76 minutes – Documentary
Festival release date: April 28, 2017
Release date: July 14, 2017 – Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema (Toronto, ON),
Canadian distributor: Films We Like
Mermaids is director Ali Weinstein’s first feature-length project. It’s a light romp with some deeper moments about our curiosity with the myths and realities of life as a mermaid. The archival footage from a Florida theme park is worth the price of entry alone. The cast of characters, five extraordinary tail-donning women who are part of a growing “mermaiding” subculture, is fascinating. For example, Harem resident Cookie finds that it gives her something she can share with her husband, who lovingly sews her tails by hand. Transgender Julz has always wanted to be “one of the girls” and mermaiding allows her to forget her tough Bible-Belt upbringing and be an insider for once. Edited into “chapters,” each section is separated with very short mermaid myths which gives everything some historical perspective.
Mermaids had its World Premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival.