Film Archives

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The Kings of Summer

| 2013 | 93 min. | | ,
A Film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank’s attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are…

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Midnight@Ten: JAWS

| 1975 | 124 min. | | , , , ,
A Film by Steven Spielberg

To open our Midnight@Ten series, we thought we’d invite you into the jaw of a man-eating monster from the deep. You know the story: boy meets girl, girl meets shark, shark meets oxygen tank.  Classic. Favorite quote: “I can do anything; I’m the chief of police.”        

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National Theatre Live:
The Audience with Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II

| 2013 | |

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it…

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Stories We Tell

2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Sarah Polley

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet…

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Classic Film Night — Dangerous When Wet

| 1953 | 95 min. | | , ,

Join us for our final Classic Film Night before the summer season kicks off!  The Classic Film Series will return in the fall. For our last hurrah we’re celebrating the late Esther Williams with the 1963 musical comedy classic Dangerous When Wet. Dangerous When Wet marks an important milestone in the life and career…

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Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble – Concert


Join us for an evening of Ladino music with Ljuba Davis and her Ensemble.  For those unacquainted, Ladino music is also known as Sephardic, or Judeo-Spanish, folk music.  Ljuba and her Ensemble put a unique twist on the Ladino tradition.  For this special event, the Ensemble will consist of the following musicians:…

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Where the Rivers Flow North
Film and Q&A with the Filmmaker

| 1993 | 106 min. | |
A Film by Jay Craven

Based on Howard Frank Mosher’s regional novella, the film is set in 1927 and centers on two unlikely characters. Noel Lord (Rip Torn), an old man with white hair flowing below his shoulders and a metal hook for a hand, has lived on his land all his life and is resisting a…

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Northern Borders
Film and Q&A with the Filmmaker

| 2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Jay Craven

‘Northern Borders’ tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences the farm as a place full of eccentric people, especially his stubborn grandparents whose…

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THE KILLING – early Stanley Kubrick

| 1956 | 83 mins | | ,
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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick’s first major film effort — though, like Kubrick’s earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with…

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THIS IS OUR ISLAND, rare 1971 telling of Vineyard history

| 1971 | 75 min. | |
Produced by Nancy Hamilton and Katharine Cornell

Author Tom Dunlop will introduce the documentary and give a background on its history. This wonderful documentary was narrated by Broadway star and Vineyard resident Katharine Cornell.  In its scenes filmmaker Nancy Hamilton captures the history, charm, and spirit of the Vineyard. Using Ms. Hamilton created a cultural treasure that is still relevant…

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Jimmy Tingle Live on Stage and Screen

| 2013 | 120 min. | | ,

Jimmy Tingle Live on Stage! A unique theatrical event featuring a film screening of Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, followed by a Q & A and a Live Jimmy Tingle Stand Up Comedy Performance. From 60 Minutes II, The Tonight Show, HBO, NPR, Comedy Central, and PBS The New York Times writes: He has…

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Searching for Bobby Fischer
followed by a discussion with Fred and Josh Waitzkin

1993 | 109 min. | | ,

Join Fred Waitzkin, author of the book, and his son, Josh, for a screening of much loved SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER followed by a discussion by father and son of Fred’s highly acclaimed new novel, The Dream Merchant. Vineyard Psychiatrist Charles Silberstein will ask provocative questions to this well known father-son team about the…

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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World,
presented with filmmaker Ric Burns

| 2010 | ~120 min. | |

Post screening discussion with filmmaker Ric Burns. A film chronicling the American whaling industry from its origins in New England in the 17th century, through the golden age of deep-sea whaling, up to its decline following the Civil War. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film binds the story of American capitalism on…

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THIN, presented with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

| 2006 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Lauren Greenfield

Join us after the screening for a Q&A with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. The HBO Documentary film Thin takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women (ages 15 – 30) who have spent their lives starving themselves;…

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Genetic Roulette, presented with Slow Foods MV

| 2012 | 85 min. | |

Slow Food MV and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center are holding another joint fundraiser! Genetic Roulette is about the science of genetically modified foods and the impact on our food system and us. It provides provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a…

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The Queen of Versailles,
presented with filmmaker Lauren Greenfield

| 2012 | 100 min. | |
A Film by Lauren Greenfield

The filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, will be conducting a Q&A after the screening. Don’t forget to come to her photography workshop on August 1 and a screening of her other film, Thin, on August 2. David Siegel grew his enormous wealth in the time-share business.  He felt he was doing much more than selling…

