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The Kings of Summer

| 2013 | 93 min. | | ,
A Film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank’s attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are…

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WOODY PINES (Brad Tucker and Friends) with Jemima James and Goodnight Louise playing the opening set

| 2014 | 90 mins | |

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Join us For a Night of Musical Entertainment “Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom.” — Ali Marshall, Mtn Xpress No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners…

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BOYHOOD

| 2014 | 166 minutes | |
Richard Linklater

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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents…

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Searching for Sugar Man

| 2012 | 85 min. | |

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as…

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Bottle Rocket

| 1996 | 105 min. | | ,
A Film by Wes Anderson

A bright, optimistic caper comedy from first-time director Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket focuses on a group of young Texans aspiring to become master thieves. Their leader is Dignan (Owen C. Wilson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an upbeat if naive charmer who convinces his friends Anthony (Wilson’s brother Luke Wilson) and Bob…

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The Quiet Man

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A Film by John Ford

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions an irresistible valentine to the “Auld Sod” in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his…

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Chasing Ice

| 2012 | 75 min. | |

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into…

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Classic Film Wednesday Night, The Mikado (1939)

, | 1939 | 90 Minutes | | , ,
Filmmaker Victor Schertzinger

Though it boasts an American director and star, this Technicolor cinemadaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Mikado is a faithful record of what it must have been like to attend a performance of Britain’s D’Oyly Carte opera company. Radio tenor Kenny Baker stars as Nanki-Poo, the wand’ring minstrel who wanders…

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Theater Performance: Lighthouse Point at the MV Film Center

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Lighthouse Point is a musical play set in East Chop created by Rick Herrick (playwright), Kate Hancock, (song lyrics), and Ben Wilmott (music). The play deals with a problem encountered by many Vineyarders: passing a family home on to the next generation. When four generations are involved, the juggling of interests and madness becomes complex.

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Buddha’s Birthday Bash – Two Films, Poetry, Music, and Birthday Cake

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To celebrate Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha birthday this year on May 17th, the Film Center is collaborating with a number of individuals and organizations to present two films that deal with the teachings of Buddhism in the West. Our program will begin at 4:00 pm with the screening of CRAZY WISDOM: Crazy Wisdom…

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2ND ANNUAL “BRAVE WOMEN, BRAVE MEN” BENEFIT CONCERT

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Rock Musician Jonathan Auerbach Produces and Performs a Musical Tribute Marking Memorial Day on Martha’s Vineyard to Salute America’s Troops In honor of Memorial Day and the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, local Massachusetts Veterans, from WWII to Afghanistan, will attend a benefit…

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PICNIC (1955)

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One of the biggest box-office attractions of the 1950s, Picnic was adapted by Daniel Taradash from the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play. William Holden plays Hal Carter, a handsome drifter who ambles into a small Kansas town during the Labor Day celebration to look up old college chum Alan (Cliff Robertson, in…

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A REEL FOOD EVENT — THE HELP and the Art Cliff Diner

| 2011 | 130 min. | | ,
Directd by Tate Taylor

  Join us for a double treat in June. See THE HELP on the Big Screen at the MV Film Center starting at 4 pm, and then afterwards join us for a pre-fixed menu of soul food at the Art Cliff Diner at around 6 pm. Dinner Option (immediately following the movie): You must…

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Cabin in the Sky, Pre-show at 7 pm with The Spirituals Choir!

| 1943 | 98 min. | |
A Film by Vincente Minnelli

Presented with pre-show at 7 pm,  The Spirituals Choir! Mortally shot at a crap game, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson gets a six-month Heavenly reprieve thanks to prayers from wife and True Believer Ethel Waters, but Rex Ingram’s “Lucifer Jr.” has a secret weapon in the ensuing battle for Anderson’s soul: Lena Horne’s sultry…

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Chimpanzee Movie – In collaboration with Featherstone Center for Arts — Miss Lani’s Roots & Shoots Youth Group

| 2012 | 78 min. | |

In collaboration with Featherstone Center for Arts — Miss Lani’s Roots & Shoots Youth Group From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans and African Cats, comes Chimpanzee – a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp…

