary. This Insured That Each Night Was Entirely Different, Creating A New Montage As The Images Continued To Grow And Change With The Different Accompaniments. Performers On The Euroepan Screening Tour Included Grubbs, Kim, Krassner, Oldham, Rizzo, Vandermark, Who Were Joined By Edith Frost, Ryan Hembrey (Pinetop Seven), Julie Pommerleau (Bobby Conn Experience), Scott Tuma (Souled American), And Mick Turner & Jim White (The Dirty Three).
These Once-In-A-Lifetime Combinations Of Musical Talent, Venues, Circumstances, And Certainly The Visual Stimulation Generated By The Backdrop Of The Projected Film Have Resulted In A Truly Sublime Recorded Work, Totally Unique And Perhaps Even More Captivating Than The Film Soundtrack.