AT SEA - OCTOBER 29: In this handout GOES satellite image provided by NASA, Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 1440 UTC, churns off the east coast on October 29, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean is predicted to bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Beach 119 chronicles the immediate aftermath and some recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy's devastation of The Rockaways, near New York City. The documentary short film zooms in to one particular street to hear stories of survival and generosity in the difficult weeks after the storm.
Beach 119's directors work for a music industry agency. Perhaps their connection facilitated artists like Foo Fighters and The Gaslight Anthem to waive licensing fees and allow their songs to be used in the short film for free.
As Floridians, we're no stranger to the danger posed by tropical storm systems. Every hurricane season we watch the development of each tropical wave with crossed fingers, bated breath, and - by the tenth or eleventh storm of the summer - exasperation.
Each year that passes where we don't endure a direct hit, we should consider lucky. We've seen too many times what these storms can do. I think that's what makes Beach 119 so harrowing.
A documentary short focusing on life after Hurricane Sandy in New York's Rockaway Peninsula features music from Foo Fighters, The Gaslight Anthem and more is out today (June 4).
"Beach 119," which chronicles the lives of the residents of Beach 119th Street in the Rockaways following the destructive October storm, includes an array of songs including rockers Foo Fighters' "Home" and The Gaslight Anthem's "National Anthem," as well as indie singer-songwriter Cary Brothers' "Take Your Time." The film also includes original music by Mike Mushok, best known as the guitarist in Staind.
The included music was licensed free of charge from the original artists, in support of the documentary's cause.
The film was directed by Marcie Allen and Jessica Beutler of music industry agency MAC Presents.
"This documentary is to give these survivors a voice to tell their story," Marcie Allen, co-director of the film, said. "'Beach 119' is a story of humanity. Strangers came together in a time of need."
Allen and fellow director Jessica Beutler work with New York music industry agency MAC Presents, which counts the Rolling Stones among its past clients.