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Online Launch Celebration for “Keepers of the Light” film on May 7 at 8 p.m.

Fresh from the announcement that starting in mid-May the documentary KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT will be distributed through American Public Television to public television stations nationwide, Film-Truth Productions has announced that the extended cut theatrical version is now available to rent online.

ABOUT THE FILM: Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of an island in the Atlantic, Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America’s most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification, KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs. For more information, visit www.keepersofthelightfilm.com

Gay Head lightkeeper Charles Vanderhoop and family. Vanderhoop is believed to be the only Native American principal keeper ever at an American light station.
(Courtesy of Film-Truth Productions.)

Be among the first to watch and then join us on May 7 at 8 p.m. for the online launch celebration on Zoom where the filmmakers and special guests will discuss the film with you and answer your questions. The U.S. Lighthouse Society is proud to be on board as a partner for this event. The evening will be kicked off with musician Isaac Taylor performing his song “Red Queen,” which is featured in the film.

To watch the film online:

Go to watch.keepersofthelightfilm.com to watch the film before the Zoom event. You will receive a link to participate in the Q&A before the event at the email address you use to register with. The launch celebration and Q&A on Zoom is free. There is an option to donate if you would like. The cost to rent the film online for 72 hours is $4.99.

Donations for the Zoom event and proceeds from the rentals between now and May 7 will benefit KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT and the Gay Head Lighthouse.

Filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth will be joined by special guests Jeremy D’Entremont, Lighthouse Historian, American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) and United States Lighthouse Society (USLHS); Kristina Hook, Wampanoag Tribal Elder; Richard Skidmore, Gay Head Lighthouse Keeper; Isaac Taylor, Musical Guest, who will perform his song “Red Queen”; and Martha Vanderhoop, granddaughter of Keeper Charles Vanderhoop.

The following are presenting partners for this online launch event:

United States Lighthouse Society

American Lighthouse Foundation

Center for Independent Documentary

Chilmark Writing Workshop

James Taylor

Kate Taylor

Martha’s Vineyard Film Society

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Pathways ARTS

KEEPERS OF THE LIGHT will be distributed by American Public Television (APT) to public television stations across the U.S. over a two-year period starting in mid-May.

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