On Thursday, November 12th the Berkshire Community Land Trust will host a screening of One Big Home, a film about trophy homes on Martha’s Vineyard and the community’s effort to curb gentrification. The screening will begin at 5:00 PM. At 6:30 PM following the film, board members of the Berkshire Community Land Trust will facilitate a conversation over Zoom about opportunities for affordable housing in the region.
Released in 2016, One Big Home follows carpenter Thomas Bena’s twelve year journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. The film explores the effect that McManions have had on the local community, its permanent residents, and the character of Martha’s Vineyard. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, Bena works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. Run time: 88 minutes.
Watch the trailer here: