Event Photos & Videos
For the past five+ years The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center has been named Best Movie Theater, Festival, or Series on the island! Take a look at some of our past events (and don’t miss out on our upcoming International Film Festival!)…
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO w/ JESSICA B. HARRIS
Following a sold-out screening of the documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, author, radio host, and culinary expert Jessica B. Harris joined us to read about James Baldwin from her memoir “My Soul Looks Back.” After her reading, a book signing session was held in the lobby of the Film Center.
2017 FILMUSIC FESTIVAL
Our annual FILMUSIC Festival spanned from June 22nd-June 25th 2017. We celebrated the natural convergence of film and music, with films spanning across classic rock, musical theater, jazz, swing dancing, film scores, and more.
The festival began with a sold-out performance from the Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra, as they played a new, original score to the Harold Lloyd silent film classic THE FRESHMAN.
2017 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 2017 edition of our Environmental Film Festival was held from May 25th-May 28th. A wide variety of environmental documentaries were screened, all of which were followed by post-screening discussions.
After the screening of AWAKE: A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK, we were honored to have the co-directors of the film, Myron Dewey and James Spione, join us on stage, along with Tanyette Colon of We-Must.com, and Allison Rose Levy, host of the weekly radio program “Connect the Dots” for a panel discussion and Q/A with the audience.
Prior to our free screening of Dr. Seuss’s THE LORAX, over 35 children decorated reusable canvas bags supplied by the Vineyard Conservation Society and received a copy of The Lorax’s “How to Help the Earth” to take home with them.
Following the screening of TROPHY, co-directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau joined us via Skype for a discussion of the film with the audience.
Wes Brighton, Shelley Edmundson, and Jim Athearn engaged in a Q&A with the audience after showing of RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN.
After a viewing of BEFORE THE FLOOD, students from the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School spoke to the audience about their recent climate change field trip to Alaska in a discussion lead by Lindsey Lee.
Our festival kicked off with a screening of THE BULLISH FARMER. After the film, director Ken Marsolais and John Ubaldo joined us onstage for a discussion of the film, and a Q&A session.
Before the festival began, an opening reception was held that featured live jazz music by David Hannon, appetizers by Herring Run Kitchens, and a menu sourced from Mermaid Farms, MG Farms, Grey Barn, Ghost island, Blackwater Farm.
2017 SPECTRUM FILM FESTIVAL
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society was proud to host the first annual SPECTRUM Film Festival from April 27th through April 30th, 2017. The SPECTRUM Film Festival is the first LGBTQ film festival held on Martha’s Vineyard.
The 4-day festival featured numerous guest speakers and panel discussions on LGBTQ topics.Rev. Bill Clark, Rev. Chip Seadale and Rev. Cathlin Baker lead a conversation about the relationship between religion and the LGBTQ community, following a screening of Justin Kelly’s I AM MICHAEL.
Participants of a SPECTRUM Youth event were treated to pizza provided by Rocco’s Pizza.
Co-sponsored by Vineyard Knitworks, the Film Center hosted YARN, a film about the artists redefining the art of knit and crochet on March 8th, 2017.
The front entrance to the Film Center was decorated with yarn in anticipation of the screening.
SPECIAL SCREENING: THE PLASTIC OCEAN
In February of 2017, Students of the Edgartown Grade School were given a special screening of Craig Leeson’s documentary THE PLASTIC OCEAN.
Samantha Look of the Vineyard Conservation Society spoke to the students following the screening.
SPECIAL SCREENING: QUEEN OF KATWE
Vineyard students had the opportunity for a free, special afternoon screening of QUEEN OF KATWE at the Capawock Theater on October 25th, 2016, with the support of the Rotary Club of MV.
11th ANNUAL MARTHA’S VINEYARD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 11th edition of the annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival was held from September 6th through September 10th, 2016.
Actress Sharon Stone was present, displaying her Global Citizens Award to the audience.
SPECIAL SCREENING: PAPER LANTERNS
A special screening of Barry Frechette’s film PAPER LANTERNS was shown at the Film Center on August 23rd, 2016. Thanks to the Japan Society of Boston, this film was able to be screened, in addition to a post-screening Q&A with director Barry Frechette, composer Chad Cannon, and cinemoatographer/editor Max Esposito.
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Peter Grilli of the Japan Society of Boston joined us at the Film Center to help introduce the film and to comment on the May 27 visit by President Obama to Hiroshima’s Peace Park (the first standing US President to visit).
Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams’ film LIFE, ANIMATED was screened for three nights at the Film Center.
Following the first showing on August 18th, 2016, the Suskind family (L to R: Walter, Owen and Ron) joined director Roger Ross Williams for a post-film Q&A session.
WGBH’s NOVA: OPERATION LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE
In collaboration with WGBH, a free screening of NOVA: Operation Lighthouse Rescue was screened at the Film Center on June 12th, 2016.
After the screening, a panel discussion moderated by Paula Apsell, and featured Len Butler, Martha Vanderhoop, Jerry Matyiko, and Richard Skidmore.
NATURE AS INSPIRATION: 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 2016 Environmental Film Festival was held from May 26th-May 29th.
