Seahorse on the Silver Screen
The Nature Lab’s seahorses made their film debut in the world premiere of SEAHORSE at the Tribeca Film Festival.
SEAHORSE is a documentary by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay that follows the story of Freddy McConnell, a transgender man who dreams of raising a child in his hometown of Deal, England.
The Guardian writes of the film, “Director Jeanie Finlay extends sincere empathy towards someone who won’t let gender get in the way of heeding the basic human impulse to create and nurture new life. That’s how Finlay wants us to see McConnell’s journey to fatherhood—a phenomenon as natural as the reproduction of the seahorse, in which male specimens carry and spawn their own young.”
The Nature Lab’s involvement came through Stewart Copeland [MFA D+M ‘19], a Graduate Assistant at the time and a friend and collaborator of Finlay’s for over 10 years (Stewart was the Cinematographer and Associate Producer on Finlay’s previous film, ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING). When Finlay mentioned she needed footage of seahorses, Stewart immediately thought of the five specimens the Nature Lab had recently collected from Narragansett Bay. With descriptions of the desired footage from Finlay, Stewart set up a tank in the Lab and recruited the help of Yuhe Yao [MFA D+M ‘19] to capture a series of close-up and slow-motion shots of the seahorses.
Stewart attended the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and describes the film as “incredible.” Find the film description and trailer below and more information at https://www.jeaniefinlay.com/seahorsefilm.