The Island Cup - Nantucket vs. Martha's Vineyard Rival Football Documentary


The Island Cup documentary tells the story of a very special, and somewhat unknown, aspect defining generations of people who are the backbone of two island communities—Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We begin by telling the story of 2018’s annual Island Cup rival game, followed by a deep exploration of an inter-island rivalry, changing island demographics, and how the state of the sport nationwide impacts community football.

What We Need & What You Get

Currently, in production, The Island Cup is produced by Nantucket Community Television (NCTV18- a media arts center, local non-profit PEG station), producers/ filmmakers Frank Schadt, Dee White, and Andrew Cromartie, and directed by Lisa Getter, Arlene O’Reilly, and Dan Driscoll. Together, we have self-funded and completed roughly 55% of the production. Your contribution will help us complete production and editing, then market and distribute the film, set to release in 2021-22.

Providing funding is achieved, we intend to produce and broadcast a short series following the premiere of this documentary movie. When our crew at NCTV18 began capturing and collecting footage for this project, we received great support from both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard high-schools, including the athletic departments and Martha’s Vineyard Community Television (MVTV).

Providing we meet our funding goal, our intention is to premiere this film documentary at the Nantucket Dreamland Theater, and theaters on Martha’s Vineyard in 2021. We will also be broadcasting this film on both islands local Comcast channels, and it will be available for smart TV users on-demand for anyone to watch with internet access. We believe the caliber of this film is worthy of submitting to film festivals. If we surpass our goal, we intend to establish scholarships for students wanting to study film-making that will be available to students from both islands in collaboration with MVTV and local high schools.

Other Ways You Can Help

We’re excited to share this “Coke and Pepsi” story, which has surprisingly impacted our lives through the research and filming, introducing us to new alliances in exploring the tradition of rival games with our neighboring island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Join Us: In addition to contributing, there are plenty of ways you can help!

Help Spread the Word: Share with your friends, family, and colleagues, or blog or write about our story. We’re happy to give interviews.

Volunteer: Looking to help with a film? We’re looking for partners to host fundraising events, awareness events, and advanced screenings, as well as interns to help with marketing and release parties.

Connect with Us: Join us by becoming a member of NCTV18, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Stay connected with the film’s progress and release through our newsletter, sign up for news updates here.

Support The Island Cup Documentary!

Supporters have various levels to consider. As an appreciation of your support, we will have car decals, movie posters, hats, film tickets, beach towels, DVDs of the movie, and membership subscriptions for starters. Sponsor levels will receive credit listings, VIP screening, company logo on promotional materials, and a signed football some of our local celebrities!

If our targeted funding amount is not achieved, we will continue to work on this project until we have the required funds to complete it. We will finish the film documentary and have this available to watch our Comcast channel and on-demand online.

Please email Arlene O’Reilly if you are interested in being a business sponsor for this documentary.  General donations will also be incrediably helpful!