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2012 Nantucket Film Festival Program


“Brave” is the Opening Day Film; this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is the Opening Night Film, “Sleepwalk with Me” is the Centerpiece film, and “Your Sister’s Sister” is the Closing Night Film.

Rory Kennedy will receive the award for Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling for “Ethel”.

Lucy Alibar and Behn Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award.

Nancy Meyers will receive the 2012 Screenwriters Tribute Award, and longtime friend and collaborator Diane Keaton will present.

Festival passes are currently on sale on the Festival website, with individual tickets on sale on May 24.

2012 Screenwriters Tribute Award

Nancy Meyers’ first screenplay was “Private Benjamin”, starring Goldie Hawn, which earned Meyers a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy and an Academy Award; nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Meyers made her debut as a director in 1998 with the Disney classic “The Parent Trap”.

Meyers filmography includes:
~ “Irreconcilable Differences” (writer)
~ “Baby Boom” (writer)
~ “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride II” (writer)
~ “Something’s Gotta Give” (writer, director, and producer)
~ “The Holiday” (writer, director, and producer)
~ “It’s Complicated” (writer, director, and producer)

Diane Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy for “Something’s Gotta Give”, and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Erica Barry in the film.

“It’s Complicated” starred Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, earning Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.

Past Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriters Tribute honorees include Paul Haggis, Barry Levinson, Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Robert Benton, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kauffman, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Schamus, Walter Bernstein, Paul Schrader, Jay Presson Allen, and Ring Lardner, Jr.

Other Awards

Rory Kennedy will receive the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling for her “Ethel”. The film is a personal portrait of her mother Ethel Kennedy’s political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own. Ethel Kennedy will be will joining her daughter Rory at the Festival.

“Beasts of a Southern Wild” writer Lucy Alibar and writer/director Behn Zeitlin will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. As Zeitlin’s directorial debut, their film took audiences by surprise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was sought after by many distributors before landing at Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film is set for a June 27th release.



Director/Producer: Alison Klayman; Producer: Adam Schlesinger

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media, blurring the boundaries of art and politics. With unprecedented access to the artist, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.


Writer/Director: Olivia Silver; Producers: Julien Favre, Thomas Silenn, Jai Stefan, Jeremy Bailer; Cast: John Hawkes, Ryan Simpkins, Kendall Toole, Ty Simpkins

Winner of the Crystal Bear for best feature film in the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation competition, Arcadia is a coming-of-age story set in a cross-country landscape. Twelve-year-old Greta embarks on a 3,000-mile journey in a dented station wagon. Greta’s father insists that her mother will soon join them, but between stops at fast food joints, shoddy motels, and a poor substitute for the Grand Canyon, Greta realizes that not everything is as it seems.


Director Benh Zeitlin Produced by Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn. Executive Produced by Philipp Engelhorn, Paul Mezey, Michael Raisler. Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman; Co-Director: Steve Purcell; Producer: Katherine Sarafian; Story by: Brenda Chapman; Screenplay by: Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman & Irene Mecchi; Story Supervisor: Brian Larsen; Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of royalty. Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land, unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When an eccentric Witch grants Merida an ill-fated wish, the ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.


Director/Producer: Katie Dellamaggiore; Producers: Brian Schulz, Nelson Dellamaggiore
A squat concrete building on an inner-city block, Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside something special is happening: Hundreds of students learn to play the complex game of chess. Despite student poverty and budget cuts, the school boasts the best junior high chess program in the nation. Brooklyn Castle follows five teens over one school year as they face challenges both on and off the chessboard.


Director: Kevin Mazur; Producers: Tricia Nolan, Kevin Mazur, Jeff Vespa

Renowned celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur provides an all-access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera. Candid interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, and many other stars reveal the blurred lines of privacy, pliable journalism, celebrity, and fame. At once sobering and entertaining, $ellebrity examines an obsession run rampant and conveys what it feels like to be consumed.


Writer: Mike O’Malley; Director: Peter Askin; Producer: Will Battersby; Cast: Adelaide Clemens, Tom Lipinksi, Valerie Harper, Tammy Blanchard

“Welcome to your engagement encounter,” booms Father Henry at the start of a Pre-Cana retreat-the mandatory course for couples looking to be married by the Catholic church. Among the participants are skeptical Dom and eager bride-to-be Deb. If it means not paying for another venue for the wedding Dom can bear a weekend of icebreakers, workbooks, and sleeping bags. Certainty proves that love, faith, and being 27 are not always compatible.


Writer: Mark Monroe; Director/Producer: Jeff Orlowski; Producers: Paula DuPre Pesmen, Jerry Aronson

With a team of young adventurers in tow, photographer James Balog travels across the brutal Arctic, risking his career and well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. Deploying time-lapse cameras, Balog records the world’s changing glaciers. It takes him years to see the fruits of his labor-a set of hauntingly beautiful videos that capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.


Writer/Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi; Producer: Hengameh Panahi; Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria De Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Eric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni, Jamel Debbouze, Isabella Rossellini

Teheran, 1958. Finding no instrument worthy to replace his broken violin, a renowned musician looses himself into melancholic yet joyous dreams that take him back to his youth. As the pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light, and the wonderful love story that inspired his genius and his music is revealed. Based on the poignant story of the Marjane Satrapi’s great-uncle, Chicken with Plums is a mesmerizing and exotic tale of love, music, and inspiration.


Director/Producer: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady; Producer Craig Atkinson

Detroit was the birthplace of the middle class, an industrial utopia where anyone who worked hard enough could experience the “American dream.” Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy while the entire country watches to see if this storied metropolis has the courage, creativity and grit to reinvent itself rather than implode. Detropia is a cinematic tapestry of a city and its people-who refuse to leave the building even as the flames are rising.