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THE KILLING – early Stanley Kubrick

| 1956 | 83 mins | | ,
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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick’s first major film effort — though, like Kubrick’s earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with…

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Frances Ha – Last Showing!

| 2013 | 86 min. | | ,
A Film by Noah Baumbach

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible…

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“The Mighty Uke” and a performance by the Featherstone Uke Jam

| 2010 | 76 min. | |

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Pre-show performance by the Featherstone Uke Jam The ukulele is often regarded as a punch line more than a musical instrument; the diminutive four-stringed relative of the guitar rose to popularity when Hawaiian music became a fad in the early 20th Century, but it fell out of popularity with the rise of rock…

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Sound City

| 2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Dave Grohl

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Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all…

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Downloaded

| 2013 | 106 min. | |
A Film by Alex Winter

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DOWNLOADED focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music…

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“This is Gary McFarland” with introduction by Dave Kish – mvyradio’s “All That Jazz”

| 2006 | |
Kristian St. Clair

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Featuring candid interviews with some of the world’s hippest musicians, This is Gary McFarland explores the life and times of self-taught musician, composer, and producer Gary McFarland, who despite contributions and affilations with such notables as Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Gabor Szabo, and Cal Tjader,…

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AKA Doc Pomus with Sharyn Felder (daughter of Doc Pomus)

| 2012 | 98 mins | |
Peter Miller and Will Hechter

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Discussion with Sharyn Felder, Doc’s daughter after the screening. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for…

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Classic Film Night — Dangerous When Wet

| 1953 | 95 min. | | , ,

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Join us for our final Classic Film Night before the summer season kicks off!  The Classic Film Series will return in the fall. For our last hurrah we’re celebrating the late Esther Williams with the 1963 musical comedy classic Dangerous When Wet. Dangerous When Wet marks an important milestone in the life and career…

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Tiger Eyes with special guest, Director Lawrence Blume

| 2012 | 100 min. | |
A Film by Lawrence Blume

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The first of iconic author Judy Blume’s novels to be brought to the big screen, Tiger Eyes is the story of 17-year-old Davey Wexler, coping with the sudden, violent death of her father, and the emotional collapse of her mother. Set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the family abruptly relocates to…

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Midnight@Ten: JAWS

| 1975 | 124 min. | | , , , ,
A Film by Steven Spielberg

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To open our Midnight@Ten series, we thought we’d invite you into the jaw of a man-eating monster from the deep. You know the story: boy meets girl, girl meets shark, shark meets oxygen tank.  Classic. Favorite quote: “I can do anything; I’m the chief of police.”        

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Before Midnight

| 2013 | 109 min. | |
A Film by Richard Linklater

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The latest installment in Richard Linklater’s “Before” series, this film finds its protagonists, Celine and Jesse, in Greece.  As ever, they explore the idyllic European setting while also looking inward, at themselves and their relationship.  Linklater’s script is enlivened by the history shared not only between the characters, but by the actors…

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midnight@ten: EASY RIDER

| 1969 | 95 | | , ,
Directed by Dennis Hopper

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With a soundtrack of contemporary rock songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Band, and Steppenwolf to complete the atmosphere, Easy Rider was hailed for capturing the increasingly violent Vietnam-era split between the counterculture and the repressive Establishment. Experiencing the “shock of recognition,” youth audiences embraced Easy Rider’s vision of both the attractions and…

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MUD – encore audience favorite

| 2013 | 130 mins | |
Jeff Nichols

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Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and…

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Midnight@Ten series: Animal House (1978)

| 1978 | 109 min. | |
John Landis

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The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live’s irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate. Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers…

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Hey Bartender

| 2013 | 92 min. | |
A Film by Douglas Tirola

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Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar…

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midnight@ten series: TOUCH OF EVIL (Restored Director’s Cut)

| 1958 | 111 mins | | , ,
Orson Welles

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Annette Insdorf – film scholar and author will be joining us on Saturday, July 27th screening of TOUCH OF EVIL for a special introduction. Ms. Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, and a Professor in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts (for which she…

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Genetic Roulette, presented with Slow Foods MV

| 2012 | 85 min. | |

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Slow Food MV and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center are holding another joint fundraiser! Genetic Roulette is about the science of genetically modified foods and the impact on our food system and us. It provides provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a…

