2013 / 20’

Marcus Hook is a small refinery town close to Philadelphia. For decades the oil business was the community’s bread and butter, but in December 2011 when the Sunoco refinery shut down, the town was left on the brink of an unprecedented crisis. Renovating his house, ex-refinery worker Michael Manerchia found the remains of the plankhouse of Blackbeard’s mistress. This unexpected discovery gave Manerchia the inspiration to create a pirate festival in order to bring business back to the town. Treasure chronicles the efforts of a community determined to survive the decline of heavy industry. The town’s future is being written as we speak, but one thing is certain: If Marcus Hook wasn’t born with the refinery, it doesn’t have to die with it either.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Taos Shortz Film Fest  /  Official Selection
FirstGlance Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Media Film Festival  /  Official Selection
InTe Cinema Festival  /  Official Selection

Produced by Awen Films
Director: Valerio Ciriaci
Producers: Valerio Ciriaci, Isaak Liptzin
Director of Photography: Isaak Liptzin
Assistant Producers: Sharon Brooks, Janna Kyllästinen
Sound Recordist: Janna Kyllästinen
Editor: Valerio Ciriaci
Original Score: Rachel Wardell
Sound Mixing: Casey Skodnek
Color Correction: Giovanni Pompetti
Titles Animator: Michael Bennett