Producer/Director: Matthew Heineman, Susan Froemke

Escape Fire examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo of a broken healthcare system-a system designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. This eye-opening documentary interweaves the dramatic personal arcs of patients and physicians with the stories of leaders battling to transform the system. And it reminds us that the answers to our crisis are at hand and offers potential solutions, or “escape fires,” to fix it.


Writer: Mark Bailey; Director/Producer: Rory Kennedy; Producers: Jack Youngelson

Ethel relates the remarkable story of Ethel Kennedy, told by those who know her best: her family. The film is a personal portrait of her political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own. Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, Ethel offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by compassion and wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.

Writer/Director: Jenny Deller; Producer: Kristin Fairweather; Cast: Perla Haney-Jardine, Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor, William Sadler, Marin Ireland, Anubhav Jain

When 13-year-old Lauduree’s single mom runs off to California, Lauduree decides to manage on her own in her rural home. But her grandmother Greta, a caustic nurse, has other plans. Thrust together, the two women must learn to trust each other. Featuring an outstanding performance by newcomer Perla Haney-Jardine, Future Weather is a compelling coming-of-age drama that explores the sorrow of saying goodbye to what we love.


Writer: Mark Jude Poirier; Director: Christopher Neil; Producers: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Eric Kopeloff, Shannon Lail; Cast: Graham Phillips, David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk, Keri Russell

At 15, grounded and intelligent Ellis leaves his flaky mother and the only father figure he has, Goat Man, in the foothills of Tucson to attend his father’s alma mater, an East Coast prep school. As Ellis reconnects with his estranged father, he finds his life out West thrown into stark contrast. Based on a novel by Mark Jude Poirier, Goats wittily reverses the standard coming-of-age formula in an honest portrayal of life with awkward moments and unresolved endings.


Writer: Sarah Koskoff; Director: Todd Luiso; Producers: Mary Jane Skalski, Hans Ritter; Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White, Dan Futterman

Divorced, demoralized Amy’s prospects seem unpromising when she must move back in with her parents at age 35. As Amy’s patience with the situation dwindles, a bold 19-year-old ignites her last bit of passion. Fresh and original, Hello I Must Be Going is a modern, unconventional love story infused with sex, humor, and compassion-everything Amy needs to get on with her life.


Writer/Director/Producer: Eugene Jarecki;Producers: Melinda Shopsin, Sam Cullman, Christopher St. John

Over more than 40 years, the “war on drugs” has resulted in 45 million arrests, making the United States the world’s largest jailer. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from people at all levels – the dealer, the grieving mother, the narcotics officer, the inmate. Their stories combine to pose urgent questions: What caused the war? What perpetuates it? And what can be done to stop it?

Writers/Directors: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache; Producers: Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou; Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy

Surprisingly funny and full of heart, The Intouchables tells the true story of an unlikely friendship between two men from radically different backgrounds. Fresh out of jail, Driss applies for a job as a caretaker to paraplegic aristocrat Philippe, hoping to get rejected and continue receiving welfare. But Philippe hires him. With standout performances by Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy (who won a Cesar for Best Actor for the role), The Intouchables was a box-office phenomenon in France.


Writer: Charles Olivier; Producers/Directors: Laura Brownson, Beth Levison

Three-time felon, one-time Tony Award winner Lemon Andersen is a pioneering poet whose words speak for a generation. When he lands back in the projects, living with thirteen family members and desperate for a way out, he turns to the only things he has left-his pen and his story. An inspiring and beautifully crafted documentary, Lemon follows one man’s harrowing attempt to bring his life to the stage while battling demons from his past.


Writer/Director/Producer: Josh Radnor; Producer: Brice del Farra, Claude Del Farra, Jesse Hara, Lauren Munsch; Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney

When 35-year-old Jesse is invited to speak at the retirement dinner for his favorite professor, he’s glad to leave his uninspiring job and broken heart behind and escape New York for a few days. Jesse believes his best days are over, and once he’s on campus, college nostalgia hits him hard-although not as hard as the beautiful Zibby, a precocious theater student.

Director/Producer: Beth Murphy; Producer: Sean Flynn
Filmed over four years, The List is a poignant portrait of a modern-day Oskar Schindler who sets out to redeem a nation that has largely betrayed its Iraqi allies. Leading reconstruction teams in Iraq, Kirk Johnson discovers that many Iraqi colleagues are targeted as enemy collaborators and hunted by radical militias. Bound by moral responsibility and a sense of honor, and frustrated by a U.S. government bureaucracy that fails to protect them, Johnson takes matters on his own hands. Presented in collaboration with Facing History with Ourselves.


Director/Cinematographer: Matthew Akers; Producers: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present follows glamorous art-world icon Marina Abramovic as she prepares for a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. The show would be a milestone for any artist, but for Marina it is also a chance to legitimize performance art. With unprecedented access, this documentary takes a mesmerizing cinematic journey into the world of radical performance and offers an intimate portrait of a magnetic woman who draws no distinction between life and art.

Writer/Director: Ry Russo-Young; Writer: Lena Dunham; Producers: Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling, Alicia Van Couvering; Cast: Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk, Dylan McDermott

Nobody Walks follows Martine as she enters the seemingly idyllic life of an open-minded family with two kids and a relaxed Southern California vibe. Martine’s arrival sparks a surge of energy that awakens suppressed impulses in family members and forces them to confront their own fears and desires. Exquisitely orchestrated, the film links characters in an intricate dance of lust, denial, and deception.


