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"ONCE GONE, LOST FOREVER"
The coastal community of Chatham and the Cape and Islands region have been undergoing extraordinary development, which often comes in the form of the destruction and loss of historic homes and buildings. Our goal is to produce a feature length documentary that tells the stories of historic and culturally significant buildings and examines the agents of change that disconnect people from their environment and ultimately from each other, when they are torn down. We are losing historic buildings at an unprecedented rate. Once a historic structure is lost, it can never be replaced. It is time to wake up communities to the consequences. It will be made clear that this is a national issue. Knowing the power of media, this film will be an effective means to arouse attention and stir a trend of prevention.
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Demolition represents a repudiation of our cultural and historic resources, making streetscapes look monotonous.
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OLIVER BECKER | DIRECTOR OF MVFF PRODUCTIONS
Ollie was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. He developed an interest in creative writing while a student at West Tisbury Elementary and MVRHS. Having produced over 200 hours of original content at all levels, from associate producer to show-runner, he's excited to bring his skillset back to the Vineyard and work for the MVFF to tell compelling stories about the people and places that make up this unique island community.
THOMAS BENA | FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MVFF
In 2001, Thomas founded the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. Today, it offers free film-making classes in the Island schools, workshops for children, a thriving Summer Film Series, and an annual March film festival. In 2004, Bena started shooting his first documentary feature, One Big Home. The film chronicles his efforts to understand the trend toward extra-large summer homes. It took 12 years to make and has screened in more than 100 venues. Citizens have used the film to galvanize support for their own town/city bylaws limiting house size. He has recently launched an interactive website to help the conversation continue to grow: www.onebighome.com
NICK FITZHUGH| FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & DP OF REDFITZ FILMS
While a student at Brown, Nick Fitzhugh founded Glimpse, a nonprofit multimedia platform for young people to share stories about personal, cultural experience abroad. Its mission was to inspire the new generation to care about the planet. Seven years later the company was acquired by National Geographic. In 2010, Nick started the production company Redfitz and turned his full-time attention to directing, producing, and shooting cinematic documentary shorts, features, and series. Distributed by Netflix, National Geographic, ESPN, SuperSport and American Public Television; Nick Fitzhugh's documentary films are full of hard-hitting topics in whatever genre he chooses.
CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY | 501C(3)
The 'Protect Our Past' documentary is produced in association with the Center for Independent Documentary (CID).