Film Falmouth


Woods Hole Film Festival Announces
2018/19 Film Falmouth Season

Kicks Off on Saturday, September 22, 2018

Presenting documentary film Manry At Sea-In the Wake of A Dream by Steve Wystrach

The Woods Hole Film Festival is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2018/2019 Film Falmouth Screening Series. Now in its fourth year, Film Falmouth is a monthly series of independent film presented by the Woods Hole Film Festival at Falmouth Academy. Screenings are held in Morse Hall at Falmouth Academy located at 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth. The selections include films from the 27th Woods Hole Film Festival, as well as independent films curated specifically for the series. The series is part of an effort by the Woods Hole Film Festival to offer year round independent film programming to supplement the annual summer Festival. The series is supported in part by grants from the Cape Cod 5 Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation.

Saturday, September 22nd at 7 p.m
by Steve Wystrach, 2018
94 mins (runner-up, Best Feature Documentary 27th Woods Hole Film Festival)



 In 1965, Robert Manry was a middle-aged newspaperman in Cleveland, Ohio. He had a wife and a small 1950’s tract home in the suburbs; a daughter and a son; a dog and a cat; a television, and a station wagon. He worked the night shift as a copy editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was a typical, sedentary, suburban, all-American ‘Everyman’ who harbored a dream.

Since a childhood encounter high in the Himalayas where he had grown up as a boy, he had dreamed of sailing across the sea. He was modest, good-natured, hardworking, and pursued his vivid goal with all the resources he could muster – which included his 13½-foot sailing boat Tinkerbelle.

On the eve of his 47th birthday, he departed secretly from Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod fearing that if anyone knew his real plans, they would try to stop him. After nearly 5 weeks, and a thousand miles at sea, a passing freighter stopped and picked up his mail, and word of his extraordinary venture began to spread. Partly because he was a newsman, other news organizations picked up the story. His employers quickly developed a publicity campaign (with the aim of selling more newspapers) and flew Robert’s family to England for a much anticipated surprise reunion.

Meanwhile, across town, a rival news team hatched a plot to intercept Tinkerbelle on the high seas. Their cunning scheme ended successfully with the sensational “Scoop at Sea”, in which they snatched Manry’s amazing story from his own colleagues, as they helplessly watched the encounter from airplanes circling overhead. What began as a private man’s private endeavor transformed into a wild frenzy of press-fueled public acclaim. By the time Robert reached England, after sailing 3200 miles alone in 78 days, he had become an international celebrity and 50,000 cheering well-wishers crowded the quay as he arrived at Falmouth harbor.

Manry at Sea explores the extraordinary story of Robert Manry’s life, his love affair with the sea, his triumphs and setbacks, and the story of his solo transatlantic voyage. It also recounts the high stakes gamesmanship of legendary journalists who competed fiercely to report the news, and this case, became the news themselves. The film draws on Robert’s own films, photographs, letters, and notebooks, news accounts, and personal memoirs, to document the remarkable story of how a little idea can become a very big thing; about how passion trumps circumstance; an anatomical history of how a dream comes true. Director and sailor Steve Wystrach’s exhaustive research and inventive storytelling complement Manry's intimate documentation of Tinkerbelle’s voyage, in an adventurous search for this unlikely American hero.

This kick-off screening is sponsored by West Marine.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS (subject to change)

Saturday, October 13th – CAPTURING THE FLAG, feature documentary with special guests. (USA)

Saturday, November 17thth – TBA

Saturday, December 8th  – RETURN TO MT. KENNEDY, feature documentary (USA)

Saturday, January 5th –  MR. SOUL, feature documentary (USA)

Saturday, February 9th –  INVENTING TOMORROW, feature documentary (USA)

Sunday, March 2nd – SADIE, feature drama, USA

Saturday, April 13th – THIS IS HOME, feature documentary (USA)

Saturday, May 18th -  TBA

Tickets are $14 per person, $12, for members, $10 for students and veterans and are on sale now in advance at or at the door of Falmouth Academy on the day of the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is plenty of on-site parking available. For more information about the series or to learn more about the Woods Hole Film Festival, log on to or call (508) 495-3456.