Director: Alex Kurtzman; Writers: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jody Lambert; Producers: Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen, Clayton Townsend; Cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Inspired by true events, People Like Us, is a drama/comedy about family. Sam is called home where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about. As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family-and re-examine his own life choices in the process.


Writer/Director/Producer: Walter Matteson; Writers: Josh Alexander, Matthew Prinzing; Producers: Josh Alexander, Daniel J. Chalfen

When thirty women ages 67 to 84 descend on Fall River, Massachusetts to compete in the 30th edition of the Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant, hilarity and heartbreak ensue. Under the doting attention of pageant founder Lenny “Low Price” Kaplan, the women share intimate experiences, discover newfound passions, and stir lifelong insecurities that challenge misconceptions about aging. Executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old is a profound look at what it truly means to age beautifully.


Director/Producer: Lauren Greenfield; Producer: Danielle Renfrew Behrens

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the virtues and flaws of the American dream. The film opens on the triumphant construction of the country’s biggest house, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. But then the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and plays out over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.


Writer/Director/Producer: Rodrigo Cortes; Producer: Adrian Guerra; Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen

Dr. Margaret Matheson (a superb Sigourney Weaver) has made a career of exposing paranormal hoaxes, but when psychic Simon Silver (played magnetically by Robert De Niro) announces that he is coming out of retirement after 30 years, she is reluctant to confront him. Matheson’s young colleague, however, becomes obsessed with investigating Silver. Thick with a mystery backed up by incredible performances, Red Lights takes the audience on a thrilling ride.


Writer: Christopher D. Ford; Director: Jake Schreier; Producers: Galt Niederhoffer, Sam Bisbbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, lance Acord; Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto, Jeremy Strong

In the near future, aging curmudgeon and retired jewel thief Frank lives a solitary life until his son installs a caretaker robot against his wishes. At first, Frank stubbornly rejects the new arrival, but soon he realizes the robot has the ability to pull off highly calculated heists and a most unusual criminal duo is formed. Smart and heartfelt, Robot and Frank is ultimately a poignant story about family, friendship, and technology.


Writer/Director/Producer: Malik Bendjelloul; Producer: Simon Chinn

A bootleg recording by an artist known as Rodriguez found its way to apartheid South Africa, where it became the anthem of the white resistance. Rumors circulated about Rodriguez, including a bizarre tale of on-stage suicide. Two South African fans decide to track down the real Rodriguez. Featuring Rodriguez’s soulful melodies, Searching for Sugar Man is a heartwarming portrait of the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was.


Director/Producer: Caveh Zahedi

Caveh Zahedi is commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of art as a subversive act. Told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the sheik who rules the country and finances the Biennial, he decides to do just that. In The Sheik and I, Zahedi turns his camera on the Biennial itself and gleefully presses every culturally sensitive button he can find with both hilarious and unsettling consequences.


Writer/Director: Mike Birbiglia; Writer: Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish; Producer: Ira Glass, Jacob Jaffke; Cast: Mike Barbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Kevin Barnett.

Highly autobiographical and wildly funny, Sleepwalk With Me follows a self-deprecating bartender as he juggles a burgeoning career as a stand-up comedian, a too-serious relationship with his girlfriend, Abby, and a severe sleepwalking disorder that causes him to act out his dreams. In this startling debut, Mike Birbiglia takes his successful one-man-show to the screen with wit, charm, and poignancy.


Writer/Director: Nancy Meyers; Producer: Bruce A Block; Cast: Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Amanda Peet, Keanu Reeves

Diane Keaton shines in a role in this heartfelt comedy penned by the recipient of this year’s NFF Screenwriters Tribute, Nancy Meyers. Keaton plays Erica, a divorced New York playwright who arrives at her beach house to find her young daughter, Marin, cavorting with Harry, a perennial playboy whose libido belies his age. After Harry develops chest pains, Erica reluctantly nurses him back to health-and gives him romantic heart pangs.


Writer/Director/Producer: Sarah Polley; Producer: Susan Cavan; Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman

An intelligent, perceptive take on marriage, Take this Waltz leads the audience, laughing, through an examination of the effect of long-term relationships on love, sex, and self-image. Margot and Lou have been happily married for five years, but their steady domestic life shatters when Margot meets Daniel, a captivating neighbor. At a crossroads, Margot will have to choose between the comfort of her marriage and the mystery of a new relationship.


Writer/Director: Lawrence Blume; Writer: Judy Blume; Producers: Lawrence Blume, Judy Blume, Mark Ordesky, Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman; Cast: Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson, Cynthia Stevenson, Tatanka Means, Elise Eberle, Russell Means

Forced by her grieving mother to move to Los Alamos, New Mexico, Davey feels lost. Then Davey meets Wolf, a mysterious NativeAmerican climber, and their intense relationship brings her back from the edge. Tiger Eyes marks the first major motion picture adaptation of the work of author Judy Blume, renowned chronicler of the charged emotional private lives of teens.


Director/Producer: Joe Berlinger; Producer: Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes

Upon release in 1986, Paul Simon’s historic Graceland album was met with political crossfire: Simon was accused of breaking the U.N. cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end apartheid. On the album’s 25th anniversary,Simon reunites with the band and embarks on an exploration of its turbulent birth. Featuring interviews with musical legends and anti-apartheid activists, Under African Skies discusses both a singular artistic achievement and the role of the artist in society.


Writer/Director: Daniel Auteuil; Producer: Alain Sarde; Cast: Jane-Pierre Daroussin, Sabine Azema, and Kad Merad

Daniel Auteuil makes his directorial debut with this sun-soaked tale of a working-class widower raising six girls at the start of World War I. When the eldest daughter becomes pregnant after a brief affair with a wealthy young pilot, her father is torn between his sense of honor and his devotion to her. Beautifully capturing the bucolic charm of the South of France, The Well Digger’s Daughter features a star turn by the luminous Astrid Berges-Frisbey and an impressively fleshed-out performance by Auteuil.


