Film Archives

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VINEYARD VOICES FILMS in collaboration with the MV MUSEUM

| Various | 87 minutes | |

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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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

| 2015 | 104 minutes | |
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (based on the book by Jesse Andrews) is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding…

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Classic Film Night: SUDDENLY

1954 | 75 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Lewis Allen

In advance of a presidential visit to the small town of Suddenly, California, a trio of FBI agents enters the Benson family’s home to assess potential security risks. Once inside, leader John Baron (Frank Sinatra) reveals himself as a psychopathic assassin, and he kidnaps the family in order to use their house…

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GOOD KILL

| 2015 | 100 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Andrew Niccol

In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game-only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in…

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I AM BIG BIRD: The Carroll Spinney Story

| 2015 | 90 minutes | |
Directed by Chad N. Walker, Dave LaMattina

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I AM BIG BIRD features extraordinary…

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HAVANA CURVEBALL

, , | 2014
Directed by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider

Enjoy (2) 5-minute videos of Alan Brigish’s photography from a recent trip to Cuba, the new baseball movie HAVANA CURVEBALL, and a Q&A afterwards with Alejandro Carreño. Mica, is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age rite. An…

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

, | 2015 | 119 minutes | | ,
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant;…

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Classic Film Night: CINEMA PARADISO

1988 | 86 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Sponsored by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation CINEMA PARADISO is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees…

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Special Screening & Reception: RED DOT ON THE OCEAN benefiting SAIL MV

| 2014 | 77 minutes | |
Amy Flannery and Tory Salvia

RED DOT ON THE OCEAN is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Departing Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without fanfare, 30-year-old Rutherford braved the icebergs of the arctic and mountainous waves of Cape Horn to become the only person to ever…

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Classic Film Night: LAST TANGO IN PARIS

1973 | 129 minutes | | ,
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Penetrate the moody, sensual world of LAST TANGO IN PARIS, and prepare yourself for “the most controversial film of its era” (Leonard Maltin). Nominated for two Academy Awards® for Director (Bernardo Bertolucci) and Actor (Marlon Brando) and exuding a sexual energy unlike any film before or after, this is the scintillating classic…

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ABOUT ELLY

| 2015 | 119 minutes | | ,
Directed by Asghar Farhadi

From the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of former college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The…

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EX MACHINA

| 2015 | 108 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Alex Garland

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman…

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CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

| 2015 | 124 minutes | |
Directed by Olivier Assayas

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena…

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Presented with live music score and performance by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

| 1925 | 79 mins | | , ,
Directed by Lon Chaney and Rupert Julian

Lon Chaney’s iconic portrayal of a horribly disfigured composer who leads a menacing existence in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. Seeking the love of a beautiful young prima donna, he kidnaps her and holds her hostage in his lair. This very special screening will feature live accompaniment by the Berklee…

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NY Film Critics Premiere: EVERY SECRET THING, featuring a simulcast Q&A afterwards with stars Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning, director Amy Berg, and producer Frances McDormand

| 2015 | 93 minutes | | ,
Directed by Amy Berg

EVERY SECRET THING is a psychological crime thriller produced byAcademy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (FARGO). Directed by Amy J. Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WEST OF MEMPHIS) and written by Nicole Holofcener (FRIENDS WITH MONEY, ENOUGH SAID), it is based on a 2004 novel of the same name by New York Times best-selling…

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SUSTAINABLE VINEYARD– Short Films from Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth

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Documentary filmmakers Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham are excited to announce a special Earth Day Premiere of Sustainable Vineyard Episodes at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The films are each between 10-16 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A with people featured in each episode. Description of episodes: THE SECRET…

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WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

2015 | 94 minutes | | ,
Directed by Noah Boaumbach

Noah Boaumbach’s comedy WHILE WE’RE YOUNG stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He’s an aspiring…

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TIMBUKTU

| 2015 | 97 minutes | |
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film! Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists…

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Nature as Inspiration: NIGHT ON EARTH (North American Premiere), plus clips of SEASONS

| 2014 | 60 mins | | ,

Join for a champagne reception beginning at 6:30 PM in our film center lobby. Live piano music.  SPECIAL GUEST: Producer/Director Jacques Perrin will attend.   Mr. Perrin will also premiere advance clips from his newest film SEASONS, which will be released by Sony Picture Classics in December 2015.  There will be a…

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Nature as Inspiration: OCEANS (Sunday – Free Admission to Youth under 18 in age)

| 2010 | 84 minutes | | , ,

SPECIAL GUEST:  Scientific Advisor Jesse Ausubel Winged Migration co-directors Jacques Cluzaud and Jacques Perrin re-team for this documentary exploring the many mysteries of our planet’s oceans. Almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, yet strangely we seem to know more about deep space than the world of the sea. There’s…

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Nature as Inspiration: WINGED MIGRATION

| 2003 | 85 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jacques Perrin

SPECIAL GUEST: Producer/Director Jacques Perrin Long one of France’s most respected producers and actors, Jacques Perrin has more recently had a highly successful career creating films about nature, including LE PEUPLE SINGE (monkeys) and MICROCOSMOS (insects) and set in exotic locales (HIMALAYA). Now with this film Perrin takes on his greatest challenge…

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Nature as Inspiration: MICROCOSMOS

| 1996 | 77 minutes | | ,
Directed by Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

SPECIAL GUEST: Producer Jacques Perrin Explore the wonders of the insect world as never before possible as the filmmakers who took you in a trip through the clouds in WINGED MIGRATION take you on a magical journey underground in this feature that will captivate audiences both young and old. Specially designed cameras…

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Nature as Inspiration: HIMALAYA: L’ENFANCE D’UN CHEF

| 1999 | 109 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Eric Valli

Set in the mountains of Tibet near Nepal, this film begins with mountaineer Karma (Gurgon Kyap) returning from a long journey with bad news: the son of Tinle (Thilen Lhondup), the village leader, died in the midst of the trek, leaving behind a wife, Pema (Lhapka Tsamchoe), and a son, Pasang (Karma…

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MAN FROM RENO

2015 | 111 minutes | | ,
Directed by Dave Boyle

In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) is driving home through the fog when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man.  However, before an investigation can take place the man disappears from the hospital without a trace. At the same time, Japanese mystery author Aki…

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DANNY COLLINS

| 2015 | 106 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jill Nicholls and Dan Fogelman

Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love…

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WILD CANARIES

| 2015 | 102 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine

Barri (Sophia Takal) and Noah (writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Though Noah sees nothing unusual about the old woman’s death, Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’S Alia Shawkat)…

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Classic Film Night: CADDYSHACK

1980 | 98 minutes | |
Directed by Harold Ramis

The smash success CADDYSHACK became a prototype for countless other wacky T&A-tinged teen comedies of the early 1980s. At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O’Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job…

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Classic Film Night: XALA

| 1975 | 123 minutes | |
Directed by Ousmane Sembène

Impotence (XALA) is a Sengalese social comedy, filmed in the Wolof language. A rich, corrupt business executive marries for the third time for the express purpose of getting his name in the papers. After a disappointing wedding night, the businessman discovers that he’s impotent. As he goes through a series of “cures”…

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Classic Film Night: ERASERHEAD

1977 | 89 minutes | | ,
Directed by David Lynch

Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple’s baby turns out…

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Classic Film Night: JACKIE BROWN

1997 | 154 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA, and altering the central character from white to black. Ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie (Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis…