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Project of the Day: Keeping the House in the Family in ‘Starboard Light’

Project of the Day: Keeping the House in the Family in 'Starboard Light'

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“Starboard Light”

Tweetable Logline:

Does a family make a house or does a house make a family?
Elevator Pitch:
Have you had a house in the family for generations that you were eventually forced to let go? With focus on one family and the 200 year old house that was with them for a century and five generations, STARBOARD LIGHT helps us all to remember our memories of such places and how valuable they are in creating and maintaining close families. In a place of magical yet simple beauty, generations wonder: does a family make a house or does a house make a family?
Production Team:
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Nick Fitzhugh
About the Production:
“The imminent loss of the house that was so centrally important to my family for a century is what prompted me to make the film. The house was sold shortly after my grandmother passed, just prior to her 93rd birthday. I also drew inspiration from The New York Times-bestselling novel, “The Big House,” by George Howe Colt. Ultimately I realized that whether it’s a small cabin in the woods, a year-round family home that’s been handed down over generations, there is a Starboard Light in many of our lives that we’ve struggled to keep or had to painfully let go.” — Nick Fitzhugh
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The film looks beautiful. It made me cry. Families across the country have experienced the pain associated with saying goodbye to family-owned summer homes. We buy these properties when they are nothing more than glorified cabins on a desolate piece of land, but the passing years bring crowds, wealth, financial burdens, and shifting family dynamics. Eventually, families are confronted with the uncomfortable and extremely difficult question of selling the very thing that has acted as a unifying and bonding force. I just had to go through something like this with my family home in Rhode Island, and I feel as though I lost a part of me. I love this. Thank you so much for highlighting such a wonderful project.

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