Writer/Director: Lynn Shelton; Producer: Steven Schardt; Cast: Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia

With raw, funny, and emotional performances from an all-star cast, Your Sister’s Sister explores the complexities of relationships with remarkable humor, sensitivity, and warmth. When Iris offers her family’s cabin to a grieving Jack, she doesn’t know that her sister, Hannah, is already there, struggling with a broken heart. After the initial awkwardness, the pair bonds over a bottle of tequila, which leads first to hilariously embarrassing sex, and then to serious consequences when Iris unexpectedly shows up the next morning.



Writer/Director/Producer: Jean-Marc Vallee; Producers: Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin, Jean-Yves Robin, Nicolas Coppermann, Vanessa Fourgeaud; Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Helene Florent, Evelyne Brochu, Marin Gerrier

Nominated for an astonishing 13 Genie Awards, Cafe de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways: Jacqueline, a young mother to a son with Down’s syndrome in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently-divorced, successful deejay in present-day Montreal. A richly satisfying, crowd-pleasing balancing act, Cafe de Flore blends love and humor, redefining compassion in places where it is seldom encountered.


Writer/Director: Denis Villeneuve; Writer: Waljdi Mouawad; Cast: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette

When their mother’s will implores twins Jeanne and Simon to deliver letters to the father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed, the siblings travel to the Middle East to reconstruct their family’s hidden history. During the journey, they discover the tragic fate of an exceptional woman. Adapted from a Wajdi Mouawad play, director Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated drama Incendies flashes back to intense scenes set during Lebanon’s civil war in the 1970s.


Writer: Ken Scott; Director: Jean-Francois Pouliot; Producers: Luc Vandal, Roger Frappier; Cast: David Boutin, Lucie Laurier, Raymond Bouchard, Dominic Michon-Dagenais, Guy-Daniel Tremblay

Residents of St. Marie-La-Mauderne are promised a new factory that would give the tiny fishing village a much-needed boost, provided they lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. When a young physician from Montreal is forced to spend a month in the village, the townsfolk go overboard to persuade him to take the job, although their devious methods may backfire. A refreshing comedy, Seducing Dr. Lewis is one of the most popular Quebec films of all time.


Writer/Director: Ken Scott; Writer: Martin Petit; Producer: Andre Rouleau; Cast: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand

Middle-aged David discovers that when he was donating sperm to make ends meet, the clinic experienced a processing error. As a result, he fathered 533 children, and now 142 of them are suing the clinic to learn the identity of their donor. Curiosity leads David to meet his progeny anonymously, changing his life forever. A lighthearted comedy, Starbuck was the audience favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival and Quebec’s number one box office earner last year.

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Nantucket Film Festival Update


Executive Director Colin Stanfield and Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbée today announced the full lineup of films for the 2010 Nantucket Film Festival, which runs from Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20. Passes are now available on the NFF website. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 28th.

New this year will be Ben Stiller’s All-Star Comedy Roundtable.

Returning this year will be the always unpredictable Late Night Storytelling featuring celebrities and audience members. Past storytellers have included Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Mos Def, Rosie Perez, Cheryl Hines, Laird Hamilton, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Rudd, Alan Cumming, Fisher Stevens, and Brian Williams.

Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Cheryl Hines, Fisher Stevens from NFF 2009. Photos by Gene Mahon.,

The opening night films for this year’s Nantucket Film Festival will be “Toy Story 3”, from Disney•Pixar, and NFF’s veterans Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “The Extra Man” from Magnolia Pictures. Closing the festival this year will be John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” from The Weinstein Company.

The Festival will announce the winner of Showtime’s annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in early June, and the winner will be honored at the Showtime Award Ceremony at the Festival.

Other awards given at NFF this year will be The Compass Rose Acting Award, The Audience Award for Best Feature & Best Short, Showtime’s Tony Cox Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, Teen View on NFF Award, Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award, and, new this year, a New Voices in Screenwriting Award.

Returning this year will be Morning Coffee With . . ., with host Jace Alexander hosting this intimate mix of coffee, conversation, bagels and shoptalk with some of Festival’s best filmmakers.

Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti and Chris Matthews from NFF 2009. Photos by Gene Mahon.,

Last year the NFF presented 40 feature and short films, including soon-to-be Academy Award winners “The Hurt Locker” and “The Cove”. Guests included Ben Stiller, Meg Ryan, Ben Foster, Brain Williams, Cheryl Hines, Harold Ramis, Fisher Stevens, Paul Giamatti, Peter & Bobby Farrelly, Lily Taylor, Chris Matthews, John Hamburg, Anne Meara, and many more.

Additional films, events and attendees to be announced soon. More information at


Nantucket Film Festival Update 2

The Films of the 2010 Nantucket Film Festival:

A Small Act – Jennifer Arnold directs the inspiring and captivating story of Chris Mburu and his “guardian angel” Hilde Back. When Hilde sponsored the education of a young, impoverished Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. Now a UN lawyer, Chris decides to replicate Hilde’s generosity by starting his own scholarship fund.

Bill Cunningham New York – The film chronicles a man who is obsessively interested in only one thing – the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. With this singular goal, he has managed to create a poignant and ongoing portrait of New York City itself.

The Birth of Big Air – Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of Matt Hoffman, the man who gave birth to “Big Air.”

Cairo Time – With a West-meets-East quality, Cairo Time describes the unexpected, unrequited love between an Arab man and a North American woman. Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) travels to Cairo to meet her husband. A UN official working in Gaza, Mark is unavoidably delayed and sends his friend Tareq to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city.

