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Samsara

2011 | 102 min. | |
A film by Ron Fricke

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers…

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People – The National Theatre Live


Award-winning writer Alan Bennett is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner and Olivier Award-winning actress Frances de la Tour, with whom he worked on The History Boys and The Habit of Art. People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house….

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Deceptive Practice –
The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

2012 | 88 min. | |

Special Guest: Introduction and Live Magic prior to movie with “out of retirement” – The Reluctant Magician Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) — and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the…

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Chasing Ice

| 2012 | 75 min. | |

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into…

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Hello I Must Be Going

2012 | 95 min. | | , ,
A Film by Todd Louiso

Selected as the opening night film for Sundance 2012, HELLO I MUST BE GOING features acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey (WIN WIN, UP IN THE AIR, TWO AND A HALF MEN) in her breakout role as Amy, a recent divorcée who seeks refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents (Blythe Danner…

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A Place at the Table

| 2012 | 84 min. | |

A discussion will follow, led by Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and long-time seasonal West Chop resident Dr. Mariana Chilton, PhD, both of whom are featured in the film.  Representative McGovern and Dr. Chilton will be joined by the film’s co-director Lori Silverbush and by Dr. Donald Berwick, MD, who has helped implement…

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Much Ado About Nothing

| 2013 | 107 min. | | ,
A Film by Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon, acclaimed filmmaker of last summer’s big-budget masterpiece The Avengers, has chosen as his next project one of The Bard’s great comedies.  Much Ado is chock-full of the bawdy humor, gender-bending, mistaken identity and true love we expect from Shakespeare. During the grueling shoot for The Avengers, Whedon would often gather a group…

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Blue Jasmine

| 2013 | 98 mins | | ,
Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Woody Allen turns once again to drama (and the United States) after a string of comedy hits set all over Europe.  This film features numerous heavy hitters, with Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in the title role as Jasmine – a New York housewife whose world is blown apart by a devious…

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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

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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

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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…