Fredrik Gertten, Dave Whitmon, and Ed Begley Jr. participate in a Q&A following a screening of BIKES vs CARS.
Dave Whitmon’s velomobile was on display in the Film Center lobby.
THE FINEST HOURS
With co-sponsors the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, and the newly rechartered USCG Flotilla 11-9, the Film Center hosted the Station Menemsha USCG crew and their immediate family members for a screening of THE FINEST HOURS.
After the film, Capt. John Kondratowicz, Commander of Sector Southeastern New England spoke to the audience about the 1952 Coast Guard rescue of the sailors of the SS Pendleton.
SPOTLIGHT Q&A W/ TODD WALLACK
We were joined for a screening of the Best Picture-winning film SPOTLIGHT by Boston Globe investigative reporter Todd Wallack, who spoke to the audience after the film.
DOCUMENTARY WEEK 2015
Documentary Week allows established documentarians to screen, discuss (with each other and audience members), and collaborate on new works of importance. This summer, we showed five unique documentaries and hosted four after screening discussions with the filmmakers and producers.
Co-director Robert Gordon answers questions about his film BEST OF ENEMIES.
Q&A with DIRECTOR MATTHEW HEINEMAN
Matthew Heineman answers questions following a screening of his film CARTEL LAND. This past year, Matthew won the Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival.
STRAND THEATER RE-OPENING
After four years of being closed, the historic Strand Theater in Oak Bluffs re-opened in June of 2015.
40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL SHOWING OF JAWS
We celebrated the 40th Anniversary of JAWS by playing the movie at the Capawock and the Strand. What better way to pay tribute to “one of the most effective thrillers ever made,” according to Robert Ebert, then watching it in the place where it was created?
Mike Haydn played the guitar in the opening beach scene of JAWS and we welcomed him to our 40th anniversary shows.
SILENT FILM ORCHESTRA PHANTOM OF THE OPERA PERFORMANCE
The Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra wowed a full house at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center with their performance of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925).
1ST ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Our 1st annual Environmental Film Festival in collaboration with the Vineyard Conservation Society featured the North America premiere of Jacques Perrin’s newest film NIGHT ON EARTH and advance clips from his film SEASONS, which will be released by Sony Picture Classics this December.
Jacques Perrin attended the festival with his filmmaking team.
ARTS – MARTHA’S VINEYARD
We hosted The Arts and Culture Collaborative workshop with special guests Cathy Edwards, Executive Director of New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and E. San San Wong, Senior Program Officer at Barr Foundation. The discussion was moderated by David White, Artistic and Executive Director of The Yard.
THE CHARLES W. MORGAN
A one-hour documentary film, directed by five-time Emmy winner Bailey Pryor which will be aired by PBS affiliate stations across the nation, telling the extraordinary story of America’s last wooden whaleship and the incredible saga of whaling, the first global industry dominated by America. Following the film, we hosted a Q&A session with panel members Bailey Pryor; writer, producer, and director of the film, Steve Jones, Executive Producer, Quentin Snediker, Director of the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, and Matthew Stackpole, Ship’s Historian for The Morgan Restoration.
2014 OSCAR VIEWING PARTY
What better way to view the annual Academy Awards then on the big screen in the place where you watched all the nominees?
Classic Film Night: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
A special screening just in time for Halloween. Members, patrons and faculty of the Film Center dressed up for the occassion!
9TH ANNUAL MARTHA’S VINEYARD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Combining the laid back beach style of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a passionate audience of film and culture enthusiasts with the buzz and excitement of a festival celebrating films from across the globe – The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience. Don’t miss out on the 10TH ANNUAL MVIFF! Come and join us for 6 days in September.
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON FOUR PREMIERE (and afternoon tea)
The screening of Downton Abbey’s Season 4 was a sold out event at the Film Center. Afternoon tea followed the highly anticipated premiere.
THE RETURN TO SUMMER OF LOVE CONCERT BY THE DAYTRIPPERS
Musicians: Doug Brush, vocals & guitars; Charlie Esposito, vocals, piano & keyboards, percussion; Shelagh Hackett, vocals and percussion; Eric Johnson, vocals, guitar & bass; Boaz Kirschenbaum, vocals, guitar & bass; Brian W Weiland, vocals, drums, and guitar. Light Show Design Stephen Zablotny and Carl Gosslin. Sound mix Anthony Esposito.
JOHN BELUSHI: “DANCING ON THE EDGE” BENEFIT
Judy Belushi Pisano hosted the film “John Belushi: Dancing on The Edge” Benefit at the MV Film Center to benefit Community Services. Over $13,000 was raised for this vital community resource. Tasty bites were provided by Herring Creek Caterers. Wes Nagy on the piano and a terrific Q&A afterwards with Judy about the film and John.
PREVIEW AND Q&A: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
Photos taken at the sneak preview of Lee Daniels’ (PRECIOUS, MONSTER BALL) new film Lee Daniels THE BUTLER at the MV Film Center, hosted by Skip Gates with Director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong participating in a Q&A discussion afterwards.
Richard Paradise and director Lee Daniels.