The Concert – A celebrated Russian conductor, whose championing of Jewish musicians cost him a demotion to janitor, plans to reunite his long gone orchestra and make a triumphant return. Along the way, he reunites with a young violin virtuoso (Mélanie Laurent), who holds the key to his past and to his future.

The Extra Man – Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini return to the Nantucket Film Festival with a sophisticated and offbeat comedy. Louis (Paul Dano) moves to New York City and finds residence sharing a tiny apartment with Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), a man with a bizarre unpredictable schedule as an “extra man” – a male escort who serves as a social companion for wealthy widows.

Freedom Riders – A masterful example of filmic journalism, Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders tells the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South in 1961, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws.

Get Low – With outstanding performance by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek, Get Low is based on the true story of Felix “Bush” Breazeale, a backwoods recluse who rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash and announces his intention to stage a “living funeral,” where anyone who has heard a story about him is welcome to tell it.

His & Hers – A mesmerizing cinematic mosaic, His & Hers tells a 90-year-old love story through the collective voice of 70 women at different stages of their lives. The hallways, living rooms, and kitchens of the Irish Midlands become the canvas for the film’s rich tapestry of female characters.

Last Train Home – Emotionally engaging and visually beautiful, Last Train Home portrays the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in the desperate annual migration that takes place every Chinese New Year when millions of migrant factory workers attempt to return home by train.

Mister Rogers & Me – America’s Favorite Neighbor, PBS icon Fred Rogers, sends a MTV producer Benjamin Wagner on a quest for depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex media landscape. Armed with an HDDV camera, Wagner and his brother set out to find out more about the man himself.

Nowhere Boy – Liverpool 1955: in a family full of secrets, two bold women clash over John: Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n’ roll in Sam Taylor-Wood’s extraordinary first feature about John Lennon’s early years.

The Romantics – Katie Holmes gives an impressive performance in Galt Niederhoffer’s daring directorial debut, The Romantics. The wedding of Lila Hayes (Anna Paquin) and Tom McDevon (Josh Duhamel) reunites a group of Yale friends, including Lila’s maid of honor and Tom’s ex-girlfriend Laura (Katie Holmes).

The Secret of Kells – Adventure, action, and danger await Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells in this gorgeous and inventive film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Smash His Camera – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. Yet he found something essential in his real-life subjects, and he gave it permanence.

Summer Pasture – Locho and his wife Yama depend on their herd of yaks for survival, just as their ancestors have for generations. Summer Pasture offers unique and breathtaking access to a highly insular community and a sensitive portrait of a family at a time of great transition, posing unprecedented challenges to nomadic life in eastern Tibet.

The Tillman Story – Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat’s fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev’s emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat’s death and calls to task the entire chain of command, but also examines themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.

Toy Story 3 – Directed by Lee Unkrich,produced by Darla K. Anderson and written by Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), Toy Story 3 welcomes Woody, Buzz, and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in…Daycare!

Waiting for “Superman” – The director of The Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim, examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories from a handful of students whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system.

15th Anniversary Sidebar:

Another Harvest Moon – With a powerful performance by Anne Meara as Ella, Another Harvest Moon is a sensitive drama about four elderly Americans coping with life in a nursing home.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – This hilarious, perceptive, and entertaining new film by talented filmmakers and Nantucket Film Festival alumni, Annie Sundberg and Ricky Stern, exposes the private dramas of irreverent comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers.

When The World Breaks – Depression-era life and art come alive with rare film clips and personal stories from survivors of the Great Depression of the 1930s like Ray Bradbury, Jerry Stiller, Buzz Aldrin, and Phyllis Diller to take us beyond the bread lines and dust bowls into a vibrant cinematic portrait of this formative decade in American history.

Winter’s Bone – 2002 Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition Award winner, Debra Granik comes back to the Nantucket Film Festival with the story of 17 year-old Ree Dolly as she sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.

Nantucket Arts

Nat Philbrick’s book “In the Heart of the Sea”, the National Book Award winner about the Nantucket whaling ship Essex, will be made into a major motion picture directed by Edward Zwick, according to Variety. Zwick has written, directed, and/or produced “thirtysomething”, “Once and Again”, “Legends of the Fall”, “Glory”, “About Last Night…”, “The Last Samurai”, “Blood Diamond”, “I Am Sam”, “Traffic”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “My So-Called Life”, and many more.

The script was written by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, who has partnered with Zwick on most of his projects. Fox is likely to distribute the film, and production is expected to begin later this year. There is no indication that any scenes will be shot on Nantucket.

Songwriting Workshop with Pierce Pettis

What makes a good song work? Songwriter and musician Pierce Pettis answers that question in this two hour workshop designed for anyone who loves music and loves the musicality of language — you don’t have to be a musician to participate. Pettis will discuss the songwriting process, illustrate by playing examples, and work with workshop participants to create new music. Pierce Pettis will perform a concert of his work at the Nantucket Whaling Museum on Sat. March 28.

Pierce has released 7 albums, has been a writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, recorded for Fast Folk Musical Magazine, won the New Folk competition for songwriting at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and was a staff songwriter at Polygram and Universal Music Publishing in Nashville. He received a 1999 Country Music Award for ‘You Move Me’, recorded by Garth Brooks on his album, Sevens.

Workshop space is limited. Sign up at 508-228-1110 ext 118. $20 admission payable on the night of the workshop. Friday, March 27, 6:30PM-8:30PM in the Gallery of the Nantucket Atheneum.

