A Portrait of a Mermaid, A Film About Coney Island Parade Winner & Surfer ‘Muerte Mermaid’

A Portrait of a Mermaid is a mini-documentary film about the ‘Best Mermaid’ winner of the the 2012 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Kathleen Hayes. Hayes dressed as Day of the Dead-themed ‘Muerte Mermaid’ for the event, and in the film, she gets back into her full body paint and goes surfing. It was filmed at Long Beach, New York by Kadshah Nagibe of Sweet Production Media.

Notes from the filmmaker Kadshah Nagibe:

…While chatting online with Kathy I asked her if she would be interested in participating in a short portrait I had in mind to be filmed on the beach she agreed.
On the day of ths film shoot the whole project was kind of improvised even the interview. It was very windy with sand blowing all over my camera and gear but we managed to pull off. We spent the whole day at the beach not only filming but also enjoying the last few days of summer sunshine and warm weather. Kathy had invited a bunch of friends for her birthday beach party so I included a few of them in the film as well. We drank coconut juice and ate homemade empanadas it was a wonderful day.

Muerte Mermaid


Thanks Kathleen Hayes!

Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff