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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

| 2014 | 100 mins | |
Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson’s (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) highly anticipated new film tells the adventurous tale of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and Zero Moustafa (Toni Revolori), a legendary hotel concierge and the lobby boy who becomes his protege. After a one-night stand with the beautiful Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), Gustave finds himself…

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Classic Film Series: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

| 1981 | 115 minutes | |
Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman),…

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NY Film Critics Series: LOCKE with on-screen appearances by actor Tom Hardy and director/writer Steven Knight

, | 2014 | 85 minutes | | ,
Steven Knight

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Ivan Locke has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his…

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Classic Film Wednesdays: MULHOLLAND DRIVE

| 2001 | 147 minutes | | ,
David Lynch

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David Lynch’s dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmirizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood. David Lynch wrote and directed this look at two women who find themselves walking a fine line between truth and…

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LOVE FREE OR DIE

| 2012 | 82 mins | |
Macky Alston

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Discussion with director Macky Alston following the film. Co-presented with the Open and Affirming Committee of the First Congregational Church of  West Tisbury THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT Love Free or Die is the true story about gay Bishop Gene Robinson whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for…

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THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG

| 1960 | 126 minutes | | ,
Richard Quine

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William Holden stars as an American Artist who becomes involved with the sordid underworld of prostitution in Hong Kong in The World of Suzie Wong, based on Paul Osborn’s Broadway adaptation of the novel by Richard Mason. Robert Lomax tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he…

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI

| 1998 | 117 mins | |
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed ’60s refugee Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski…

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BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY

| 2014 | 91 mins | | ,
Geoff Moore , David Posamentier

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A small town pharmacist’s uneventful life is turned inside out when a chance encounter with a lonely trophy wife turns into a walk on the wild side in the murderously funny dark comedy, Better Living Through Chemistry. Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is the model of suburban respectability-until the night he delivers a…

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ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

| 2013 | 80 mins | |
Chiemi Karasawa

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Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John…

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BLOOD SIMPLE

| 1984 | 97 mins | | ,
Ethan Coen , Joel Coen

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In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty’s faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty’s employees. But Visser is no more up-front…

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TIM’S VERMEER

| 2014 | 80 mins | | ,
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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison…

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THE SQUARE

, | 2013 | 95 mins | |
Jehane Noujaim

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The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three…

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Classic Film Wednesdays: THE PINK PANTHER (1963)

| 1963 | 113 mins | | , ,
Blake Edwards

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In the first in a series of detective comedies from director Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers as bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the mishap-prone snoop is actually a supporting player. David Niven stars as Sir Charles Litton, a suave jewel thief known as “The Phantom.” Vacationing in a deluxe Alpine resort, Litton’s…

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PILLOW TALK (1959)

| 1959 | 98 mins | | ,
Michael Gordon

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WEAR YOUR BEST BEDTIME ATTIRE, GET IN FREE TO THE MOVIE. Playboy composer Rock Hudson and interior-decorator Doris Day are obliged to share a telephone party line. Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, this leads to Hudson and Day despising each other without ever having…

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THE BIG COMBO with introduction by Paul Karasik, New Yorker cartoonist

| 1955 | 87 mins | | ,
Joseph Lewis

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“Undiscovered Noir” Some of the best films of the 40s and 50s remain largely unknown. These are films that do not cater to please the masses.They were made by adults for adults, so they contain hardboiled adult themes about relationships: deceit, violence and loyalty and lust. As a crack cinematographer, John Alton…

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ROMEO AND JULIET (A Live on Screen performance from Broadway production with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad)

| 2013 | 135 mins | | ,
Directed by David Leveaux

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Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award® nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) turned up the heat this fall as Broadway’s hottest, rule-breaking, heart-aching couple, ROMEO AND JULIET. “Mr.(Orlando) Bloom in a first-rate Broadway debut and the gifted (Condola) Rashad exude a too fine for this world…

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HER

| 2013 | 120 mins | | ,
Spike Jonze

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Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive…

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RAW DEAL with New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik, introducing the film

| 1948 | 89 mins | | ,
Anthony Mann

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Some of the best films of the 40s and 50s remain largely unknown. These are films that do not cater to please the masses.They were made by adults for adults, so they contain hardboiled adult themes about relationships: deceit, violence and loyalty and lust. As a crack cinematographer, John Alton is one…