The Artists Association Winter Workshops begin on March 21, and include:

  • Katie Trinkle Legge: Painting with Water-Mixable Oil
  • George Thomas Workshop: Watercolor, Pastel & Beyond
  • Alison Hall Cooley: Create-a-Postcard Workshop
  • David Lazarus: Oil Painting Workshop
  • Azra Willmot-Smith & Beth English: A Moveable Feast of Fashion Workshop Series
  • Brendan Lawlor: Computer Animation for ages 12-18
  • Lou Guarnaccia: Plein Air Oil Painting
  • David Lazarus: Watercolor Workshop
  • Kelly Knight: Weaving and Tapestry
  • Ashley Mott: The Artist’s Journal
  • Russell Wieland: Digital Photography for Beginners

Register by calling 508-228-0722 or onlin eat

An article in the I&M this week by Josh Gray talks about the impact of the economy on the arts, often the first funds to be cut in a bad economy. Reggie Levine and Gene Mahon speak for the Nantucket Arts Council. Also interviewed are Mollie Glazer from the Nantucket School of Music, Molly Anderson from the Nantucket Atheneum, Steve Young from WCAI-WNAN, Susan McGinnis from Seaside Shakespeare, Jane Karakula from the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, and Bruce Beni of the Nantucket Artists Association. Read the full article on the I&M website, and if you are able, make a donation to your favorite arts organization.

The Nantucket Arts Council is now accepting applications for grants and scholarships of $500 to $2500 each. Application forms are available at the Nantucket Atheneum, High School main office, online ay, or by calling 508-325-8588. Applications must be mailed or received by Monday, March 16, 2009 for the 2009 awards. Mail to the Nantucket Arts Council Grants & Scholarships, POB 2176, Nantucket, MA 02584. The Arts Council grants and scholarships are made possible in part by the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Walter Boyd and Family and the Weezie Foundation.

Drawings of the Dreamland Theater on Nantucket

The HDC approved plans for the Dreamland this week. The outside renditions are pictured here. Next up, the Planning Board on the 27th.

This Week on Nantucket


Brant Point Grill:
Bob Lehman Trio: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights for the summer.
Jeff Ross: Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30.

Chicken Box
Brightwings, Friday and Saturday

Top Shelf, Monday and Tuesday (14th-15th)

World Premier Band, Wednesday-Thursday (16th-17th)

Tramps Like Us, Friday and Saturday (18-19)

Chuck Colley and Erik Wendelken
Wednesday and Thursday nights, 6:30 to 9. 5 Amelia Drive

Jeff Ross
Sundays and Mondays, 8 to 10.

Jetties Restaurant
Alicia Gardner: Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 – 8:30.
The A.M. Group plays House Music from 7 – 10 on Sundays.
Andy Bullington and Tom Stoddart play acoustic blues and harmonica every Tuesday from 5:30 – 8:30.

The Muse
DJ Sis’L Vaga
Saturday, July 12, 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Rose & Crown
80’s Video Dance Party on Wednesday
Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm)
DJ’s on Fridays
Top 40 Video Dance Party on Saturday
2008 Summertime Karaoke Contest on Sundays.

Jeff Ross
Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to midnight.

The Summer House:
Jamie Howarth at the piano Wednesday through Saturday nights. Patrick Fox plays Sunday through Tuesday.


MacTalla Mor – Celtic music for the masses
Friday, July 11, 6:00 pm
6 pm for all ages; 8 pm teens and adults
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall.

Mondays at the Methodist:
Armen Ghazyranand Robert Behrman
Monday, July 14, 2008, 12:15 – 12:45 pm
Methodist Church, 2 Centre Street

Musical Arts Society
Parker String Quartet
Tuesday, July 15, 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church, 62 Centre Street
Meet the artist, a free informal gathering. Hendrix Hall at the Unitarian Church 8 pm the night before the concert.

The Cobbletones
Thursday, July 17, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Unitarian Church. 11 Orange Street


Friday Night Flicks – free family movie on the beach
Friday, July 11, 2008 at dusk
Children’s Beach

Nantucket Film Festival Update


There are a few local connections in this year’s Nantucket Film Festival. Last night’s opening film was ‘Transiberian’, a thriller set on the legendary train that links the Far East and Europe, written by Brad Anderson and former island resident Will Conroy, and starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer. Brad also directed the film. One more showing on Saturday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Starlight.

‘Sconset summer resident Bill Block has written and directed a short in the Festival entitled ‘The Drummer‘, which won top honors at WORLDFEST-Houston International Film Festival. In the film, a down and out musician gets one last chance to realize his dream, but must embark on a journey that takes him far beyond his comfort zone.


The Nantucket Film Festival has announced that the winner of this year’s Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting is F.M. Strype’s “Anna Down East.” The winning script was selected from three finalists by a jury consisting of Doug Liman, Chris Eigeman, and Liz Tucillo. “We’re proud to have contributed in the cultivation of several scripts that have gone on to further success,” said Festival Executive Director Jill Burkhart in a statement. As the competition winner, Strype will receive an invitation to The Screenwriters Colony 2008 writers retreat and workshop. For the month of October, the winner is invited to come to Nantucket for an all-expense-paid stay on Almanack Farm. Winning scripts from the past two years include optioned scripts “Peck” by Mark Arneson and “Cold Souls” by Sophie Bartes.


The 13th Nantucket Film Festival has added Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” to its lineup. Based on the “The Dying Animal” by Philip Roth,” the film stars Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. It will receive its East Coast Premiere in Nantucket on June 21, 2008, where it will be screening as a Sneak Preview.

