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One Big Home

  • Honolulu Museum of Art 900 South Beretania Street Honolulu, HI, 96814 United States (map)

About the Film:

Special thanks to community partners Mālama Mānoa and HI Good Neighbor.

Directed by Thomas Bena. USA. 2016. 82 mins. 

Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island's unique character. Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter's journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. Filmmaker Thomas Bena interviewed many people with different perspectives on mega-mansions and limiting house size. The film presents various points of views and conflicting ideas on what makes a house a home.

Join us for a post-screening discussion about monster homes in Hawai'i moderated by Catherine Cruz, Co-Host of
Hawaii Public Radio's The Conversation

Panelists include:
Trevor Ozawa, Council Member, Honolulu City Council District IV
Dean Sakamoto, Dean Sakamoto Archtects LLC, SHADES Group
Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Hawaiʻi Construction Alliance
Paul Brewbaker, TZ Economics
Catherine Cruz, Hawaii Public Radio (Moderator) 

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.