Five-session course, titled “WE ARE ALL GEORGE BAILEY: Living Vicariously through Film,” offered Free of charge to MVFS members in Spring 2016. 


In a complement to its current screen offerings, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is adding a series of free film analysis classes for society members to its weekly schedule this Spring. The five-session course, titled “WE ARE ALL GEORGE BAILEY: Living Vicariously through Film,” will begin on Tuesday, March 15 and is designed to be a humorous, engaging, and interactive course examining the world of storytelling through film.

From plot analysis to character psychology to why sitting in a theatre for two hours can make us laugh, cry, fall in love and even change our perspective on life, MV Film Society manager Robert Dutton will lead an exploration of the many layers that go into telling a well-crafted tale, guiding Film Society members on a journey of insight into the movie-going experience.
Using short films as well as clips from classic films like IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, JAWS, PSYCHO, UP, THE MIRACLE WORKER, MARY POPPINS as well as TV programs like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MR. BEAN and THE SIMPSONS, these five lessons will strive to make participants consider movies in a whole new way.
CLASS 1:  March 15 @ 6:30pm. The 6 Ingredients That Make a Story.
CLASS 2:  March 22 @ 6:30pm. The Roller-coaster of Plot Structure.
CLASS 3:  March 29 @ 6:30pm. Conflict is Good (and Interesting).
CLASS 4:  April 12 @ 6:30pm. Power: the Basis of Character.
CLASS 5:  April 19 @ 6:30pm. Putting It All Together.
Host Robert Dutton has a degree in Directing for the Theatre from Emerson College, was a professional actor for five years and, for thirteen years, was an English and Drama teacher in Orlando (where he was named “Best Teacher in Central Florida” by Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine in 2011). He started the Island Entertainment video store in Vineyard Haven and is currently the Theatre Manager for the MV Film Society. This course is an off-shoot of Mr. Dutton’s teaching career and the subject of a book he is writing called “The Illusion of Truth.”
MVFS members are asked to reserve space in advance by e-mailing or by stopping by the Film Center during regular hours.

In 2015 the MV Film Society is sponsoring two summer camps for students
at its film center in collaboration with nationally known organizations KIDS FIRST! and the FILMMAKERS COLLABORATIVE.   We’re also offering a FILM CLUB for adults beginning in mid July.

Please click the program name or scroll down for more information on each program.


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KIDS FIRST! partnering with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society this summer – new educational opportunity for island youth

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Summer Boot Camp

Spend a Week Viewing and Reviewing the Latest Films

If you have a 10 to 15-year-old in your life who loves films and dreams of being on the red carpet, KIDS FIRST! has the perfect opportunity. Your tween can participate in the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp this summer in Martha’s Vineyard at Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for an experience they will never forget.

Give your child (grandchild, niece, or nephew) the opportunity to build self confidence and learn more about behind-the-scenes aspects of the film industry as they critique the latest films, learn to write reviews, practice interview techniques, improve on-camera skills, visit with industry professionals, and are coached by seasoned professionals. All campers will have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic team of reporters.

Richard Paradise, Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center comments, “We are thrilled to partner with KIDS FIRST!, a nationally known educational non-profit, in bringing this opportunity to the youth on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.”

The week-long boot camp on Martha’s Vineyard camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Locations and dates include:      July 27-31, 2015 – Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, (79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568)  Watch a video of previous camps – click here


Leading the KIDS FIRST! teaching team is Ranny Levy, founder and president of KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, a former television producer, educator and long-time children’s media advocate.  Joining Ms. Levy is Carol Darcy, a media literacy expert with an EdD in Education Leadership and Curriculum Development (Boston University). Ms. Darcy has taught kindergarten, undergraduate and graduate students and designed a professional development course called Being a Pro-Active Media Literacy Advocate.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critic’s program, now in its fourth year, has received acclaim from publishers and educators alike. The reviews, both written and videotaped, by the team of youth reporters reach an audience of more than 7 million monthly through affiliations with broadcast, print and online publishers including Huffington Post, Kidsville News, Working Woman,, HDnet Movies KidScene, LA Parent, Westchester Parent and many more.

For more information and to register, go to    Please act soon, because space is limited to 12 students. There are a limited number of scholarships available to island residents – please contact Richard Paradise for scholarship opportunities.

