Nantucket Sailing Movie to Premiere at Summer Film Fests

After four years of hard work, a new film featuring the work of New England’s finest boatbuilders, designers, photographers, and filmmakers will be unveiled this summer at film festivals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Wood/Sails/Dreams, directed by Nantucket Island filmmaker John Stanton and narrated by WoodenBoat Magazine founder Jon Wilson, will have its world premiere as part of the 18th Nantucket Film Festival on Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m., at the Dreamland Theater in Nantucket. There will be an encore performance on Sunday, June 30, at the same time and place. Tickets are available through the Nantucket Film Festival office.

The 60-minute film, gorgeously filmed by cinematographer Dan Driscoll, is an exploration and celebration of the resurgence of wooden sailboats over the last four decades, the preservation of American marine history, and the craft of traditional boatbuilding. It is a search for a moment of grace in today’s throwaway culture. It includes interviews with Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon, Steve White, Halsey Herreshoff, Jon Wilson, and a cast of sailors, boatowners, and builders whose passion for wooden boats has created a thriving community.

Wood/Sails/Dreams has also been selected as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, August 6-11. Plans are also in the works for a showing during the Opera House Cup, the classic yacht regatta to be held August 18 in Nantucket.

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