2017-08-17 / Upcoming Events

Film tonight at JAC examines sprawling Vineyard mansions

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character, according to former carpenter Thomas Bena, director of “One Big Home.”

Twelve years in the making, the documentary follows his journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When Bena feels complicit in wrecking his hometown, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with the community to pass a law limiting the size of houses, which today loom as large as 20,000 square feet.

The 82-minute documentary will be screened at 7 tonight at the Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St. Bena, who moved to Chilmark in the late 1990s and founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival in 2001, will be in attendance to answer questions. Admission is $10 at the door.

“One Big Home” was an official selection in nine film festivals, including the Newport edition.

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