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THIN, presented with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

| 2006 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Lauren Greenfield

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Join us after the screening for a Q&A with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. The HBO Documentary film Thin takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women (ages 15 – 30) who have spent their lives starving themselves;…

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The Queen of Versailles,
presented with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

| 2012 | 100 min. | |
A Film by Lauren Greenfield

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The filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, will be conducting a Q&A after the screening. Don’t forget to come to her photography workshop on August 1 and a screening of her other film, Thin, on August 2. David Siegel grew his enormous wealth in the time-share business.  He felt he was doing much more than selling…

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Where the Rivers Flow North
Film and Q&A with the Filmmaker

| 1993 | 106 min. | |
A Film by Jay Craven

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Based on Howard Frank Mosher’s regional novella, the film is set in 1927 and centers on two unlikely characters. Noel Lord (Rip Torn), an old man with white hair flowing below his shoulders and a metal hook for a hand, has lived on his land all his life and is resisting a…

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Northern Borders
Film and Q&A with the Filmmaker

| 2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Jay Craven

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‘Northern Borders’ tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences the farm as a place full of eccentric people, especially his stubborn grandparents whose…

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midnight@ten: The Graduate

| 1967 | 106 min. | | , ,
A Film by Mike Nichols

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If “The Graduate” were released today, it might not be in the form of a film.  The pervasive angst on display in this classic might instead be catalogued as a series of tweets by a character I am going to christen @benjaminb46, and which I will imagine, briefly, for you now. June…

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Jimmy Tingle Live on Stage and Screen

| 2013 | 120 min. | | ,

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Jimmy Tingle Live on Stage! A unique theatrical event featuring a film screening of Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, followed by a Q & A and a Live Jimmy Tingle Stand Up Comedy Performance. From 60 Minutes II, The Tonight Show, HBO, NPR, Comedy Central, and PBS The New York Times writes: He has…

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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World,
presented with filmmaker Ric Burns

| 2010 | ~120 min. | |

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Post screening discussion with filmmaker Ric Burns. A film chronicling the American whaling industry from its origins in New England in the 17th century, through the golden age of deep-sea whaling, up to its decline following the Civil War. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film binds the story of American capitalism on…

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VETERANS OF COLOR — Documentary

| 2012 | 55 mins | |
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The Martha’s Vineyard branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is sponsoring a showing of Veterans of Color— Courage Adversity and Triumph. Veterans of Color is based on interviews with 31 African American women and men who served in America’s Military. Serving their country even…

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A Place at the Table

| 2012 | 84 min. | |

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A discussion will follow, led by Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and long-time seasonal West Chop resident Dr. Mariana Chilton, PhD, both of whom are featured in the film.  Representative McGovern and Dr. Chilton will be joined by the film’s co-director Lori Silverbush and by Dr. Donald Berwick, MD, who has helped implement…

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Much Ado About Nothing

| 2013 | 107 min. | | ,
A Film by Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon, acclaimed filmmaker of last summer’s big-budget masterpiece The Avengers, has chosen as his next project one of The Bard’s great comedies.  Much Ado is chock-full of the bawdy humor, gender-bending, mistaken identity and true love we expect from Shakespeare. During the grueling shoot for The Avengers, Whedon would often gather a group…

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Opening Night: Reception and the film IN A WORLD

| 2013 | 93 min. | |
A Film by Lake Bell

On Opening Night of the Festival, we will be holding a tented reception, from 5:30-7:30 PM, on the beautiful water-front lawn adjacent to Saltwater, just off Beach Road.  We’ll be serving cocktails (sponsored by Bombay Sapphire), wines, beer (Stella Artois) and appetizers (provided by Saltwater Restaurant) while Jeremy Berlin, Eric Johnson, and…

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Herblock: The Black and the White – introduced by Ward Just

| 2013 | 95 min. | |

Herbert Block’s career at The Washington Post spanned fifty-five years and thirteen presidents, a timeframe in which he claimed three Pulitzer Prizes, the Medal of Freedom and a significant role in President Nixon’s resignation. Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Jules Feiffer, Ted Koppel and Jon Stewart are among the…

