All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tire Tracks on Deer Isle

On August 30, the Stonington Opera House will host the world premiere of Tire Tracks—a 40-minute documentary that earned an article last week in the New York Times. You can see the trailer here.
The burners themselves do not spend a great deal of time in the movie discussing, say, the artistic merits of the so-called J-stroke, the curved mark that occurs when drivers shift from reverse to drive. But there are a few who are willing to lay a bit of meta-analysis on the practice of burning.

"It's about asserting your masculinity and marking your territory," says Lily Lyons, a young island resident who has grown up watching the ritual, in the film. [Link]


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