Film Archives

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HUNTING ELEPHANTS

| 2013 | 107 minutes | | ,
Reshef Levi

Three elderly men and grandson Yonatan find themselves stuck together in a Jerusalem nursing home. The kid is a genius, but stammers and is bullied at school. Yonatan’s grandfather, Eliahu, whom he had never met, is a former member of the Lehi (pre-State Jewish underground), and a cold person. Eliahu’s best friend…

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LE CHEF

| 2012 | 85 minutes | |
Daniel Cohen

Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine.   A legend…

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MVIFF: AUSTIN TO BOSTON “U.S. PREMIERE”

| 2014 | 72 minutes | | ,
Directed by James Marcus Haney

5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars…

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MVIFF: ILO ILO

| 2013 | 99 minutes | |
Anthony Chen

Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life. The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained…

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MVIFF: METRO MANILA

, | 2014 | 115 minutes | | , , ,
Sean Ellis

Ellis, whose previous films include the award-winning CASHBACK and THE BROKEN, travels to the Philippines to tell the story of Oscar Ramirez, a down-on-his-luck farmer who flees the countryside with his family to look for a brighter future in the bustling, overwhelming metropolis of Manila. Oscar believes he has caught a break…

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MVIFF: Animation Showcase with Bill Plympton

| 2014 | 80 mins | |
Bill Plympton

The animation showcase will encompass extraordinary animated films curated by Bill from the past year, including his new short film.  Twice Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton’s showcase reveals a collection of some of the world’s best new short animated films from acclaimed animators. Bill Plympton, a renowned American animator, cartoonist, director, screenwriter…

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MAY IN THE SUMMER

, | 2013 | 99 minutes | | ,
Cherien Dabis

To all appearances, May Brennan (Cherien Dabis) has it all — intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancé Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familiar hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the…

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FRANK with screenplay-writer and producer Jon Ronson

| 2014 | 95 minutes | | ,
Lenny Abrahamson

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael…

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SOLD OUT – MVIFF: Attila Marcel – SOLD OUT!

| 2013 | 106 minutes | |

French writer-director Sylvain Chomet creates a whimsical story about a piano prodigy, Paul, who lives a completely sheltered existence, cut off from the outside world, due to his domineering, aristocratic aunts. His life consists solely of constant piano practice, until he meets his eccentric neighbor Madame Proust and his entire world is…

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MVIFF: CHILD’S POSE

| 2013 | 112 minutes | |
Calin Peter Netzer

A sharply crafted family thriller, CHILD’S POSE pivots on a riveting performance by Gheorghiu (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, BEYOND THE HILLS) as a steely, upper-class Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far…

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MARTHA’S VINEYARD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014


Our Mission Combining the laid back beach style of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a passionate audience of film and culture enthusiasts with the buzz and excitement of a festival celebrating films from across the globe – The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience not to be missed. Come…

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LAND HO! (MVIFF encore)

| 2014 | 95 minutes | | ,
Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens

A pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law sets off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picaresque adventures, from trendy Reykjavík to rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. It was screened at several Film…

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IDA – MVIFF ’14 encore

| 2013 | 82 minutes | |
Pawel Pawlikowski

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (stunning…

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NY Film Critics National Series: HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS (FREE ADMISSION) with on-screen simulcast Q&A with Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom afterwards

| 2014 | 114 minutes | | , ,
Peter Chelsom

Director Peter Chelsom and Simon Pegg are the featured guests for this months NY Film Critics Show, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS.  Presented by the NY Film Credits National Series be a part of the LIVE National Simulcast Audience. Following the show, there will be a on screen simulcast cast appearance…

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FINDING FELA

, | 2013 | 119 minutes | |
Alex Gibney

No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s—and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism—than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native Nigeria by storm, the pioneering musician’s confrontational Afrobeat sound soon spread throughout the continent and beyond, even as it made determined enemies of the repressive Nigerian military regime….

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ALIVE INSIDE

| 2014 | 78 mins | |

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past…

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SOLD OUT — 2014 All-Access International Film Festival Pass


All-Access pass gives you access to the Opening Night reception and film, Closing Night film and festival wrap party, as well as selecting to attend any festival film we screen throughout the duration of the festival. It also includes access to any special filmmaker receptions and pre-festval events.  Also there are other…

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THE TRIP TO ITALY

| 2014 | 108 mins | |
Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and…

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

| 2013 | 104 minutes | | ,
Nicolas Vanier

Set in a small village in the snowy Alps during WWII, an orphan named Sebastian befriends Belle, a wild dog wandering the French Alps, in the midst of a great disruption by German soldiers wishing to dismantle a network of smugglers into Switzerland. Filmmaker Nicolas Vanier transforms the 1960’s hit television show…

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OBVIOUS CHILD

| 2014 | 84 minutes | | , ,
Gillian Robespierre

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her…

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SOLD OUT! MY OLD LADY – Members Only Free Event — Preview Screening with Producer Gary Foster

| 2014 | 104 mins | | ,
Israel Horovitz

MY OLD LADY will show at the Film Center as a MEMBERS ONLY – FREE EVENT for a one time only “Preview” screening WITH THE PRODUCER Gary Foster before its release nationwide! You must “buy tickets” in advance – 1 free ticket for individual members, 1 or 2 free tickets for dual…

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A Filmmaker’s Evening with Richard C. Skidmore

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A Filmmaker’s Evening with Richard C. Skidmore at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center to Benefit Gay Head Light.  Richard C.Skidmore is an Aquinnah resident and award-winning experimental filmmaker whose videos and films have been seen around the world on television and at more than 20 film festivals, including The TriBeCa Film Fest…

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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

| 2013 | 123 minutes | | ,
Jim Jarmusch

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can…

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VENUS IN FUR

| 2013 | 96 minutes | |
Roman Polanski

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains…

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MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

| 2014 | 97 minutes | | , ,
Woody Allen

Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford, a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. Persuaded by his life-long…

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BOYHOOD

| 2014 | 166 minutes | |
Richard Linklater

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents…

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT sponsored by The Center for Biological Diversity and in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation Society

| 2011 | 101 minutes | |

ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012, MOHAMED NASHEED RESIGNED THE PRESIDENCY UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE IN A COUP D’ETAT PERPETRATED BY SECURITY FORCES LOYAL TO THE FORMER DICTATOR. THIS FILM IS THE STORY OF HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE. Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a…

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THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST with panel discussion afterwards featuring Professor Alan Dershowitz, Judge Mark Wolf, and Dr. James Gilligan. Filmmaker Gabriel London will also be joining us.

| 2014 | 92 minutes | | ,
Gabriel London

Filmmaker Gabriel London will also be joining us. The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest is a hybrid of documentary film and animation. The filmed chronicle Mark’s life – from his childhood through a modern day parole story – while the animation reveal the hyperactive world of his mind – from planning…

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Nat’s Nook – Official Coffee House for MVIFF


NAT’S NOOK is located off Main Street in downtown Vineyard Haven. It combines breakfast, savory, and sweet elements to their crepe and coffee menu. Please stop by for a delicious bite to eat and some fresh coffee before a show at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s International Film festival! Festival Pass holders…

Exclusive Footage of SAFETY LAST! Presented by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra


The Film Center was host to the Berklee College of Music Professor Sheldon Mirowitz and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra for a special presentation of their original new score earlier this month for our screening of the stunningly restored Safety Last!.  Watch a clip of the fabulous performance here!