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Our Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary & Historic exhibit kicks off on August 7th!

Opening Celebration invite

Filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Film-Truth Productions are excited to announce the launch of the “Keepers of the Light - The Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary and Historical Exhibit” which will open to the public from 10am-4pm, Saturday, August 6th, 2016.

On Sunday, August 7th, 2016, National Lighthouse Day, the exhibit will be open from 10am to 4pm, with a special Grand Opening Celebration from 6pm to 9pm, which will be kicked off with a special lighthouse themed musical performance by Kate Taylor, Liv Taylor and other special guests. The filmmakers will also screen selected scenes from the forthcoming documentary and make remarks about the film and the exhibit.

This year’s annual National Lighthouse Day marks a milestone for our nation as we celebrate the 300th year of lighthouses in America. It is also significant for our community, as it comes almost a year to the day since the Gay Head light was re-lit in its new location, and also comes at a time when the community is celebrating the newly formed Aquinnah Cultural District.

Come experience the history of one of America’s most storied sentinels in this state of the art multi-media exhibit. The Keepers of the Light – The Gay Head Lighthouse Documentary & Historical Exhibit, housed in the historic Manning Building in front of the Gay Head Lighthouse, marks the first time this location, recently acquired by the Town of Aquinnah, has been open to the public in over a decade. The exhibit has a screening room where visitors can catch a sneak peek of several scenes from the filmmaker’s forthcoming documentary “Keepers of the Light.” There is a special exhibit room which currently features time lapse photography, architectural renderings, photographs and videos of the recent engineering marvel of the lighthouse relocation, and celebrates this historic milestone for the Gay Head light and the island community. The exhibit also features historic and archival photographs that help bring the history of the light to life.

The exhibit will be open from 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun, through Labor Day, and on the weekends in September. The schedule is subject to change. Please visit for the most up to date schedule and details.

About the Keepers of the Light documentary film:

On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, in the homeland of the Wampanoag, there has stood a lighthouse since 1798. Casting its beam 20 miles into the night sky, overlooking what was once one of the world’s busiest waterways, the iconic Gay Head Lighthouse has stood atop the cliffs for over 200 years. The Keepers of the Light is a feature-length documentary and the most comprehensive historic rendering of the Gay Head lighthouse to date, that tells the story of the historic events that have unfolded over the past two centuries, and the recent efforts of the island community coming together against the odds to save the light from the cliff’s rapidly eroding edge. The lighthouse is a portal through which to learn of the Wampanoag community that has lived there for millennia and the birth of the United States, from whale oil to electrification, of shipwrecks and heroic rescues, all woven into the fabric of this remote, close knit, island community’s icon.

The exhibit is offered free to the public by Film-Truth Productions as an extension of the outreach and fundraising campaign for the documentary film. The “Keepers of the Light” documentary has an interested broadcaster lined up for the fall of 2016. The film needs a color correction, footage and materials licensing, music composition and a sound mix to prepare the film for broadcast. To learn more about the documentary, pre-order the DVD or to make a tax-deductible donation towards the completion of the film, please visit

Contact Liz Witham at or 508-645-3030 for more information.

The documentary film and the exhibit could not have been made possible without the help of the many organizations and their staff that have helped in the research of this project. We would like to express our sincere gratefulness to the Aquinnah Cultural Center, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the Massachusetts Archives, the National Lighthouse Museum, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the United States Lighthouse Society, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah. Material and financial support for this exhibit provided by the Town of Aquinnah, Pathways Projects Institutes, Consenses, Vineyard Visual Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the UPS Store.

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