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F FOR FAKE (the final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime)

| 1974 | 85 mins | |
Orson Welles

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The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other sources, most notably an unfinished documentary by Francois Reichenbach on the…

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

| 2014 | 105 mins | | ,
Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 LLEWYN DAVIS (OSCAR ISAAC) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly…

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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

, | 2013 | 139 mins | |
Directed by Justin Chadwick

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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (PROMETHEUS) stars as Nelson Mandela with…

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SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY in collaboration with the Vineyard Haven Public Library (FREE SCREENING)

| 1982 | 100 mins | | ,
George T. Nierenberg

The Vineyard Haven Public Library will kick off its six-week long film and lecture series “America’s Music: A History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” with a free screening of the documentary “Say Amen, Somebody” The series will feature showings of six award-winning documentary films about uniquely American…

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NY Film Critics “Sneak Preview” of AT MIDDLETON with live appearances by Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE DEPARTED), Andy Garcia and Director Adam Rogers.

| 2014 | 93 mins | | ,
Adam Rodgers

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with live on screen appearances by Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR, THE DEPARTED), Andy Garcia (OCEAN ELEVEN) and Director Adam Rogers. The movie also stars Taissa Farmiga (AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Vera’s real life sister). The event timeline: 7:30pm ALISON BAILES INTRO LIVE ON SCREEN 8:00pm COUNTDOWN SLATE 8:01 PETER TRAVERS INTRODUCTION OF FILM/SERIES 8:10…

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THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

| 1976 | 135 mins | | ,
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John Cassavetes takes a contemporary film noir turn (which he would return to in Gloria) after exploring domestic melodrama in A Woman Under the Influence with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, the owner of a sleazy Los Angeles strip joint, who loses $20,000 at a mob…

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NEBRASKA

| 2013 | 150 mins | | ,
Directed by Alexander Payne

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Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this road trip comic-drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Montana father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Shot in black and…

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SILENT FILM COMEDY SHORTS

| 1916 | 105 mins | |

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SILENT COMEDY SHORTS restored by Serge Bromberg, David Shepard and the renowned Lobster Films in Paris. Chaplin’s THE IMMIGRANT, Keaton’s THE LOVE NEST, and others by Charley Chase, Charlie Bowers, etc. SLAPSTICK — WHAT PRICE GOOFY:Charlie Chase RT:24:37 2. THE IMMIGRANT: Chaplin RT20:01 3. THE LOVE NEST-Keaton: RT:20:15 4. MIGHTY LIKE A…

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NEW YEARS EVE BASH — A Special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen.

| 1936 | 113 min ,
W.S. Van Dyke

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A Special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen. Doors Open at 7:30 pm  8:00 pm – a movie, AFTER THE THIN MAN  10:15-11:30 pm – Live music provided by jazz trio with Eric Johnson on upright…

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CUTIE AND THE BOXER

| 2013 | 82 mins | |
Zachary Heinzerling

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Once a rising star in the ’70’s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER…

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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES with Pre-show holiday music provided by Rob Meyers

| 1987 | 55 min | | ,
Don McBrearty

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Pre-show holiday music will be provided by Rob Meyers for this holiday classic. Adapted from Dylan Thomas’ classic poem, the film concerns a traditional Christmas in Wales around the turn of the 20th century. It’s Christmas Eve in Wales. A young boy named Thomas is excited about the holiday, but he’s also…

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

| 2013 | 117 mins | |
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee

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Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus….

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Holiday Classic: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

| 1942 | 112 mins | |
Directed by William Keighley

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Come early and enjoy some complimentary hot apple cider and cookies in our lobby. Live holiday music too in the lobby.  The George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart Broadway hit The Man Who Came to Dinner was inspired by the authors’ mutual friend, waspish critic/author Alexander Woollcott. Generously bearded ex-Yale professor Monty Woolley, no…

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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Flying Paper with co-director Nitin Sawhney

, | 2013 | 71 min. | | ,
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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midnight@ten series: TOUCH OF EVIL (Restored Director’s Cut)

| 1958 | 111 mins | | , ,
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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…