starboard light

Sometimes the greatest adventure is the journey home. A love letter to loss spanning five generations, Starboard Light is an inspiring and poignant documentary that shows us how to hold on and asks: does a family make a house? or does a house make a family?

Oscillating between enchantment and elegy, the film reminds us of the importance of continuity and connection with the past, and affirms the value of ‘old’ things in our disposable culture.
— David DiCerto, former film reviewer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The film revolves around a middle-class family facing the disappearance of a century of memories when they make the difficult decision to sell their 210 year old summer home on Cape Cod. Whether it’s a small cabin deep in the woods, a primary residence that’s been handed down generation after generation or a waterfront summer getaway, there is a Starboard Lightin many of our lives that we’ve struggled to keep or painfully had to let go. Vicariously through this American family (the filmmaker’s own), Starboard Lightsuggests a way to immortalize the generations of memories and values baked into these shared family homes so that we may pass them on to our own children and grandchildren.

Set to air on PBS stations nationwide in Fall 2015, and available via video-on-demand, Starboard Light will illuminate a facet of the American experience to millions of viewers.


Starboard Light (60 minute film)


Starboard Light (60 min)
Starboard Light Extended Edition (78 min)
Chatham Cape Cod Girls Video
Starboard Light Official Music Video
Q&A with Director Nick Fitzhugh
Starboard Light Tour Video
Goodbye to Starboard Light Video
Yacht Club Race Video
Official Digital and Theatrical Posters
Stage Harbor - a William Wyvill Fitzhugh poem, (a PDF calligraphed by Portia Fitzhugh + a reading by Director Nick Fitzhugh)
Starboard Rust - Official Starboard Light theme song
High-resolution photographs for your desktop
The story in stills