Video Diary of Sandy: 'Thick With Sad Here'
A local filmmaker completes the first part of a film about the Oct. 29 'superstorm' that devastated Ocean City.
The floodwaters from Sandy stopped just shy of the first-floor living space at John Thornton's house in the Ocean City Homes neighborhood on the south end of Ocean City.
But the physical and emotional devastation he witnessed in the aftermath of the massive coastal storm led the the Art Institute of Philadelphia teacher and amateur filmmaker to document the storm's toll on his friends and neighbors.
Thornton, who has created a number of short films about Ocean City, is at work on a longer form movie called "Sandy, a Video Diary." The first 14-minute segment is included with this story. It starts on Saturday, Oct. 27, two days before Sandy makes landfall and continues through the storm. The film includes video and still images from Ocean City Patch coverage of the storm.
Thornton is at work on a second segment that will focus on the aftermath. He returned to the island on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the storm hit, and he has extensive footage of what he saw, as well as interviews with people affected.
Check back with Ocean City Patch for links to the second segment when it is complete.