Block Island Times

Block Island Film Festival to honor Edie Blane

The 2023 Block Island Film Festival is being held in tribute to Edith Littlefield Blane, featuring the Spotlight Film documentary, “Bound by Blue,” about her storied and remarkable life.This year’s festival is being held from May 30 to June 2 at the Block Island Maritime Institute at the edge of the Great Salt Pond.Blane enjoyed a childhood on Block Island that was filled with journeys through the trails and clamming and fishing in the Great Salt Pond at a time when her family’s home had no electrical power or running water. As an adult, she worked for the Town of New Shoreham in the Town Clerk’s office and later served in the elected position of First Warden.The documentary about her life, “Bound by Blue,” is the film festival’s featured Spotlight Film, directed by Katherine Reaves and produced by islanders Susan Bush and Laura Parsons.“We are honored to celebrate the life and times of such an extraordinary woman in Edith Littlefield Blane,” said Cassius Shuman, film festival founder, and executive director. “The film tells her personal story, perceptions of what her life on Block Island is

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