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By The Sea

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By The Sea
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDean Barnes
Produced byDean Huh, Dean Barnes, Tony Bennis
Written byDean Huh, Dean Barnes
  • Elena Aaron
  • Robert Pemberton
  • Jimmy Tingle
  • Tony V
  • Tori Davis
  • Chris Rivaro
Music byDavid Kurtz
CinematographyBrian Heller
Edited byDrake Silliman
Release date
  • July 15, 2002 (2002-07-15)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

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By The Sea is a 2002 American romantic comedy film[1] written and directed by Dean Barnes and Dean Huh. It was filmed at the Weekapaug Inn Westerly, Rhode Island.[2]


The beautiful Cuban-born but New York-raised pastry chef Lena Oscar has her life change dramatically as she loses her job, home, family and long-standing love in a fell swoop.

Lena’s longtime flame, the ambitious Julian finds new love and aspirations. He tosses Lena out of his life, and disenfranchises her from his family, the very family that took her in as a once orphan delivered by the beaches of Cuba at the age of three.

Locked out from her west-side apartment, she finds at her door a mysterious package sent to her from Cuba. She finds mementos from Cuba, from the life she never knew, wrapped in a small plain-wrap package. Photos, charms and an old pocket watch soon connect her to a beautiful and mysterious place in time located somewhere by the sea.

Lena is drawn to an old beachside resort in Rhode Island, called Ocean Inn. Taking on the job of Chef’s assistant, she is part of the pre-season crew prepping the Ocean Inn, outrageous continental Chef Steve Tuscano, unrelenting Chief of Staff Zelda, Italian Kitchen Assistants Massimo and Michaelangelo, and the shy but handsome Zen-devotee, the Maintenance Man, Nate Manning.

Lena and Nate find a simple but strong attraction for each other. Day by day Lena’s visions of the past become more powerful and vivid, They’re all triggered by the reverse ticking of her Father’s old memento – the watch. Mysteriously she’s visited by the ghost of a turn-of-the-century baseball player named Blue, who speaks to her in Lena’s native Cuban tongue relating to pressing matters of her heart.


  • Elena Aaron as Lena Oscar
  • Robert Pemberton as Nate Manning
  • Jimmy Tingle as Julian
  • Tony V as Chef Tuscano
  • Tori Davis as Zelda
  • Chris Ravarro as Blue
  • John Carozza as Michelangelo
  • Ed Peed as Strange Old Man
  • Patrick Shea as Dorian
  • Duncan Putney as Eddie
  • Dee Nelson as Gretchen
  • Yvette Vega as Leggy Waitress


Select tracks from By The Sea’s festival soundtrack included hits from Gloria Estefan and the Cuban acapella group Vocal Sampling are used throughout the film.


By the Sea premiered with 4 sold screenings at the Providence Festival Latin Cinema in April 2002 and continued on a historic 8-year festival run that included the following festivals and accolades: 2002: Finalist at Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, 2002 Winner of Best Feature at the Hope & Dreams Film Festival, 2003 Finalist at the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival, 2003 Finalist at the Tampa Bay Film & Video Festival, 2003 Finalist at the Arizona International Film Festival, 2003 Finalist at the St. Louis International Film Festival, 2003 Finalist at the International Family Film Festival, 2003 Imagen (Latin Oscars) in Beverly Hills-3 Nomination including “Best Picture, ” 2004 Finalist at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2004 Finalist-Miami Latin Film Festival, 2005 Finalist, at the Tiburon International Film Festival, 2006 Boston Film Night, 2007 Finalist at the Eilat International Film Festival, Israel; Finalist, 2007 at the Swansea Bay Film Festival-England, 2007 Best American Feature at the Everglades International Film Festival, South Africa, 2008 Finalist at the International Film Festival-England, 2009 the International Endurance Award at the British Film Festival in Los Angeles and 2010 Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu International Film Festival.


  1. "By The Sea". AllMovie.
  2. "Down and Dirty Pictures". 2016.

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