NEWTON – The Skylands Sierra Club will show the film One Big Home on Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1 West Nelson St., in Newton. The film spotlights the excessive wastefulness of giant-sized homes.
The documentary follows the twelve-year journey of Thomas Bena, a carpenter from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Bena grows concerned about the trend toward building houses as big as large hotels, while historic homes are being torn down to make room. These massive, energy-wasting homes, which are often the owner’s third or fourth residence, come to symbolize, in Bena’s mind, the excessive wastefulness that underlies our culture of disposability.
Bena feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, so he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. He joins a group of community activists working to get local building codes changed in order to manage the environmental footprint of mansions on the island.
One Big Home shows how activism can help a community determine its own destiny, rather than allow an unfettered market destroy it.
Anyone is welcome to attend the film screening free of charge. Refreshments will be available. For more information visit www.skylandsgroup.org or call Susan Williams, group chair, at 973-222-0274.