In 1982 Robert and Marjory Potts began Vineyard Video Productions, a company that creates documentary and educational films. Their first film was called Making Music: The Emerson String Quartet. The short film (30 minutes) was shot over one week in July 1982 when the quartet played on the Vineyard. At the time the Emerson was only six years old. It was formed in 1976 and is still going strong today.
Making Music will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Center street in Vineyard Haven. It is part one of a double bill which includes another Vineyard Video Productions documentary called Their Lives in Art: Robert Henry and Selina Trieff.
The second film is also an exploration into the lives of artists. The subjects currently live and paint in Provincetown, but the movie chronicles their journey as artists over several decades while living in New York city and on the Vineyard. The documentary demonstrates what it takes to commit fully to the creative life and maintain it even while struggling to raise children and earn a living.
Staying true to their own journey as artists, Robert and Marjory Potts have also produced A Master Class in Storytelling with Jay O’Callahan; Teaching Shakespeare: New Approaches from The Folger Shakespeare Library (produced in collaboration with The Folger Library in Washington) and You May Call Her Madam Secretary, a documentary on the work of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and the first woman to hold a cabinet position.
Sunday’s screening begins at 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $5.
For more information, visit vineyardvideo.org.