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Last Call: Dreams, Main Street and the Search for Community

A non-fiction film by John Stanton and Henry Ferrini

"Last Call delivers a direct, sweet, and unapologetic reality check." – Jonathan Burkhart, executive director, Nantucket Film Festival.


This is how community erodes, washed away in small increments when the places where we come together informally close their doors. The Bosun's Locker was a classic watering hole that stood on Main Street, Nantucket, as the 1960s spun into the 1970s. It lasted less than 10 years. But that abbreviated decade, between the time that owner Preston Manchester poured the first beer and when he closed the doors for good, the place became the center of downtown life in a way that is fading from American Main Streets.

LAST CALL: Dreams, Main Street, and the Search for Community is a look at how places like The Bosun's Locker help create that fragile ideal called community. It is a cautionary tale about how gentrification coupled with the runaway economy of the last two decades affected local culture.

It was a place where working guys and hippies, locals and tourists, whites and blacks, had a beer together, rubbed elbows, and created what Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam has called social capital.

It was also a time when the funky, old island was being renovated into the place it is now, for the purpose of attracting a more moneyed crowd to Nantucket. Those changes meant the end of The Bosun's Locker.

This is a film about the inevitability of changes that shape us both as a community and as individuals. It is about how when we lose places like bar rooms and coffee shops, we lose a little bit of what builds community.

Narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and longtime summer resident Russell Baker, Last Call includes interviews with former Bosun's Locker owner Preston Manchester, Walter Beinecke, Jr., American Book Award winner Nat Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam, actor John Shea, and a dozen folks who lived through those times and those changes.

Last Call premiered in 2002 at the Nantucket Film Festival with three sold out screenings.

Credits
Henry Ferrini: Director of photography, editor
John Stanton: Writer, director, producer
Russell Baker: Narrator
Corky Laing: Music supervisor
 

 

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