On This Island

On an isolated island off the coast of Maine, a disagreement about arts education threatens to tear apart a once close-knit community until a former Broadway producer attempts to heal the rift with an original musical based on the islanders' stories.

Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 18, 2003
60 minutes

Stephanie Slewka

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The Film

On an isolated Maine island of 350 people, a clash over arts education spins out of control into vandalism and death threats, tearing apart friends and neighbors. John Wulp, a former Broadway producer who retired to the island, creates an original musical about the island's life, attempting to heal the community's wounds through songs about lobstering, loneliness, and the beauty of the sea. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver and featuring performances by three generations of islanders.