Directed by Thomas Bena

Trophy homes threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard. Ten, fifteen, even twenty-thousand-square-foot houses are going up around the Island. Not only do these mansions stand in stark contrast to traditional cottages, most sit empty for ten months a year, yet are heated year round. When he feels he is complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, one carpenter takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against tired clichés, angry homeowners, and builders who look the other way he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw that limits house size.  We want to screen One Big Home all over the country and share our story with other communities. We also want to make dvd’s and create an integrated social media campaign to help spread the word. We need to hire people to work on our outreach efforts. So please pitch in and help us hit our goal of $50,000!
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Director,Thomas Bena earned a degree in marketing from UMass Amherst in 1989, but working in the business world wasn’t for him, so after nine short months he grabbed a backpack and a surfboard and headed to Australia to “find himself.” Almost a decade later, he discovered Martha’s Vineyard. In 2001, he founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival (now in its sixteenth season). His film directing, editing, and producing credits include Casa del Soul, a short surfing film, Jumpstart My Vega, a travelogue/surf film, and Capawock, a short film starring Wampanoag medicine man Luther Madison. One Big Home, which took twelve years to make, is his first feature-length documentary film.
Producer/Editor, James Holland studied art and filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He has produced and directed short films as well as music videos for musicians including Regina Spektor and Only Son. His company The Media Darlings designed the motion graphics and title sequences for the films Unlocking the Cage (Pennebaker Hegedus Films), In My Father’s House (Break Thru Films), and One Big Home (Elephant in the Room Productions). James is also an editor and producer, and is currently developing a feature-length biographical narrative film that he will write and direct.
Cinematographer / Editor, Liz Witham received her Master of Arts degree from Stanford University, in Documentary Film and Video. Her film Precipice, about the ethics of body modification, was nominated for a Student Academy Award, and her film Blues Variations, a profile of three blues artists, was broadcast on KQED, San Francisco’s PBS station. Liz produced, directed, shot, and edited A Certain Kind of Beauty, which premiered at Silverdocs as one of two U.S. selections on global health. Liz also co-produced Legacy of the Harp, a documentary which received a People’s Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Cinematographer / Editor, Jim Cricchi studied experimental filmmaking at the University of Maryland. In 2000, he directed the fiction feature Gasoline Rainbows. His editing credits include the Emmy-winning documentary series Vice (HBO), the documentary Let Them Wear Towels, and the Jane Lynch comedy I Do and I Don’t. He is currently editing a documentary about the mental healthcare system in the U.S.
Cinematographer, Jeremy Mayhew is an independent filmmaker, designer, animator, and freelance motion graphics artist based on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. He has developed and worked on projects for Redken, PBS, HGTV, the History Channel, The Electric Company, Galen Films, The Big Picture, Silver Screen Society, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, the Woods Hole Film Festival, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society. His films have screened and won awards at film festivals around the world. He also serves as curator of the International Shorts Program at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.
Composer, Paul Brill received three Emmy Award nominations for his scores for the films Full Battle Rattle(National Geographic), The Devil Came on Horseback (Break Thru Films), and The Trials of Darryl Hunt (HBO), and won the Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association for his score for the film Better this World. He collaborated with U2 on the HBO film Burma Soldier,composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song “Walk On.” He scored the hit documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (IFC), the Emmy Award- winning Page One: Inside the New York Times (Magnolia), as well as Christy Turlington Burns’s directorial debut,No Woman, No Cry (OWN), on which he collaborated with songwriter Martha Wainwright. He recently completed work on the landmark, six-hour PBS documentary The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which won both Emmy and Peabody Awards this year.
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