Coming Up on Nantucket Beginning 5/29/08

Arts and social events for Friday (5/30) through Thursday (6/5):


The Big Brothers Big Sisters 28th Annual Iron Teams Relay takes place this Sunday, June 1, beginning at 8:00 am. Teams and individuals can race in one or more legs including beach and road running, a paddle, a swim and a 19 mile bike ride. The race ends at the Chicken Box with an after party and awards ceremony.

MSPCA Flea (and Tick) Market is this Sunday, June 1, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the MSPCA.

The Pan Mass Challenge TeamNantucket Fundraiser is Wednesday, June 4, 5:00 pm at Jetties Beach. The Pan Mass Challenge is a two-day 192-mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown. TeamNantucket: Scott Thomas, Don Kolp, Meghan Canning, and Scott Allan. Details.


Nantucket Theatrical Production’s Short Play Festival entitled “Imagination’s Run Wild”, is comprised of 3 one-act plays by winners of the 2007 Nationwide Short Play Festival and Competition. For this last weekend, curtain is 7:30 PM on Friday May 30th, and Saturday May 31st.
Upstairs Performance Space, Methodist Church. Tickets – $10. Details.


At the Box, Superhoney plays through Saturday, the 29th-31st. Then it’s Miss Fairchild on Monday and Tuesday (2nd and 3rd).

The AM Group, last year regularly at the Rose & Crown, now spins every Saturday night at the Muse through October, with “Drop: Local Flavor from Local DJ’s” House music. Details. Video.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), 80’s Video Dance Party on Wednesday, Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), Disco Night on Friday, Top 40 Video Dance Party on Saturday, and the 2008 Summertime Karaoke Contest on Sundays.


Essex Gam, the Globe Gam, and History Charades. Wednesday, June 4, at 7:00 pm at the Whaling Museum.


For Nantucket Preservation Month, The Nantucket Preservation Trust presents an Architectural Walking Tour of Sconset: Friday, May 30th at 4 pm. Details.


The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) is a partnership between Nantucket conservation organizations, government agencies, and visiting and on-island scientists and naturalists in documenting the biodiversity of the islands and adjacent waters of Nantucket, and monitoring and conserving that biodiversity.
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How to Cook Your Life is a cooking class with zen priest and chef Edward Espe Brown. Friday, May 30, 7 pm at the Atheneum. Details.

Amandla: A Revolution In Four Part Harmony is a documentary about protest music in South Africa and the struggle against apartheid. Monday, June 2, 2008, 7:00 pm at the Atheneum. Details.

At the Starlight:

Sex and the City: Friday – Saturday (5/30 – 5/31)

For times, go to the Arts & Social Calendar.


Every Saturday, 4 to 6:00 pm at The Cellar. The focus changes weekly, and tastings are complimentary.

See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

Coming Up on Nantucket Beginning 5/23/08

Arts and social events for Friday (5/9) through Thursday (5/15):


The Artists Association of Nantucket presents a Sidewalk Art Show, now expanded in cooperation with the Dreamland Foundation and moved to the Dreamland aprking lot. Look for oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics, mixed media, photography, textiles, and sculpture.

With a long history, the first Sidewalk Art Sale was founded in 1930 by artist Maud Stumm, and was traditionally held for several days in August, and open to professionals and amateurs alike. The Artists Association took over the event in 1960, and in subsequent years, some of which were sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Sidewalk Art Show venues included Straight Wharf, the Town Building, and the Atheneum. Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Rain date: Sunday, May 25.) Participating artists.


The Egan Maritime Institute 2008 Exhibition Opening Reception for “Splash! Boatbuilding on Nantucket” is Friday, May 23, at 6:00 pm at the Coffin School.


Nantucket Theatrical Production’s Short Play Festival entitled “Imagination’s Run Wild”. is comprised of 3 one-act plays by winners of the 2007 Nationwide Short Play Festival and Competition. Curtain is 7:30 PM on Friday May 23, Saturday May 24, Thursday May 29th, Friday May 30th, and Saturday May 31st.
Upstairs Performance Space, Methodist Church. Tickets – $10. Details.


Jeff Ross is back at the Starlight for Memorial Day Weekend, Friday and Saturday nights beginning about 8.

Maxxtone, is at the Box Friday through Sunday night. Entrain comes over from the Vineyard for Monday and Tuesday night. Then Superhoney for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 29th-31st.

The AM Group, last year regularly at the Rose & Crown, now spins every Saturday night at the Muse through October, with “Drop: Local Flavor from Local DJ’s” House music. Details. Video.

At the Rose & Crown, it’s Poker Night on Monday’s, Trivia Quiz Night every Tuesday (at 7 pm), 80’s Video Dance Party on Wednesday, Karaoke on Thursday (9 pm), Disco Night on Friday, Top 40 Video Dance Party on Saturday, and the 2008 Summertime Karaoke Contest on Sundays.


South Wharf Gallery opens “Emerging Artists” with a reception Friday, May 23 from 6:00 to 8:00, featuring Julie Gifford, Randy Hudson, and Juliya Mostykanova. That’s at 3 India Street. Gallery Discussion with the artists on Saturday at 11:00 am.

The Artists Association Spring Show Opening Reception is Friday, May 23, 6 to 8.

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum opens its exhibit, “Celebrations”, Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 am.


The first Rafael Osona Auction of the summer is this Saturday, May 24, beginning at 9:30 am at Legion Hall. 2-day advance Preview from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Annie Kay speaks on her bookk ‘Every Bite Is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Wednesday, May 28, at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall. Details.


For Nantucket Preservation Month, The Nantucket Preservation Trust presents an Architectural Walking Tour of Main Street, Friday, May 23rd at 10:00 am. Also a Sconset Architectural Walking Tour: May 30th at 4 pm. Details.


