Martha’s Vineyard Documentary Hits Home

Thomas Bena

On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, oversized trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character — not unlike more familiar territory here on the East End.

That’s where Thomas Bena comes in.

Twelve years in the making, the filmmaker followed one carpenter’s attempt to understand the trend toward construction of oversized residences in his first feature-length documentary, “One Big Home,” which will screen on Wednesday, July 11, at the Montauk Library.

While making the film, Bena — who founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival in 2001 — interviewed numerous people with strong and often conflicting opinions about setting limits on house size and what makes a house “a home.”

The screening starts at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 871 Montauk Highway in Montauk, and a Q&A will follow. Admission is free. For more information, please call (631) 668-3377 or visit