Producers' Forum: Salty Dog Blues



Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
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Saturday, October 19, 7:00PM
Salty Dog Blues
A Film by Denise Belén Santiago & Al J. Santana
(USA, 2012, 60 min)

$10 general admission, $7 students/seniors
$5 Scribe and Independence Seaport Museum members
See below for ticketing information

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River
211 S. Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street

Directors Al J. Santana and Denise Belén Santiago in person

Presented in partnership with the Independence Seaport Museum

Salty Dog Blues follows men and women of color in the US Merchant Marine from 1938-1975. Examining their development as a multi-racial/international labor force, the movie tells how they navigated issues of racism, disparities in the workplace, gender and familial relations. It is also an intimate look at the potentially devastating consequences of stagnant pension plans, the eradication of medical benefits, and how the elder mariners fought back against these injustices.


Alfred J. Santana is an independent filmmaker, primarily working on social issue films. He has directed eight independent films and photographed over thirty documentaries and promotional films. Voices of The Gods (1985) is in the permanent collection of the New York City Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Denise Belén Santiago is the co-director and co-producer of Salty Dog Blues. An anthropologist and historian by training, Santiago is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Pace University in New York City. For the past 22 years, she has conducted research and taught anthropology, sociology and cultural studies at various universities.


Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Please call Scribe at 215-222-4201 to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, cash only. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal.