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Documentary, Starboard Light, Looks at the Importance of a House to a Family


A documentary on Ozarks Public Television tonight (9/4) tries to answer the question, "does a family make a house or does a house make a family?"  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with the filmmaker, Nick Fitzhugh, to learn more.

The film, Starboard Light, tells the story of a house on Cape Cod, which has been in the same family for about a century.

"And it's the story about the value of such a multigenerational home," he said.

Filmmaker Nick Fitzhugh, has a personal connection to the house, also called  Starboard Light.  It's his family's home.

Imagery, natural sound, music and lots of family photos, video and interviews all work together to tell the story of a place where many memories have been made and where family ties have been strengthened for five generations.

It's also the story of loss--of the family's matriarch and patriarch and of the house itself.

Fitzhugh says he hopes the film shows people how to hang on regardless of what happens.

"How to sort of carry the culture forward, how to reestablish that sense of culture in any place at any time," he said.

You can watch Starboard Light tonight (9/4) at 10 on OPT.  To learn more about the film and the filmmaker, click here.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.