Michelle Slade’s Sailing in Marin: Sausalito filmmaker captures essence of local maritime culture

Filmmaker Oleg Harencar’s ‘Life on the Water’, three documentary films focusing on the life and people on and around the waterfronts of Marin is being shown Thrusday at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Kat Lusher photo

Oleg Harencar pours tea as he talks to Don Zimmer on Harencar’s boat in Sausalito. Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal

As surrounded as Marin County is by water — the Pacific Ocean to the west, and to the south and east, San Francisco Bay, Richardson Bay and San Pablo Bay, it’s not surprising that over the past century a unique maritime culture has grown up in the nooks and crannies of its harbors, coves and bays.

For sailors, the relationship with the water typically begins just a step off the dock and onto a boat, oftentimes by-passing this extraordinary culture that has developed on the docks and in the communities surrounding Marin waterways. Likewise, the opportunities to know and understand the particular characters behind this maritime culture are few.

Now, Sausalito-based filmmaker Oleg Harencar has a plan to change that. Since 2013, Harencar has been working on a documentary series, “Life on the Water,” that celebrates the history, culture and achievements of individuals who have spent much of their life on Marin waterways.

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POSTED: 05/24/15, 7:46 PM PDT