Filmmaker Stone Dow Selected for New Artist-in-Residency Program

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Stone Dow with Greg Connors of F/V Constance Sea fishing for skates and dogfish

Will Serve as Digital Storyteller for Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance

August 21, 2017 (Chatham, MA) – The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) and The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance have tapped a Cape native to craft a multi-faceted digital narrative of the region’s fishing community.

Barnstable’s Stone Dow, a 2002 graduate of Bourne High School, is the Fishermen’s Alliance new artist-in-residence. Over the course of the next year, Dow will shoot and edit original footage focused on the region’s fisheries. He will also help manage and organize the Alliance’s media archive, another means to create content that offers insight and depth into Cape Cod’s fishing industry.


“As a documentarian, I’m always interested in meeting new people, having conversations and learning about their lives,” Dow said of his plans to use video to tell stories that will be shared on social media and elsewhere. He began his part-time position earlier this month.


AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake said tapping into the region’s talent made sense for this creative initiative, an approach that the Alliance’s CEO John Pappalardo wholeheartedly endorsed. “I remember John saying, ‘I don’t want to hire a marketing agency. I want something special that only an artist can deliver,’” Wake recalled. “That’s when I knew we were on the same page and that this collaboration was just the beginning of something beneficial for Cape artists.”


Dow, who holds a bachelor’s of science degree in television, radio and film from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, has more than seven years’ experience as a writer, director, and producer. He currently serves as a technical consultant for the popular TED Conferences.


He recently moved back to Cape Cod where he lives with Julia Goldstein and their five-month-old son Gil.  Dow said one constant in his career has been his interest in helping organizations like the Fishermen’s Alliance tell their stories, which is why Pappalardo is so excited for this new venture.


“Our fishing community’s vitality has played a crucial role in our history, arts and culture, and will continue to do so in the future,” Pappalardo said. “Joining the Arts Foundation to chronicle and celebrate that unique role makes all the sense in the world.”


At the conclusion of this one-year project, the Fishermen’s Alliance and the AFCC will host an event showcasing Dow’s work.


About the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

The mission of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is to support, promote, and to celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod in order to sustain a vibrant, diverse, and strong arts community.

About the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance

The Fishermen’s Alliance works with fishermen to build lasting solutions to protect the ocean ecosystem while ensuring the economic viability of Cape Cod’s small-boat fishing fleets.