Daily Archives: March 11, 2010

Nantucket Film Festival Films Win at the Oscars

Film Festival Alums

Ben Stiller at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

Films screened at the 2009 Nantucket Film Festival continued to rack up awards this past weekend at the Academy Awards (where NFF board member Ben Stiller was a presenter) and the Independent Spirit Awards:

Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

“The Hurt Locker”: Best Picture (Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers), Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Writing Original Screenplay (Mark Boal), Film Editing (Bob Murawski and Chris Innis), and Sound Mixing (Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett).

Fisher Stevens at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

“The Cove”: Best Documentary Feature (Producers Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens)

Spirit Award winners:
“Humpday”: John Cassavetes Award for the best feature made for under $500,000 (Lynn Shelton)

Charles Hambleton with Nantucket’s Scott Leonard at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

In a related New York Times story, “The Cove’s” Louie Psihoyos, Ric O’Barry, Fisher Stevens, and “director of clandestine operations” Charles Hambleton (pictured here) heard that an L.A. restaurant was serving whale sushi. In the week leading up to the Academy Awards, fitted with a hidden camera and microphone, they went to the Hump restaurant near the Santa Monica airport and ordered the chef’s choice. The waitress described one dish as whale, which would violate federal laws. They stashed some samples, sent them off for testing, which later proved to be Sei whale. Prosecution is expected.


Nantucket Photographs by Terry Pommett

Portfolio – Photographs by Island Artists

We will from time to time post photographs reflective of the season by island photographers. We start with photographer and writer Terry Pommett, who has been documenting the people and places of the Cape and Islands for the past 25 years. He specializes in natural light, informal portraiture and a mixture of classic and documentary style wedding photography. His photojournalist and architectural expertise have resulted in assignments throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Numerous restaurants, corporate and professional offices display his acclaimed scenic, aerial and sailing photographs. Terry’s website is pommettphotography.com

Terry leaves this week for 4 weeks in India. You’ll find photos from hidden spaces in India on his Facebook page.

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Beyond the Bar: Nantucket Bartenders

Beyond the Bar

Stu’s Spirit(s)

Holly Finigan

…From an interview that started outside of The Bean and finished on a wine tour by bike in Mendoza, Argentina…

You may know him as the guy who made up the infamous “One Night Stand” cocktail at Water Street. Others remember him as the bartender at Pi Pizza who muddles his margaritas to perfection. You may recall him from his days at the Brotherhood or even from his stint at Nantucket Auto Body. But this summer, for his seventh season, you’ll know him as a new kind-of-Stu.

In good times and bad, 30-year-old Stuart “Stu” Boissonnault loves the idea of bartending because there will always be jobs slinging drinks. But as a profession, Stu is looking at the bar as a gateway to something larger.

This traveling man has more in store for him this winter than infusing 888 vodkas and pouring chianti. Stu is off for February and March to travel from ACK to the Mendoza region of Argentina to find a tourist destination to set up a business involving both wine and spirits.

Stu was born into the traveling lifestyle. He can’t pinpoint one place where he grew up. As a foreign-service kid, from Kenya to Syria, Germany to Pakistan, he lived in more countries during his youth than most people see in their lifetime. Even on Nantucket, Stu hasn’t settled in just one spot – from Appleton to the Airport, Hummock Pond to the upstairs at the Brotherhood; he spent his first summer on Nantucket living in a bus.

Now the only busses Stu takes are around the countryside in Mendoza. With the help of his amigo, Argentine native and Oran Mor waiter Sebastian “Seabass” Gonzalez, the two have been planning to expand their reach to the southern hemisphere. Stu has volunteered on a vineyard during harvest in the wine country of the 5th largest wine producing region in the world. With Seabass’s knowledge of his home country and Stu’s passion for making great wines and liquors, the two are constantly coming up with new drink ideas in a country where the nightlife begins at 3 a.m.!

Stu’s love for the country stems from an old Argentinian flame. Though it ended many years ago, he has been in Argentina for the last three winters, mostly between the two cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires (the Paris of South America) and Mendoza, the Napa Valley of Argentina.

As for his return to the Rock? This summer, Stu will take a break from bartending, and instead will work alongside Jay Harmon, Dean Long and Randy Hudson running the popular “Cisco to Go” catering parties. While Stu said he’ll miss Pi Pizza and concocting killer cocktails, he’s really looking forward to trying something different after more than a half decade bartending on the rock.

Stu’s ultimate goal is to split his year between ACK and Argentina. While he knows he’s got a ways to go, this jetsetter is loving the Mendoza Malbec and the infusions of 888, all while smiling his way through the beauty of the seasonal life. And while it may take most people their entire lives to split their time between two gorgeous travel destinations, Stu is living the dream from isle to Argentina and bACK.

Holly Finigan has thrived on the Nantucket seasonal life for the past five years. She spends the winter months gallivanting around the globe, enjoying the summers of New Zealand and Argentina and the winters in Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands. When she’s not travel writing on a deserted beach, you can find her on the Rock, enjoying Espresso Martini’s at the Pearl. Follow her Argentine travels at www.evitadiaries.blogspot.com. She will be bACK when the daffodils bloom on Milestone Road.

Nantucket Arts News


Cary Hazlegrove’s newest book of photographs, entitled “Nantucket”, goes on sale this week at island bookstores, and March 25th nationally. Cary has photographed the island for more than thirty years, and this book represents the best 150 of the past ten years paired with quotes from well known islanders.


Jane Condon will present her one person show, “Janie Unchained”, Wednesday, March 31, 7 pm at the Unitarian Church. Jane is an island summer resident, and the winner of Audience Favorite-NY on NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING. This show will take you along on her journey from blue-collar Brockton, Mass. to upscale Greenwich, CT. Along the way, she’ll share her reasons for doing comedy.

The Associated Press calls Jane “an uppercrust Roseanne.” The New York Times says of her stand-up comedy, “Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics as she sliced through marriage, husband, kids, politics and other topics.” $15 suggested donation at the door.


Interior designer Kathleen Hay has won an Andrew Martin 2010 Interior Design Award, considered the Oscars of the interior design world. Two of Kathleen’s recent projects will be featured in the 2010 Interior Design Review Vol. 14 later this year.


Send in your entries for the Yesterday’s Island 40th Anniversary Photo Contest, accepted year-round, with cash prizes to the best photos. Enter here.