Special Screening of

One Big Home

post film Q&A with

Director Thomas Bena

Producer James Holland

Retired Fisherman Chris Murphy

May 2nd at 7:30pm



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, Thomas Bena 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.

Thomas Bena

Thomas Bena

About Thomas Bena


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 de- cade later, he discovered Martha’s Vineyard. In 2001, he founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival (now in its seventeenth 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 med- icine man Luther Madison. One Big Home is his first feature-length documentary film.


About James Holland


James Holland studied art and filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He has produced and directed several short films, as well as music videos for musicians including Regina Spektor and Only Son. His company The Media Darlings has designed the motion graphics and title sequences for films including Unlocking the Cage (Pennebaker Hegedus Films), In My Father’s House (Break Thru Films), and One Big Home. James is also an editor and producer, and is currently developing a feature-length biographical narrative film that he will write and direct.




Chris Murphy and his wife Barbara, a retired teacher, have been married for 48 years. They live on Martha’s Vineyard, as do their two daughters and three grandchildren. Chris worked as a fisherman/waterman for all of his adult life, ran a clambake business, was a builder, and served in the Peace Corps. He strongly believes that it is each citizen’s responsibility to get involved—in some way—to contribute to their community. He has been a volunteer EMT, fireman, and member of several town boards. He was also chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, the Island’s largest regulatory agency. He now sits on the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and both the zoning board of appeals and conservation commission in the town of Chilmark.