The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) is a partnership between Nantucket conservation organizations, government agencies, and visiting and on-island scientists and naturalists in documenting the biodiversity of the islands and adjacent waters of Nantucket, and monitoring and conserving that biodiversity.

The week begins with tonight’s keynote address entitled “There Is No Scientific Debate about Global Warming (The scientific background, politics and predictions about our climate change), by Dr. Hugh Ducklow, Director of The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. All programs are free. Sunday, May 25, 2008, 7:00 pm. Keynote Details.
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Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull: Friday (23rd) through Thursday (29th). Times.

Sex And The City: Friday (30th) through Sunday (1st). Times.

See the Arts & Social Calendar for additional details on the events listed above.

For a more comprehensive listing of ALL Nantucket events, pick up the Nantucket Independent for my Community Calendar, or click here.

Film Shoot on Nantucket: “Tides of Summer”

Susan Beaumont, owner of Viewfinder Productions since 1984, has announced that a feature film, “Tides of Summer”, is expected to begin shooting here in late summer or early fall. Viewfinder Productions will host the film and Susan will serve as local producer. Actors and extras will be needed.

This Daffodil Saturday, writer Scott Simonsen, producer Tim White, and director Trevor White, and Susan will be available to meet and answer questions outside the office of Country Village Real Estate in Sconset from 1 to 3 p.m.

Tim White is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts and attended USC School of Cinema-Television. In 2007, Tim, along with his brother Trevor, formed Star Thrower Entertainment, and has produced numerous award-winning shorts.

Trevor White has directed numerous award-winning short films. His film “Knockout” has been chosen as an official selection for the 2007 Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, the 2007 Los Angeles Shorts Festival, the 2008 Cleveland International Film Festival, where it won one of the festival’s few top prizes, and was a finalist in the 2008 Very Short Movies Festival. His film, “A Detective Story”, recently premiered at the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival. Trevor has just completed his most recent independent film, “Day 21”, which currently out to festivals now. Prior to forming Star Thrower, Trevor worked for legendary director Michael Mann. Trevor is a graduate of Cornell University, where he became the first student to ever be awarded a Presidential Research Scholarship for filmmaking based on his own work and his efforts to teach filmmaking to minority students at the Boys and Girls Club.

The screenplay for “Tides of Summer” was written by Scott Simonsen. Selected from among 5,000 entries, the script won the prestigious Nicholl’s fellowship administered by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

“Tides of Summer” is the story of Benjamin Wolfe, a boy from Los Angeles who spends his summer with his grandfather on Nantucket. Hyper-focused on his own academic success and consumed with his plans to matriculate at Yale, Benjamin thinks he is on course for great wealth and professional achievement. This is all too familiar to Darby, Benjamin’s grandfather. Darby wants something different for Benjamin, whose father became the first Wolfe to abandon the island way of life, and views Benjamin as the last Wolfe who can carry on the family’s Nantucket legacy.

Benjamin, however, is immediately out of place on Nantucket and uncomfortable with Darby’s sailor lifestyle and his grandfather’s demands. Rather quickly, though, Benjamin begins to take pride in washing dishes and cleaning in the local seaside bar. At the same time, under Darby’s tutelage, he matures into an excellent sailor. Although Benjamin initially clashes with Darby’s hard-edged nature, biting tongue, and unpredictable behavior, as the summer passes, Benjamin grows increasingly fond of Darby and intrigued with his family’s long history on the island.

The family’s potential extinction on the island is not, however, the only threat to the Wolfe family heritage. The Madaket Light House, where Darby met and fell in love with Benjamin’s grandmother, is on the verge of being knocked down by the Sunny Day Corporation. Darby pleads with the town council to reconsider and while they sympathize with Darby, they argue that the island simply needs the money. The Sunny Day Corporation is represented by several smooth talking businessmen who are able to sell many residents on their plans.

In addition to his adventures with Darby, Benjamin also meets Sydney, who, unlike Benjamin, has spent her entire life on Nantucket. Her parents’ recent breakup has deepened her desire to go away to college and escape her life on the island. Furthermore, her boyfriend of four years, Robbie, not only does not understand her, but also takes her for granted. She is devastated when she learns that, with her family’s current financial situation, she may have to stay on island.

Benjamin and Sydney are instantly drawn to each other. Benjamin’s self-depreciating nature and book smarts distinguish him from the guys with who Sydney has grown up. For most of the summer, Sydney fights her attraction to him even as they develop a close friendship. But when she learns that Benjamin and Darby are in danger one evening late in the summer and Robbie refuses to help, she realizes how strong her feelings for Benjamin are and the choice she must make.

In what will be a powerful cinematic sailing scene in a devastating storm, Darby tells Benjamin that he is terminally ill and unwilling to live out the remainder of his days in a hospital. Darby has planned this day and makes sure that Benjamin understands his reasoning. Then, in a dramatic move, Darby jumps overboard, disappearing into the waves.

Benjamin is overcome. When his parents arrive on the island for the funeral soon after, they are amazed at how much their son has changed over the summer. But just as the service is getting underway, Benjamin learns that the lighthouse is about to be destroyed. Unable to sit in silence, he delivers an impassioned speech in which he argues that Darby would have wanted his friends and fellow islanders to fight for the lighthouse and the heritage it represents. The public outcry that results from Benjamin’s speech makes the Sunny Day Corporation seriously consider the inhospitable environment they will inevitably face. In the face of the opposition, they ultimately decide to abandon their plans.

“Tides of Summer” is a compelling story that captures one young man’s transformation into the person he was meant to become. No longer consumed with getting ahead in the world, he learns to cherish his roots and shows qualities of true leadership, the type of leadership that means more than a line on a college application.