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Hey Bartender

| 2013 | 92 min. | |
A Film by Douglas Tirola

Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar…

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SUMMER INSTITUTE FILM SERIES: Hannah Arendt

| 2012 | 113 min. | |
A Film by Margarethe von Trotta

Her theory of “the banality of evil” made Hannah Arendt both famous and controversial. Now German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta has given the philosopher an outstanding cinematic portrait. The film, nominated for six Lola Awards (Germany’s Oscars), explores a turbulent  four-year period in the life of the great philosopher and writer, beginning in New…

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SUMMER INSTITUTE FILM SERIES: Melting Away

| 2012 | 86 min. | |
A Film by Doron Eran

Please contact ONLY the Summer Institute for tickets: http://mvsummerinstitute.com/films_calendar.html “Melting Away” is a first in the history of Israeli cinema: a feature film about parents coping with their transgendered child. The creation of director Doron Eran and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe, this film was conceived after the deadly attack on…

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Fill the Void – introduced by Kate Feiffer

| 2012 | 90 min. | |
A Film by Rama Burshtein

“Fill the Void,” the most successful independent Israeli film to be released in the past decade, tells the story of 18-year-old Shira, youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family, who is about to be married off to a promising young man of similar age and background. When her older sister dies giving…

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Hava Nagila

| 2012 | 75 min. | |
A Film by Roberta Grossman

ENCORE SHOWING Sold out  July 7th, Brought Back July 23! “Hava Nagila” is to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning. This award-winning film from director Roberta…

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Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard


The performance is based on the true “lemons-into-lemonade” tale that befell comedienne Louise DuArt and author SQuire Rushnell when their small non-profit organization had 82% of its treasury siphoned by cracker-jack imposters from Texas while causing wholesale havoc to other charitable organizations in the small island community. The con-artists arrived on Martha’s…

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2012 | 86 min. | |

During Diana Vreeland’s fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she worked for twenty-five years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint…

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Tiger Eyes with special guest, Director Lawrence Blume

| 2012 | 100 min. | |
A Film by Lawrence Blume

The first of iconic author Judy Blume’s novels to be brought to the big screen, Tiger Eyes is the story of 17-year-old Davey Wexler, coping with the sudden, violent death of her father, and the emotional collapse of her mother. Set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the family abruptly relocates to…

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World Oceans Day: HOT TUNA

| 2012 | 53 mins. | |

HOT TUNA’s second cameraman Eric Savetsky of Nantucket, [Executive Director of the Nantucket Land Bank] and pilot/aerial photographer Wayne Davis will speak and answer questions after the film. Hot Tuna, a film by marine biologist/filmmaker Rick Rosenthal, plumbing the secrets of the legendary bluefin tuna, on a quest for the last refuge…

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World Oceans Day: PLANET OCEAN

| | 90 mins | |
Yann-Arthus Bertrand and Michael Pitiot

PLANET OCEAN, a global view of compelling, splendorous ocean life filmed across the world in both stunning underwater and aerial footage. Documenting the extent of ocean damages, the film equally if not primarily presents ocean miracles: from plankton to whales to sea vegetable farming, and the necessity of our more carefully stewarding our…

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Chimpanzee Movie – In collaboration with Featherstone Center for Arts — Miss Lani’s Roots & Shoots Youth Group

| 2012 | 78 min. | |

In collaboration with Featherstone Center for Arts — Miss Lani’s Roots & Shoots Youth Group From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans and African Cats, comes Chimpanzee – a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp…

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Cabin in the Sky, Pre-show at 7 pm with The Spirituals Choir!

| 1943 | 98 min. | |
A Film by Vincente Minnelli

Presented with pre-show at 7 pm,  The Spirituals Choir! Mortally shot at a crap game, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson gets a six-month Heavenly reprieve thanks to prayers from wife and True Believer Ethel Waters, but Rex Ingram’s “Lucifer Jr.” has a secret weapon in the ensuing battle for Anderson’s soul: Lena Horne’s sultry…

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Kon-Tiki

| 2013 | 118 min. | |
A Film by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off…

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Frances Ha – Last Showing!

| 2013 | 86 min. | | ,
A Film by Noah Baumbach

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible…