Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character.

Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, 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 his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

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North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library, rm. 207
Presented by: The Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, The Sustainability Studies Program, and The Office of Campus Sustainability & Residential Initiatives

April 25, 2019, 7 PM

New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island
First Annual Block Island Film Festival
National Hotel (36 Water St, New Shoreham, RI)
Followed by a discussion with Director Thomas Bena

June 11, 2019, 1:30 PM

June 15, 2019, 6 PM

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
Taylor’s Point Association
(10 Saltworks Lane, Buzzards Bay, MA)
Followed by a discussion with Director Thomas Bena, film subject Chris Murphy and and executive Producer Steve Bernier

Sedona, Arizona
Sedona Public Library
Followed by a discussion with Director Thomas Bena via Skype

July 23, 2019, 6:30 PM



“A passionate and self-discerning film. It was like a novel that you’d written and put all of your life into. That gave it such weight...I loved it. It made me cry.”

– D.A. Pennebaker, director, Dont Look Back, The War Room

One Big Home is a remarkably moderate, grown-up piece of work which really stands out in the current climate and will give US cinemagoers something refreshingly different to engage with.”

– Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Opened my eyes...”

– Doug Liman, director, Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow

“A wonderful, moving, important film.”

– Laurie David, producer, An Inconvenient Truth

One Big Home takes a nuanced look at America’s McMansion problem. The film is ultimately a thought-provoking one, offering viewers insights from multiple perspectives and an inside look at how one community decided together in determining its future.”

– Kimberley Mok, TreeHugger

“The compelling set of issues, ironies, and controversies it raises are relevant to cities, towns, and villages all over the world.”

– Alan Berliner, director, Nobody’s Business, Wide Awake

“Everyone needs to see this film.”

– Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author