Debuting in the fall of 2020, Nantucket Community Television will launch an original programming series.  Leading with a film documentary— THE ISLAND CUP RIVALS FILM, followed by a mini-series.

NANTUCKET, MA; SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 – NCTV18, the broadcast multimedia “go-to” resource for engaging, enlightening and entertaining programming about Nantucket, is producing programming about the hidden story of traditional rival football games between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. It’s a journey through islander history, THE ISLAND CUP RIVALS FILM DOCUMENTARY will debut on both islands. On Nantucket premiere in the Dreamland Theater, Martha’s Vineyard T/B/D, Comcast NCTV channels, and (check local listings and NCTV18 social media channels), in September 2020. Followed by the five-part series documenting the past fifty years of how Nantucket families lived, the need for rivalry with its sister island after tourist seasons, and how the island demographics are changing.

The day after Labor Day, island residences shift from chaotic summer activity to an easier pace. “Ahhh, we made through another season” is commonly felt among locals.  We relax to enjoy the Indian summer, slowing down to welcome the on-coming quiet season.  The cranberry harvest, autumn leaves, Nor-easter winds, wood-burning fireplaces, and more parking spaces are delights during this time of the year! And of course, planning social gatherings around football goes without saying. “During the fall season, regional residents enjoy watching the Patriots.  BUT, islanders LOVE to taunt each other around our traditional football game between the Whalers and the Vineyarders called The Island Cup.  Players, Cheerleaders and fans alike chant ‘Kahuna Nantucket’ or ‘Squash the Grapes’. I’m sure there’s more, but you’ll have to watch the movie. It’s primal venting for both sides after seemingly longer high seasons, but it’s all good.” — Arlene O’Reilly, NCTV18’s Director of Development and Marketing.

NCTV18 will capture this is an American high school football story where the Whalers (Nantucket) plays against the Vineyarders (Martha’s Vineyard). For over fifty years, these island teams have alternated traveling to the other island every November.  The traveling team often has quite the entourage taking the ferry over for the day. The Island Cup games continue to attract large crowds spanning the very young to the elders, year-round and seasonal residents on both islands. Ironically, the players in the rival games experience a paradigm shift:  Whalers verses the Vineyarders, ramp up to beat the pulp out of each other, hit them with their best shots, and a mental attitude: “this is the game to win over all the others”.  During our interviews, many older players have stated this actually creates a bond of respect when alumni meet their former rivals on the mainland.  They are different, yet the same.  Last but not least, change is on the horizon as always and this will be touched upon in the film.

NCTV18 is currently in production with this film. “We have been working with MVTV and both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket High Schools.  I’m very pleased to announce that we plan to develop a scholarship program for both schools if our goals are met.  It’s a unique collaboration born from rivalry! I’m proud of our team that is developing it, particularly Frank Schadt who proposed the film originally. It’s going to be a great programming series that will appeal to all generations of residents. Connections on the Vineyard are exploring their own fundraiser to contribute towards this film, as they see the value in this film as well.  It will be interesting on who takes the lead between the two island fundraisers.” Says with a smile and a wink—Lisa Getter, Executive Director, NCTV18.

To meet the goals with this film project NCTV18 is seeking business underwriters who will be credited on select promotional materials, including film credits as well as programming spotlights on all channel sources. (Details here)  If you are interested in underwriting please contact Arlene our Director of Development and Marketing.  After the film premiere, a reception event will follow to discuss the support of the mini-series.

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