A First Look: All About Ferry Tales

Written on 22 July 2013 by

It seems that every season more and more scripted television programs are replaced with reality shows. Investigation Discovery airs crime shows such as I Almost Got Away With It and Behind Mansion walls around the clock. On other channels programs memorialize the workday of truckers, fisherman and traffic cops. Our viewing habits are less focused on pure entertainment and geared more toward enlightenment. Over the years this reality obsession has also impacted the big screen. Some may credit Michael Moore for popularizing the genre but documentary films have been produced since the 1920’s mostly in the form of travel guides dubbed “scenics.Get more information here. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3776340.ece” By 2006 documentaries were so popular that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rewrote the rules for full-length documentary films. The most recent of the genre to gain attention by its Academy Award nomination is a 40-minute glimpse into a klatch of women making the daily ferry commute from Staten Island to Manhattan. The film, Ferry Tales, http://www.bestchoicetv.com/, chronicle the complicated personal lives of women thrown together by a desire to spend the entire ½-hour boat ride across New York Harbor in the women’s’ restroom frantically capitalizing on perhaps the only “free time” in their hectic schedules.


Is the Staten Island Ferry More Popular Now?

Written on 24 May 2013 by

If you have never seen the documentary titles "Ferry Tales" but are looking for something exciting and interesting yet educational to watch in the near future, then you simply must pick up a copy. This is a great documentary about ferries as modes of transportation across water. Perhaps one of the first ferries that comes to mind when you think about them is the famous Staten Island ferry. After you watch the documentary, you may find yourself wondering whether or not the ferry has gained popularity since this film's release.

The simple answer to this question is "yes!" After all, while the Staten Island ferry has always been at least somewhat popular for its functional use alone, even more people tend to visit it now. This may have something to do with the fact that this documentary highlights the ferry itself and goes into a detailed discussion of its historical significance to New York. Since the film's debut, more people have ridden the Staten Island ferry than ever before. In fact, if you have ever been lucky enough to take a trip to New York, then you may have very well taken a ride on this ferry in the process!


Gossip: Its’ Role in the Bathroom

Written on 3 April 2013 by

In the documentary Ferry Tales, writer and director Katja Esson records the words and stories of women in the Staten Island Ferry bathroom. What initially seems like a strange place for a documentary soon reveals itself in a poignant and unique take on the life of the women she portrays.

It makes a certain amount of sense that the women in the documentary are so free with their stories. A bathroom is a place where your guard is lowered, whether you like it or not. People use bathrooms and powder rooms as a way to retreat from the outside world for a certain amount of privacy.

Because most bathrooms are sex-segregated, the bathroom, especially for women, because a place where people can retreat. This is only privacy in the loosest of senses, of course, because the standard bathroom is something that can be accessed by half of the population, but it is enough to reveal some shocking scenes of intimacy. If you like what you see, keep going: Baseball Bathrooms: In Time For Baseball Season, A Nats-Themed Bathroom


A Discussion in the Women’s Bathroom

Written on 3 September 2012 by

Every man wants to know what women talk about when they go to the bathroom together. "Discussions" gives a surprisingly very candid look at this very scenario.

I do not remember how I fell upon this endearing little movie, but once I saw a different angle of how strangers travel to work using a ferry, I somehow wanted to know how they survived the trip together. Using a ferry for a commute is different than any bus or train as a you are able to walk around and interact freely with the people with whom you share a ride. If it was not for the installed restroom, the lives of these women may have never crossed.

This movie has received high ratings from those who had the rare pleasure to capture this documentary of New York women surviving a ferry commute.

After getting used to the deep, deep accents that I used to believe were just movie accents, you settle into the temporary commuter lives of women. They would spend most of the time in front of the mirror, correcting a woman who was beating their child and talking about trivial things. Then the most outstanding part that made this documentary special was the reaction of the women when they had a front seat view of the 9/11 tragedy.

These women who had fought ideas together and shared make-up for months and years, actually came together in a sisterhood during those moments. They took their short commute and turned it into a friendship that is forever burned in their memory. I liked this movie, but know many people have not seen it. If it wasn't for their shared tragedy quite possibly this documentary wouldn't have been as moving. It's worth a look when you need uplifting or a laugh about how women act when men are not around.Can't get enough? There's more: Ferry collides with whale calf


Why Should One Watch Ferry Tales?

