Dedicated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 

Maria’s Comet 1847 vi is a short film by Homa Taj (IMDb) based on a biographical poem written by Irish-born poet, Frank J Cunningham. The former New Yorker (Southampton, LI), and long-time Nantucket resident was inspired by his friendship with a young native islander whom he met via Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. The poem recounts the ways Ryan Webb (played by Skyler Kardell) became inspired by a visit to the Maria Mitchell Association’s Loines Observatory with his ‘Big Brother’, the poet Cunningham. Ryan is now a professional surfer.

Maria’s Comet was filmed on location at the Loines Observatory (Maria Mitchell Association) on Nantucket starring another native islander Skyler Kardell.

Screening schedule on Nantucket NCTV18:

 Fri Aug 15th @5pm – Maria’s Comet 1874vi
Sat. Aug 16th @130pm – Maria’s Comet 1874vi
Sun. Aug 17th @4pm – Maria’s Comet 1874vi
Tues. Aug 19th @9am – Maria’s Comet 1874vi
Thurs. Aug 21st @7pm – Maria’s Comet 1874vi
Sat. Aug 23rd @2pm – Maria’s Comet 1874vi