For more information contact:

Ranny Levy
KIDS FIRST!/Coalition for Quality Children’s Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Ste 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Richard Paradise
Martha’s Vineyard Film Society

Short Film Making on YOUR SMART PHONE Camp


The Smartphone Movie-Making Camp is a three-day, immersive, hands-on experience in which your child, grandchild learn the how to use their phone or ipad to make a short film! Students will get tips on using special mics, lights, tripods and other add-ons that will enable them to raise their game and make professional looking videos. Every child will leave with their own short film!

Your child complete a series of assignments and upon completion will have a final project they can share with friends and family.  Suggested age range 10-15 years old, however, an interest in filmmaking matters most.   You should come ready to focus and work!

Instructor: David Tamés
David Tamés currently teaches video production in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. He has worked on a wide range of independent film and new media projects as producer, director, cinematographer, and editor.

David recently completed The David Hamilton Smith Story, a documentary about the co-developer of the HibTITER vaccine that eliminated spinal meningitis, and directed the award-winning short documentary Smile Boston Project, about Bren Bataclan’s street art project.

David is a co-founder of MIT Tech TV, the video sharing site for the MIT community. He earned an MS in Media Arts & Sciences from The MIT Media Lab and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

FilmmakersCollaborative.logoDate: Aug 10 – 12, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm

For more information and to register, go to    Please act soon, because space is limited to 15 students. There are a limited number of scholarships available to island residents – please contact Richard Paradise for scholarship opportunities.

All finished work will be shown at the MV Film Center at an evening screening prior to a feature film.





This summer, the MV Film Society will be offering a new take on movies — just for grown-ups! Much like what a book club is for book lovers, Richard Paradise and I will be starting a weekly Film Club for film lovers!

The Film Club will meet at the Film Center for four Thursdays in July and August for group members to get together, watch and then discuss a classic film. Richard and I will each host two films which we have chosen specifically for this group. After each viewing, we’ll moderate conversation to examine our intellectual, aesthetic and emotional responses to these films. Even if you’ve seen any of these films before, we’re sure the ensuing conversation will provide new and personal perspectives that may enhance your own understanding and appreciation of the creative minds that went into making these classics.

We have chosen to schedule each Club meeting for a three-hour block of time earlier in the day (10am to 1pm) so as not to interfere with our regularly scheduled events/films. We’ll even provide snacks and drinks from our concession stand to keep you sated until 1pm, when we can go back into the real world with, perhaps, a new appreciation for the filmmakers who take us on fascinating journeys into other people’s lives.

The dates and film titles currently scheduled are:

• Thursday, July 16 — Host: Bob.
LOCAL HERO (1983, Scotland, Rated PG, Comedy)
••••• Starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert.
••••• Written and directed by Bill Forsyth.
••••• An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected.
[Rates a perfect 100% on]

• Thursday, July 23 — Host: Richard.
A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951, USA, Not Rated, Drama)
••••• Starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters.
••••• Written by Michael Wilson and Harry Brown. Directed by George Stevens.
••••• A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy.
[Winner of 6 Oscars including Best Director, Score and Screenplay.]

• Thursday, August 6 — Host: Richard.
KLUTE (1971, USA, Rated R, Mystery)
••••• Starring Jane Fonda, Roy Scheider and Donald Sutherland.
••••• Written by Andy Lewis and Dave E. Lewis. Directed by Alan Pakula.
••••• A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. Jane Fonda won a Best Actress Oscar for her role here.
[Rates a 96% on]

• Thursday, August 13 — Host: Bob.
••••• Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.
••••• Written by Charlie Kaufman. Directed by Michel Gondry.
••••• When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
[Currently #85 on the Internet Database list of Best Films of All-Time.]

Film Club enrollment is limited to 20 members to allow each person an opportunity to participate in the conversation, though your participation is not required (you may simply want to listen to what others have to say). Cost: $100 for all four films, $75 for Film Society members, FREE to MVFS “Friends of the MV Film Center” donors.

Please confirm your participation by email ( or in person at the Film Center. Deadline June 15th — payment is due at that time. You can mail in your payment or make a donation online (noting this is for the Film Club).

We hope you consider this unique opportunity that might just forever change the way you look at films.