Chris Malinowski’s “Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir” Pays Tribute to Lewes

The Landenberg filmmaker debuts his two-hour feature at the Delaware Art Museum in March.

What happens when an aging guitar instructor disappears with three students in the dunes of Cape Henlopen? To find out, you’ll have to see “Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir,” the latest from indie filmmaker Chris Malinowski of Landenberg, Pa.

The two-hour feature premiered in Rehoboth, at Movies at Midway, in mid-January, and will show upstate at the Delaware Art Museum March 9-10.

The film, with 60 actors from across the nation, was shot over the course of a month in Lewes in late 2011.

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“I always felt something brewing underneath,” Malinowski says. “Then one lonely New Year’s Eve, I took a stroll out to the great dune and thought, This is it.”

In addition to writing and directing, Malinowski scored the film and played the lead role. A frequent visitor to Lewes while he was a film student at Ithaca College, Malinowski wrote the film as a “love letter” to the town.

Malinowski’s previous film was an experimental piece titled “Alms, You Say.” He readily admits that there’s little market for such work. With the surrealistic “Your Tide,” produced by local restaurateur Alan Burkhard, he takes a step forward. Look for it on the festival circuit. And with two feature-length scripts in the can, watch for more films to come.

“Professional filmmaking is happening in Delaware,” Malinowski says. (

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