DOCUMENTARY WEEK Martha’s Vineyard

Documentary films have become the conscience of the nation, providing a deeper study of contemporary, and often unnoticed, social issues. By using the unique medium of film, documentarians are able to cultivate more compelling and fruitful discussion by mixing strongly-driven narratives with vivid imagery. In recognition of the rising importance of documentaries to public dialogue, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to announce its second annual Documentary Week from August 1st through August 5th, 2016.

Documentary Week allows established documentarians to screen and discuss works of importance with audience members and  each other. The filmmakers have  the opportunity to engage audience members in fervent discussion about social, humanitarian, and environmental themes. The ultimate goal of the festival is to raise awareness of issues, while engaging audiences in proactive and constructive dialogue.

 

THE 2016 DOCUMENTARY WEEK LINE-UP:

MONDAY, AUGUST 1 at  6:30pm – Opening Reception 

7:30pm MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES  directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey

v1FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH VISITING DIRECTOR RANDY BARBATO

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is the first definitive, feature
length portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe snce his death from AIDS in 1989.  Thanks to a
number of rediscoered, never before heard interviews, he is our narrator. Completely candid and shockingly honest, he speaks about his life, loves and work. Seen through his eyes they were a seamless whole, a complete work of art. His “confessional” is supported by previously unseen, rare archival footage and images, which give a brand new insight into a man, who lived the same way he took his pictures – black and white


TUESDAY, AUGUST 2  at 7:30pm175X247normanlear_poster_final

 NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH VISITING DIRECTOR RACHEL GRADY

Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitial debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3  at 7:30pm

BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS directed by Douglas McGrath

Q&A POST-SCREENING via SKYPE W/ DIRECTOR DOUGLAS MCGRATH, PLUS  VINEYARDERS AND FRIENDS OF NICHOLS, ROSE STYRON AND JAMES LAPINE WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TO TALK ABOUT NICHOLS WORK IN THE THEATER AND LOVE OF THE VINEYARD!   Becoming Mike Nichols

A compilation of discussions between director Mike Nichols (1931-2014) and his colleague Jack O’Brien includes the former’s recollections of his early career in show business, including his comedy performances with Elaine May in the late 1950s; stage directions of “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) and “The Odd Couple” (1965); and making the films “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) and “The Graduate” (1967). The interviews were filmed at the Golden Theatre in New York City in July 2014.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 4  at 7:30pm

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE  directed by Morgan Neville

Music-of-Strangers-300x450FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH VISITING DIRECTOR MORGAN NEVILLE

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. The film follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 5  at 7:30pm

CITY OF GOLD directed by Laura Gabbert 

WITH INTRODUCTION BY AWARD WINNING FOOD AUTHOR JOAN NATHANS

FOLLOWED BY SKYPE Q&A with LAURA GABBERT getmovieposter_city_of_gold

CITY OF GOLD chronicles Pulitzer prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food culture of the city, Los Angeles. Gold has been known for his robust writing about the hidden culinary treasures in LA; he was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves with as much care as the haute cuisine establishments of Beverly Hills. With a stroke of his pen, he’s changed the lives of countless recent immigrants cooking the food in their homes. CITY OF GOLD also explores the rigor, knowledge and compassion that makes Jonathan’s style of criticism stand apart. City of Gold offers the rare opportunity to see LA through the eyes of its foremost cultural writer and most loyal fan.


Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $12 for MVFS Members

ALL-ACCESS PASS: $100 for non-memberw/$75 for members

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – CAPE COD 5 BANK, DR. BRONNER’S and GODDESS GARDEN ORGANICS, AND TO  FILM SOCIETY MEMBER SARA BARNES FOR BEING A SPONSOR OF NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU.

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