Thomas Bena (2012 + 2013 + 2014)


Ongoing project on his film, One Big Home.

About the Film

Home is a social issue documentary and a coming-of-age love story that was shot entirely on Martha’s Vineyard.

The American Dream of owning a home is becoming more and more difficult for most people, and yet others build multiple vacation homes. Some of these homes are more than 20,000 sq. feet, only occupied for 6 weeks a year, and sit empty (and heated) for the remaining 10 months!
Because the homeowners often pay huge property taxes, support local causes, and fund the construction trades, this issue is often swept under the rug in the name of “progress”. But is it?

Rather than relying on statistics and expert talking heads, Home tells a story of a carpenter who, after years spent building large homes, begins to question the way he makes a living. Confused and frustrated he takes off his tool belt, picks up a camera, and begins to make a movie about it. Home finds a cast of characters who believes that home is about more than an individual’s desires it must also consider the community and the natural world.

Home dives into controversial waters and in the end has a hopeful message that the concept of the American Dream can evolve and expand!

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