Community Collaborations

We believe that strength lies in community partnerships, and in the adage that ‘what goes around comes around.’

Over the past 15 years the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has collaborated with many island non-profits in presenting films together to raise money and awareness for those organizations’ missions…

American Red Cross – MVFS screened the film AXE IN THE ATTIC to raise money for its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, donating $531 from its box office;

ASPCA MV Chapter – MVFS collaborated on a screening of SHARKWATERS, in protest to shark killing during the OB Monster Shark Fishing Contest;

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History—MV Chapter– – MVFS screened the films VETERANS OF COLOR to support their mission to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community;

The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore– PARSA – MVFS screened the film OSAMA to raise money for a girls’ school in Kabul, donating $500 from its box office;

Camp Jabberwocky – MVFS has screened private films on multiple occasions for this program’s children with cerebral palsy as part of it summer camps’ entertainment;

Chappaquiddick Community Center – MVFS has contributed Film Festival Passes as a silent auction item for its community center building projects;

Falmouth Academy – MVFS has contributed Film Festival Passes as a silent auction item for its academic programs;

The FARM Institute – MVFS has organized several outdoor film screenings in the summer at its Katama Farm location to help raise money for its programs;

Featherstone Center for the Arts – MVFS screened the film CHIMPANZEE to members of the center’s “Shoots and Roots” children’s program;

Habitat for Humanity – MVFS screened a film on home building to support Habitat’s mission;

IMPPROV for Kids – MVFS screened the film TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP as a fund-raiser for the kids’ trip to Chicago to perform improv at national convention;

Iraq Paper Scissors – MVFS helped organized a preview screening of this island produced movie to raise post-production financing;

Island Affordable Housing Fund – MVFS screened a movie and volunteered time to the fund-raising efforts to support the Island’s Rental Assistance Program;

Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center – MVFS has contributed All-Access Film Festival Passes to its on-line summer auctions; The Film Center is now the summer home of the Summer Institute’s Jewish Film Series;

Media Voices for Children – helped with funding and awareness for Len and Georgia Morris’s films and end poverty programs;

MV Agricultural Society – MVFS has screened several films at the Ag Hall as part of the Society’s Spring Barn Potluck; these films have been focused on agricultural issues;

MV Center for Living – MVFS screened the film AWAY FROM HER in a collaborative effort with the MV Center for Living in order to incite a discussion on Alzheimer’s, which was facilitated by organization president, Karen Achille;

MV Community Services – Hosted a fund-raising event with Judy Belushi and the screening of LIVING ON THE EDGE that raised over $11,000 for Community Services; MVFS collaborated with CONNECT to screen SEARCHING FOR ANGELA SHELTON, a film dealing with domestic and sexual violence against women and its prevention;

MV goes Pink – MVFS has contributed Film Festival Passes as a silent auction item for raising money for this breast cancer awareness organization;

MV Fish Farm for Haiti Project – MVFS screened the film THE PRICE OF SUGAR to raise funds for the Project’s on-going support of the poor in Haiti and to raise awareness of the plight of Haitian laborers in the Dominican Republic;

MV Museum/Historical Society – MVFS has screened several of Linsey Lee’s Oral History of Martha’s Vineyard short films, has collaborated with the MV Museum in presenting a film series at the Katharine Cornell Theatre that complements the museum’s exhibits, and has also organized special screenings of THIS IS OUR ISLAND and INTO THE DEEP with Ric Burns in support of their mission to preserve and interpret collections that engage and connect the public to the Island’s history, art, and culture;

MV Preservation Trust – MVFS has contributed Film Festival Passes as a silent auction item for its Taste of the Vineyard event to support its mission;

MVRHS Film/Video Club – MVFS has sponsored the high school video club, paying a small stipend to Chuck Noonan to instruct students on camera operations, editing, and writing of short films;

MVY Radio – hosted at the film center a fund-raiser screening of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ICE for their community based radio;

NAACP – MV Chapter – MVFS Collaborated with NAACP to screen the film BLACKOUT in recognition of Black History Month and to further the awareness of NAACP’s mission;

NOW MV Chapter – MVFS screened the film IRON JAWED ANGELS to raise money, awareness, and promote the goals of the local chapter of NOW;

Polly Hill Arboretum – MVFS screened the film THE FRUIT HUNTERS to raise awareness of our relationship with the natural world and to support the Polly Hill Arboretum;

The Safe Haven Project – MVFS has screened films on several occasions for the Children with AIDS program, as part of the Project’s entertainment activities while the children were visiting the island;

Sail MV – Hosted at film center several films in support of Sail MV’s mission to protect and perpetuate our Island’s maritime heritage and culture;

Slow Food – MVFS screened the film GENETIC ROULETTE twice to support their mission to provide food that is good, clean, and fair for all;

Tisbury Elementary School – MVFS donated $200 towards the 8th Grade Class trip to Washington D.C.. It also has screened the film TWO SONS OF FRANCISCO, a Brazilian film that showed a side of Brazilian culture that most Vineyard students did not understand;

Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Assoc. – MVFS screened a free film three years running as part of the “Last Night, First Day” celebration for Island residents;

Vineyard Baseball – MVFS has screened several movies in the summers—outdoors at the MVRHS baseball field—to help raise over $6000 for purchasing the field’s bleachers;

Vineyard Committee on Hunger – Raised funds at the screening of A PLACE AT THE TABLE;

Vineyard Conservation Society – MVFS screened the film THE ISLAND PRESIDENT in an event sponsored by The Center for Biological Diversity, highlighting the emerging environmental problems facing our world today;

Vineyard Nursing Assoc. – MVFS collaborated on a screening of HAPPY-GO-LUCKY to introduce the VNA mission to film society audience;

West Tisbury Library Foundation – hosted several authors and poets readings during the renovation of the community’s library;

Windemere  MVFS screened YOUNG AT HEART to raise funds for Nursing and Rehab Center, donating $480 from box office;

Women Empowered  MVFS screened a film to raise money for this local island non- profit that helps island women in need;

The Yard  MVFS has contributed Summer Film Season Passes as a silent auction item for its auction to support its “Artists in the School” Program;