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Documentary Week MV: BEST OF ENEMIES with co-Director Robert Gordon

| | 87 min | |
Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon

Wednesday August 05, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)
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In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore…

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Documentary Week MV: UNBRANDED w/ Executive Producer Cindy Meehl

| 2015 | 105 minutes | | ,
Directed by Phillip Baribeau

Thursday August 06, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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UNBRANDED the Film is more than a documentary. It’s an adventure, a message, and a wakeup call for better land and wild horse management. Follow along as Ben Masters, Ben Thamer, Jonny Fitzsimons, and Thomas Glover travel 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the deepest backcountry in the American West on wild…

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The 9:49 Show – THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY

| 1998 | 119 min | | ,
Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly

Thursday August 06, 2015, 9:49PM (Film Center)

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Ted’s (Ben Stiller) dream prom date with Mary (Cameron Diaz) never happens due to an embarrassing injury at her home. Years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to track down Mary so he can reconnect with her. Pat lies to Ted about Mary and he finds out everything he can about…

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Documentary Week MV: THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR with Directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine

2014 | 120 minutes | |
Directed by Dayne Goldfine and Daniel Geller

Friday August 07, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after…

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LIVE STAND-UP COMEDY w/ Tom Hayes and Will Noonan

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Wednesday August 12, 2015, 8:00pm (Strand)
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Get ready for endless laughs and…well…possibly a few split sides, as the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society continues its diverse summer program with stand-up comedians Tom Hayes and Will Noonan of the Headliners Comedy Club. Many of the Headliners Comedy Club comedians have appeared on a national stage, including Comedy Central and XM…

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SMOOTH JAZZ and R&B CONCERT FEATURING VOCALIST VIVIAN MALE

| 2015 | |

Thursday August 13, 2015, 7:30 PM (Strand)
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Vivian Male, a native Bostonian, is a smooth jazz and R&B vocalist. Her song renditions range in mood and tempo and demonstrate a musical versatility that appeals to audiences of all ages. Vivian was inducted into “Steppin’ Out’s” Hall of Fame with George Benson; and her CD, “Our Day Will Come” has become…

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The 9:49 Show – THE BIG LEBOWSKI

| 1998 | 117 min | | ,
Directed by The Coen Brothers

Thursday August 13, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI is a 1998 crime comedy film with neo-noir elements, written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. After he becomes the victim in a case of mistaken identity, The Dude finds a millionaire also named Jeffrey…

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VINEYARD VOICES FILMS in collaboration with the MV MUSEUM

| Various | 87 minutes | |

Tuesday August 18, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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The Vineyard’s past comes alive in five short films that capture important issues and times in American life using seldom-seen historical images and first-person accounts from Island people. The stories include Civil Rights activities, an early African-American church, the Island’s Deaf Community, the Shearer Summer Theater, and the founding of the MV…

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New York Film Critics Premiere: DIGGING FOR FIRE

2015 | 85 minutes | |
Directed by Joe Swanberg

Wednesday August 19, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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Young married couple Tim and Lee have planted the seeds of a family in their East L.A. duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing…

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM followed by Q&A with Director Julie Taymor & Robert Brustein

| 2015 | 250 minutes
Directed by Julie Taymor

Thursday August 20, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)
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The play presents love in all its glory, warts and all: Love at first sight, innocent love, love twisted by the mind, by drugs, by lust, by jealousy, by a marriage on the rocks and even violence. Once a year, there is a day of midsummer madness, that Shakespeare was riffing off…

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The 9:49 Show – DO THE RIGHT THING

| 1989 | 120 min | |
Directed by Spike Lee

Thursday August 20, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

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Director Spike Lee dives head-first into a maelstrom of racial and social ills, using as his springboard the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY. Three businesses dominate the block: a storefront radio station, where a smooth-talkin’ deejay (Samuel L. Jackson) spins the platters that matter; a convenience…

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WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? with Director Liz Garbus

| 2015 | 102 minutes
Directed by Liz Garbus

Tuesday August 25, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)

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A documentary using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” tells the story behind the life and legend of Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”

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ROSENWALD with Director Aviva Kempner

| | 100 min
Directed by Aviva Kempner

Wednesday August 26, 2015, 7:30pm (Film Center)
Thursday August 27, 2015 7:30pm (Strand Theater)

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Aviva Kempner’s ROSENWALD is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during…

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The 9:49 Show — ELECTION

| 1999 | 103 min | | ,
Directed by Alexander Payne

Thursday August 27, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

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In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska, but lately he’s been unhappy in both his personal and professional life, and…

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WILD & PRECIOUS (Live Performance)

2015

Monday August 31, 2015, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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WILD & PRECIOUS is docudrama/theatrical memoir celebrating our 50 Years of Social Change:  Gay Liberation/ integration through one man’s story.  From the moment the curtain goes up until the final bow the audience is riveted by Steve Cadwell’s tale: you’ll cherish the little boy playing with dolls; identify with the adolescent challenges…

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The 9:49 Show — WILD THINGS

| 1998 | 108 min | | , ,
Directed by John McNaughton

Thursday September 03, 2015, 9:49pm (Film Center)

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When teen debutante Kelly (Denise Richards) fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam (Matt Dillon), she cries rape, igniting a scandal that results in his arrest. Sam appeals to Ken (Bill Murray), a hack personal-injury lawyer who has never handled a case that couldn’t be helped by a…