Zeb — Schooner Life, a film documentary about the Vineyard’s legendary schooner Captain Zeb Tilton, premieres Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven. The event will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Future screenings on the Island are planned as well.
Zeb — Schooner Life, produced by Detrick Lawrence Productions of Edgartown, is based on the book Zeb, Celebrated Schooner Captain of Martha’s Vineyard, by Polly Burroughs, which was described by Walter Cronkite as “a salty, funny tale of a ship and her master.”
The film explores the life and times of Tilton — the place he came from, the way he lived, the legacy he left. It also tells the story of the Alice S. Wentworth, his iconic schooner.
Gordon Massingham of Tisbury directed the film, which includes more than 30 interviews with Islanders and schooner experts from around New England. Vineyard residents participated in making the film, including narrator Whit Griswold, CBS newsman Mike Wallace, boat builders Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon, Robert Douglas, several members of the Tilton family and other Islanders.
Detrick Lawrence, located in Edgartown since 1999, has produced more than 150 films, including Gloucester’s Adventure, a documentary on the rise and fall of the fishing industry told through the story of the schooner Adventure, which was broadcast on WGBH.
Following the premiere at the Capawock, a reception will be held at Louisa Gould Gallery, 54 Main street in Vineyard Haven. To purchase tickets, call 508-627-8844. For more information on Zeb — Schooner Life visit www.zebtilton.com.