FILMUSIC Festival – Exploring Music and Culture Through Film

The MV Film Society presents a weekend of feature films and musical performances that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film.  

Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26, 2016

Music and film flow naturally together. Our forth annual Filmusic Festival will bring you closer to the music you love, or introduce you to some you’ve never known, with great films and live music!

Enjoy a stimulating toe-tapping weekend…

Thursday, June 23, 2016

6:30PM – Opening reception in the Film Center Lobby

7:30PM – VARIETÉ directed by Ewald Andre Dupont

Special Guests – Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra performs live-to-picture to this revered 1926 silent film

Set against the backdrop of the circus, this silent German film tells a tale of love, jealousy, obsession and murder. A period melodrama of heated passion and seething jealousy, sure to entertain and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Known as Jealousy when released in America 90 years ago, Varieté is being shown in its complete, unexpurgated form for the very first time, in a gorgeous new digital restoration, with the visiting 12-piece BSFO performing live-to- picture, conducted by the six student composers.

Friday, June 24, 2016

6:30PM – MINI-CONCERT IN THE LOBBY (for ticket holders only):


Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Ken Field and bassist John Clark will bring their unique blend of instrumental gospel, spiritual, and blues music to the Film Center, with music drawn from the repertoire of Field’s New Orleans-influenced Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. 

7:00PM – THE WINDING STREAM directed by Beth Harrington

The Film will be introduced by Bill Narkiewicz, of MVYRadio Morning DJ and host of “The Blues At 8”

This 90 minute documentary tells the story of the original musical Carter Family and how they made their mark on the history of American recorded music. Without them, there would be no Folk Revival of the ’60s, no country–rock bands of the ’70s, and no alt-country hipsters of our present era.  Enter the talented, renegade, charismatic performer, Johnny Cash who vowed to marry young June, and lifted up the Carter legacy.The WINDING STREAM

Through interviews and studio performances by celebrated musicians Johnny and June Carter Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson and others, the film masterfully achieves it’s goal to illuminate the foundation–forming history of this multi–generational musical family. Country music would not be what it is without them.

9:00PM – JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE directed by Amy Berg

Preceded by THE KEN FIELD AND JOHN CLARK DUO performing in the lobby.

Introduction by Bill Narkiewicz, MVYRadio Morning DJ and host of “The Blues At 8

Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time: Janis Joplin. Joplin’s life story is revealed for the first time on film through electrifying archival footage, revealing interviews with friends and family and rare personal letters, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a bright, complicated artist who changed music forever.acclaimed-music-doc-janis-little-girl-blue-coming-to-dvd-may-6-905461

Saturday, June 25, 2016

3:30PM – MINI-CONCERT IN THE LOBBY (for ticket holders only):

Vineyard String Soloists – OLIVIA de GEOFROY – Solo Violin, and THORPE KARABEES – Solo CelloThorpe Karabees

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4:00PM – THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS directed by Morgan Neville

Introduction by Laurel Redington, MVYRadio DJ and host of “The Vineyard Current”

An unlikely band of collaborators teams with world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to encourage cross cultural connectivity.

Full of transcendent music, including Ma’s performance of a solo Bach piece in the Toronto Music Garden, a space that he co-created, The Music of Strangers will leave you with a new found appreciation for the stunning variety of our world’s musical traditions, and an appetite to hear more.Music-of-Strangers-300x450

FOLLOWED BY:  A post screening Q&A/Talk-Back with Island music educators/musicians ROBERTA KIRN of BeWellSing and RICK BAUSMAN of Rythm of Life to talk about the film, and about their own experiences with the transformative power of sharing music across cultures.

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 6:30PM – Reception in the Film Center Lobby with live music by THE FLYING ELBOWS

The Flying Elbows string band is a part of the fabric of Vineyard life, playing barn dances, concerts, festivals and fiddle contests. Notable Vineyard writer Daniel Waters wrote, “When the Flying Elbows erupt into song, often in three-part harmony, it feels unavoidable, as if they are bursting the confines of mere strings…it’s pure joy whose good time has by pure luck been captured. The Elbows are not just flying; they are smiling and well-greased.” The Flying Elbows were included in the “Best of the Vineyard Sound” compilation cd and have their own album entitled “Pokedelic.” Members include Bob Hammond, Nancy Jephcote, Tom Hodgson and Paul Thurlow.

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7:30PM – A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY directed by Keith Maitland

A Song for You tells the inside story of the creation, evolution and staying power of the Peabody Award-winning Austin City Limits. Featuring interviews with producers, creators and artists, the film also showcases plenty of ACL’s chief calling card: incredible performances from across the musical spectrum, many of which have not been seen in decades.
Interviewees and performers include Willie Nelson, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, the Pixies, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Townes Van Zandt, Buddy Guy, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Ball and many, many more.


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 Sunday, June 26, 2016


4:00PM – THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE directed by  Jeff L. Lieberman

Introduction by Dave Kish, MVYRadio host of “SundayMorning And All That Jazz”

This new documentary reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one of America’s true musical geniuses.

With this film, we get one step closer to understanding the woman who has given fans moments of pride, and opportunities to cry in solitude.  We gain a deeper appreciation of Nina’s music, and an understanding of the events leading to their creation.  We continue her fight for freedom for all people, and introduce younger audiences to the songs that inspired us.  We help preserve and understand the Amazing Nina Simone. NINA-POSTER


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7:30PM – ELVIS AND NIXON dir. Liza Johnson

Introduction by MVY Radio DJ Amy Vanneman 

This clever comedy reveals the untold story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley,  and President Richard Nixon that was immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. No one really knows what the two men discussed behind closed doors, but Liza Johnson does a great job at blending fact and fiction to create an entertaining and hilarious film. Starring Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis.

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  Individual Tickets: $12 per movie*, $9 for MV Film Society members (except when special pricing).
Festival Pass $75, Member’s Festival Pass $60. *VARIETE is priced at $30 per movie and $25 for Film Society members.

For more information or ticket/passes please contact or call us at 508-696-9369


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