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister And Pete

| 2013 | 120 min. | |

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT MR. TILLMAN CAN NOT JOIN US DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.*** George Tillman, Jr. is an American film producer, writer, and director. Tillman is most notable for directing the films Soul Food and Men of Honor.   Two youths from the Brooklyn projects attempt to fend for themselves on…

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Flying Paper with co-director Nitin Sawhney

, | 2013 | 71 min. | | ,
A Film by Roger Hill and Nitin Sawhney

Flying Paper tells the uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. Presented in collaboration with Festival Sponsor KinderUSA, hosted by Dalell Mohmed, Executive Director The film opens in the small village of Seifa in the northern…

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Blue Jasmine

| 2013 | 98 mins | | ,
Written and Directed by Woody Allen

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Woody Allen turns once again to drama (and the United States) after a string of comedy hits set all over Europe.  This film features numerous heavy hitters, with Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in the title role as Jasmine – a New York housewife whose world is blown apart by a devious…

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2012 | 86 min. | |

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During Diana Vreeland’s fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint…

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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2013 | 94 mins | |

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It’s the most mythic of all American emporiums – and the scene of many an ultimate fashion fantasy. Now audiences get a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic history in Matthew Miele’s Scatter…

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20 Feet From Stardom

| 2013 | 91 min. | |

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Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure,…

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The Other Side of the Ice
with Q&A afterwards with Sprague Theobald

| 2013 | 75 min. | |
A Film by Sprague Theobald

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In 2009, Sprague Theobald and his family set sail for the infamous Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Since 1906 a staggering number have died trying. From Newport, RI, through the Arctic and down to Seattle, it would be a five month, 8500 mile trek…

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Letters To Jackie:
Remembering President Kennedy
special screening and discussion

| 2013 | 88 min. | |
A Film by Bill Couturié

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Where were you on November 22, 1963? It’s a question that anyone alive on that day can answer with vivid clarity. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the world came to a crashing halt as the nation grieved for its leader whose promise of a brighter future was cut…

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Classic Wednesday Nights: KING KONG (1933)

| 1933 | 103 min. | |
Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper

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“How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?” Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong — and stayed with the project even after learning that her “leading man” was a…

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SPINNING PLATES

| 2012 | 90 mins | |
Director JOSEPH LEVY

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Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. A world-renowned chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago (Alinea), while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the…

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Wood Sails Dreams with filmmaker John Stanton providing a Q&A afterwards

| 2012 | 60 mins | |
John Stanton

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The act of building and sailing boats made out of trees and powered by the wind is a small moment of grace in the face of a digitally enhanced world and throwaway culture. But forty years ago the rise of fiberglass boats nearly pushed wooden sailboats, and the trade of building them,…

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ALL IS LOST

| 2013 | 106 mins | | , ,
Directed by J.C. Chandor

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Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) takes the helm for this tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. Anchored by another tremendous performance in a career full of them, All Is Lost offers a moving, eminently worthwhile testament to Robert…

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12 YEARS A SLAVE

| 2013 | 133 mins | |
Directed by Steve McQueen (III)

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12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed…

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A PERFECT MAN

| 2013 | 95 mins | | ,
Directed by Kees Van Oostrum

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On the cusp of their ninth anniversary, James and Nina seem to have the perfect marriage and ideal lives – an affluent life in Amsterdam, lucrative jobs and adoring friends. Yet when Nina discovers James’s infidelity with a mutual friend of theirs, shattering whatever illusions they’ve created about their relationship and leaving…

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Island author Chris Radant introduces HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a film based on her original story, with Q/A afterwards

| 1995 | 103 mins | |
Directed by Jodie Foster

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It’s been said that while most people love their families, they don’t always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her…

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THIS IS OUR ISLAND, rare 1971 telling of Vineyard history

| 1971 | 75 min. | |
Produced by Nancy Hamilton and Katharine Cornell
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Author Tom Dunlop will introduce the documentary and give a background on its history. This wonderful documentary was narrated by Broadway star and Vineyard resident Katharine Cornell.  In its scenes filmmaker Nancy Hamilton captures the history, charm, and spirit of the Vineyard. Using Ms. Hamilton created a cultural treasure that is still relevant…