Film Archives

Fair Game: A 1960 Georgia Lynching Story with Director Clennon L. King and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan.

| 2018 | 65 mins | |
Directed by Clennon King

Introduction by filmmaker Clennon L. King Joining King for a post-screening discussion and Q&A will be Dr. Louis W. Sullivan andAtty. Chevene B. King, Jr. Dr. Sullivan is an active health policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. He served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during President George H….

ITZHAK

| 2018 | 83 minutes | | ,
Directed by Alison Chernick

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose…

THE LAST MOVIE STAR

| 2017 | 94 minutes | |
Directed by Adam Rifkin

An aging movie star (Burt Reynolds) accepts an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival, but the ceremonies are far from the glamour he anticipated. The former star reflects on his life while accompanied by a brash millennial chauffeur (Ariel Winter) in this dramedy written and directed by…

SPECTRUM FILM FESTIVAL 2018: ALL-ACCESS PASS

| 2018 | 4 days/nights | |

*IMPORTANT*  If you purchase an All-Access Pass, please be sure to email Garri Saganenko at garri@mvfilmsociety with the choices of the films/events you intend to attend (even if you intend to come to every event) so we can reserve a seat/ticket for you.   An All-Access Pass Allows Admission to Every Spectrum…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: TRANSMILITARY with co-director Fiona Dawson for Q&A via Skype

| 2018 | 92 minutes | | ,
Directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson

  NOTE: All U.S. military members (past or present) will receive FREE admission. The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: A MILLION HAPPY NOWS w/ Lead Actor and Producer Chrystal Chappell

| 2017 | 80 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Albert Alarr

Post-screening Skype Q&A with star/producer Chrystal Chappell Lainey Allen decides to retire from a soap opera she has starred in for twenty years. Along with her publicist and partner, Eva Morales, she moves to a beach house by the Central California coast. When Lainey starts to forget things more and more, they…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: BELIEVER w/ Director Don Argott

| 2018 | 101 minutes | | ,
Directed by Don Argott

Director Don Argott will join us via Skype after the film for a Q&A/Discussion Imagine Dragons’ Mormon front man Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: BECKS w/ Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon Performing During the Post-Show Reception Sponsored by WMVY

| 2018 | 90 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh & Daniel Powell

Post-show: Local musicians Siren Mayhew and Sean McMahon play their original music during a post-screening beer-and-wine reception sponsored exclusively by MVY Radio. Inspired by the real life of singer/songwriter Alyssa Robbins, BECKS follows a musician (Hall) who moves back to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing breakup with her…

DISOBEDIENCE – our last showing!

, , | 2018 | 114 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sebastián Lelio

From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio…

2018 Spectrum Film Festival: ANGELS IN AMERICA

| 2018 | 210 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Marianne Elliott

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and considered to be one of the most important plays of the last hundred years, Tony…

Fundraiser for the Production of the Opera “1854”

| 2016 | 66 minutes | |
Directed by Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson

You are cordially invited to 1854’s Spring Gala at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center on April 19th at 6:30 pm. You’ll be hearing more about this project in coming months, but for now here’s a brief introduction. When he died in 2015, the late Jack Schimmelman, a great fan of the spirituals…

FOUR GAMES IN FALL: The Deflategate Documentary, Post-Screening Q&A with Director Julie Marron and Executive Producer Kurt Redfield

| 2018 | 95 minutes | |
Directed by Julie Marron

This award-winning documentary from Lemon Martini Productions tackles the highly topical issues of media manipulation, science for hire, and perversion of the legal system, all through the lens of the Deflategate scandal. Through interviews with attorneys, journalists, professors, and fans, the film examines how accusations of deflated footballs became a national obsession….

ISLE OF DOGS – Last Showing!

2018 | 101 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Wes Anderson

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been…

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE – Last showing!

| 2017 | 100 minutes | | ,
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Man Without a Past), a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife…

THE LAST PIG (Free Admission)

2017 | 54 minutes | |
Directed by Allison Argo

Award Winning Director Allison Argo will be present to discuss the making of the film and answer your questions! Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs,…

THE MIGHTY QUINN, a fund-raiser for WYOB radio (MVRHS student run station)

1989 | 120 minutes | | , , , , ,
Directed by Carl Schenkel

On Saturday, March 31 at 6:30PM 105.5 FM, WYOB (MVRHS student-run station) and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society collaborate with the showing of “The Mighty Quinn”, a thriller filmed in Jamaica starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Reviews say, “The Mighty Quinn is smart, pleasant entertainment offering an early…

THE PARTY

| 2017 | 71 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Sally Potter

In Sally Potter’s new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic…

A FANTASTIC WOMAN, 2018 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film — Last Show!

| 2017 | 104 minutes | | ,
Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away…

Film Noir Classics: RIFIFI

| 1955 | 118 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jules Dassin

Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony (Jean Servais) turns down a quick job his friend Jo (Carl Mohner) offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret) has become the lover of local gangster Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici) during Tony’s…

Film Noir Classics with Paul Karasik: HIGH AND LOW

| 1963 | 143 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a ruthless kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa’s exemplary film noir. Based on Ed McBain’s detective novel “King’s Ransom,” “High and Low” is both a riveting thriller and a brilliant commentary on contemporary Japanese society. Paul…

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL – Last Showing!

, | 2017 | 105 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Paul McGuigan

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award (R)-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner…

IN THE FADE (Final Showing)

| 2017 | 106 minutes | | ,
Directed by Fatih Akin

Winner of 2017 GOLDEN GLOBE for Best Foreign Language Picture. Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for her role in this Fatih Akin drama.  Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack….

THE DEATH OF STALIN

| 2017 | 106 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Armando Iannucci

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the…

LEANING INTO THE WIND

, | 2017 | 93 minutes | |
Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer

LEANING INTO THE WIND is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine…

GET OUT – Last Showing!

| 2017 | 104 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Jordan Peele

Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride. Nominated for BEST PICTURE, DIRECTOR (for Jordan Peele), ACTOR (for Daniel Kaluuya), and Original SCREENPLAY Oscars. Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway…

BOLSHOI BALLET LIVE IN CINEMA: GISELLE

2015 | 140 minutes | |
Music by Adolphe Adam

When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death… Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in…

2018 OSCARS VIEWING PARTY, a Benefit for the 2018 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

, | 2018 | 180 mins | |

Join the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and fellow film-lovers as we watch the 90th Academy Awards and host our Annual Oscar Party. The event is complete with light appetizers, desserts, and beverages. We’ll begin at 7pm with the Red Carpet Arrivals with guests getting the opportunity to have their picture taken with…

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, A Free Interactive Screening in Collaboration with the West Tisbury Public Library

2011 | 152 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Chris Columbus

This event is co-sponsored by the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Goodie Bags, Interactive Script, and a Sorting Hat to help young witches and wizards decide their Hogwarts House will all be provided. Doors Open at 12:30pm Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy…

2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: ANIMATION

| 2017 | 83minutes | | ,

Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 90th Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 4th, 2018! And the winners are?… Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action, Animated, and Documentary Short Films that received…

2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS: LIVE ACTION

| 2017 | 99 minutes | | ,

Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films before the 90th Annual Academy Awards telecast on March 4th, 2018! And the winners are?… Once again, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to present this nationally-touring program highlighting all of the Live Action, Animated, and Documentary Short Films that received Academy…