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Vineyard Hockey Mini-Doc


Some readers might know—because I’ve talked about it enough—I want to make an indie film on Martha’s Vineyard.


So I was interested to see in our local paper that the NHL has produced a 17-minute mini-documentary about the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s varsity hockey team.

I really enjoyed this—although not the ads that seem to pop up every three minutes—as it brought back a lot of memories: not only my hometown, but the experiences I had playing for the MVRHS baseball team circa 1989–92. (Hockey is the one sport I’ve never played—I can barely skate—although I had many friends who were on the team.)


We had the same kinds of routines, leaving school midday to take a boat, then a bus, off to some Cape school for a game—then the bus and boat ride back. (Only our team wasn’t very good at the time.) Going up to Provincetown was an especially long ride. And we took a plane to Nantucket, which was an adventure.


I was also interested to see how the island and its sights would photograph. The movie I want to make would shoot in June or September—which is a totally different look from the snowy blues and browns of this off-season doc—but it was useful to see how the island and ferry boats would look and feel on screen.


Incidentally, the Farrelly brothers’ 2003 film, Stuck on You—set on the Vineyard, although shot elsewhere in Massachusetts—features the twin characters playing for the high school team...


ARGH! This crappy wix site is bombing out on the image uploads for some reason, but you can see a glimpse of it in this trailer at IMDb—sigh.


UPDATE: It works again:


This is almost exactly the same uniform I wore!

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