Oscillating between enchantment and elegy,
the film reminds us of the importance of
continuity and connection with the past,
and affirms the value of ‘old’ things
in our disposable culture.
— David DiCerto, former film reviewer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Sometimes the greatest adventure is the journey home.

A love letter to loss spanning five generations, Starboard Light is an inspiring and poignant documentary that shows us how to hold on and asks: does a family make a house? or does a house make a family?

...beautifully described, beautifully filmed––reminds me of Wordsworth’s definition of poetry as ‘emotion reflected in tranquility.’
— George Howe Colt, author of New York Times bestseller The Big House

The film revolves around a middle-class family facing the disappearance of a century of memories when they make the difficult decision to sell their 210 year old summer home on Cape Cod. Whether it’s a small cabin deep in the woods, a primary residence that’s been handed down generation after generation or a waterfront summer getaway, there is a Starboard Light in many of our lives that we’ve struggled to keep or painfully had to let go. Vicariously through this American family (the filmmaker’s own), Starboard Light suggests a way to immortalize the generations of memories and values baked into these shared family homes so that we may pass them on to our own children and grandchildren.

Set to air on public television stations nationwide in Fall 2015, and available via video-on-demandStarboard Light will illuminate a facet of the American experience to millions of viewers.


American Public Television
Vimeo On Demand