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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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Richard Skidmore

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!    

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ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR — In collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation — reception at 6:30pm

| 2008 | 98 minutes | |
Curt Worden

In collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation to benefit the library.   Join us for a reception beginning at 6:30 pm in the film center lobby with pot-luck contributions from members of the Library Foundation. In addition to the film, there will be a special live readings from Kerouac’s book Big Sur by radio…

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AN HONEST LIAR

| 2014 | 90 minutes | | ,
Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein

AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the…

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Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

| 2014 | 120 mins | |
Joe Berlinger

From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and…

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THE MUSHROOM CURE – live one-person performance by Adam Strauss

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Adam Strauss, winner of the Leffe Craft Your Character international storytelling competition, performs his acclaimed one-person show The Mushroom Cure live at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. This completely true story recounts how, inspired by a scientific study showing hallucinogenic mushrooms could potentially cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam embarked on a program of…

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Helen Gillet is multi-faceted, New Orleans based jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser


Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. She has won “Best Female Performer” this year in Gambit Weekly’s Best of the Beat Awards as well as “Best Other Instrument” in Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated…

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Monsieur President – with Special Guest filmmaker Victoria Campbell

| 2014 | 71 minutes | |
Victoria Campbell

Crafted from footage taken on nearly a dozen trips to Haiti amidst the aftermath of 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Port au Prince in 2010, “Monsieur le Président,” begins with Ms. Campbell’s immersion into the reeling neighborhoods of that city, and transitions to her participation in the effort to keep the citizenry…

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NY Film Critics National Series: CHILD OF GOD with on-screen simulcast Q&A with James Franco and Scott Haze afterwards

| 2013 | 104 minutes | | ,
James Franco

Actor James Franco stars, writes, and directs in this crime thriller about a mans disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order in “Child of God”.  An exclusive pre-release look at this thrilling drama. Presented by the NY Film Credits National Series be a part of the LIVE National Simulcast Audience. Following the show,…

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SOLD OUT! THE GRADUATE with special guest director Mike Nichols (in collaboration with the MV Museum)

| 1967 | 106 minutes | | , ,
Mike Nichols

Special guest, Mike Nichols will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the show.   This screening is in collaboration with the MV Museum and benefits both the museum and the film center.    “One word: plastics.”  This line and others in THE GRADUATE became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion…

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Summer Institute Film Series: E-Team

| 2014 | 88 mins | |
Co-directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman

SPECIAL GUEST: Fred (Cronig) Abrahams, one of the E-Team members, whose testimony against Slobodan Milosevic is detailed in the film, and co-director Ross Kauffman will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Using a cinema verite approach, filmmakers Ross Kauffman (Born into Brothels) and Katy Chevigny (Election Day, Deadline) follow four members…

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SOLD OUT! Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

| 2014 | 70 mins | |
Abby Ginzberg

SPECIAL FORUM: after the film, Brian Walt moderates a conversation with filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Soft Vengeance is the story of Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. For his actions as…

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Summer Institute Film Series: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

| 2014 | |
William Gazeck

SPECIAL GUESTS: The filmmakers will be on hand for questions and answers after the screening. In this documentary directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker William Gazecki, authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker explore the tumultuous early days of Sophie Tucker, the iconic vaudeville superstar who ruled the 1920s Flapper Era in the United States. Before…

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Summer Institute Film Series: What’s in a Name

| 2012 | 109 minutes | |
Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte

The focus of this comic farce from directors Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte, based on Mr. Delaporte’s play, is a fast-talking dinner party gone hilariously awry. Pierre (Charles Berling), a professor, and his schoolteacher wife Elisabeth (Valerie Benguigui) host a gathering of their close friends and family to announce the…

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Classic Film Series: SOME LIKE IT HOT

| 1959 | 120 minutes | |
Billy Wilder

For our last Classic Film Series for the season we will be screening: SOME LIKE IT HOT.  Besides being the most famous film made by legendary sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (her signature performance) Some Like it Hot is a comedy classic in its own right. In 2000, it was voted by the…

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Summer Institute Film Series: Hanna’s Journey

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Julia von Heinz

Hanna’s Journey is a romantic comedy that does not avoid the sensitive issues of history and race. It uses honesty, humor, and compassion to make this journey one that every film lover will be glad they experienced. (English, German, and Hebrew with subtitles) Hanna is a beautiful young German woman traveling to Israel…

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CHEF

| 2014 | 115 minutes | |
Jon Favreau

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo)…