THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 outdoors at Menemsha Beach, Chilmark


The Changing Tide (a work in progress)

Discussion to follow with directors Jeremy Mayhew and Wes Brighton
and fisheries consultant Shelley Edmundson

Dirs. Jeremy Mayhew and Wes Brighton | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2018 | 25 min.

Generations of Martha’s Vineyard fishermen have fed their community, built thriving waterfronts, and become an inseparable part of the Island’s identity. Today, as the U.S. imports over 80% of seafood and regulatory practices favor corporate consolidation, independent fishermen are losing access to their fishing grounds and way of life. Fisherman Wes Brighton and filmmaker Jeremy Mayhew examine the Island’s fishing history and the complex issues that beg the question: could the current generation of Island fishermen be our last?

American Heroes Saltwater Challenge

Discussion to follow with director Robert Nixon and producer Sarah Nixon

Dir. Robert Nixon | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2013 | 50 min.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Menemsha summer resident Robert Nixon brings us a documentary originally inspired by his son Jack’s idea: to bring American soldiers who had been severely wounded in Afghanistan to compete in one of America’s oldest fishing tournaments, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. Narrated by comedian Lenny Clarke and featuring a host of Vineyard locals, the result is a poignant film that honors the sacrifices made by our soldiers and celebrates the Island’s rich fishing culture.


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