Written on 30 August 2012 by

Real life is hard. There is no doubt about that. People have all types of diseases and misfortune throughout their lives. For some people life almost seems unbearable at times. There is just too much struggle and grief. It can really get you down in many cases. This is why people that have a hard time with life will engage themselves in ferry tales.

The world of ferry tales isn't one that is just for children. Adults also need to be taken away from the cruel reality that is set before them. Adults want a chance to live vicariously through characters in a movie. It doesn't matter if it is only for 90 minutes. These character and ferry movies can help people redeem themselves. They can give the torn broken down spirits a new lease on life.

A large portion of people that are into movies will admit that the ferry tales are something that they all secretly wish and hope for. It is truly amazing to have the happily ever after ending that so many people long for. Sometimes things happen in life that are so great that people cannot believe them. These things are often called ferry tales.


Top Ten Quotable Sayings from Ferry Tales

Written on 26 August 2012 by

Once Upon a time, you may have read a story that began with, "Once Upon a time". In my mind, this is the most famous quotable saying from fairy tails, but I can't think of a specific story that begins with this line. There are other saying that come to my mind that are from fairy tails.

How about, "And they lived happily ever after". I always liked that one, but, being of advanced age, it seems a litle far-fetched to me.

"Oh, grandmother, what big ears you have!" Yes, this is from "Little Red Riding Hood". As an older adult, this seems a little insensitive to me now - I know a lot of grandmothers with huge ears!

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?" How many women actually talk into mirrors? I'm pretty sure my wife does.

"Let your conscience be your guide." "Even miracles take a little time." "Do you believe in fairies?" I have been brainwashed into remembering all of these because of my many trips to Disneyland.

"Someone's been eating my porridge." I always felt sorry for the baby bear in this tale - not so much for Goldilocks.

"Wolf! Wolf!" I tell my kids this story. Repeatedly.

"Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!" I have to admit that the story of Jack and the beanstalk still gives me the creeps.

"Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin!" My kids favorite story - mostly because I resemble one of the pigs!









A Discussion of the Main Characters of Ferry Tales

Written on 22 August 2012 by

The Oscar-nominated short film "Ferry Tales" from director Katja Esson boldly goes where few cameras have gone before -- inside the powder room on the Staten Island Ferry. The 2003 film reveals the discussions of working women as they take their morning commute to Manhattan. This insightful look at this surprising subculture offers a glimpse into a group that has its own dress code, rules of behavior and factions.

The main characters in this film are refreshingly candid, choosing to discuss how something as routine as a morning commute can raise endless possibilities in the lives of the individuals. It becomes apparent that the ladies room on this ferry is not only a place of refuge for these women, but can serve as a place of healing and hope, particularly in the aftermath of tragedies such as 9/11.

In addition to scoring an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Short Subject in 2004, "Ferry Tales" also won honorable mention for Best Short Documentary Film at the Woodstock Film Festival, as its brief look into the lives of these women proved to be a successful venture for Esson, allowing her to continue high-quality work on films such as "Skydancer" and "Poetry of Resilience."


What is the Recent Fascination with Documentaries?

Written on 19 August 2012 by

It seems that every season more and more scripted television programs are replaced with reality shows. Investigation Discovery airs crime shows such as I Almost Got Away With It and Behind Mansion walls around the clock. On other channels programs memorialize the workday of truckers, fisherman and traffic cops. Our viewing habits are less focused on pure entertainment and geared more toward enlightenment.

Over the years this reality obsession has also impacted the big screen. Some may credit Michael Moore for popularizing the genre but documentary films have been produced since the 1920's mostly in the form of travel guides dubbed "scenics.Get more information here. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3776340.ece" By 2006 documentaries were so popular that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rewrote the rules for full-length documentary films.

The most recent of the genre to gain attention by its Academy Award nomination is a 40-minute glimpse into a klatch of women making the daily ferry commute from Staten Island to Manhattan. The film, Ferry Tales, chronicle the complicated personal lives of women thrown together by a desire to spend the entire -hour boat ride across New York Harbor in the women's' restroom frantically capitalizing on perhaps the only "free time" in their hectic schedules.