Woods Hole Film Festival

With friends at Woods Hole Film Festival

For the past three years, Jay Spain has been a Short Doc Juror for Woods Hole Film Festival and currently on the Board of Advisors. Founded in 1991 by Judith Laster and Kate Davis, Woods Hole, is an eight-day festival of independent film held each summer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Now in its 24th year, it (July 25 – Aug. 1, 2015), the film festival has grown from a one-day invitational to an eight-day event with films submitted from around the world. Held each year from the last Saturday of July through the first Saturday of August in the picturesque village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the screenings culled from more than 700 submissions into 100 programmed daily screenings of independent film,  along with workshops, panel discussions, special events, readings, and informal gatherings. Woods Hole is the oldest independent film festival on Cape Cod and while the it is dedicated to screening the work of emerging independent filmmakers—with a special emphasis on New England films and filmmakers—it also screens work and hosts filmmakers from around the world.

Friends of Dorothea Dix Park

Jay & Dix Politicians

At the same time, the proximity of the Dix site to downtown could make for lucrative residential and commercial construction on the land. The state legislature has commissioned two studies of that option over the years, meeting local resistance each time.

City officials refuse to speculate on the park’s final form – but it’s very unlikely that any private development will be part of the conversation, according to Jay Spain, board chair for Friends of Dorothea Dix Park.

“We could have made that deal a long time ago, saved ourselves a lot of work, if they wanted a 200-acre park and 100 acres of development,” he said.

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Moving Midway Remains Its Moving Ways

Moving Midway On The Road

Humorous, poignant, probing and suspenseful, Moving Midway follows a real-life family commotion that swirls around one of America’s most contested and controversial icons: the Southern plantation. New York film critic-turned-filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina and finds that his cousin Charlie Silver proposes to uproot and relocate the family ancestral home– Midway Plantation –to escape urban sprawl. Cheshire also comes across history professor Robert Hinton, who reveals that his own grandfather was born a slave at Midway Plantation. Cheshire and Hinton explore the plantation mythology embodied in our cultural history from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Gone With the Wind to Roots. Meanwhile Charlie follows through on a Herculean feat of hoisting and transporting the Midway homestead several miles across an unforgiving landscape. Despite the physical obstacles, this event’s drama leads to an even more startling surprise– the discovery of one hundred African-American cousins that Cheshire and Silver never suspected, potent proof of America’s long buried but increasingly important status as a mixed-race society.

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